Stanford University and sonnen collaborate on storage aggregation for grid support

sonnen today announced a research collaboration with Stanford University’s Sustainable Systems Lab (S3L) within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering to deploy sonnen’s energy storage hardware and load management software in 15 Fremont-area solar-powered homes and in a commercial agricultural facility in El Nido, California. The deployment and operation of these projects using the sonnen batteries is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program.

The goal of the NODES program is to enable renewables penetration at the 50% or greater level by developing transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible load and distributed energy resources (DERs)

Sonnen will support the research through installation and engineering assistance to integrate its battery with the load controllers and power management algorithms developed in the Stanford Powernet Project. The goals of the research collaboration are to provide real-world data, field experiments and analysis to inform the future development of the Powernet Technology platform and the compatible standardization parameters needed to support the increasing adoption of clean energy technology.

Learn about the Stanford Powernet Project by watching the video below.

“We’re proud to work on this research collaboration with Stanford University’s Sustainable Systems Lab on battery plus solar applications in the Northern California area, especially as residents and businesses power through another wildfire season and the uncertainty of 2020,” said Blake Richetta, chairman and CEO of sonnen, Inc. “Every project for sonnen is focused on advancing our mission to build a clean, reliable, scalable, and affordable energy future for all.”

ARPA-E estimates that using the NODES approach to integrate flexible loads and DERs into the grid in the United States could replace 4.5 gigawatts of spinning reserves, representing generation capacity on stand-by in case of outages and unforeseen intermittency and a value of $3.3 billion per year to local utilities in the United States.

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