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Helping to Power the Copper Mining Industry

Adam Knudsen, Dynapower President, and Abdoul Diallo, International Sales Manager, visiting ASARCO in Tucson, Ariz.

This week Adam Knudsen, Dynapower President, and Abdoul Diallo, International Sales Manager, visited ASARCO in Tucson, Ariz. to discuss future projects.  A subsidiary of Groupo Mexico, one of the major copper producers in the world, ASARCO’s copper refinery process is powered by Dyanpower’s high power rectifier.

Dynapower is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of chopper and thyristor rectifiers for mining and electrowinning applications. Most electrowinning units consist of a tank, pump, and rectifier, making Dyanpower a key piece of the process. Copper ores are placed in the tank and electrolytic solution is pumped in. Dynapower’s rectifier shocks the tank with electrical current, and the ores come together to form large plates ready for market.

One of the world’s most important natural resources, copper appears in a wide range of applications from cookware, to plumbing, to roofs. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates that every American born in 2008 will use 1,309 pounds of copper during their lifetime for necessities, lifestyles and health. Dynapower uses a great amount of copper in its own equipment.

Copper also plays a significant role in sustainable energy innovation, due to its superior electrical and thermal conductivity. Up to 50,000kW of primary energy is saved over the life cycle of a system for each additional kilogram of copper used. Furthermore, copper can be 100 percent recycled with no loss in performance.

 

 

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Dynapower and Raychem RPG Advance Indian Storage Market

This week Adam Knudsen, Dynapower President, joined partners from Raychem RPG in India, at the Renewable Energy India Expo, Asia’s largest and most influential event in the renewable energy market.

Dynapower and Raychem RPG joined forces in May to bring Dynapower’s energy storage inverter technology to India and neighboring SAARC countries. “Dynapower’s differentiated technology such as its patented Dynamic Transfer, their focus on solutions, and aggressive growth mindset aligns perfectly with the Raychem RPG business model,” said Ramani Kasi, Raychem RPG President & CEO.

Since partnering, Dynapower and Raychem RPG commissioned India’s first 1MW microgrid at the Central Electronics Limited (CEL) solar-photovoltaic (SPV) cell manufacturing facility in Sahibadad, Uttar Pradesh, India. The project is a locally controllable power system composed to distribute generation combining solar and diesel gensets alongside energy storage connected to the main grid power system.

The CEL project was a central talking point at the Energy India Expo, where Knudsen cut the ribbon for Raychem’s booth alongside Nitin Sharma, Raychem RPG Vice President and Business Head Solar & Energy Storage, to begin the tradeshow.

“The project should run both in on-grid mode, as well as grid-forming mode, which is when the grid is not available, and still provide the best possible high quality, uninterrupted power, which is really critical. We’re extremely happy, the project is working well, and we had support from Dynapower,” Sharma said.

Knudsen not only met with partners at Raychem RPG, but also connected with other emerging renewable energy companies, to talk about DC-DC energy storage. “It’s great to see the excitement around the energy market here in India. We’re excited to introduce energy storage to the Indian market and hopefully impact people’s lives by providing clean and reliable energy,” Knudsen wrote back to Dynapower in an email.

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Passing of Dear Friend and Colleague Ken Ziemann

Ken Ziemann, our colleague, and friend passed away on August 9th. He was 62 … far too young to leave so soon. Ken had a long and amazing work life, virtually all of it spent in the world of large electrical equipment. He was a rare breed and we are proud that he spent his last years with us — his Dynapower family.

He leaves an amazing legacy. His memory as well as drive to keep every bit of information on design, test, and construction of his work is known by all who knew and worked with him. Drawings, designs, proposals, even test reports, were kept and cataloged. It is always amazing to learn their value now. We continue his tradition today; designing and building the next generation of high power transformer rectifiers.

Ken traveled the world, always willing and ready to go wherever the job required. He relished the opportunity to be with customers, many times knowing them for decades. Recently we learned of an opportunity to upgrade equipment that is 30 years old, still running but in need of modernization. Of course, the original equipment was designed, built, tested and started in the field by Ken. He had a deep passion for his work. He was proud of his designs and loved watching the team build what he designed, always there watching, teaching, making sure it was done right. His name was on every transformer, every big rectifier, and he was proud of that.

It was well earned.

A work ethic like what Ken brought every day is hard to find. He lived in actions, showing his team hard work and dedication — every day, day after day.

We will remember him.

We will miss him.

We will continue to value what he brought to us every day.

And, we thank him and his family for the time he spent with us.


and the entire Dynapower family.

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Dynapower Launches DC-DC Converter Partner Program For Central Solar Inverter Manufacturers

Dynapower, the leading independent manufacturer of power electronics for energy storage, is pleased to announce the introduction of a DC-DC partner program for central, solar inverter manufacturers. The program enables participating central, solar inverter manufacturers to include Dynapower’s patent-pending DC-DC converters as part of their utility-scale offering.

Dynapower was the first to commercially deploy DC-DC converters in utility-scale solar plus storage application, and received the 2018 ees Award (Electrical Energy Storage) Innovation Award for its DC-DC converters.

Dynapower’s parallelable 250kW and 375kW DC-DC converters are proven to improve project economics for utility-scale solar owners. The DPS line increases energy production, and enables PV energy to be a time shifted for peak demand events… A recent NREL report cites DC-coupled approach as the most economically advantageous solution for utility-scale solar plus storage.

