Iron Edison Selects Nuvation Battery Management Systems for their Solar Energy Storage Solutions

“Nuvation Energy’s battery management system impressed us with how reliably it managed our batteries.” Brandon Williams, CEO, Iron Edison

June 11, 2019 – Iron Edison has selected Nuvation Energy’s Low-Voltage Battery Management Systems for use in their lithium iron phosphate battery system for residential solar energy storage applications.

Iron Edison provides a range of energy storage solutions for residential energy storage. Their lithium iron phosphate batteries can be used as drop-in replacements to lead-acid batteries in an existing system, or can be purchased as part of a turnkey energy storage solution (pictured on the left). Iron Edison customers range from urban homeowners who are storing solar energy for their own use as well as selling it to the grid, to people who live fully off-grid in remote locations.

“While it’s safe to say that every solar energy storage customer wants a reliable battery system, reliability takes on a new level of importance when you have no grid connection and getting a service person on site is very challenging,” said Brandon Williams, CEO, Iron Edison. “Nuvation Energy’s battery management system impressed us with how reliably it managed our batteries. It is also easy to integrate with the range of inverters we support, and has a highly intuitive user interface for configuring the system and viewing battery status information.”

“Our 11-60 Volt battery management system is built on the same platform as our utility-grade high-voltage BMS for megawatt-scale energy storage systems,” said Michael Worry, CEO, Nuvation Energy. “We’ve put over a decade of engineering effort into perfecting its design and are continually innovating to keep up with the evolving needs of the energy storage industry. Iron Edison’s relentless focus on reliability and innovation is very much aligned with our own values at Nuvation Energy. We’re looking forward to empowering each other’s customers with our energy storage solutions.”  

Media Contacts

Nuvation Energy
Joseph Xavier
Director of Marketing
Direct: 519-594-0072
Joseph.Xavier [at] nuvation.com
www.nuvationenergy.com

Iron Edison
Phone: 720-432-6433
Email: info [at] ironedison.com
www.ironedison.com

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New Standard Communication Model Enables Grid Operators to Enhance Performance, Value of Distributed Energy Resources

PALO ALTO, Calif. (January 14, 2019) – A collaborative team published a new Application Note, DNP3 Application Note AN2018-001 – DNP3 Profile for Communications with Distributed Energy Resources, to help grid operators communicate with distributed energy resources (DER) and enhance use and value of energy storage and solar generation connected to smart inverters. Led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the group includes the DNP Users Group, the MESA Standards Alliance (MESA), SunSpec Alliance, EnerNex, and Xanthus Consulting, and is funded in part by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

“DER are developing rapidly to provide new capabilities in serving customers and the grid. Yet without a standard way for utilities to communicate with new technologies, they cannot reach their full interactive potential,” said Ben Ealey, EPRI senior project manager and the project’s primary investigator. “We closed gaps in older communication models, which didn’t have the ‘words’ to command new capabilities of smart inverters and battery storage. We’ve added ‘new words’ for utility grid operators to use that can unlock emerging capabilities of DER, most specifically within the storage domain.”

This DNP3 application note integrates information from the latest field tests as well as smart inverter functionality and provides a standard information model for communicating with DER using Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard (IEEE Std.) 1815TM – 2012 (DNP3) that complies with functional requirements in California Rule 21 and IEEE Std. 1547 TM-2018. Generally, “application notes” provide examples of and suggestions for implementing standards in a specific domain of the industry. This Application Note contains a standardized list of DNP3 inputs and outputs and the specific mapping of information communicated within each point. It also includes functional definitions and mapping with the internationally recognized information model IEC-61850-7-420.

Given that relatively few newer DER have been installed, there has been limited adoption of standard DER information models for DNP3 systems. However, as the grid integrates more DER such communications models become essential for ensuring that utilities and the public are able to maximize the operational functionality and financial value of distributed and traditional grid assets.

Related Developments

Prior to this project’s completion, MESA plans to update the MESA-ESS specification – a standard framework for utility-scale energy storage system data exchanges. The update will address configuration management, operational state, and functions applicable under the DNP3 profile for advanced DER functions. To support the application note’s implementation, SunSpec Alliance is developing a conformance testing framework to validate proper implementation in storage and solar systems.

This project continues through March 2019 and is funded in part by the CEC through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPC-15-089), which funds clean energy research, demonstration, and deployment projects that support California’s energy policy goals and promote enhanced reliability and safety, at lower costs.

