Join MESA at the Grid Edge World Forum

GE-World-Forum-2016-Web-728-90

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.

###

 

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

CC Email Banner 600x150 V2

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.

MESA, vanadium batteries put to the test in Pacific Northwest

Peter Key, Energy Biz December 1 2015

Key excerpts from the article:

“Three Washington state utilities are deploying a total of five cutting-edge systems that will be evaluated by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. Three of the systems were constructed according to a set of standards designed to make utility-scale storage systems easier and cheaper to build, and two use a new type of battery system based on technology developed at the lab.

The utilities received a total of $14.3 million from the state’s Clean Energy Fund for the energy-storage projects and had to put up an equal amount themselves…The utilities that received the funds are Bellevue-based Puget Sound Energy, Spokane-based Avista Corp. and the Snohomish County Public Utility District, which is headquartered in Everett.

The Puget Sound Energy and Snohomish PUD projects use the Modular Energy Storage Architecture – or MESA – set of specifications and standards, which were developed by a group of utilities and their suppliers.

MESA is meant to solve a problem that often plagues early deployments of a technology, which is that each is treated uniquely, increasing the time and effort of doing it.

Utility-scale storage is expected to be big business in the coming decade. According to a forecast from Navigant Research, the market will exceed $2.5 billion in revenue by 2023.”

To read the full story click here: http://www.energybiz.com/article/15/12/mesa-vanadium-batteries-put-test-pacific-northwest

ESIC – Energy Storage Communication And Control Subgroup

Kick Off Call: Friday, November 13 at 1:30 (EST) / 10:30 (PST)

Contact: Ben Ealey (bealey@epri.com) or Darcy Wheeles (darcy@mesastandards.org)
Meetings: Bi-Weekly
Registration: Use this link to register for the webinar.

EPRI and MESA are collaborating on an effort to support capability and interoperability of energy storage communications and controls. EPRI’s Energy Storage Integration Council (ESIC) is launching an open forum that will leverage and review MESA’s existing and ongoing work in this space. The group will take a phased approach to ensure architectures and functionality exist for energy storage to provide high value benefits to the grid and customers. Success in this effort will include 1) identification and definition of all required functions of energy storage to provide desired services and 2) maximum leverage of existing standards and collaborative efforts supporting convergence toward interoperability. The group will leverage and review MESA’s existing and ongoing work in this space.

We need your help to make this happen. EPRI and MESA are looking for stakeholders to join the conversation including vendors, utilities, and other industry experts in both communications and energy storage. Ideal candidates for this task include application and software engineers involved in communications to distributed energy resources from both the utility and manufacturer side of energy storage.

This activity is expected to have four phases, which will be further socialized at this kick-off meeting.  1) Identify grid services that are relevant to energy storage. Grid services will serve as the objective for identifying gaps common smart inverter functions in this effort, 2) Map functions from EPRI’s Common Functions for Smart Inverters, Version 3 (EPRI.com – 3002002233) to the grid services and identify gaps, 3) Update and add new functions as needed to fill gaps, 4) Map protocols to updated functions.

Epri Workgroup
The primary output of this activity is envisioned to be a publicly available white paper that will outline the changes to the common functions as well as other considerations for communications in this space. The updated functions will also be preserved within an update to the publically available Common Smart Inverter Functions following the white paper’s release.

We hope you’ll participate in the kick-off on November 13th at 10:30am Pacific / 1:30pm Eastern to weigh in on your challenges and make suggestions to refine the scope of this activity for maximum impact.

Please use this link to register for the webinar. 

Contact Ben Ealey (bealey@epri.com) or Darcy Wheeles (darcy@mesastandards.org) for more information on this activity.

SunSpec Alliance and MESA Announce Joint ESNA Workshop

MESASunspec Logo

lt brown line

SunSpec Alliance and MESA Announce Joint ESNA Workshop for Energy Storage System (ESS) Communications and Smart Grid Standards and Testing 

Workshop to be held Tuesday, October 13, 2015: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM,

At Energy Storage North America (ESNA), San Diego Convention Center

San Jose and San Francisco, CA, September 9, 2015 – The SunSpec Alliance (SunSpec) and the MESA Standards Alliance (MESA) are pleased to announce they are co-producing a workshop at Energy Storage North America focused on energy storage system (ESS) communications and smart grid standards and testing implementation, “Implementing and Testing Storage Systems Utilizing Common Standards for Smart Grid Deployment.”

