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.
This past April marked the first month in U.S. history that renewable energy sources supplied more electricity than coal. Clean energy sources—including wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric dams—generated nearly 68.5 million megawatt-hours of power in April. Meanwhile, coal produced roughly 60 million megawatt-hours of power in the same time period, according to the Energy Information Administration (you can view the data here).
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.
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.
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”.
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.”
South Burlington, VT – Dynapower, the global leader in energy storage inverters, and Intertek, a leading provider of quality solutions to industries worldwide, are proud to jointly announce that Dynapower’s MPS-250 is the first storage-only energy inverter to be confirmed by Intertek to meet the UL 1741 SA requirements for a “smart” inverter.
Compliance with this standard ensures that Dynapower’s MPS-250 smart inverter is California Rule 21 and Hawaii Rule 14H compliant through development of advanced inverter features. This was achieved by Dynapower through the use of Intertek’s SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program.
“Dynapower has always been on the forefront of energy storage inverter technology and we are extremely pleased and proud to receive confirmation from Intertek that our MPS-250 inverter meets the UL 1741 SA draft requirements,” said Chip Palombini, sales manager of the energy storage group at Dynapower. “Working through the Intertek SATELLITE program enabled Dynapower to have full control over the timeline of the compliance process.”
“Intertek is proud to work with global leaders like Dynapower to advance the energy industry through smart inverter functionality, enabling PV integration and improving grid resiliency, crucial steps toward smart grids and smart cities,” said Sunny Rai, Vice President of Renewable Energy at Intertek. “Dynapower’s storage-only energy inverters are the first confirmed by Intertek to meet the UL 1741 SA draft requirements, and they achieved this through Intertek’s SATELLITE program, which allows manufacturers to run more efficient compliance programs.”
In addition to the smart inverter features required by the new standard, Dynapower also incorporated Dynamic Transfer as a standard feature into the Generation 2 MPS-250. Dynamic Transfer enables a “backup power” mode of operation for energy storage systems.
Dynapower is a global leader in the design and manufacture of power conversion equipment including high-power rectifiers, energy storage inverters, microgrid control systems and transformers. Dynapower provides power electronics solutions for energy storage, industrial, mining, military, and research applications. With more than 53 years of experience providing power electronics solutions to a global customer base, Dynapower’s product range includes discrete power electronics and fully integrated systems ranging from 100 kilowatts to 36 megawatts. Dynapower has more than 300 MW of the company’s high reliability, energy storage inverters deployed worldwide. For more information, visit: www.dynapower.com.
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When Green Mountain Power became the first utility in New England to use solar energy stored in batteries to “shave” peak power demand from the grid — saving $200,000 in an hour — it was South Burlington’s Dynapower that made it possible.
Chip Palombini, Sales Manager for the Energy Storage Group at Dynapower Corporation, explains how the company uses a combination of renewable and battery-stored energy at the company’s headquarters in South Burlington on Monday, November 7, 2016. (Photo: GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS)
The electricity from batteries is direct current, or DC; the electricity from the grid is alternating current, or AC, explained Chip Palombini, Dynapower’s Sales Manager for the Energy Storage Group. To put energy from its solar-charged batteries on Stafford Hill in Rutland into the grid on Aug. 12 to reduce demand for expensive peak power, GMP needed Dynapower’s “inverter” to make the connection from DC to AC.
“You need to put something between the wall outlet and the batteries,” Palombini said.
Dynapower has carved out a niche as a leading global supplier of the electronics to make this conversion from DC to AC, which came delivered in four parallel systems the size of shipping containers in the case of Green Mountain Power. Each can power 100 homes, Palombini said. Grid power storage is seen in power generation circles as the next big thing. As a result, a remarkable array of companies comes to Vermont to meet with Dynapower executives.
“You’ll see everyone from GE to Samsung, Panasonic and IBM, all come through the doors looking for our expertise,” said Richard Morin, a marketing specialist at Dynapower. “They traipse to Vermont for this little company with world renowned expertise.”
President Adam Knudsen said the best part is that Dynapower’s expertise is here to stay.
“If you look at the professional talent that … we’ve home-grown through our support of the University of Vermont and the technical colleges, it’s a great story,” Knudsen said. “Thirty-five percent of our engineering department graduated from the University of Vermont.”
