US utility Consumers Energy has commissioned Sunverge’s Real-time distributed energy resources control and aggregation platform for its residential battery storage pilot in Michigan.

The utility will use the platform to test and measure how aggregated battery storage can benefit its electric grid and utility customers.

Sunverge will also provide the utility with its energy storage technology.

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The battery storage pilot is part of efforts by Consumers Energy to modernise its grid by integrating more distributed energy resources such as behind-the-meter batteries and solar arrays with its grid.

Consumers Energy and Sunverge worked together to evaluate the energy provider’s distribution circuits and identify grid locations suitable to test the potential benefits and value from behind the meter battery storage.

Ryan Kiley, executive director of product development for Consumers Energy, said:  “The Sunverge platform’s ability to co-optimise grid services is key to our decision to work with them. In this pilot, we are testing to understand the different values that batteries could provide to the overall grid, such as potential investment deferral, resiliency and reliability, while also providing a backup of critical loads for pilot participants.”

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 “We are excited to be working with the Consumers Energy team to help them better understand how they may be able to leverage aggregated and orchestrated behind-the-meter storage to provide an overall grid benefit and support their goal of generating 40% of their energy from renewable sources by 2040,” adds Martin Milani, the CEO of Sunverge.