MESA and SunSpec to Convene Technical Workshop for Device Level Specification – January 25-26 in Sunnyvale, CA

MESA and SunSpec will convene a technical workshop for the MESA-Device/SunSpec Energy Storage specification. Nuvation will host the workshop on January 25-26 in Sunnyvale, CA. The workshop is intended for two audiences: 1) MESA and/or SunSpec members implementing the specification and 2) members or prospective members who would like to implement the specification but need an introduction to available tools and direct technical assistance.

The workshop will provide an overview of the specifications and an introduction to available tools to assist in implementation of the MESA-Device/SunSpec Energy Storage specification. It will also feature multiple work sessions with technical experts to develop and test existing control interfaces, evaluate effectiveness of combined specified solutions, and explore/identify gaps in MESA-Device/SunSpec Energy Storage.

We hope you can join us for this event! Additional details are below.

Register through Eventbrite or purchase tickets below.

Time
Wednesday, January 25, 9am-5pm PT (followed by happy hour and dinner to be hosted by Nuvation on site).
Thursday, January 26, 9am-1pm PT

Location
Nuvation, 151 Gibraltar Ct, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Cost
$50/person for MESA/SunSpec members

$3000/organization for MESA/SunSpec non-members (Fee waived with membership. Fee can also be credited towards membership with either organization.)

Contact
Margot Malarkey, Program Manager, MESA Standards Alliance. Margot@mesastandards.org or (415) 820-4417

 

MESA Standards Alliance Publishes Specification for Utility Control of Grid Scale Energy Storage

(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca., November 15, 2016) – The MESA Standards Alliance (MESA) has released the first draft of a protocol for communications between utility control centers and energy storage systems (ESS). The open, non-proprietary specification, referred to as MESA-ESS, provides a standard framework for utility-scale ESS data exchanges. Specifically, the draft addresses ESS configuration management, ESS operational states, and the applicable ESS functions from the IEEE 1815 (DNP3) profile for advanced distributed energy resources (DER).

“MESA-ESS enables electric utilities or grid operators to scale deployment of energy storage and manage energy storage assets and fleets of multi-vendor assets to meet specific needs and use cases with minimal custom engineering,” said Mike Rowand, Director of Technology Development at Duke Energy and MESA’s Board Chair. “As energy storage systems multiply on utilities systems, MESA’s work will greatly reduce the complexity of managing these distributed assets.”

The MESA-ESS specification is an important step in supporting the use of non-proprietary communication standards, promoting interoperability, and minimizing the amount of non-recurring engineering that is required to integrate an ESS into utility control systems using DNP3. The draft specification was developed by a technical work group of MESA members, partners, and staff over the last 18 months based on the work by the DNP Users Group. MESA’s draft specification can be downloaded for review and testing; utilities, vendors, and other stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback for incorporation into future versions. Additionally, this work will feed into a larger effort to update the existing DNP3 Application Note on distributed energy and storage, which is expected to be completed in 2017.

“MESA’s work to standardize energy storage system communication requirements builds upon and complements previous efforts in this area. This is an important body of work for the Users Group to consider as we update the DNP3 Application Note,” said Ron J. Farquharson, President for the DNP Users Group. “We appreciate MESA’s efforts to jumpstart the process to improve communications for storage systems and we look forward to continuing the collaboration.”

More information and the draft specification can be found at www.mesastandards.org. The Technical Work Group will be accepting public input throughout 2017 and subsequent drafts and updates will be posted on MESA’s website. For more information about the DNP Users Group visit: www.dnp.org.

About the MESA Standards Alliance:

The MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) Standards Alliance is an industry group of 25+ vendors and utilities whose mission is to accelerate the growth of the energy storage industry through the development of an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and standards for energy storage systems. Founded in 2014, MESA is advancing a new, component-based approach to energy storage that gives electric utilities more choice and allows battery, power converter, and software manufacturers to reach more customers and reduce costs. For more information about MESA or to join MESA and participate in developing standards for the energy storage industry, visit www.mesastandards.org.

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Contacts:

Darcy Wheeles, MESA Standards Alliance

Phone:  415.602.4213

Email: darcy@mesastandards.org

 

Nuvation Battery Management System Selected by Stalwart Power

 

“Stalwart Power had sourced battery modules that met our utility client’s needs in terms of both cost per kilowatt-hour and cycling capacity, but the OEM battery management system was simply not designed to support our deployment at the utility. A key requirement was for the BMS to enable remote monitoring of the BESS and to flag any potential issues that would merit a service call, before it impacted system safety or performance.”