“We’ve had a tremendous response to our DPS line of DC-DC converters from solar developers and installation owners. We want to be sure that our technology is available to as many customers as possible so we can help accelerate the deployment of utility-scale solar, in the transition to a more sustainable grid,” said Chip Palombini, Director of Energy Storage.

Benefits of the program for participating central inverter manufacturers include access to Dynapower’s patent-pending DC-DC converter technology, OEM channel pricing, and engineering support for DC-coupled utility-scale solar plus storage projects. If you are a central solar inverter manufacturer click here to learn more.

Dynapower’s DPS-250 and DPS-375 can be paralleled to 3MW, and are available as part of a fully-integrated BESS. They have been deployed in installations in Florida and North Carolina and will be deployed in numerous other installations nationwide this year. “This is a very exciting time in solar plus storage,” said Palombini.

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AC vs. DC Coupling For Solar Plus Energy Storage Projects

NORTH AMERICA currently has tens of gigawatts of installed utility-scale PV generation with many more gigawatts under construction. Utility-scale solar will only reach its fullest financial and energy generating potential with the addition of energy storage, however. The majority of utility-scale PV base could expand energy production and increase revenues with the addition of energy storage. Choosing the right topology is critical to maximizing the impact of coupling energy storage with utility-scale solar installations.

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Dynapower DC Converters Awarded 2018 ees AWARD at Electrical Energy Storage Europe

This week Dynapower was awarded a prestigious innovation award at the Electrical Energy Storage conference in Munich, Germany for our DPS line of DC-DC converters for utility-scale solar plus storage. The 2018 ees AWARD recognizes Dynapower’s innovation in energy storage with the introduction last year of the first commercially deployed DC-DC converters for utility-scale solar plus storage in the United States. The DPS family of DC converters reduces the costs of coupling energy storage as well as increases energy production of utility-scale solar arrays to maximize installation economics.

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Dynapower & Raychem Announce Technology Licensing Agreement

Dynapower and Raychem RPG are pleased to announce they have executed a technology transfer and licensing agreement to bring Dynapower’s energy storage inverter technology to India and neighboring SAARC countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently hailed energy storage of solar energy in India as, “[the] next big technological revolution.”

“Dynapower is proud to work alongside Raychem RPG to help realize this revolution,” said Peter Pollak, Dynapower CEO. “For over 50 years we have deployed our power electronics around the world and pioneered the development of energy storage inverters, including the first UL-1741 listed smart inverter. We are excited to bring our technology and know-how to India as well as the SAARC countries as part of the agreement”.

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Dynapower & Viridity Enter Master Supplier Agreement

The First 40MWs of Energy Storage Bound for New Jersey as Part of Agreement

Dynapower, a global leader in energy storage, is pleased to announce it has reached a master supplier agreement with Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc. to supply inverters and fully-integrated energy storage systems for utility-scale and behind the meter energy storage projects.  The first projects Viridity chose Dynapower for are two 20MW/20MWh stand-alone in-front-of-the-meter battery energy storage installations in New Jersey scheduled to come online in 2018.  These projects totaling 40MWs were designed and will be financed, constructed, owned and operated by Viridity.

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Dynapower Deploys First DPS-250 DC-to-DC Converters

Dynapower Company, the world leader in energy storage inverters and converters, is pleased to announce the first deployments of its patent-pending, UL-listed DPS-250 DC Converters in utility-scale solar plus storage projects in the Southeastern United States. The deployment of the DC Converters at three project sites are with two of the nation’s largest independent power producers.

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Dynapower Awarded New Patent for Grid Resiliency Technology

Dynapower, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of energy storage inverters and fully-integrated energy storage systems, today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company a patent for its Dynamic Transfer technology which enables grid resiliency for its utility and commercial & industrial customers. The patented technology enables the seamless transition of an energy storage system with a Dynapower inverter from grid-tied to backup battery power in the event of a grid disturbance.

“This technology enables our utility customers and their ratepayers to have increased energy surety and provides resiliency from energy storage systems using Dynapower energy storage inverters,” said Chip Palombini, sales manager for Dynapower’s Energy Storage Group.

Dynapower’s Dr. Apurva Somani, R & D Lead, and Palombini are inventors of United States patent 9.819,190. Dynamic Transfer was designed to address energy resiliency issues, and more importantly, to ensure power surety for utilities and commercial and industrial users of Dynapower energy storage inverters and systems.

This is critical as the Electric Power Research Institute estimates that the economic costs of power outages amount to about $120 billion annually in the United States.

“Dynamic Transfer can help reduce the economic impact of power outages significantly by providing facilities with Dynapower inverters and energy storage systems the ability to seamlessly transition to backup battery power during a grid disturbance,” said Adam Knudsen, president of Dynapower, adding: “This is critically important for many facilities where even a short interruption in power can result in lost data, production time or food spoilage. Dynamic Transfer ensures their critical processes continue without interruption of power during a grid disturbance.”

Dynapower inverters and energy storage systems featuring the now-patented Dynamic Transfer capability have been installed to help power island nations with 100 percent renewables as well as help reduce the electricity bills and provide critical backup power at colleges, resorts, malls, factories, breweries, wineries, and sports stadiums.