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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Modular energy storage standard for the smart grid adds new definitions for interoperability

By Nick Flaherty

A new draft of the MESA Modular Energy Storage Architecture is helping to address key issues as more international companies join the non-profit open standard writes EETimes Europe.

Draft 4 will include new battery models that expose significant additional measurement and performance data for lithium-ion batteries alongside traditional battery stacks. In addition, it will include definitions for commonly used terms such as “State of Health” and “State of Charge,” which can often be a source of confusion within the energy storage industry. The open standards allow interoperability in communications and control systems for smart grid implementations, reducing costs and encouraging roll outs.

Last month saw EatonSamsung SDI and Siemens join MESA to drive the development of communication specifications for energy storage systems. They join over twenty equipment manufacturers, software suppliers, and public and private utilities working on utility-scale, grid-connected energy storage systems.

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