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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.

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Adam Knudsen to Serve on the Governor’s Climate Action Commission

Solar Plus Storage at Stafford Hill Solar Farm

Solar Plus Storage Installation at Stafford Hill Solar Farm in Rutland, VT

Dynapower, the leading independent supplier of energy storage solutions, is honored to announce that Adam Knudsen, President, will be serving on Governor Phil Scott’s Climate Action Commission.

“We are very excited to have Adam Knudsen and the team at Dynapower be a part of the Commission’s important work.  The company is on the cutting edge, leading the low carbon economy.  This is a Vermont-based manufacturing company building the foundation for the strong climate action-based economy Governor Scott envisions,” said Peter Walke, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

The goal of the Vermont Climate Action Commission is to develop solutions that grow the state’s economy by providing solutions for climate change, put Vermonters on a path to great affordability, and not leave vulnerable Vermonters behind.

According to scientists at NASA and around the globe, global climate change is already having adverse effects worldwide. The potential future effects of global climate change include more frequent wildfires, longer periods of drought, and an increase in the number, duration, and intensity of tropical storms.

“Dynamically enhancing our grid to reliably integrate as much clean renewable energy as possible is one of the keys to addressing climate change, both here in Vermont and abroad,” said Knudsen. “Energy storage is key to optimizing the use of energy on the grid, including the large scale integration of renewables into the grid.”

Dynapower’s energy storage inverters are installed on the island of Ta’u in American Samoa as part of a solar power and battery storage-enabled microgrid.

Knudsen will leverage Dynapower’s extensive experience in smart grid energy storage to contribute to and progress the objectives of the Climate Action Commission. Dynapower has connected over 375MW of energy storage inverters worldwide, including in Vermont at Stafford Hill and at its corporate headquarters in South Burlington. Installations with Dynapower inverters and energy storage systems have helped strengthen electric grids in several states including Vermont, California, Hawaii and Texas; provided backup power for critical facilities; reduced electricity bills for ratepayers; and enabled island nations to be run completely from renewable energy.


“We are proud to be on the forefront of such a transformative technology as energy storage that is already positively impacting communities around the globe. We are particularly proud to be doing this from Vermont, and to now bring that expertise to bear on Vermont’s approach to combating climate change, and help to create jobs in Vermont, is extremely gratifying,” said Knudsen. “The entire Dynapower team stands behind the Governor in supporting this important effort to chart a course forward for Vermont’s economy and the well-being of all Vermonters, and the planet.”

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Renee Naud Named Director of Human Resources & Corporate Counsel

Dynapower is pleased to announce the addition of Renee Naud to the Executive Management team as the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel. Her focus in leading human resources at Dynapower will be to build upon employee support and engagement. As Corporate Counsel, Naud will provide first level support of legal and contract work and serve as liaison to external legal counsel to Dynapower.

renee naud the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel Dynapower Company Vermont

“Given the increasingly global and technical nature of our growing business, we are excited to have Renee as part of the Dynapower team,” said Adam Knudsen, President of Dynapower. “As a proven business leader, talent manager, and corporate counsel, her skill set will not only provide an important link between our internal engineering and sales teams and our outside legal counsels, but will help Dynapower stay on the forefront of talent recruitment, retention, and development at our facilities in Vermont and California. As we negotiate international deals and build upon our rich base of intellectual property, Renee will be key in assisting Dynapower in the growing global market.”

Prior to joining Dynapower, Naud had a 17-year career delivering legal counsel to executive leadership and driving human resources functions and regulatory compliance for a world-leading plastic packaging manufacturer.

“I am excited and honored to be joining the Dynapower team to share and learn from such a dedicated group of people,” said Naud. “From Antarctica to Qatar to Alaska, I am impressed to see the scope of Dynapower and its products and services. My passion for manufacturing makes me proud to work for a company that has managed to create world-class technology locally, and succeed on a global scale. I am very excited to contribute to Dynapower’s team and mission.”