About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI’s members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries. EPRI’s principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

About the DNP Users Group

The DNP Users Group supports our user community and the industry by enhancing and promoting the Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3), also known as IEEE Std 1815TM. Our members include utilities, suppliers, consultants, and individuals. Many of our initiatives support greater interoperability between supplier’s products and systems and/or enhance cyber security. On-going refinements also add new features and time saving capabilities which are then included in the next update of IEEE Std 1815 TM. Our growing library of Application Notes, Security Notices, and Technical Bulletins provide essential information for our members. The leadership team and Technical Committee provide periodic educational opportunities including tutorials, white papers, and conference presentations. The Test Management Committee supports our large vendor community with conformance testing review services. The DNP Users Group is a California nonprofit mutual benefit Corporation, operating pursuant to United States IRS code 501(c)(6). More information: www.DNP.org.

Links

User Group Membership page (join to gain access to the full Application Note and Spread sheet): DNP Users Group Membership

Direct link to Profile documents for members: Member Access to DNP3 Profile for DER Communications

About the MESA Standards Alliance

The Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) Standards Alliance is an industry association comprised of electric utilities and technology suppliers whose mission is to accelerate the growth of energy storage through the development of open and non-proprietary communication specifications for energy storage systems. Members include a growing list of leading utilities and energy storage solution providers who work together to build interoperability into their respective products and ensure they are architected for grid system integration. More information: www.MESAStandards.org.

About the SunSpec Alliance

SunSpec Alliance is the information standards and certification organization for the Distributed Energy Resources industry. SunSpec communication standards address operational requirements of solar and energy storage on the smart grid to reduce cost, promote technology innovation, and accelerate industry growth. More information: www.SunSpec.org.

Contacts

Donald Cutler, EPRI dcutler@epri.com; (650) 847-8099
Ronald Farquharson, DNP Users Group President@dnp.org
Darcy Wheeles, MESA Darcy@mesastandards.org
Glenna Wiseman, SunSpec Glenna@SunSpec.org; (909) 553-3141

Join MESA at ESNA – Pasadena, November 6-8

  • Join us and 2,000+ other attendees at Energy Storage North America in Pasadena on November 6-8 as we explore and catalyze the energy storage transition. Learn more about the conference and register using our code MESA18 for 10% off.
  • Join us at Energy Storage North America 2018, the must-attend energy storage event of the year. ESNA provides unmatched educational and networking opportunities that shape the market and connect you to key policymakers, decision-makers, buyers, and customers. You really don’t want to miss out – be part of the energy storage conversation!
  • Energy storage is quickly expanding into international markets. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate (ends September 14) for this year’s conference, to learn from global leaders in energy storage as part of our Global Grid Transformation track.
  • There are endless opportunities to learn and network at ESNA 2018. Sign up for a site tour or workshop to keep up to date on recent advancements and changes in the energy storage industry.
  • California announced the largest energy storage procurement in the world- 567.5 MW. Hear from the dealmakers in this landmark procurement at the Energy Storage North America conference and expo.

MESA-ESS Technical Workshop Kick Off

Webinar Announcement

MESA-ESS Technical Work Group Kickoff Webinar
Wednesday, June 20 at 1 – 2PM Pacific

We are excited to announce that MESA is planning to restart our MESA-ESS Technical Work Group (TWG). MESA-ESS provides a standard framework for utility-scale energy storage system (ESS) data exchange.

Register today!

The first meeting will be a webinar open to both members and non-members, led by MESA’s technical consultant, Frances Cleveland, and will cover what MESA has accomplished over the last year: A tremendous effort to update the DNP3 requirements to make them compliant with California’s smart inverter requirements, IEEE 1547 DER interconnection grid codes, and the IEC 61850-7-420 information standard.

We will also discuss what we plan to work on in the near future, namely to update the MESA-ESS specification, first to ensure it incorporates these new grid code requirements, and secondly to discuss additional requirements that are raised by MESA members as we continue to try to model new ESS capabilities that could be used to meet any additional technical functions as the DER market starts to mature.

The first webinar is open to both members and non-members. Subsequent workgroup meetings will be open to members only. Please reach out to brietta@mesastandards.org to join MESA today!

The technical workgroup will meet bi-weekly at first, and depending on direction from the participants, it may need to meet more frequently. We anticipate holding approximately six TWG meetings.

