Schneider Electric adds BESS to EcoStruxure Microgrid Flex system

May 11 09:06 2024

Schneider Electric is adding a full Battery Energy Storage System to its integrated microgrid solution, the Schneider Electric BESS, that is driven by Schneider Electric’s controls, optimization, and field services. 

“With over two decades of expertise in battery conversion, we are proud to introduce a solution meticulously crafted to serve multiple energy needs,” said Jana Gerber, Schneider Electric’s President of North America Microgrids. “Our aim is to streamline energy expenditures while amplifying the use of renewable resources, including solar PV.” 

With the capacity to store energy for immediate access during outages, Schneider Electric BESS can deliver up to 2 MW of power when needed. There are two connection-ready BESS options available:

  • a small, hybrid 7-feet NEMA 3R Enclosure that is both AC and DC coupled and
  • a medium 20-feet NEMA 3R Enclosure that is AC coupled.

Sizes for the Schneider Electric BESS family range from 60 kW to 2 MW in 2h and 4h configurations. 

Schneider Electric BESS has been tested and validated to work as an integral component of Schneider Electric’s standardized microgrid system, EcoStruxure Microgrid Flex, and fully integrated into the software suite, which includes EcoStruxure Microgrid Operation, and EcoStruxure Microgrid Advisor. Electrical, communications, and data networking products distributor Graybar is the inaugural channel partner for Schneider Electric’s new BESS, offered as part of the EcoStruxure Microgrid Flex system. Renewable energy is a growing part of Graybar’s comprehensive portfolio of solutions.  

What makes a BESS?

As part of a microgrid system, BESS captures energy from different sources, accumulates this energy, and stores it in rechargeable batteries for later use. Battery Energy Storage is the Distributed Energy Resource that enables most customer energy-use cases, including resiliency, demand-charge reduction, grid services, renewable self-consumption, decarbonization of electrical energy, and variable generation smoothing.  The stored energy from a BESS can be discharged to supply power to office, industrial, and commercial facilities, electric vehicles, or the grid.  

Schneider Electric BESS

The Schneider Electric BESS is comprised of a battery system, battery management system, power conversion system, and controller, as well as advanced safety controls. BESS features include:  

  • All-in-one enclosure with pre-integrated components.
  • The paralleling capability enables multiple BESS units to function as a unified entity. This comprehensive integration encompasses inverters, batteries, cooling systems, transformers, safety features, and controls, ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.  
  • Fully compliance with UL 9540 certification. The Schneider BESS has a cutting-edge fire safety system design aligned with the latest standards outlined in NFPA 855.  
  • Integrates with Schneider Electric’s Energy Management Systems (EMS) to reduce integration time and minimizing field errors.  
  • Bidirectional connectivity to the grid to operate as either grid-connected or off-grid.
  • Peace of Mind: Comprehensive services and support available throughout the lifecycle of the project and warranty execution for optimal maintenance and care.  

“Our new Battery Energy Storage System marks a significant step forward in bringing resilient, sustainable, and economical energy solutions to the market,” Gerber said. “Amidst the global pursuit of net-zero objectives and the imperative for an enhanced grid, BESS strategically harnesses onsite generation capabilities to deliver substantial energy savings while maximizing renewable integration.”

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