Some of Naud’s notable previous career accomplishments include integrating the human resources department into everyday business practices, maintaining accountability standards, and providing legal and professional guidance to companies competing on the global market. “My goal for Dynapower is to be as successful as possible, with the human resources and legal departments contributing value directly to the short and long term strategic and operational objectives of the organization.” said Naud. “The scale and scope of my HR and legal experiences bring something new to Dynapower, and I look forward to applying what I’ve learned and challenging us to build on the great work that has been done both internally and externally.”

Naud was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, completing both her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Detroit. She is a licensed member in good standing of both the State of Vermont and Michigan legal bars.  She is a certified instructor trainer of ELI Civility Training, a workplace fair employment practice program, as well as an Instructor for eCornell’s online professional certificate program in Strategic Human Resources Leadership.

She lives in South Hero, Vermont with her partner, Marco. She enjoys beekeeping, baking and cooking as well as traveling and all things horsepower — motorcycling, classic cars, boating, and snowmobiling.

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Matt Paul: Dynapower’s New Sales Manager of After Market Services

Dynapower News Matthew Paul Sales Manager of After Market Services

Dynapower is pleased to announce Matthew Paul’s new position as the Sales Manager of Aftermarket Services. Matthew will provide an enhanced knowledge and understanding of Dynapower’s customer-base and their needs for Aftermarket Services to the business.

“I know Matt will make incredible strides for our Aftermarket Services business at Dynapower,” said Bob Gladden, the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Dynapower. “His energy is contagious and his passion for taking care of our customers is second to none.”

Matthew has worked with Dynapower for over 5 years, beginning his career with Dynapower in 2011 on the production floor. He later moved to do work for the Sales and Customer Service departments, improving his knowledge of the Dynapower product, product applications, and customer needs. “I could not be happier or more excited for Matt,” said Scott Kerner, the Vice President of Sales at Dynapower. “Matt’s experience, ranging from having built our products to selling the parts and services that support them, puts Matt in a great position to drive growth and serve our customers. I look forward to seeing him succeed in this role and beyond with Dynapower.”

Some of Mr. Paul’s notable initiatives at the company include customer service operations, preventative care and maintenance programs, long-term service agreements, and spare parts sales. When asked about his time at Dynapower, Matthew said, “I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to grow and be mentored within this business. It has cultivated my understanding of our product and the power electronics markets. Dynapower is a business that values its team and is always looking forward.”

Matthew will take his extensive experience in the service industry to further support customers throughout the entire lifecycle of the Dynapower product. In addition, he emphasizes that this will be done to the same scale as Dynapower’s product reach, that is, globally. “Dynapower is making a commitment to customer support and service through the lifecycle of our products, and to expand on our current foundation of service and support,” said Mr. Paul. “I look forward to being at the forefront of that initiative with our team, working with our customers globally, to adapt to fit their needs.”

Matthew Paul of New Haven, Vermont is a former collegiate athlete and semi-professional football player. He is married with 2 children. Mr. Paul graduated from Lyndon State College with a B.S. in Music, Business and Industry.

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Mark DeSantis Joins Dynapower as Senior Industrial Sales Engineer

Dynapower is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark DeSantis as senior sales engineer for Industrial Sales. DeSantis, a proven sales professional in the electro-mechanical industries, brings over 30 years of experience in sales and business development.

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“With Mark’s tremendous background in selling highly technical products and proven results, we are all very excited to have Mark join the Dynapower team,” said Dev Massimi, Industrial Sales Manager. “Mark will be a key direct point of contact for our customers guiding their projects, and providing Dynapower customers with the excellent level of service and support that Dynapower is known for.”

DeSantis for his part is excited about the opportunity as well. “My goal is to increase sales, but more importantly to strengthen our relationship with present and future customers,” said DeSantis, a married father of two from Detroit, Michigan. “I am looking forward to sharing my experience in helping build teams and product lines with my new colleagues at Dynapower. With the the new products we are introducing and the evolving industrial markets its an exciting time to be a part of the Dynapower team.”

DeSantis is a graduate of Northwood University with degrees in business management and business administration.