US lab validates start-up firm’s UPS tech

May 14, 2018

A start-up firm’s UPS device that instantly synchronises with the grid has completed technology validation testing by the US energy department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


Go Electric developed the LYNC DR device under the NREL-administered Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) programme.


Go Electric’s technology integrates patented microgrid power transfer technology with battery energy storage and open automated demand response communication capability— providing “continuous power and automatic demand response functionality to a commercial building or military base”, NREL said.


NREL said it validated “four key capabilities of Go Electric’s LYNC DR energy resiliency solution— providing blip-less uninterruptible power; maintaining photovoltaics systems from tripping after a grid interruption event; compliance to IEEE1547 and Hawaiian Electric interconnection requirements; and demonstration of automated demand response dispatch”.


“These capabilities ensure a facility has resilient power without any interruptions during a grid outage and from any energy resource, including renewables,” NREL said.  LYNC DR also supports grid resiliency through demand response and other ancillary services.


IN2 programme manager Trish Cozart said: “The Go Electric team embodies the IN2 ideal— an innovative clean tech company needing a rocket boost on its way to market.”


“The energy savings this technology provides further amplifies NREL’s mission and promises to provide commercial customers a triple bottom-line,” Cozart said.”


Go Electric and Wells Fargo are now exploring the option to run a beta demonstration of the LYNC DR system at a Wells Fargo facility.


IN2 was launched in 2014 with an initial $10 million commitment by the Wells Fargo Foundation. The initiative was expanded in 2017 and IN2 is now a $30m programme supporting innovative technologies and innovators.

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