Smart grid energy storage innovation: New AES storage "operating system"


By: SGN Staff


Quick Take: AES has announced a new "operating system" for storage. The announcement points to the future of energy storage in at least two ways. First, the idea of a platform or an operating system for storage. Or, put another way, standards for talking to storage, so you can plug and play different brands and types with writing custom code for each one. Second, finding multiple value streams. You park a big stack of batteries, then you find different ways to use it. Everywhere I go, I see storage companies working on these same two issues. See the announcement below for more details, or read Jeff St. John's story in The Energy Collective. - By Jesse Berst


AES Brings Patented Storage Operating System (sOSâ„¢) to Market


AES Energy Storage today announced its market-dynamic, technology-aware control platform for the commercial operation of energy storage. This patented operating system, called sOSâ„¢, is a fast-response architecture that applies patented performance algorithms to automate the operation of AES-delivered battery-based energy storage arrays, optimizing performance and efficiency for customers, and extending the life of the battery.


"Utility customers are looking for energy storage arrays that deliver maximum performance and efficiency, and sOSâ„¢ brings that performance without locking buyers into a specific storage technology,” said Chris Shelton, President of AES Energy Storage. "The development of sOSâ„¢ leveraged the decades of experience that AES has in serving power markets around the world and our unique understanding of the energy storage market - an understanding that comes from developing, owning and operating over $100 million worth of storage assets.”


The platform includes modules designed to optimize performance in key markets and applications that react to desired performance conditions within those markets. It is on these market-specific modules that existing AES storage arrays within PJM, NYISO and ERCOT currently run, maximizing the value for customers in those markets.


The unique modules within the platform allow AES to quickly deploy energy storage solutions that will immediately deliver value within the operating guidelines for each individual market. To date, AES has developed and is offering customized modules for the PJM, NYISO, ERCOT and Puerto Rico markets. AES is developing additional modules for key markets in the US and around the world, making these efficient energy storage resources available to customers in new markets.


The platform can accommodate any number of inverter or battery technologies through its AES-designed reference architecture for technology suppliers. The architecture enables the seamless and efficient integration of underlying battery and inverter technologies into the larger sOSâ„¢ platform. This allows for the uniform control of all AES storage arrays, independent of which suppliers are chosen for a facility.

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