Younicos, the Berlin, Germany-based energy storage company, has signed an agreement to supply four of its plug-and-play storage solutions to one of Panasonics operations hubs in North America.
The agreement will see the creation of a 1 MW/2 MWh system comprising four Y.Cubes which are Younicos storage-in-a-box solutions developed specifically for commercial and industrial (C&I) installations.
Once installed, the storage system will be connected to the Xcel Energy power grid, providing frequency regulation, solar grid integration, grid peak shaving, passive energy arbitrage and backup power to the Panasoic CityNOW site in Denver, U.S.
Younicos Y.Q. storage control software will manage the system, drawing upon the energy produced by the 1.6 MW solar carport nearby, as well as the buildings own 259 kW rooftop PV array. Both solar installations were completed by Xcel Energy.
"The solar+storage microgrid is an anchor, not just of Panasonics new Denver operations hub but also for the broader Pena Station NEXT development, which is a 400-acre, smart and sustainable transit-oriented development in Denver," said Panasonics MD of the energy solutions group Jamie Evans.
The Y.Cube is available in 250 or 500 kVA modular building blocks that can be scaled to meet the energy storage requirements of the customer. Each Y.Cube consists of two sub-enclosures, one each for the power conversion system and DC battery block. The battery system can communicated directly with the power conversion system, thus removing the need for any additional communication interfaces, Younicos says.
The systems compact size also aids easy installation, which helps to lower initial costs, claims the German firm.