Younicos, Xcel Energy and Panasonic Collaborate on Solar Storage

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By Editors of Power Engineering

Energy storage company Younicos will design and build a solar-plus-storage system for Panasonic at the Peña Station NEXT in Denver, Colorado, which houses the operations hub for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Panasonic CityNOW.

The system will consist of four of Younicos’ Y.Cubes, which are plug-and-play energy storage systems, and will hold a capacity of one megawatt.

When finished, the system will be connected to the Xcel Energy power grid, and enable Panasonic, Xcel Energy and other stakeholders to store energy from Xcel Energy’s 1.6-MW solar system on a parking structure near Peña Station, along with 259 KW on Peña’s rooftop.

The Y.Cube consists of two sub-enclosures, one each for the power conversion system and DC battery block. The controls are embedded in the PCS and communicate directly with the battery system, bypassing the need for additional battery-to-PCS communication interfaces.

The Y.Cube is available in 250 or 500 kVA modular building blocks that can be deployed individually in smaller applications or combined to create multi-megawatt systems. 

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