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Greensmith adds modules to energy storage software platform

Steve Rogerson
April 15, 2015
Greensmith, a provider of grid-scale energy storage software and integration systems, has added two applications to its GEMS4 software technology platform. The StorageModel and StorageView applications provide simulation and visualisation capabilities to energy storage developers and owners.
With the applications, energy storage developers and owners can test alternative energy storage system designs and gain real-time intelligence on performance, helping them optimise system design and increase RoI.
StorageModel, the simulation application, leverages system design data, technical specifications and information about battery life, similar historical storage deployment data and lessons learned from Reston, Virginia based Greensmith's past storage deployments to develop a model of expected battery and energy storage system performance over the system's lifetime. The application enables the company to test different design decisions, helping customers and partners develop better systems for their particular application.
"Like a wind tunnel for automobiles, the GEMS StorageModel application allows energy storage system developers and owners to evaluate alternative designs before committing procurement dollars to components such as batteries," said Greensmith CEO John Jung. "Similar to advanced simulation systems used in other technology industries, the GEMS StorageModel application can improve the success of grid-scale energy storage systems by exposing key design trade-off decisions, from battery selection to sizing to application mix. As an integral part of the current GEMS platform, the StorageModel application reflects the maturity of the Greensmith technology and offers immediate economic advantages to our customers and partners."
StorageView is a visualisation application added to version four of the GEMS platform. The application provides users with visualisation they can use to understand the performance of complex, grid-scale systems, identify technical problems, anticipate maintenance requirements, reduce operational costs and improve overall energy storage system returns.
"The GEMS StorageView visualisation application provides energy storage owners with a navigable, real-time 3D model of their energy storage systems," said Greensmith VP of engineering Sen Zhang. "As the industry is beginning to understand the importance of software control and design, energy storage owners now have a new management tool to help them discover valuable performance characteristics of their energy storage system down to the battery module level, across their fleet of systems, all from a central console."
Both applications are included in version four of GEMS. The software platform manages the complete life cycle of energy storage systems. The technology-agnostic platform integrates all storage system components including batteries and inverters, manages storage assets to optimise battery performance and provides connectivity with utility scada systems. There are applications for tasks such as frequency regulation, ramp rate control and renewables smoothing.
Energy storage's ability to ensure a more resilient power grid is increasing its adoption in North America and around the world. The recent US Energy Storage Monitor from the GTM Research & Energy Storage Association reported that 61.9MW of energy storage came online in the USA in 2014. Of that, over one-third was delivered by Greensmith and is managed using the GEMS platform.