AEP picks Greensmith Energy to expand energy storage system

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American Electric Power chose energy storage provider Greensmith Energy as the software provider for a 2 MW/14 MWh energy storage system in West Virginia.

For the last five years, this battery system has been used as backup system for AEP’s distribution network in the region. Leveraging Greensmith’s software, AEP will expand the use of this system into a revenue generating asset—performing frequency regulation in the PJM market.

“Greensmith’s software and services will allow us to enhance the benefits of this energy storage system for our Appalachian Power customers,” said Ram Sastry, AEP’s vice president, infrastructure and business continuity. “This battery system was installed to help extend the life of the distribution equipment in this area. With the addition of Greensmith software and system expertise, we will have the flexibility to use this energy storage system to generate revenue that will benefit our Appalachian Power customers.”

The GEMS platform is the most widely-deployed energy storage software solution—enabling the most-advanced and proven energy storage systems in the world. With its robust, yet flexible feature functionality, GEMS continues to set the standard for grid-scale, behind-the-meter and microgrid storage control architecture. Backed by world-class technical expertise and software innovation, Greensmith has demonstrated solutions for some of the most critical challenges facing utilities.

“This installation is a milestone for the industry and demonstrates the value of leveraging Greensmith’s purpose-built software,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith Energy. “Without swapping out a single piece of hardware, Greensmith will enable AEP to take an existing storage asset and turn it into a revenue stream. We are excited to partner with a progressive company like AEP to deliver this project as well as future systems.”

This site will be participating in the PJM energy storage market by October 2016. AEP made a strategic investment in Greensmith in August 2015.

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