Redflow Receives DOE Funding for LDES Microgrid Project at Children’s Hospital in California

Sept. 27, 2023
As part of U.S. DOE’s $325 million LDES program, the project will help the Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera to replace diesel generators with cleaner resources

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Redflow Limited, in partnership with Faraday Microgrids, as the battery provider for a 34.4 MWh long-duration energy storage (LDES) microgrid project at the Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California.

The Children’s Hospital Resilient Grid with Energy Storage (CHARGES) project is part of the DOE’s $325 million LDES program, and its purpose is to replace diesel generators with clean, cost-effective resources while providing a roadmap for hospitals and infrastructures to implement similar projects across the country.

The project, which will combine Redflow’s batteries with other renewable energy resources, will also support California’s goal of installing 45 to 55 GW of LDES by 2045 to bolster grid reliability during natural disasters and power outages while supporting the clean energy transition.

“Our team is looking forward to building upon our partnership with Redflow to deliver this and other projects, such as the 20 MWh battery and 5 MW solar microgrid for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians,” said Faraday CEO David Bliss. “We’re confident in our partnership’s capabilities to successfully deliver large, resilient, dispatchable 24/7 clean energy microgrids to health care facilities, tribes, and other large grid customers throughout California and the United States.”

Once complete, the system is expected to maintain critical hospital operations during utility outages or shortages not attributed to earthquakes for at least 18 hours.