Woody Gibson, CEO, Stalwart Power

battery-energy-storage-system-pv-smoothingSunnyvale, California. November 10, 2016. Stalwart Power has selected Nuvation BMS™ to manage their 51.2-Volt Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS) for grid-attached and behind the meter energy management. The Stalwart BESS that was fitted with a Nuvation battery management system is a 17.5kWh lithium-iron phosphate energy storage system that utilizes a Schneider inverter. It was deployed in September by a leading U.S. utility to apply PV smoothing and load balancing to solar power generation. Nuvation BMS™ was selected due to its design for utility-scale applications and Nuvation’s ability to provide system integration support and engineering design services. Decisive factors that influenced Stalwart Power’s selection of Nuvation BMS™ included the availability of Ethernet communications, the high configurability of the BMS, and remotely accessible system controls. Nuvation performed all system integration, which included replacing the OEM BMS that came bundled with the battery modules. Their software team also developed PV smoothing and load balancing algorithms and installed a custom site controller into the BESS.

“Stalwart Power had sourced battery modules that met our utility client’s needs in terms of both cost per kilowatt-hour and cycling capacity, but the OEM battery management system was simply not designed to support our deployment at the utility,” said Woody Gibson, CEO of Stalwart Power. A key requirement was for the BMS to enable remote monitoring of the BESS and to flag any potential issues that would merit a service call, before it impacted system safety or performance. In terms of selecting a replacement BMS, the high configurability of Nuvation BMS made it very easy to integrate into Stalwart’s BESS.”

“After about 20 years of doing power engineering projects, we are excited to see the rapid advancements in battery energy storage within the last five years or so,” said Michael Worry, Nuvation CEO.  “We were very pleased to have been selected by Stalwart Power for both our BMS and our engineering services. They have a well-designed BESS and are a company that innovates at a pace that easily keeps up with battery and energy management technology. It was a very rewarding experience to be part of this project, including the installation and bring-up of the BESS at the utility site.”

As variable energy sources such as wind and solar become more widely adopted, it becomes increasingly problematic for utilities to integrate them into distributed electricity grids due to the disruptive impact of these variable power sources on grid stability. As the cost of batteries fall and their performance improves with new chemistries, battery energy storage systems are becoming adopted as a viable solution to this and other energy management challenges being faced by utilities. “PV smoothing” refers to the combining of solar generated power with energy storage to mitigate the impacts of power fluctuations derived from clouds passing overhead. These fluctuations are “smoothed” by the batteries before being sent to the grid. “Load balancing” refers to the storage of excess energy during periods of low demand, and the releasing of that stored energy as demand increases. Energy storage systems in the 48-volt range are emerging as a dominant BESS configuration for residential and commercial energy storage applications. They can be paired with residential solar, for example to store excess energy until needed, aid in grid stability, and power many other applications that directly impact grid energy costs and reliability.

About Nuvation Engineering (www.nuvation.com)

Nuvation Engineering provides battery management systems for large-scale energy storage platforms used in grid applications, telecom power backup systems, specialty vehicles and mobile robots. Founded in 1997, Nuvation consists of a BMS products division and an electronic design services division. In addition to off-the-shelf battery management systems, Nuvation provides custom power electronics engineering services.

About Stalwart Power (www.stalwartpower.com)

Stalwart Power addresses the extensive and growing demand for enhanced energy storage solutions that increase the reliability of electric transmission and distribution systems. They deliver end-to-end power solutions, providing energy storage, intelligent dispatching and increased efficiency. Stalwart Power provides both consumer and utility facing solutions to advance the integration of renewable resources onto the grid.

 

Media Contact – Nuvation Engineering

Joseph Xavier, Director of Marketing

519-594-0072

joseph.xavier@nuvation.com

Media Contact – Stalwart Power

Join MESA at Energy Storage North America 2016

October 4-6, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA

MESA is excited  to be a Supporting Organization for Energy Storage North America 2016. ESNA is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the North American energy storage industry. Now in its fourth year, ESNA connects developers, energy users, utilities and policymakers to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid. ESNA 2016 will take place October 4-6 in San Diego, CA.

Register today and save 10% with discount code GOESNA.

U.S. Energy Storage Summit

Now in its second year, the U.S. Energy Storage Summit will bring together utilities, financiers, regulators, technology innovators, and storage practitioners for two full days of data-intensive presentations, analyst-led panel sessions with industry leaders, and extens read more

Nuvation Battery Management System Completes MESA Draft 3 Conformance

“Nuvation’s attainment of Draft 3 conformance streamlines the integration of their battery management system with Parker’s MESA-compliant inverters and 3rd-party site controllers on the Alevo GridBank project. As a founding member of MESA, Parker views Nuvation’s adoption of MESA standards and their ongoing involvement as an important step in simplifying the integration of Nuvation BMS into energy storage systems.”

