Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar

Solar power plus energy storage microgrid energizes Panasonic facility

Younicos has commissioned a 1 MW / 2 MWh lithium ion battery system in partnership with Panasonic and Xcel Energy.

The system is located at Peña Station NEXT, a transit-oriented smart and sustainable development in Denver. Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co. and Panasonic CityNOW is the anchor corporate tenant and lead technology partner.

A solar plus storage microgrid is at the heart of the development’s energy solutions. Representing a model for utility and commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrids, the project benefits various stakeholders and the power grid by providing renewables integration, grid resilience, and multiple grid support and operational services, such as peak demand reduction and frequency regulation.

Four Younicos Y.Cubes have been connected to the Xcel Energy power grid, creating a 1 MW / 2 MWh battery storage resource enabled by Younicos’s intelligent Y.Q control software. The system’s multi-mode operating capability makes it possible to derive maximum benefits from the 1.6 MWdc solar PV system located on a nearby carport, along with 259 kWdc of PV on the building’s rooftop. Panasonic’s operations hub building, which has an intelligent building energy management system, is serving as the initial anchor load for the microgrid.

Each Y.Cube is an integrated plug-and-play solution that comprises two sub-enclosures, one each for the power conversion system (PCS) and DC battery block. Y.Cubes are available in 250 or 500 kVA modular building blocks that can be deployed individually in smaller applications or combined to create multi-megawatt systems.