Background: For those who are new to the MESA efforts, MESA launched a technical working group in March 2015 to develop the MESA-ESS Specification based on work by EPRI and the DNP User Group. A draft was released for public review and testing in November 2016 and fed into a larger effort to create a DNP3 Profile for Distributed Energy Resources in partnership with EPRI and the DNP Users Group in 2017 – early 2018. That DNP3 effort is now complete with the imminent release of EPRI’s DNP3 Application Note, and will be used to update the MESA-ESS specification.

Register today!

Consumers Energy Selects Doosan GridTech To Deliver Innovative Battery Energy Storage System

Doosan GridTech, the leader in utility-integrated energy storage solutions, will install an energy storage system controlled by its award-winning MESA-compliant software to improve circuit reliability.

Seattle, WA. April 2, 2018 ̶  Consumers Energy has selected Doosan GridTech as its partner to deliver one of the energy provider’s first battery energy storage systems. The Parkview storage system will be deployed at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a capacity of one megawatt which is enough energy to power 1,000 homes for an hour.

“More than 40 percent of the energy we produce will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040, so this battery storage project is an important step today,” said Jean-Francois Brossoit, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for transformation, engineering and operations support. “We look forward to innovating with Doosan GridTech to help meet our new clean energy goal while still providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to Michigan homes and businesses.”

The battery energy storage system (BESS) will be controlled by Doosan’s Intelligent Controller™ (DG-IC™) ̶ one of the first software control systems built on open standard interfaces. The DG-IC is the “brains” within each system with intelligence to coordinate multiple real and reactive operating modes and be scheduled remotely. Other system components include Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam’s power conversion system.  Doosan’s engineering partner, Commonwealth Associates, will be the project’s engineer-of-record, providing multidiscipline installation design.

The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS as well as between the BESS and a utility’s control room. A founding member of MESA, Doosan has worked with utilities such as Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District to drive development of MESA standards adoption in grid-scale applications.

“We are honored that Consumers Energy has chosen us to deliver one of their first battery energy storage systems,” said Daejin Choi, CEO of Doosan GridTech. “The Parkview system is one in a series of EPC turnkey projects we delivered in the last three years.  This solidifies our position as the leader in utility-integrated storage systems. Again, the combination of a competitively priced turnkey system with an open standards-based software architecture was a winning proposition for the utility.  Turnkey delivery provides simplicity of purchase while an open standards-based software architecture ensures flexibility across both technology options and suppliers.  This is important for both utilities and other front-of-the-meter BESS owners.”

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Consumers Energy is creating a sustainable future by focusing on the environment, powering Michigan’s economy and investing in people.

Doosan GridTech™ is a global software and solutions provider that helps electric utilities and other megawatt scale customers to evaluate, procure, integrate and optimize energy storage and other distributed energy resources.  The Seattle-based company has managed nearly 65 MW of multiple energy storage and renewable integration projects on open standards software platforms across the country and in Southeast Asia. Its parent company, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd, is headquartered in South Korea and is a multinational conglomerate with an emphasis on industrial and infrastructure products and services. www.doosangridtech.com

 

PRESS CONTACTS:

Jared Silvia, PhD

Director, Product Management

Jared.Silvia@doosan.com

617.460.9828

 

Katie Carey

Media Relations Director

Consumers Energy

Katelyn.carey@cmsenergy.com

517.788.2394

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Regulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage

THE HILL; BY TIMOTHY CAMA – 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted Thursday to implement rules that are designed to remove barriers to grid-level batteries that store electricity.

The new regulation requires that electric grid operators pay and treat storage operations similarly to how they treat power plants.

“This order will enhance competition and promote greater efficiency in the nation’s electric wholesale markets, and will help support the resilience of the bulk power system,” the commission said in a statement after its vote.

All five of the commissioners — three Republicans and two Democrats — voted in favor of the proposal.

“Not only is this rulemaking a win for both consumers and industry, but it is also the kind of positive regulatory action that removes barriers to competition, allowing emerging technologies to compete in the marketplace,” said Commissioner Neil Chatterjee, a Republican.

“It is something of a cliche to refer to electric storage as a game changer, but it is also true. Given the ongoing changes in our nation’s resource mix, and the changing capabilities needed to serve customers, electric storage is poised to provide a critically important role,” said Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, a Democrat.

