Convergent and SNC-Lavalin Win Energy Storage North America 2018 Innovation Award

Winning project is Convergent’s 10 MW behind-the-meter system, the largest in North America

Pasadena, Calif. November 9, 2018 Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) and SNC-Lavalin today announced that they have been recognized as an Energy Storage North America 2018 Innovation Award winners for their innovation and leadership in energy storage and positive impact on the energy storage industry. Convergent’s 10 MW behind-the-meter system, located in Sarnia, Ontario is the largest in North America. The system is reducing Global Adjustment charges for a large petrochemical facility by reducing its consumption during expensive grid peak periods.

Convergent contracted with SNC-Lavalin, which engineered the system including, feasibility studies, electrical design, civil design and construction management. IHI Energy Storage provided the battery technology.

Convergent’s system combines cutting-edge Li-Ion technology and design with its unparalleled peak dispatch algorithm, PEAK IQ. The system has the ability to inject and store up to 10 MW of electrical power, interconnected directly at the customer’s primary medium voltage distribution system. The plant is comprised of six 1.67 MW energy storage blocks, each block includes transformers, inverters, battery enclosures with associated HVAC & Control equipment.

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, celebrated the winners of its 2018 Innovation Awards during a reception at the Pasadena Convention Center. Winners were recognized for their impact on the energy storage ecosystem, services supplied to customers and the grid, unique technology solutions, financing, or partnerships.

“We’re thrilled to receive ESNA’s prestigious innovation award for a superlative project that has not only benefitted our customer, but paved the way for significant growth in the Ontario energy storage market,” said Robin Gray, Convergent’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Project Development. “The success of this project would not have been possible without the professionalism and teamwork of all involved, including our co-awardee SNC-Lavalin.”

“SNC-Lavalin is extremely pleased to be part of the team that shared this award for the 2018 Innovation Award for this Behind the Meter (BTM) Battery Energy Storage System (BESS),” said Gene Larson, SNC-Lavalin’s Vice President of Energy Storage. “This is the largest BTM energy storage project in North America and is indicative of the valuable synergies between Convergent and SNC-Lavalin.”

“The individuals and organizations we’re recognizing with this year’s ESNA Awards have made significant contributions to the growth and maturation of the energy storage industry, thanks to their dynamic leadership, visionary policies, and successful project execution,” said Janice Lin, Energy Storage North America Conference Chair. “We offer them our sincere congratulations and gratitude for opening doors in the North American and global markets, and leading the transition to a cleaner and more resilient grid.”

About Convergent

Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) is the leading independent developer of energy storage solutions in North America. Powered by results, Convergent manages all aspects of the energy storage asset development cycle to help customers navigate an increasingly expensive, decentralized, and renewable-driven energy landscape. Convergent deploys state-of-the-art technology to significantly lower commercial and industrial customers’ electricity bills and provide utilities with cost-effective grid solutions. With over 120 MWs and 240 MWhs of projects in operation, construction, or under contract, Convergent is also the largest independent operator of energy storage in North America. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin’s employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction management, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and EDPM (engineering design and project management). On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, which has been integrated into our sectors.

About Energy Storage North America

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event covering all applications of grid storage in North America. ESNA is produced by Strategen Consulting and Messe Dusseldorf North America, and is part of the larger World of Energy Storage events in Europe, India, China and Japan. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid. ESNA 2019 will be held November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego. To learn more about ESNA, visit

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