Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 22nd June
Software solutions company Energy Toolbase has commissioned two energy storage systems with Arkansas installer Today’s Power (TPI). The energy storage projects, both sited in front-of-the-meter (FTM) and co-located with solar PV plants, have a combined system size of 4.8 MW/9.6 MWh.
Energy Toolbase’s Acumen EMS controls software was deployed to manage the dispatch of the Sungrow energy storage systems, which use Samsung battery modules. TPI’s customer, a small Arkansas electrical cooperative, deployed the projects to reduce yearly grid-level demand, minimize wholesale power costs, and increase grid stability. Energy Toolbase has now commissioned or contracted its Acumen EMS controls onto 40+ sites, totaling over 20 MWh of storage capacity, throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The customer requested the ability to have full control to manually schedule the dispatch of its storage system. Energy Toolbase delivered this functionality via the ETB Monitor platform, which provides a secure, web-based portal for the customer to view real-time system performance, create alerts, and schedule dispatch commands and override events. Energy Toolbase is targeting to launch a wider scale release of its ETB Monitor platform later this year.
“We’ve had a positive experience working with the Energy Toolbase team to deploy these ESS projects and our customer is pleased with the manual scheduling functionality that ETB Monitor provides,” said Jennah Denney, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator at Today’s Power.
Energy Toolbase provides a cohesive suite of project modeling, storage control, and asset monitoring products that enable solar and storage developers to deploy projects more efficiently. Energy Toolbase’s Acumen EMS controls software utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize the value capture of energy storage systems in both behind-the-meter (BTM) and FTM settings.
“We think that this TPI project will become a template that other utilities and electric cooperatives will follow in order to extract multiple value streams from their energy storage system,” said Quinn Laudenslager, Senior Product Manager of Acumen EMS at Energy Toolbase. “The storage system reduces system peaks, improves stability for their customers, lowers the cost of electricity for the cooperative, and enables the asset operator to manually dispatch their battery on-demand.”
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