Greensmith Energy, the leader in energy storage software and services, installed its industry-leading GEMS software platform at an existing American Electric Power (AEP) energy storage site, enabling it to offer new services including qualifying for the PJM frequency regulation market. The sodium sulphur battery energy storage system, widely used at utility substations around the world, had previously been used as a backup system for AEP's distribution network in the region. Greensmith's newly-completed software upgrade has enhanced the system's safety and reliability and enabled the 2MW / 14MWh West Virginia system to easily pass PJM's rigorous qualification tests with a high performance score on par with lithium-ion battery systems purpose-built for frequency regulation applications.
"The addition of Greensmith's software platform and their system expertise have allowed us to expand the use of this energy storage system into a revenue generating asset through the PJM frequency regulation market," said Ram Sastry, AEP's Vice President, Infrastructure and Business Continuity. "This upgrade ensures that our Appalachian Power customers will reap the benefits of improved reliability of the grid and the revenue generated by the system through its enhanced capabilities."
"This retrofit installation demonstrates that simply all batteries perform better with GEMS," said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. "Now in its fifth generation, the GEMS platform has been deployed with over 200 MW of energy storage systems using batteries from more than 16 battery manufacturers and 14 power conditioning system vendors. Fitted to the large installed base of sodium sulphur and other battery chemistries, GEMS can unlock the hidden value of gigawatts of storage capacity for utilities around the world."
AEP made a strategic investment in Greensmith in August 2015.
About American Electric Power
American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers. AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.
About Greensmith Energy
Greensmith is the world's leading provider of energy storage software and integration services. Our mission is to make energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent distributed energy infrastructure. Greensmith's fifth generation GEMS software platform optimizes the performance of energy storage, lowering costs and maximizing return on investment throughout the system's life. GEMS is being used on more than 200MW of energy storage projects for more than 50 major customers globally.