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Energy Storage Controls with OpenADR Solutions

Energy Storage Controls

If you run a facility, regardless of the size, you understand how important energy efficiency is to your success. It is important for ensuring you are reducing your company’s environmental impact and that you have enough energy to properly operate all aspects of your business. Distributed energy resource solutions for the storage and use of energy are essential because they can allow you tobetter optimize your system.

How to Optimize Your System

Before putting energy storage controls to use, you will first need to be sure that the system is properly optimized. Using energy modeling software can help with this. An energy modeling system can keep track of the technology landscape and help ensure that you are using the right products that have proven records and that can provide real results. It can help commercial and industrial campuses, retail shopping centers, multi-family developments, neighborhoods and more.

The Right Equipment

In addition to learning how to optimize the setup, you also need to be sure that you are using the right power equipment. CleanSpark provides a range of systems with various operating modes to help meet a range of applications that use either single or multiple generators. You can find options for low voltage paralleling switchgear and medium voltage paralleling switchgear.

These models are custom-designed to meet customer requirements. This type of tech is currently in use for a range of different types of businesses including industrial locations, retail and commercial facilities, government facilities, data centers, and more.

CleanSpark Offers OpenADR Solutions

Grid flexibility is more important than ever. With the solutions from CleanSpark, it is easier than ever to ensure that electricity is used when it is cheapest and cleanest. CleanSpark uses OpenADR as its option for demand response and load shifting programs. OpenADR has been around for a long time and one of the benefits is that it will avoid vendor lock-in. The end device connections can be easily transferred to a different OpenADR server when needed without the need for new connections. For those who require this feature, it can help ensure program interoperability and grid flexibility.

Energy Storage Controls

mPulse from CleanSpark is a software platform used for energy management and supervisory control. It offers a wide range of benefits for users who want to have complete control over their energy storage and use. It can allow you to manage a wide range of energy assets. This includes solar, wind, and generators. It provides building management and energy storage solutions that can help deliver low-cost energy that is resilient.

Best Reasons to Consider Using mPulse

Although there may be other options on the market for energy storage control and management of your microgrid system, you will want to be sure that you are working with the best. Below are some of the biggest reasons to consider using mPulse.

Ease of Use

Naturally, one of the biggest benefits of choosing this technology is that it integrates easily and is simple to use. It can provide a wide range of easy-controlled reports and data to get the best results for cost savings, proper energy usage and storage.

A great thing about the software is that it doesn’t assume everyone is an expert. It can provide results that are clear and understandable for everyone. The system is easy to use, even for those who may not have a substantial amount of experience in the field. It can automate the process, so you don’t have to think about the system. It can also provide you with alerts so you can make top-level decisions if needed.

Works with Nearly Any Technology

One of the best reasons to consider mPulse is that it isn’t dependent on one type of technology. It works with standard interfaces and communication protocols including:

●      Modbus RTU & TCP

●      DNP3

●      CAN

●      REST

The energy storage controls can work with a range of plug-and-play protocols too. Thanks to the use of ADR, it also allows users to participate in demand response programs that might be available. Consider your current system and check to see if the energy storage controls will work with your setup. You can contact CleanSpark to learn more about how it can integrate.

A Secure and Resilient Solution

One of the other reasons to consider using mPulse is because cyber-physical security is built into all levels of the technology. CleanSpark takes security seriously and understands that this is one of the major concerns that customers today are facing. They do not want their software or hardware to be at risk because of cybercriminals. You can rest easy knowing that the options available through mPulse are highly secure.

Upgrade as Needed

Another benefit of choosing quality energy storage controls like those from mPulse is that it’s possible to upgrade and expand as your business or need for energy evolves. Whether you have a relatively simple setup or a complex system for a large property, this system can help with the management and energy storage control.

The hardware controls are commercial off-the-shelf products that have been sourced from Tier-1 ISO 9000 vendors. This allows for plug-and-play implementation. The hardware is made to scale and evolve when your energy needs start to change.

