Jordan A. Davis

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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Jordan A. Davis

Dynapower Volunteers Roll Sleeves Up at Habitat for Humanity Build Day

At Dynapower, we take our commitment to the local community very seriously. As such, we organize company volunteer days where employees are encouraged to take a day to help out local organizations.

Our latest Dynapower Volunteer Day happened on Friday, October 18th in Burlington, Vermont.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity had been looking for eight volunteers to help out at their Convent Square project in Burlington. Dynapower was happy to fill all eight spots and our volunteers had a blast aiding in the construction of a home for a local family in need.

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How Energy Storage Can Transform Grid Resiliency

Mass blackouts and power outages have been plaguing hundres of thousads of Californians in the past week. The outages are a result of one of the state’s largest utility companies–Pacific Gas & Electric–shutting off power to avoid potential wildfires.

This has sparked quite a debate among the public and media. PG&E has received criticism from officials that they are putting corporate profits over public good and safety.

“Californians should not pay the price for decades of PG&E’s greed and neglect,” said California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Twitter. “PG&E must be held to account.”

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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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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:

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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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