This joint workshop will include a survey of smart grid, energy storage functions and communication standards from California, North America, and around the world. This overview will be followed by presentations on smart grid and ESS testing efforts from EPRI, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), SunSpec, Sandia Labs and the Battery Innovation Center (BIC).

The audience for this workshop includes utility communications and storage staff, project developers, equipment suppliers, software developers, system integrators, service providers and business development professional in the energy storage value chain.

 

Workshop Agenda Topic Speakers
Smart grid and ESS  communication standards around the world SunSpec (TJ Keating), Sandia (Jay Johnson), MESA (Frances Cleveland)
Smart inverter supplement to UL 1741 and other UL codes & standards relevant to ESS UL (Tim Zgonena)
Duke’s Coalition of the Willing – Applying OpenFMB to ESS Duke (Thomas Golden)
DER smart grid, cyber security and testing from EPRI’s – California CEC CSI4 Project ERPI (Brian Seal), SunSpec (Tom Tansy)
SunSpec Solar Plus Storage Project and Rule 21 test plans  – California CEC PON 303 Project UCSD (Bill Torre), SunSpec (Tom Tansy), UL (Tim Zgonena), plus project partners
Battery Innovation Center – Industry focused test facility configuration case study BIC (Dave Roberts)
Q&A/Discussion Workshop speakers as panelist

 

For registration visit the Energy Storage North America registration page here: http://www.esnaexpo.com/attendees/registration 

 

Media Contacts

SunSpec Alliance: TJ Keating phone: 650-804-2867 email: tjkeating@sunspec.org

MESA Standards Alliance: Darcy Wheeles phone: 415-602-4213 email: darcy@ceaconsulting.com

 

About SunSpec

The SunSpec Alliance is a trade alliance of developers, manufacturers, operators and service providers, together pursuing open information standards for the distributed energy industry. SunSpec standards address most operational aspects of PV, storage and other distributed energy power plants on the smart grid—including residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems—thus reducing cost, promoting innovation, and accelerating industry growth. Over 70 organizations are members of the SunSpec Alliance, including global leaders from Asia, Europe, and North America. Membership is open to corporations, research organizations, non-profits, and individuals. For more information about the SunSpec Alliance, or to download SunSpec specifications at no charge, please visit www.sunspec.org.

 

About the MESA Standards 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’s component-based approach to energy storage 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 and participate in developing standards for the battery storage industry, visit www.MESAStandards.org.

# # #

 

Duke Energy joins the MESA Standards Alliance

Nation’s largest electric utility to help drive open standards for energy storage

(SAN FRANCISCO, Ca., August 11, 2015) ─ Duke Energy and the MESA Standards Alliance (MESA) announce that the country’s largest electricity utility serving retail customers in six states, with nearly 15 percent of the grid-connected, battery-based energy storage capacity in the U.S.,* has joined MESA to drive the development of communication specifications for energy storage systems. Duke Energy joins a dozen 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 energy storage systems.

MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) is a non-proprietary set of specifications and standards for energy storage in development by a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers. The goals of the MESA Standards Alliance 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.

“Standardizing the communication architecture for energy storage systems is integral to allowing these systems to integrate into Duke’s system and expand our energy storage program. We need energy storage systems to be ‘plug and play’ to facilitate the evolving smart grid,” said Thomas Golden, Technology Development Manager at Duke Energy, “As the energy storage industry takes off and the number of component vendors proliferates, Duke is committed to being a leader in developing standards that enable both vendors and utilities to deploy systems on a shorter timeline and at a better price point for ratepayers.”

Craig Collar, board chair of the MESA Alliance and assistant general manager at Snohomish County Public Utility District stated: “Energy Storage will bring more clean energy reliably onto the grid, and developing standard communication protocols is essential to implementing storage in a seamless and cost-effective manner. We are pleased to have Duke on board; their broad industry influence will help move MESA’s efforts along.”

* IHS Energy.

