energy storage; Salt River Project

Northern Power Systems has launched a new product that allows developers and end-users to acquire a fully integrated energy storage system tailored to their energy needs.The clean energy firm’s energy storage solution features the advanced FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system that has been featured in multiple technologies and applications.

A company release adds that the system has a wide range of DC voltage optimisation, effective with several battery types including flow, lithium, lead acid or any other chemical battery, as well as mechanical storage options such as flywheels.

Diego M. Tebaldi, vice president of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, commented: "This is a great step forward—responding to market demand where customers are requiring a fully integrated solution."

He added: "We are proud to partner with key providers across the spectrum of the main components, using our multi-year experience to select components that provide the better technical solution for the application required, and offer the market an easier to deploy standard and pre-configured solution."

[quote] Northern Power Systems adds that the primary applications for its energy storage solution includes utility grid support aiding frequency regulation, VAR support/power quality, peak shaving/load shifting, sub-station resiliency, renewable integration.

The solution is also suitable for behind-the-meter applications for demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, critical load support. The storage solution is also fit for use in hybrid microgrids – for remote/islanded operation, black start and renewables utilization/reduced fuel consumption.

Global standard for energy storage

In other energy storage news, international certification body DNV GL has released a guide which puts forth a set of recommendations for the safety, operation and performance of energy storage systems.

The guide was released through GRIDSTOR, a consortium made up of international suppliers, system integrators, end users and regulators, which aims to develop best practices to drive the secure implementation of grid-connected energy storage systems. It also promotes the accelerated development of renewable integration into the grid.

The document is purposed to provide recommendations based on extensive research on existing standards, finding that many standards focus on the components of energy storage systems, not the system as a whole.

DNV GL asserts that the demand for grid-connected storage is rapidly maturing and there is hence a pressing need to establish a “widespread agreement on issues concerning energy storage systems.”

Jillis Raadschelders, head of DNV GL’s renewables and storage department, stated: “At DNV GL we believe that actions such as the Recommended Practice [guide] supports the entire industry and global community by offering a single standalone, all-encompassing guideline.”