Storage Highlights Countdown #3; Open EMS – Fenecon


This week we are back with our Energy Storage Highlights Countdown. In the run-up to next week’s Energy Storage Europe Düsseldorf – on March 12-14 – Messe Düsseldorf has partnered with pv magazine to produce a special publication for the event. As part of the project, we tasked an independent jury of experts to rank a range of Energy Storage Highlights that will be exhibited at the event.

Come to our highlight ceremony

A public award ceremony for the Energy Storage Technology Highlights will be held at Energy Storage Europe Düsseldorf on March 13 and we are looking forward to seeing you there, from 10 am at the ESE Forum in Hall 8b.

There you have the chance to meet experts from the companies of the five top ranked submissions.

Among them, Stefan Feilmeier, Head of Energy Management Europe for Fenecon GmbH, will be in attendance to receive the award.

Join us, along with Stefan and the other top-ranked experts, for an opportunity to deep dive into the exciting innovations and technologies leading the energy storage sector. 

The full ranking will appear in the Energy Storage special issue. Last week we presented a thermoelectric energy storage approach by MAN Energy Solutions and Trina’s island grid solution in the Maldives.

Now, straight to …

#3 Fenecon GmbH

Open EMS
An operating system for the energy transition

The OpenEMS Association standardizes communication for storage systems on an open source basis. The software facilitates the energy management system and enables possible business models such as the supply of grid services.

Today, storage system developers are not only required to engineer hardware but also to develop software that enables a system’s fields of application, such as home energy management, battery management or systems that enable storage to react to weather forecasts.

The software engineering costs for enabling storage systems to provide grid ancillary services are high, and each manufacturer has to absorb these costs. An open source system lifts the burden from manufacturers, giving them the chance to offer grid ancillary services through their products without neglecting their core business.

The Open EMS software was originally developed by Fenecon in Germany for its own projects but has been released on an open source basis to the market. The OpenEMS Association permits interested parties to participate in the further development of the EMS and to use it for their projects. Already, more than 60 energy management sector companies ranging from grid operators to component suppliers have attended preparatory meetings.

The software has been developed to manage business models for storage systems, including those which require communication with grid operators, such as operating as primary reserve energy and providing grid services for the distribution network.

According to Christof Wiedmann, board member of OpenEMS and Fenecon, OpenEMS is not just another energy management and house automation standard. “None of these existing standards covers all fields and OpenEMS wants to use and integrate existing standards and focus particularly on the energy management in the grid which allows for business models with grid services,” he says.

Jury comments:

Xavier Daval: “The open source concept is welcome to improve adaptability of EMS’.”

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Julian Jansen: “In a highly competitive energy storage market, the development of an open protocol to standardize energy management and enable the aggregation of systems from different suppliers is not only welcome but will drive the advancement of business models targeting ancillary services markets.”

Fenecon GmbH can be found at Energy Storage Europe 2019 in Düsseldorf, in Hall 8b at booth C27.


The jury

Xavier Daval
Daval is an international solar and storage expert as well as CEO of French solar technical advisory firm kiloWattsol SAS, which he founded in 2007. He is an electrical engineer and former director for the EMEA region for an NYSE-listed manufacturer of tools for the electronics industry. He is also VP of French renewable energy association Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables, chair of its solar commission and director of the Global Solar Council.

Logan Goldie-Scot

Goldie-Scot heads the energy storage insight team at BloombergNEF. He leads the company’s analysis on the global energy storage markets, providing insights on technology, markets, policies and regulation, as well as the competitive landscape. He also oversees the company’s analysis of supply chains.

Solar Business Day 2017, 25 januari 2017, gespreksleider Peter Melis, georganiseerd door Solar Solutions InternationalRolf Heynen
Heynen is director of Good! New Energy. Good! is known for the annual Dutch Solar Trend Report – also published in English – the Solar Quarterly, the Solar Solutions international trade fair and the Solar Business Day conference. Good! is also active in renewable heating, smart lighting and buildings, energy storage, consulting, energy modeling and market research. Heynen holds degrees in electrical engineering and political science.

Mark Higgins
Higgins is chief operating officer of Strategen, a professional services firm focused on market development for a decarbonized grid. His broad energy sector experience before Strategen included serving as director of utility west at SunEdison, VP of finance for Hu Honua Bioenergy, and as Pacific Gas & Electric’s lead in key policy areas including interconnection and transmission planning.

Julian Jansen
Jansen is a research manager at IHS Markit Technology. He leads the group’s global research on stationary energy storage and provides insight on the key value drivers and emerging business models accelerating storage deployment across Europe and North America. Jansen also delivers strategic advice for bespoke projects featuring new energy technologies.

Florian Mayr
Mayr is a partner at Apricum and head of its energy storage, digital energy and green mobility practices. He is an expert in strategy, business development and transaction advisory in global renewable energy markets. Mayr advises cleantech companies on corporate and project financing. Before Apricum, he spent eight years in senior positions at McKinsey & Company and RWE.

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