EnSync and OATI Announce Strategic Alliance to Offer Distributed Energy Resource Control to Utilities

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EnSync Energy Systems and OATI are pleased to announce a strategic alliance that brings together decades of experience and next generation Modernized Grid solutions to provide utilities with a seamless distributed energy resource and management solution for improved system reliability and economics.

Specifically, OATI and EnSync are integrating the EnSync Matrix Energy Management technology with OATI’s GridControl and webSmartEnergy DERMS platform. The solution will combine the Matrix’s ability to prioritize and optimize electricity from the grid, distributed generation and energy storage with the webSmartEnergy DERMS functionality to provide various grid services such as frequency response, regulation, reserves and shaping services, dispatchable energy and capacity, as well as Volt/VAr control and optimization capabilities to the grid. OATI and EnSync are currently offering the solution to select utilities.

EnSync and OATI, the leading developers of innovative energy management systems for the utility, commercial, and industrial building markets, are finalizing the integration of EnSync’s Matrix Energy Management platform and Agile Hybrid energy storage into the OATI South Campus. The OATI South Campus, located in Bloomington, Minnesota, is a state-of-the-art, first of its kind microgrid and will have multiple on-site power generation sources, in addition to its connection to the local utility. The Matrix Energy Management system and Agile Hybrid battery storage will be integrated into South Campus electrical system to firm PV solar output, store energy from PV and other generation sources to shift building load. The EnSync solution will also provide emergency backup power, enabling seamless transition from grid connected to island mode without interruption to building occupancy.

The South Campus will operate in parallel with the electric grid, and OATI recently ordered from EnSync additional Matrix capacity to enable the campus to island from the grid and continue to use premise assets. Using OATI GridMind, OATI’s microgrid control and optimization platform, the building will intelligently and dynamically adjust and optimize its load and generation based upon grid conditions and electricity prices, demonstrating emerging microgrid technologies.

"OATI is eager to showcase our next generation webSmartEnergy solutions with EnSync’s Matrix and Agile Storage technology," said Sasan Mokhtari, President and CEO of OATI. "The thousands of companies that will use our webSmartEnergy and other solutions will need the technology of EnSync’s battery storage to meet the expected level of adaptability in managing generating assets."

The Matrix Energy Management technology is a power controls platform offering modularity and scalability, allowing the addition of a variety of advanced energy generating and storage resources at any time. The Agile Hybrid Energy Storage System takes a hybrid approach to power and energy needs, utilizing lithium ion batteries for quick, short-term power and flow batteries for long-duration energy needs. These features "future-proof" the South Campus, meaning they will efficiently and economically accommodate myriad applications, government policies, and technology updates that occur over the life of all generating assets.

"EnSync’s Matrix technology is enabling the future of distributed generation by easily integrating and prioritizing electricity from the grid, from distributed resources and from energy storage, to always ensure the least expensive and most reliable electricity," said Brad Hansen, President and CEO of EnSync Energy Systems. "We look forward to working with OATI at their south campus and with their expansive utility customer base to further the proliferation of distributed energy resources."