Daniel Friberg, Division Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin

 

Sunnyvale, California. June 6, 2016. Nuvation Engineering has announced that their battery management system for large-scale energy storage systems (ESS) is now conformant with Draft 3 of the MESA-Device/SunSpec Energy Storage Model. “MESA Draft 3 conformant products share a common communications interface that exposes all the data and control points required for operating the energy storage system,” said John Corman, Vice-President, Engineering and Product Management at Nuvation. “Nuvation BMS can now be integrated with any other MESA-conformant energy storage hardware or software without the custom middleware often required to enable different companies’ products to work together.”

“Nuvation’s attainment of Draft 3 conformance streamlines the integration of their battery management system with Parker’s MESA-conformant inverters and 3rd-party site controllers on the Alevo GridBank project,” said Daniel Friberg, Division Engineering Manager, Parker Hannifin. “As a founding member of MESA, Parker views Nuvation’s adoption of MESA standards and their ongoing involvement as an important step in simplifying the integration of Nuvation BMS into energy storage systems.”

The MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) Alliance is a California-based non-profit organization that was created to develop shared open standards and communication protocols for energy storage systems. Its work includes close collaboration with related groups including the SunSpec Alliance and the Electric Power Research Institute. MESA members include many of the energy storage industry’s leading utilities, ESS developers, battery manufacturers, energy management companies, and power conversion system (PCS) manufacturers. The goals of this industry-driven effort towards standardization include giving electrical utilities more choice by enabling multi-vendor, component-based energy storage systems.

“Nuvation’s MESA-conformant BMS can be integrated with 1Energy’s Intelligent Controller product with minimal effort and expense, which makes it an excellent battery management solution for energy storage systems that are being managed by our software,” said Andrew Miller, VP of Engineering, 1Energy Systems. “Nuvation’s contributions to MESA over the past year have accelerated the energy storage industry’s progress towards open standards for ESS design and ensured that battery management systems are well covered by the standard.”

Nuvation Engineering joined MESA in February, 2015 and is currently collaborating with other MESA members to develop the Draft 4 specification. Draft 4 will include new battery models that expose significant additional measurement and performance data for lithium-ion batteries. In addition, it will include definitions for commonly used terms such as “State of Health” and “State of Charge,” which can often be a source of confusion within the energy storage industry.

 

About Nuvation Engineering

Nuvation Engineering provides battery management systems for large-scale energy storage platforms used in grid applications, telecom power backup systems, specialty vehicles and mobile robots. Founded in 1997, Nuvation consists of a BMS products division and an electronic design services division. In addition to off-the-shelf battery management systems, Nuvation provides custom power electronics engineering services.

Media Contact

Joseph Xavier, Director of Marketing

519-594-0072

jose ph.xavier@nuvation.com

Join MESA at the Grid Edge World Forum

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Grid Edge World Forum is a conference and expo that looks exclusively into the future of global electricity systems. We’ll discuss and debate the latest issues and opportunities impacting tomorrow’s distributed energy system, and examine the trends and innovation happening at the grid edge.

Join us with Greentech Media June 21 – 23 in San Jose, CA for three days of high-quality content, unparalleled networking opportunities, and dedicated exhibit time that will showcase the latest innovations at the Grid Edge.

MESA is a proud partner for this must-attend event. Use our discount code MESA15 for 15% off your conference registration.

Energy Storage News selects Win Inertia as one of the Energy Storage 100

– Win Inertia selected as part of the Energy Storage 100 in new list created by Energy Storage News –

As a part of this year’s new Energy Storage Summit in London, organized by Energy Storage News, a new listing of leading players in the energy storage market has been created. After careful review of candidate companies, Win Inertia has been selected as a part of this elite group for inclusion in the Energy Storage 100 list, which was announced and celebrated at an exclusive networking event at Twickenham Stadium on April 28, 2016.

Win Inertia with the company’s groundbreaking hybrid energy storage solution, SHAD®, is revolutionizing the electrical grid and offering optimized utility-scale storage internationally. Apart from being a leader in technology development, Win Inertia also actively participates in the creation of policy and regulatory standards both in Europe and the US, helping to create an efficient, safe and successful future for energy storage worldwide.

“Every time Win Inertia is recognized in this way, I feel tremendous pride, not only in the company and how it has grown, but also in the marvelous team of people who make our technology possible. This award is as much a tribute to their talent and dedication as it is to our contribution to energy storage solutions,” said Eugenio Domínguez, CEO and Founder of Win Inertia.