Storage technology has made significant strides in recent years, but still plays a relatively small role in the electricity mix. Only about 23 gigawatts of storage capacity is in operation nationwide, the vast majority of which is hydroelectric plants that can pump in reverse to store water that can later be run through the plant, according to the Energy Information Administration.

One of the primary uses for electricity storage is to take power during periods of low demand and dispatch it when demand and prices are higher.

But as intermittent energy sources like wind and solar power grow in use, storage can hold power generated when the wind or sun is strong so that it can be used later, when demand outpaces generation.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) had been two of the most vocal voices calling for FERC’s storage rule.

“We’re already seeing powerful new batteries help renewable energy beat out fossil fuels. This rule will help continue that success, reducing carbon pollution and providing Americans with dependable, low-cost energy,” Whitehouse said in a statement.

The storage industry praised FERC’s action.

“With this morning’s unequivocal action, the FERC signaled both a recognition of the value provided by storage today, and more importantly, a clear vision of the role electric storage can play, given a clear pathway to wholesale market participation,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association.

See the full article here.

Joint Project of W. Boylston Municipal Lighting Plant, Mass. Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. and Amber Kinetics Awarded Mass. ACES Grant

by  | Dec 7, 2017

Project Demonstrates Amber Kinetics’ Readily Deployable Four-Hour Flywheel Energy Storage Technology

Energy storage advantages offered by Amber Kinetics’ four-hour discharge duration steel flywheels will be demonstrated by the West Boylston Municipal Lighting Plant (WBMLP), which was awarded a highly competitive Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) earlier today.

WBMLP will deploy a 128 kW storage plant (16 Amber Kinetics 8 kW flywheels) that will be operational before the end of 2018. The demonstration, a joint project by WBMLP, Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) and Amber Kinetics, was selected from “a very competitive round of the program,” said MassCEC.

The innovative system will be interconnected to an existing WBMLP solar energy distributed generation facility and will demonstrate readily replicable projects that will prime Massachusetts for increased commercialization and deployment of energy storage technologies.

“We look forward to demonstrating the significant economic and performance benefits of our flywheel energy storage system to West Boylston Municipal Light Plant,” said Ed Chiao, chief executive officer, Amber Kinetics. “And through the participation of Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, to share those benefits with other municipal utilities, for deployment both behind and in front of the meter.”

“We are very excited to host and showcase a unique, readily deployable, replicable, sustainable technology that will help diversify energy storage options available in the Commonwealth,” said Jonathon Fitch, general manager, WBMLP.  “We will be the first in the Northeast to demonstrate how Amber Kinetics’ flywheels bring value to our customers.”

In addition to providing a safer, more sustainable alternative to chemical batteries, the project will enhance the value of WBMLP’s solar system by storing and shifting the use of that energy into peak periods, reducing WBMLP’s peak load and transmission and capacity charges, capturing energy arbitrage opportunities and increasing WBMLP’s grid reliability. Payback is anticipated in under four years.

With 40+ years of experience helping municipal utilities achieve their strategic vision and optimize their energy portfolios, MMWEC will play a key role in the project, monitoring and evaluating project metrics.

“These grant awards represent the commitment of Massachusetts municipal utilities to the state’s carbon-free energy goals,” said MMWEC Chief Executive Officer Ronald C. DeCurzio.  “This project will serve as a demonstration project for other municipal light plants, and we look forward to sharing replicable aspects with other utilities interested in pursuing energy storage technologies.”

Amber Kinetics’ flywheel energy storage systems offer substantial benefits for a wide range of utility and commercial applications. The firm’s breakthrough technology extends the duration and efficiency of flywheels from minutes to hours, resulting in safe, economical and reliable energy storage for a variety of utility-scale applications, including load shifting, peak shaving, frequency regulation, renewable firming and spinning reserve.

Amber Kinetics’ flywheels are designed for high utilization with no performance degradation, zero variable O&M, and minimal maintenance. They perform with the same high efficiency and instantaneous response time in normal and extreme climates. The flywheels are 98 percent steel by weight, which is recyclable at project end. The flywheels and related equipment have no emissions and require no storage or disposal of hazardous chemicals.

 About Amber Kinetics
Winner of pv magazine’s Array Changing Technology Award 2017, Amber Kinetics began shipping pre-commercial flywheels in September 2016 and commercial units in 2017. To date, the company’s fleet of demonstration units has accumulated 27,000 hours of run time domestically and abroad. The firm is headquartered in Union City, CA. For information, visit amberkinetics.com.

