Three US utilities to optimise energy storage systems

Three utilities in the US have selected virtual power systems firm, Sunverge Energy, to deploy and optimise the operations of their energy storage systems.

The Arizona Public Service will install Sunverge One battery energy storage units and equip consumers with the company’s home energy management system.

The aim of the programme is to minimise energy demand and maximise consumer energy savings.

Sunverge will use its platform to predict load and solar generation. The technology will be used by APS to access smart devices in consumer homes and help customers to improve energy management. The solution will allow the implementation of demand response initiatives, Time of Use energy pricing and other grid services.

The project will be implemented as part of a solar innovation study across APS’ service territory, starting in Phoenix as from this December.

Sunverge CEO Martin Milani, commented: “The APS solar innovation study provides a glimpse into the future of the grid. In that future, overall energy supply and demand is balanced home by home, while still maintaining the comfort of each customer.”

Sunverge Energy storage system

Florida-based utility Lakeland Electric is testing how an energy storage system can be used to cut a customer’s peak demand. Lakeland Electric is installing Sunverge Energy’s solution at a commercial site.  The project will focus on how individual consumer benefits can be transferred on the main grid.

Green Mountain Power is studying how Sunverge One battery energy storage units can be used to supply energy for long to consumers requiring high power loads during an outage on the main grid.

Green Mountain Power used the battery system to provide energy for seven hours to  Farm and Wilderness camps  during an outage.

The news follows a study conducted by Navigant Research forecasting installed DER capacity in the US reaching more than 288GW in 2024.

This will force utilities to spend $503.6 million on DER management technologies by 2020 from $96.4 million in 2016.


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