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.
Darcy Wheeles, Program Director, MESA Standards Alliance