Jordan A. Davis

Our Top Projects from 2019

2019 was a big year for Dynapower. Whether it was helping our customers choose the perfect rectifier for their manufacturing process or leading the pack in the growing energy storage industry, Dynapower was more than happy to get the job done effectively and safely.

We are proud to serve customers in nearly every region of the world to make a truly positive impact in people’s lives. This includes reducing our dependency on fossil fuels through the adoption of energy storage systems, Navy magnetic silencing, 20MW chopper systems in mines around the world, ballast water treatment and helping build cars, planes and houses through metal finishing.

That said, here are some top projects from 2019.

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Jordan A. Davis

Employee Profile: Patrick Carroll, Energy Storage Service Leader

While you’re familiar with our groundbreaking energy storage products, you may not be so familiar with the people behind those products. Today, we’re going to highlight one of those people.

Patrick Carroll is the Energy Storage Service Leader here at Dynapower. He joined the company back in 2015.

 “I’ve always been mechanically inclined even when I was a kid,” Patrick says. “Once, I took my tricycle apart and my dad got up and said ‘I’m not putting that back together’ so I did it myself.”

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Jordan A. Davis

The Far-Reaching Applications of Dynapower’s Products

Dynapower has specialized in power conversion solutions for a wide variety of industries and applications since 1963. These applications include energy storage, mining, metal finishing, chemical production and magnetic silencing and much more. Let’s take a closer look at some of the applications that our systems power.

Metal Finishing

Dynapower offers a complete line of custom and standard rectifiers to meet all of your plating and metal finishing needs. Our designs have a host of cooling and control options to meet the demands of your operation. We offer both SCR and SMPS rectifiers–which are backed by unparalleled technical support and documentation. Plated consumer products that Dynapower’s rectifiers have helped power the process of include:

  • Airplane, car, and motorcycle parts
  • Metal baseball bats
  • Non-stick pan coatings
  • Oscar statuettes
  • Surgical equipment
  • Consumer Electronics

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How to Help Pass the Energy Storage Tax Credit

Congressional leaders are currently reviewing a policy on whether to pass a stand-alone tax credit for energy storage. That means the time is now to mobilize and ensure the success of this bill.

According to the Energy Storage Association, your best course of action to encourage the passing of this policy is to reach out to your member of Congress and they recommend using this contact tool to do so: https://democracy.io/

The ESA has also written up a user-friendly template that you can personalize with your company’s information. Here’s a copy of that template:

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What Are Demand Charges?

When it comes to electricity bills, most commercial and industrial customers simply accept the charges and put a plan in place to accommodate them. However, by understanding the breakdown of their energy usage, many businesses will have the opportunity to generate substantial savings.

According to a recent report from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), utility demand charges can account for between 30 and 70 percent of a commercial and industrial customer’s electricity bill.

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Energy Storage 101: What is a Microgrid?

One of the primary drivers of innovation in the energy storage industry is the demand for independence and resiliency. Overreliance on the existing power grid poses a substantial risk to the industrial, commercial, residential and governmental sectors.

In the event of a widespread power grid outage, those without energy storage systems can face costly and long-term system outages.

Microgrids capitalize on our growing knowledge of renewable energy to present a solution to this problem, allowing these sectors to sustain an autonomous power supply when they would otherwise lack access to electricity.

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Determining the True Value of Solar & Battery Backup Power

There’s no denying that energy storage is gaining momentum in the public consciousness. It continues to weave in and out of all types of discussion–whether it be political, environmental, technological or economical. And as mass blackouts and power outages pop up more and more, it has become clear that the traditional electric grid is in desperate need of strengthening and diversity.

We wrote recently about a series of outages in California that impacted hundreds of thousands of customers–a situation that could’ve been entirely avoided with the adoption of energy storage.

As arguments about how to modernize the grid unfold, energy storage has become the front-runner as a potentially viable solution to that problem. And not only creating grid resiliency but also offering opportunities for job creation, cost savings, safety and reliability. Furthermore, energy storage boasts environmental benefits by alleviating dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewables such as wind and solar.

With all of the above said, the next logical question is: “Sure, that sounds great, but what is the true value of the supposed resilience that energy storage will provide?”

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Reverse DC-Coupled PV+Storage

In 2018, Dynapower deployed the first DC-DC converter in a DC-coupled PV+S (PV + storage) configuration at an existing utility-scale PV+S installation.

Since then, the innovative solar-plus-storage solution has gained traction due to the ability of DC-coupled PV+S to increase PV energy capture and decrease the costs as compared to AC-coupled energy storage solutions.

Recent reports from IHS Markit and Wood Mackenzie (GTM) forecast DC-Coupled PV+S will be the standard hybrid PV+S topology by 2023 because of its economic advantages over AC-coupled solar plus storage solutions.

Dynapower is currently delivering two DC-coupled PV+S configurations for our customers. Each has specific use case advantages. We work closely with our customers to determine which DC-coupled configuration is best suited for the customer’s application. Here we examine each.

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SMA and Dynapower Collaborate on DC-DC Converter

We recently collaborated with SMA on a 500-kW DC-DC converter for use with an SMA inverter for utility-scale solar+storage projects. We displayed the integrated system and our own Chris Larsen—Director of Business Development at Dynapower—discussed the system alongside SMA’s Energy Storage Product Manger Tim Stocker at Solar Power International for an interview with our good friends at Solar Power World.

The SMA DC-coupled PV central inverter includes connection points for up to six DC converters. Dynapower worked with SMA extensively on this inverter to ensure the solution is as streamlined and as effective of a product as possible.

The DC-DC converter marries up to the SMA Sunny Central Inverter and can be put in parallel with other units to help developers size their storage package appropriately to match their solar array.

This air-cooled system has the capability of both operating as a current source device but also can operate as a voltage source device where it’s actually emulating the PV array, as Larsen points out in the video.

This 500-kW DC-DC converter boasts bi-directional functionality so you have the flexibility to not only charge from solar but also from the grid. The unit also boasts many different use cases for the DC-coupled energy storage market such as clip loss capturing and time shifting.

Check out the video to learn more from Chris and Tim.

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Dynapower Launches New Preventative Maintenance Plans

A couple weeks ago, we published a piece on the different types of maintenance approaches for your rectifiers and industrial power systems. These included three types of maintenance: reactive maintenance, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance.

In this piece, we highlighted the disadvantages of adopting a purely reactive maintenance approach and shed some light on the benefits of adopting a preventive maintenance and ultimately, a predictive maintenance approach.

To recap, preventive maintenance is primarily based on anticipating failures and updates based on manufacturer recommendations while predictive maintenance is all about using data analysis to dial in your machines to achieve the maximum lifetime value out of them and give you the greatest process and product possible.

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