Jordan A. Davis

3 Reasons to Meet With Dynapower at Solar Power International

As part of the North America Smart Energy Week, Solar Power International will be taking place in Salt Lake City from September 23rd through the 26th and Dynapower is proud to be a part of this excellent event.

Solar Power International will be hosting the largest gathering of solar industry professionals and vendors in the country. We will be posted up at Booth 3431 throughout the week and would love to discuss our next generation of energy storage systems with you!

Here are three reasons to come visit us at SPI.

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Jordan A. Davis

The 3 Types of Maintenance Approaches for Industrial Rectifiers

When it comes to preventative maintenance for industrial rectifiers, there are three levels that we most often see. By understanding these three levels of preventative maintenance and determining what category you fall into, you can begin thinking about how you can adopt new a higher-tiered strategy to save money and become more active rather than reactive.

Level I: Reactive Maintenance 

The reactive form of preventive maintenance is akin to going in for an oil change every 3000 miles. You do it because that’s what you’re told to do. You don’t perform any checks or maintenance on your vehicle other than changing whatever the manufacturer tells you to change.

The reactive maintenance approach basically involves taking action only when a problem has arisen. “When your equipment is down and there’s flames and smoke and downtime, you call us to fix it,” says Dynapower’s Repairs Supervisor Remington Schieffer.

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Jordan A. Davis

Dynapower’s Black Start Technology for Microgrids

Islanded operation, or operation in the the absence of grid connection, is a primary application of energy storage systems. In the case of a microgrid, the ability to island enables energy storage to provide backup power, increasing resilience and reliability of the microgrid.

In the event a microgrid were to be de-energized due to a grid outage, or enter a “black out” state, Dynapower has developed a simple and reliable approach to black starting or “restarting” the microgid’s energy storage inverters.

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Dynapower Company Video: Who We Are

Since 1963, Dynapower has been a leader in the development and production of purpose-built solutions in the power conversion industry.

Our vast array of products–which include energy storage systems, inverters, DC converters, rectifiers and custom transformers–are designed and built in our 150,000 square foot vertically integrated facility right here in South Burlington, Vermont.

The video below provides a great insight into who we are and what we’re about:

Jordan A. Davis

Engineering Upgrades: A Breakdown of Our Touchpad and Touchscreen Controllers

At Dynapower, we refer to engineering upgrades as a term used to describe putting a non-original part in a machine as opposed to a repair—which refers to a like part for a like part exchange. An easy way to understand this is if you blow out your tire and replace it with the exact same tire it’s a repair whereas purchasing a higher end tire would be an upgrade.

Our main goal when considering engineering upgrades is determining how we can bring your piece of equipment that you know and love and are comfortable troubleshooting to the next level. When it comes to meeting today’s demand and production requirements, engineering upgrades to existing rectifiers are a great solution for a lot of customers.

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Jordan A. Davis

Flywheel Systems vs. Flow Batteries

In the advanced energy storage market, lithium-ion batteries remain the primary battery technology for energy storage systems. They are used in a variety of storage applications from energy storage sited at commercial and industrial facilities to residential energy storage to multi-megawatt utility-scale energy storage installations.

Despite lithium-ion batteries’ market dominance, they aren’t the only available option. Dynapower has deployed our energy storage inverters alongside other battery technologies including flywheel systems and flow batteries. Here we take a deeper dive into how these batteries work.

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Jordan A. Davis

SCR vs. SMPS Rectifiers: A Maintenance Perspective

Recently, we covered the three main considerations to weigh when buying a rectifier. Now, let’s dive a little deeper and shed some light a common debate in the world of rectifiers. We’re speaking of course about SCR vs SMPS rectifiers. As you will see, the ultimate differences and similarities may surprise you.

First, let’s run through the characteristics of these two classes of rectifiers. A silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) is a semiconductor power supply that meters electricity by opening electrical “valves,” working together as a team, to rectify electricity. The longer the “valve” is open, the higher the voltage leaving the rectifier will be.

scr-rectifier

SCR rectifiers are variable voltage DC power supplies that are low frequency, high ripple systems. These systems are rugged and have a history of durability in the market – a number of our customers have systems running after 40 or 50 years. They regulate and react steadily, carry a lot of power in big copper windings, and are fairly easy to troubleshoot with large, easy-to-identify components.

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Jordan A. Davis

Dynapower Receives TÜV Rheinland Certification for Its DC-to-DC Converters

Dynapower is proud to announce that its DPS-500 DC-to-DC converter for solar plus storage has been certified for IEC 62109 from TÜV Rheinland. It is the first DC to DC converter designed for utility-scale solar plus storage applications to receive this important safety designation.

“Dynapower designs and builds the safest, highest performing energy storage inverters and DC to DC converters available today. This is further validation of the quality and safety of our energy storage solutions,” said Tim Varhue, Energy Storage Product Manager.

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Massachusetts Becomes First State to Incentivize Energy Storage Systems

Massachusetts has become the first state in the nation to incentivize behind-the-meter energy storage for commercial and industrial customers. The recent incentive–ordered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU)–would allow utility companies to pay customers who agree to use their energy storage systems during peak electricity demand hours to reduce their load on the grid..

The program is being offered through an electric utilities and energy efficiency provider collaborative called Mass Save. The programs are designed for Massachusetts utilities including National Grid, Eversource, Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company and other smaller utilities in the state.

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