About Win Inertia

Win Inertia is a technological solution provider, pioneer in creating hybrid energy storage solutions, optimized in economic terms thanks to the integration of several energy storage technologies, enhanced power electronics and patented energy management algorithms in an exclusive, flexible hardware and software platform.

Win Inertia offers solutions to the new challenges faced by the power grid through the integration of innovative grid-scale energy storage solutions at different levels of the electrical grid, continuous and cost-effectively providing multiple grid services, and opening up new revenue streams. For more information, visit www.wininertia.es.

About Energy Storage News

Energy Storage News is an international reference in news, analysis and opinion on energy storage technologies, as well as organizing industry events like the Energy Storage Summit 28 April 2016. Born out of PV Tech and Solar Power Portal, Energy Storage News, though a young company brings together professionals with years of experience to offer the highest quality contributions with meaningful insights into this exciting and increasingly important sector. www.energy-storage.news/

Eaton, Samsung SDI, and Siemens join the MESA Standards Alliance

Industry Leaders Join MESA to Drive Open Standards for Energy Storage

(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca., April 21, 2016) ─ The MESA Standards Alliance (MESA) announces Eaton, Samsung SDI ,and Siemens, have joined MESA to drive the development of communication specifications for energy storage systems. The companies join over twenty equipment manufacturers, software suppliers, and public and private utilities, whose objective is to accelerate the growth of the energy storage industry through the development of an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and standards for utility-scale, grid-connected energy storage systems.

The goals of MESA are to:

  • Standardize communications and connections, which will accelerate interoperability and scalability of energy storage systems;
  • Give electric utilities more choice by enabling multi-vendor, component-based energy storage systems;
  • Reduce project-specific engineering costs, enabling a more robust energy storage market;
  • Enable technology suppliers (from software developers to battery suppliers) to focus on their core competencies in producing quality, safe and cost-effective components; and
  • Reduce training costs and improve safety for field staff through standardized procedures for safety and efficiency.

“Incorporating MESA’s specifications into our products will enhance Samsung SDI’s energy storage offerings and ensure we can provide the best value to our customers,” said Sewoong Park, Head of ESS Business at Samsung SDI. He stated, “As a leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, we are committed to lending our support to the development of industry standards to facilitate the evolving smart grid. We can do so with confidence knowing our products will interoperate with world-class power conversion and software from our MESA partners.”

Siemens’ Energy Storage Product Line Manager, Itamar Lopes, shared, “As an Energy Storage Solutions Provider, MESA’s specifications will address how our components are packaged and communicate with the grid in a pre-defined simple manner, thereby reducing large project design cycles as well as project costs.”

Chris Thompson, Grid Power Business Unit Manager at Eaton added, “As a leading global power management company and a manufacturer of grid-tie inverters, we understand the importance of standards and are participating in the development of communication specifications for energy storage systems. MESA’s specifications will help simplify solution development, accelerate project deployment and reduce costs by minimizing one-off project engineering.”
Mike Rowand, board chair of MESA and Director of Technology Development at Duke Energy stated, “Our new members are leaders in the emerging energy storage industry and we are pleased they recognize the value of the MESA vision for open standards as they develop their product offerings.”

About Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) Alliance:

The MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) Standards Alliance is an industry group whose mission is to accelerate the growth of the energy storage industry through the development of an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and standards for energy storage systems. MESA is advancing a new, component-based approach to energy storage that gives electric utilities more choice, and allows battery, power converter, and software manufacturers to reach more customers and reduce costs. For more information about MESA, the draft MESA-Device/SunSpec Storage specification, the draft MESA-ESS specification, or to join MESA and participate in developing standards for the energy storage industry, visit www.MESAStandards.org.

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Contact:

Darcy Wheeles, Program Director, MESA Standards Alliance

Phone:  415.602.4213

Email: darcy@mesastandards.org

 

MESA in Charlotte for ESA’s 26th Annual Conference & Expo

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We hope to see you at the Energy Storage Alliance’s 26th Annual Conference and Expo. MESA and EPRI are cohosting a workshop on April 25th from 3:30-5:30pm EDT on Energy Storage System Communication and Controls.

Utilities and vendors will share lessons learned during the development and early deployment of MESA communication specifications. Additionally, MESA will present work to date on the draft MESA-ESS specification for public review and feedback while EPRI provides an update on the Energy Storage Integration Council’s Communications and Controls Working Group.

Register for the workshop here and use code MESA16 for a 10% discount on registration.