The remaining percentage of Dynapower’s engineers who come from elsewhere can’t believe their luck, according to Knudsen.
“Some of our most senior power electronics people are global recruitments, but once they come in they don’t ever want to leave,” Knudsen said.
Dynapower Company President Adam Knudsen gives a tour of the company’s manufacturing facility in South Burlington on Monday, November 7, 2016. (Photo: GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS)
Taking on GE
Dynapower has about 200 employees in its 150,000-square-foot plant on Hinesburg Road with a wind turbine out front; a “bunch of mad Vermonters,” says Morin, who can not only engineer “these crazy things,” but also manufacture them in the back of the building.
Dynapower’s vertical integration — design and build — gives it an important advantage over the GEs of the world, according to Palombini.
“GE is a very large machine and they can do a lot of great stuff, but there’s a cost,” Palombini said. “With GE, customization is difficult. That’s what we do, custom installation.”
Customization like the system Dynapower built for the CuisinArt Resort and Spa on Anguilla in the Caribbean. Yes, the same Cuisinart that’s probably in your kitchen. The resort was burning an “astronomical” amount of expensive and smelly diesel fuel to desalinate salt water for drinking water, Palombini said.
When resort management explored the possibility of switching to solar power, the local utility wouldn’t let them connect solar to the grid. Dynapower came up with a solution.
“We delivered 20-foot shipping containers with the batteries and inverter in there,” Palombini said. “They built a solar array with one of our construction partners.”
Now, the CuisinArt resort can make up to 300,000 gallons a day of drinking water with self-contained solar power, independent of the grid. The job would have been easier with a grid connection like Green Mountain Power has, but the resort owner wanted to get the project done, and wrote a check for $600,000 to make it happen, according to Palombini.
“The great thing is it’s not just to make the golf course green,” Knudsen said. “It provides drinking water for the island. It’s a neat story about using technology to solve a real problem of grid dependency.”
From the Rust Belt to the Green Mountains
Dynapower began in Detroit in 1963, servicing the automotive industry with the electronics for metal finishing equipment such as the chrome-plating machinery for bumpers. In the 1980s, the founder’s son, Peter Pollock, came to the University of Vermont to study in the engineering department, met a girl and fell in love. Once he took over the business, Pollock decided to move the entire operation to Vermont.
“Peter’s father said, ‘You’re going to pick up a profitable Rust Belt business that serves the automotive industry and move it to Vermont? Are you crazy?'” Knudsen said.
Knudsen said if Dynapower had remained solely in its legacy business of chrome-plating bumpers, Pollock would have been crazy. Instead, the company branched into three additional areas: an energy storage group; a mining group; and a military group.
The mining group makes the equipment that separates metal from ore, using electricity.
“It’s a very similar process to chrome plating,” Palombini said. “You take the ore, pour liquid over it to create a sludge, pass a bunch of electricity through it, and now, instead of getting chrome out of solution onto a wheel, you’re getting copper particles out of a mud slurry solution onto some starter plates. All the copper particles are now separated from the dirt and rock.”
The military group makes frequency converters for missile defense systems, solving another diesel fuel-related problem.
Previously, defense systems ran off diesel generators because in the event of an attack, the electric grid is likely to be compromised, Palombini said. In forward operating areas, the cost of a delivered gallon of diesel fuel is hundreds of dollars, making the missile defense systems more expensive even than desalinating water on Anguilla.
“What our system does is enable them to connect to the grid and also to generators,” Palombini said. “If the grid goes down they can seamlessly transition to generators.”
Dynapower doesn’t release revenue figures, but Knudsen, 46, said annual revenue is in the tens of millions of dollars, and he plans to double that number by the end of 2018, pushing the company close to $100 million. Knudsen expects that growth to come from all of the areas the company works in, not just energy storage.
“It’s neat to have a role in building the power electronics that help the world optimize the use of energy, including renewable energy,” Knudsen said. “That’s just cool.”
This story appeared online on Nov. 22, 2016 @ BurlingtonFreePress.com. Contact Dan D’Ambrosio at 660-1841 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DanDambrosioVT.