Uncover the captivating story of Shungnak, Alaska, a remote village with a solar-plus-storage microgrid. Discover the challenges overcome, cutting-edge battery technology, and remarkable savings achieved. See how sustainability revolutionizes remote communities.
Blue Planet Energy's solar-plus-storage microgrid in Shungnak, Alaska, integrated their reliable Blue Ion LX battery system with the existing diesel power plant. Led by the Northwest Arctic Borough and owned by the Native Village of Shungnak and the Native Village of Kobuk, with support from Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), the project aimed to optimize solar energy and address the challenge of aligning solar generation with the village's demand.
The Blue Ion LX battery system, utilizing lithium iron phosphate (LFP, LiFePO4) chemistry, was chosen for its exceptional safety and reliability in the remote and unmanned environment of Shungnak's diesel power plant. This selection instilled confidence in AVEC to embrace energy storage and reduce their reliance on diesel generators.
“Blue Planet Energy was critical to the success of this project. Thanks to the energy storage system, we can turn the diesels off but keep the lights on in the community. It also gives the local utility the ability to run on 100% clean energy for hours at a time.”Rob Roys, Chief Innovation Officer at Launch Alaska
Despite logistical challenges, Blue Planet Energy successfully shipped and installed the Blue Ion LX system in Shungnak, demonstrating the robustness and superior quality of their technology.
The solar-plus-storage microgrid significantly reduced Shungnak's dependence on diesel fuel, resulting in estimated annual savings of 25,000 gallons and approximately $200,000 in fuel costs. Additionally, the system minimized generator maintenance expenses, contributing to a cleaner environment and improved sustainability for the village.
The success of the Shungnak project serves as a blueprint for similar grid-scale projects in remote communities. Blue Planet Energy's LFP batteries, combined with strategic partnerships and innovative microgrid controllers, showcase the viability of sustainable energy solutions for off-grid regions.