UPA Installs 500KWh Environmentally-Friendly Containerized Battery from BYD

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--()--BYD Ltd and Utility Partners of America (UPA) has put into service the largest renewable-balancing battery systems for one of the largest investor-owned utility companies in North America. The 40-foot, self-contained Energy Storage Station (ESS) is located in south Charlotte and has several BYD-vertically integrated components including a 200KW Bi-directional, UL-compliant BYD inverter with BYD’s 500KWh Iron Phosphate battery -- the first rechargeable chemistry that is completely environmentally-friendly. The battery contains no heavy metals or toxic electrolytes and is capable of meeting strict requirements for reliability, cycle and service life – the expected service life of the Iron-Phosphate batteries is over 25 years. BYD mega-watt-scale energy storage stations are installed in several locations in the US and are rated at a 91% AC-DC-AC round-trip-efficiency but have shown actual performance at this site as high as 95.3% -- a new benchmark for the ESS industry.

The KEY HIGHLIGHTS of the BYD ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM:

  • Environmentally-friendly rechargeable battery chemistry containing no heavy metals, no toxic electrolytes and manufactured with no caustic or harmful materials.
  • Superior service life: Can be cycled more than 6,000 times (100% DOD).
  • Fire safe Chemistry is non-explosive and fire-safe even in direct flames.
  • Wider temperature range: Operates from 0C to 60C superior to Lithium-Ion.
  • Superior roundtrip efficiencies: AC-DC-AC efficiency shown to be as high as 94%, an industry benchmark high; DC to DC efficiency as high as 96%.

Todd Stone, UPA’s President and Founder said, “This project memorializes the successful collaboration between UPA and its international and domestic partners who banded together to make this project a success. It also marks a very important day in the development of UPA’s Alternative Energy Solutions (AES) Division which is responsible for the management of EVSE, photo voltaic, and Energy Storage Systems.” Micheal Austin, BYD America Vice President stated, “BYD believes that the only way we can make renewable power ‘relevant to the grid’ is through distributed storage with firm ‘dispatchable’ capacity – we are delighted to work with UPA to install this environmentally-friendly energy storage system for one of the largest utility companies in the US.” BYD has supplied more than 100Mwh in energy storage stations across China and the world. For more information, visit BYD at www.facebook.com/bydcompany and www.byd.com.

About UPA

Utility Partners of America (UPA) was formed in 1997 to fulfill the device installation and home warranty service needs of the utility industry. UPA is a full service utility contractor focused on the management of large scale Smart Grid, Demand Response and Alternative Energy implementation projects and Home Warranty service programs. UPA serves water, gas and electric utilities throughout the United States and Canada. UPA's service offering includes Project Management, Installation Services, Meter Reading, Meter Testing, Recycling and Disposal, Quality Control, Inventory Management, Work Order Management, Call Center Services, Data Management and Marketing. For more information, visit www.utilitypartners.com.

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and BusinessWeek's 2009 Tech 100 List (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Businessweek%E2%80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD’s Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric busses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE) under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number (002594 - BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit www.byd.com, www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email pr@byd.com.

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Contacts

UPA
Steve Rudd, 864-230-1130
srudd@utilitypartners.com
or
BYD
Micheal Austin, +1-800-BYD-AUTO
micheal.austin@byd.com

BYD Energy Storage Station located in Charlotte, NC (can be sized from 500KWh like this one, to 1 MWh in a 40 ft container) (Photo: Business Wire)

BYD Energy Storage Station located in Charlotte, NC (can be sized from 500KWh like this one, to 1 MWh in a 40 ft container) (Photo: Business Wire)

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Contacts

UPA
Steve Rudd, 864-230-1130
srudd@utilitypartners.com
or
BYD
Micheal Austin, +1-800-BYD-AUTO
micheal.austin@byd.com