Demand Energy announces project milestone

Demand Energy's DEN.OS software platform is helping New York buildings to benefit from the state's demand management programme. Pic: Demand Energy.

Demand Energy’s DEN.OS software platform is helping New York buildings to benefit from the state’s demand management programme. Pic: Demand Energy.

 

By Jason Deign

Demand Energy last week announced completion of the first five energy storage projects in New York’s Demand Management Program (DMP).

One of the five 100kW, 400kWh behind-the-meter energy storage systems installed in five separate Glenwood properties across Manhattan has already passed measurement and verification (M&V) testing.

M&V certification is currently underway with the other four projects within the DMP, which is managed by utility Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) along with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The aggregated behind-the-meter systems, with batteries from EnerSys, are powered by storage system developer Demand Energy’s Distributed Energy Network Optimization System (DEN.OS).

“We have been working during the off-peak season to install and interconnect the next four systems which make up the first 2MWh of installations for Glenwood,” said Shane Johnson, vice president of client services.
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Greensmith: segment-specific products in view

With new investment, Greensmith Energy Management Systems is set to develop sector-specific energy storage software packages and to expand internationally.

With new investment, Greensmith Energy Management Systems is developing sector-specific energy storage software packages and expanding internationally. Photo: Greensmith

By Jason Deign

Greensmith, the storage control system developer, is setting its sights on the development of sector-specific software packages after releasing new aggregation functionality this month.

Long-term the company is hoping to have a portfolio of sector-specific software packages similar to those found in enterprise resource planning, according to John Jung, chief executive.

Jung also told Energy Storage Report that Greensmith was planning to expand beyond its US homeland next year, with partnerships planned for next year across Europe and Asia.

It is already working beyond US borders, in Australia and Canada. “In places like the UK and Germany I’d be very surprised if we are not doing a number of projects in 2016,” Jung said.

“I think Korea, Japan and China also are major targets for us in 2016. Our approach to penetration isn’t to set up shop independently but to really work with the local power value chain that is already set up and established.

“We definitely expect to establish some base camps in some of those key countries.”
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Is Demand Energy onto something in New York?

Glenwood will use Demand Energy EnerSys battery systems for energy storage in New York apartment buildings and take part in Con Edison and NYSERDA’s Indian Point Demand Management Program. Photo credit: Demand Energy Networks

Glenwood will use Demand Energy EnerSys battery systems for energy storage in New York apartment buildings and take part in Con Edison and NYSERDA’s Indian Point Demand Management Program. Photo: Demand Energy Networks

Demand Energy’s recent announcement of 1MW of battery systems in Manhattan residential high-rises could herald the advent of a significant new niche for energy storage.

Earlier this month the Washington State, US-based storage system developer confirmed its customer Glenwood was including behind-the-meter battery systems in buildings across its portfolio of properties, starting with 10 systems immediately.

The move comes as New York utility Consolidated Edison (or ‘Con Ed’) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) set about introducing measures to cope with the possible closure of a nuclear power plant.

The Indian Point Energy Center delivers up to 15% of Con Ed’s 13.2GW peak power but is currently reaching the end of its original life span. One reactor has already shut down.

The plant operator, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, is applying for licence extensions for two remaining reactors. The licence for the second unit expired in 2013. The licence for the third expires at the end of this year.

The demand side of the problem

Faced with a mismatch between falling generation and continued increases in New York’s energy consumption, Con Ed and NYSERDA have put together a package of measures that attack the demand side of the problem.
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Barclay Tower is an energy storage first

The planet’s first tower to use battery-based, intelligent energy storage is located at 10 Barclay Street in Manhattan, New York City, reports PR Newswire. The Joule.System, designed by Demand Energy Networks, Inc., provides the 58-storey luxury apartment block with 225kW of power and 2MWh of stored energy capacity. Barclay Tower, which is owned by Glenwood Management, will be able to adapt intelligently to the challenges of increasing demand and an aging grid system, says Demand Energy.

With domestic and building-scale energy storage increasingly making the news, is the future grid-scale, small-scale, both or neither? Let us know your opinion.