19 November 2015 2015 02:24 AM GMT

Mortenson Construction Targets Energy Storage Business

Energy and transmission infrastructure company Mortenson Construction has announced plans to enter the energy storage market.

The company will serve various roles in the engineering, construction and integration of energy storage systems interconnected to local energy grids and behind-the-meter commercial applications.

“Global utility-scale, grid-connected battery storage is forecast to grow to 12 GW by 2024 according to a recent industry study,” the company said in a statement. “Driving this activity is increasing renewable energy generation, supportive policies and regulations, and growth of smart grids and energy infrastructure. Storage systems can provide near instantaneous injections of power to facilities and infrastructure without the inefficiencies of bringing additional power generation online. In addition, these systems can help facility owners manage energy demand charges.”

Mortenson’s energy storage business will be led by Brent Bergland, general manager at Mortenson. Bergland has more than 14 years of experience in renewable energy markets for the company and helped lead some of the Mortenson’s global work in Canada and Australia, and its expansion into the high voltage transmission market.

“With steady growth in wind and solar energy and next generation smart grids, there’s a need for reliable construction partners in the energy storage market,” said Mark Donahue, vice president and general manager at Mortenson. “Through this added capability, Mortenson will be able to provide a turn-key service to our customers who need a concrete solution for their energy storage needs and who also demand the service and dedication for which Mortenson is known.”

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