October 5, 2017

National Grid, battery company unveil power system at Holy Name

Courtesy/National Grid
The battery and wind turbine at Holy Name High School.

National Grid and a Woburn-based battery maker on Thursday unveiled an energy storage system at Holy Name High School in Worcester.

The project, developed in partnership with Holy Name and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, features a multi-hour battery-based energy storage system to capture and store power generated by a 600-kilowatt wind turbine installed at Holy Name in 2008.

The unveiling was attended by school officials from Holy Name and WPI, as well as environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Vionx, the Woburn-based company, installed the battery system National Grill said will help test storage impacts and lead to improvements for future energy integration.

The 500-kilowatt battery can power 500 homes, has a service life of more than 20 years and can run for six hours continuously, National Grid said.

The energy distribution company said the system will provide a unique learning opportunity for the high school's STEM program while supporting the state's energy reduction goals.


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