###

Contacts:
Darcy Wheeles, MESA Standards Alliance
Phone: 415.602.4213; Email: darcy@mesastandards.org

Tammie McGee, Duke Energy
Phone: 980.373.8812; 24-Hour: 800.559.3853

Battery Innovation Center and MESA Standards Alliance Announce Partnership

Battery Innovation Center to become the first MESA interoperability and testing center in the world

Energy storage standards developed by utilities will be tested and verified on-site

(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 15, 2015) ─ The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and the MESA Standards Alliance are announcing a strategic partnership to create the first MESA compatibility and interoperability testing center in the world. As the energy storage industry takes off and the number of component vendors proliferates, the need for a physical location where companies can bring their products, plug them in, verify their compatibility with published standards and test their ability to interoperate is clear.

MESA (Modular Energy Storage Architecture) is a non-proprietary set of specifications and standards for energy storage developed by a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers. The goals of the MESA Standards Alliance are to:

  • Standardize communications and connections, which will accelerate interoperability and scalability;
  • 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 to focus on their core competency: facilitating quality, safety and cost-effectiveness; and
  • Reduce training costs and improve safety for field staff through standardized procedures for safety and efficiency.

“We’ve had a productive first year as an alliance and this partnership is well-timed to our needs as an organization,” Craig Collar, board chair of the MESA Alliance and assistant general manager at Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington State, said. “Our specifications are taking shape and we need a location and an organization that is vendor-independent where our industry and utility members can come to verify that things work as designed.”

Located adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) in Indiana, the BIC is centrally located for U.S.-based companies and is well-equipped to address the needs of the MESA Standards Alliance. “Establishing a strategic partnership with MESA is an honor for the BIC,” David Roberts, president of BIC, said. “The opportunity to serve the industry in this capacity validates BIC’s position as a trusted resource to market participants. We see this sector of the energy storage market increasing dramatically as the number of vendors with commercially viable smart grid products increases and as vital entities like MESA help to define and standardize communication protocol between the various products. We are confident our partnership will catalyze the MESA standardization efforts.”

The BIC facility has a full suite of electrical test and evaluation capabilities, and includes wind and solar generation, 1MWh of energy storage, and a 1MW inverter onsite, along with a 6.4MW net metering capability onto the adjacent MISO node. These physical resources will be augmented in the second half of 2015 with the establishment of a microgrid test lab that will include AC grid simulation capabilities, multiple energy storage systems, and standards-based software to control and evaluate performance of various microgrid components under multiple operating profiles. The microgrid test lab is being sponsored by a Duke Energy grant awarded in March of this year.

With the partnership finalized, the next steps involve the BIC seeding its facility with components that are MESA compliant and getting up to speed on MESA specifications. The center will be a resource for informal testing of capabilities until formal compatibility tests are defined for the various protocols.

Energy storage vendors and utilities interested in energy storage technologies are encouraged to contact the BIC about working together on future projects by visiting www.bicindiana.com.

About The Battery Innovation Center (BIC):

The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a unique public-private partnership and not-for-profit organization that incorporates leadership from world-class universities, commercial enterprises, and government organizations to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lighter weight energy storage systems for commercial and defense organizations. Located adjacent to Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane, the BIC provides both a virtual collaborative network of capabilities needed for development of next generation energy storage solutions as well as a new, state-of-the-art $15.6 million energy research lab. To learn more, visit www.bicindiana.com.

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 standard, or to join MESA and participate in developing standards for the energy storage industry, visit www.MESAStandards.org.

###

Contact:

Melissa Roberts, Battery Innovation Center/Energy Systems Network

Phone: 317.532.4808 (w)

317.501.4136 (m)

Email: Melissa@energysystemsnetwork.com

Darcy Wheeles, MESA Standards Alliance

Phone:  415.602.4213 (m)

Email: darcy@mesastandards.org

 

Puget Sound Energy to Deploy Storage System Built on MESA Standard

On January 23, 2015, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) announced it will deploy a 2MW/4.4MWh energy storage system utilizing lithium-ion batteries, designed to MESA’s set of open standards.

Excerpts from PSE’s press release included below:

The first battery system PSE will deploy is being designed to the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) set of open standards for energy storage. MESA is an association of electric utilities and energy storage vendors based in California whose mission is to define and promote the use of open standards in the creation of energy storage systems.

The system will use 1Energy’s Intelligent Controller™ software to demonstrate several core use cases such as shaving peaks in demand, grid flexibility, and backup power.

“Having PSE’s leadership on this issue will certainly inspire others and give our efforts more momentum,” said Darcy Wheeles, Program Director for the MESA Standards Alliance.

See full press release here.