About WBMLP
The West Boylston Municipal Light Plant (WBMLP), a community owned municipal light plant (MLP) located in central Massachusetts and has provided reliable and low cost electricity service to approximately 3,500 customers in West Boylston MA since 1908.

About MMWEC
MMWEC is the joint action agency for public power in Massachusetts, providing a variety of power supply, financial, risk management and other services to the state’s consumer-owned, municipal utilities.  MMWEC was created in 1969 and became a non-profit, public corporation and political subdivision of the Commonwealth in 1976, empowered to issue tax-exempt bonds to finance energy facilities for the benefit of municipal utilities and their customers.

Media Contact
Catherine Rips
Amber Kinetics
media@amberkinetics .com
Cell: (760) 413-3432

Join MESA at Energy Storage STUDIO – Nov 14-15

The Energy Storage STUDIO Conference covers the advancement and integration of technology to support electric service. Unlike other conferences, STUDIO brings together utilities, technology developers, and other stakeholders for

  • expert technical study,
  • peer-to-peer education,
  • an exchange of real world solutions,
  • objective-minded learning,
  • and an intimate, non-sales pressure environment

As an attendee, you will convene with technology leaders and come away with the knowledge necessary to accelerate energy storage solutions that support a clean, resilient, safe, and affordable grid.

Use code SUPORG10STU17 to receive a 10% discount on registration!

About ESA

As the national trade association in the U.S., the Energy Storage Association (ESA) is the leading voice for companies that develop and deploy the multitude of energy storage technologies that we rely on every day. Our member companies research, manufacture, distribute, finance, and build energy storage projects domestically and abroad. Our collective efforts help to create new, competitive markets and a fair regulatory environment that reflects the value provided by energy storage to millions of residential, commercial and industrial customers. www.energystorage.org

About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. As an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research, we focus on electricity generation, delivery, and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible. www.epri.com

 

MESA Technical Workshop: Understanding and Implementing Open Standards for Energy Storage

Monday, November 13 | Cleveland, OH | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST

The MESA Standards Alliance will host a technical workshop at the Energy Storage STUDIO conference on Monday, November 13. Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) is an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and standards developed by an industry consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers.

The workshop will be focused on one of MESA’s specifications under development, MESA-ESS, and will provide an overview of the specifications and strategies for implementing and integrating MESA-ESS.

MESA-ESS provides a standard framework for utility-scale energy storage system (ESS) data exchanges. The draft specification addresses ESS configuration management, ESS operational states, and the applicable ESS functions from the IEEE 1815 (DNP3) profile for advanced distributed energy resource functions.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback on implementation, and learn from colleagues.

Cost
Free to MESA members
$300 per attendee for MESA non-members (Fee waived with membership. Fee can also be credited towards membership with MESA.)

Click here to register or contact Margot@mesastandards.org for more information.

To learn more about existing installations and announcements from MESA members, check out this recent press:

NEW: See the draft agenda here.

 

Southern California Utility joins the MESA Standards Alliance

NEWS RELEASE

Southern California Utility joins the MESA Standards Alliance

Nation’s leader in large scale energy storage procurement to help drive open standards for energy storage

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, August 1, 2017) ─ Southern California Edison (SCE), one of nation’s leaders in energy storage procurement with close to 500 MW of energy storage contracted, has joined the MESA Standards Alliance (MESA) to drive the development of standardized communication specifications for energy storage systems. SCE joins thirty 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 communication specifications and standards for grid scale energy storage systems.

“Standardizing the communication architecture for grid-scale energy storage will enable SCE to operate a variety of energy storage technologies from different vendors, may lead to reduced non-recurring engineering costs, and optimize our grid to meet specific needs and use cases,” said Erik Takayesu, SCE director of Grid Modernization Planning and Technology. “As the energy storage industry matures, SCE is committed to being a leader in the development of standards to support the future grid and enabling the deployment of energy storage systems at a better price point for our customers.”

Mike Rowand, MESA Board Chair and Director of Technology Development at Duke Energy, stated: “MESA is leading the standards effort for energy storage communications with the recently released MESA-ESS draft specification that provides a standard DNP3 framework for communications between utilities and energy storage systems. SCE is a utility leader in advancing the energy storage industry and we look forward to working with them to accelerate and test MESA’s efforts.”

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

Contact:

Darcy Wheeles, MESA Standards Alliance

Phone: 415.602.4213

Email: darcy@mesastandards.org

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