Monitoring and Optimizations

Monitoring is essential if you want to have ultimate control over energy generation and energy storage. The mPulse algorithms can monitor the energy system or microgrid system while quickly responding to help ensure energy savings, integrity, and more. It can help ensure that you are saving enough energy for future availability if needed.

mPulse software can provide users with in-depth but simple-to-understand views of their system. This could include an operational summary, control summary, or analysis. These views and summaries are provided in easy-to-understand, colorful charts.

The analysis view will help analyze the system performance and observe each asset to see how it is faring. The operational summary will provide a view of the PV generation, demand, net demand, battery state of charge, and electricity mix. The control summary will provide an energy view, summary of the asset performance, baseline demand, and new demand.

What is Islanding and How Can It Help?

Energy storage controls will also be important for islanding. Islanding is when an energy system like a microgrid operates without the use of traditional utilities. It is essentially separate from the grid and serves as an “island” as the name suggests. The energy system, whether solar or another energy resource, can work independently from the traditional utility grid. This ensures you always have the power you need even if the traditional grid fails.

This provides some added peace of mind for users of microgrids as they will not have to worry about blackouts or natural disasters that affect power. They can rely on their own microgrid that has been islanded. In many cases, the microgrid or system will still be connected to the traditional utility grid but can become an island when needed. The user can produce the power they need at that time or save it for later.

However, there are many cases in which the island doesn’t connect to the traditional grid at all. In rural areas where a home or business doesn’t have access to the regular utilities, islanding might be the only option. Microgrids make this possible and the technology from CleanSpark allows users to properly manage the energy storage controls.

Patented Forecasting

Another great feature of mPulse is the patented forecasting. Changes in renewable energy generation and power demands can appear suddenly. This requires a fast and flexible means of responsive control. mPulse can provide this thanks to the patented forecasting abilities.

The forecasting can prioritize battery discharge to the highest value targets. This includes capacity-based peak pricing. It understands when the battery needs to be conserved, so the energy can be stored for when it is needed. The system can also adjust control algorithms automatically when the rates change. The forecasting capabilities and the algorithms can help take work out of properly using energy storage controls.

Other Features for Better Energy Storage Controls

You will find that mPulse can provide you with a range of other controls that you can use including peak shaving, load shifting, load following, and load leveling. Features like these can help ensure you are making the best possible use of the system.

Peak shaving can allow you to reduce the amount of energy being purchased during peak hours. Load shifting lets you change the electricity consumption from one period of time to another when the cost is lower. Load following lets you adjust the power output when the demand for power changes during the day. Load leveling ensures that you are storing energy during low-demand periods and that you are delivering more power when the demand is higher.

You will also have full energy storage controls for the power that is generated. You can determine what you will be doing with that power. In some cases, it might make more sense to use the power when the demand is high. Other times, you might have stored enough energy that you can sell some of it back to the utility for energy credits.

As you can see, mPulse provides a wide range of benefits and features that help make it a solid solution for your energy storage controls and overall management of the microgrid.

mPulse Solution Options for Your Microgrid

Naturally, different projects will have different requirements. There is no single solution that will work for everyone. Fortunately, mPulse offers three separate tier options to help find the solution that works best for you. This provides more flexibility when you are getting started. You will also find that it’s easy to upgrade when the time comes.

The three tiers are Lite, Pro, and Max.

●      Lite Tier – At this tier, users will have local monitoring and schedule control. Users will be charged a fee to change their schedule with the Lite tier.

●      Pro Tier – There is no fee to change the schedule with this tier. Pro also features pre-configured alarm support, alert distributions through SMS or email, automated monthly reporting, and full cloud portal functionality.

●      Max Tier – Max tier includes all of the above, as well as local economic optimization, heavier hardware for the local controller, ad-hoc reporting and data export. There is no need to contact CleanSpark if the utility rates change.

Which of the tiers is right for you? The answer could vary from one user to the next. You will need to consider the type and level of energy storage controls you need right now and what you might need in the future. Remember that even if you start with the Lite tier now, you can easily upgrade to another tier if you discover it provides more benefits and features suited for you.

You can also talk with CleanSpark’s team about choosing the best solution for your business or residence. For more information about our products, be sure to contact CleanSpark. You can get in touch by calling 866-245-1722. Our experts will educate you and help make a comfortable decision about which of our technology is best for your needs.