Archive for 2014

Learn how DC Systems enables energy storage adoption and integration at scale at Energy Storage North America!



ESNA LogoFor the second year in a row, DC Systems will head south for the Energy Storage North America conference in San Jose, CA.

Like last year, participants on ESNA’s energy storage site tours will be able to see DC Systems’ RT|Stored Energy Control System live in action at the PG&E Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage Pilot Project.

This year visitors can also visit us at Booth 215 to demo our software in person and learn why distributed generation projects from PG&E’s storage pilot to the Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project rely on DC Systems for mission-critical site communication and controls.

When: October 1st and 2nd, 2014

3 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your CAISO Remote Intelligent Gateway

If you are a conventional power plant larger than 20 MW or a renewable generator larger than 1.5 MW and you connect to the California ISO-managed grid (the yellow region on the map below), chances are you communicate with the ISO over a small ruggedized computer called a Remote Intelligent Gateway (RIG). (more…)

Keeping up with CAISO – What We Learned at the CAISO Resource Interconnection Fair

CAISO circle

Last week DC Systems traveled to Folsom, CA to attend CAISO’s first Resource Interconnection Fair. The event was well-attended and the constant flow of questions from the audience confirmed what we, as providers of one part of the interconnection solution, already knew: especially for first time inter-connectors, but even for companies who have been through the process many times, the CAISO interconnection process is viewed as something of a black hole and can be quite daunting. (more…)

Ivanpah goes online: World’s largest solar thermal plant connects to grid through DC Systems RIG

The world’s largest solar thermal plant went online today and is connected to the grid by a DC Systems RT|Remote Intelligent Gateway (RT|RIG). Located in the Mojave Desert, the 392 MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System reflects sunlight to heat water in boilers atop 459-foot towers, creating steam to drive turbines and generate electricity. Located near the border of California and Nevada, Ivanpah feeds power to Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison and is owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google. (more…)

Hitting the Road for San Antonio

The glossies are printed. The booth is packed. Invitations are sent. Reservations made.
Now it comes down to what the show is about – an opportunity to meet and learn and share ideas. Our industry is turning a corner, from learning how to do a lot of really smart things to figuring out how to do them at scale, across our entire grid, as cost effectively as possible. We are excited to be part of it and contribute our piece of the puzzle. Please check out the exciting things we have in store.

See you in San Antonio!

Smart Grid News – What can we really expect from distribution automation?

Guest authored, along with other industry professionals, in

David Meyers, VP of sales for DC Systems, has this to say: “Distributed intelligence at the grid edge may or may not need to piggyback on AMI networks presents the most exciting opportunities for making the grid smarter. Automated Sectionalizing and Restoration (ASR), implemented at the substation level, using existing data and control points, is one example, Var/Volt control is another. Similarly, rather than pushing petabytes of data over these networks, distributed intelligence applications can mine real-time data in the field and pass back key information to control rooms.”

Read the full article here

Energy Storage in California – What’s Different This Time?

We had the opportunity to sponsor lunch at the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA) Market Development Forum yesterday and out of (many) conferences that I attend, this was one of the more exciting. Why?

Stored energy is nascent as a resource of any importance…like, say, DR ten years ago or solar five years ago…so it would not be surprising if the players–regulators, utilities, technology vendors, financiers–were fumbling in the dark to figure out how to make it all work. Especially considering that we are adding a third leg to what has been a two-sided equation (supply and demand) for a century, some tentativeness would not be unexpected. (more…)

RT 6.0

Today we announced the release of RT 6.0, the latest version of our Real-Time Smart Grid Platform. This is exciting for all of the usual reasons that a major software release is exciting–new features, excited customers, growth opportunities for us–but there is a another reason that we are excited. More than any previous version and more than any product that we are aware of, RT 6.0 will help the people we work with most closely in customer organizations–SCADA specialists, system operators and administrators–to do their jobs better and more easily. Great customers teach their vendors and work with them to build the products that they need – we are fortunate to have a bunch of them. We look forward to seeing some at DistribuTECH while many others will be keeping the lights on.