Washington Clean Energy Testbeds News

Powin Energy Supplies Testbeds with 30kW/40kWh Battery Energy Storage System

Powin Energy to supply battery system for University of Washington research labs
Energy Storage News
December 6, 2016

Powin Energy will supply a 30kW/40kWh battery system for the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute. The battery energy storage system (BESS) will be part of a new research facility under development by the institute.

“Powin Energy’s battery energy storage system will be a critical tool for research and innovation at our new Washington Clean Energy Testbeds,” said Venkat Subramanian, professor of chemical engineering and clean energy, University of Washington.

“We look forward to having our students, faculty, and the cleantech community use the Powin BESS to measure the performance of energy devices and algorithms when integrated into real and simulated system environments.”

Subramanian is looking to experiment with battery management systems to determine their influence on the performance and longevity of stationary storage hardware. Powin is developing the related testing protocols and will share the data produced from the research.

“We’re excited about this installation at the University of Washington because it will give our technology a more rigorous workout than most real-world installations that don’t approach the far ends of usage parameters,” said Virgil Beaston, CTO, Powin Energy. “Our Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS) balances batteries for energy storage systems in a completely unique way compared to the battery management software designed for electric vehicles that most other storage companies use. This project has the potential to return some incredibly interesting data that could confirm our own internal testing.”

Read the full story from Energy Storage News here.

About the Clean Energy Institute
The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) at the University of Washington (UW) was founded in 2013 with funds from the state of Washington. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of a scalable clean energy future that will improve the health and economy of our state, nation, and world. To accomplish this mission, CEI supports the advancement of next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid. The institute creates the ideas and educates the people needed to generate these innovations, while facilitating the pathways to bring them to market. cei.washington.edu

About the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds
The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) created the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to accelerate the development, scale-up, and adoption of new technologies in solar harvesting, energy storage, and grid integration. This open-access facility for academic researchers and businesses houses labs for manufacturing prototypes, testing devices, and integrating systems. wcet.washington.edu

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