Four 2016 ESNA Innovation Award Finalists Powered by Ideal Power

15 Sep 2016

Ideal Power Inc., a developer of innovative power conversion technologies, is featured in four of the six projects named as distributed storage and mobility finalists for Energy Storage North America’s (ESNA) 2016 Innovation Awards. The awards annually recognize energy storage projects that demonstrate an exceptional level of design & engineering in practical applications.


“It is always an honor when we are a nominee, finalist, or winner of an industry award,” said Ryan O’Keefe, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Ideal Power. “But what I’m most proud of about the ESNA awards is the fact that we were involved in four different projects with very different requirements.” 

The project award finalists that utilized Ideal Power’s patented power conversion technology:

Stone Edge Farm is a 15-acre organic farm and vineyard located in Sonoma, California. The solar PV + storage installation is part of the farm’s innovative microgrid and is designed to provide energy for a number of buildings on the site, including the primary residence, offices and workshops. The system uses Ideal Power’s Grid Resilient 30 kW Multi-port Power Conversion System (30B3) powering Aquion batteries.

RMI implemented Gexpro’s Power IQ 30 energy storage system (30 kW/45 kWh) and combined it with an 83 kW solar array at their Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado. The system incorporates Ideal Power’s Grid Resilient 30 kW Multi-port Power Conversion System (30B3) to ensure the building's peak usage does not exceed 50 kW. 

UCSD installed a PV + energy storage system that is also an EV charging station. Ideal Power’s Battery Converter (IBC-30kW-480) provides both battery charging (AC to DC) and battery discharging (DC to AC) to facilitate EV charging directly from energy storage thereby minimizing demand charges.

EV4 and Powin Energy collaborated on a solar + storage EV charging station at Intel’s corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California. The station’s roof consists of 15 solar panels with a capacity of 4.1 kW which provide an estimated 7,300 kWh of power per year. Ideal Power’s highly efficient (IBC-30kW-480) bi-directional power conversion system is integrated to convert AC to DC and vice-versa.

“This year’s ESNA Innovation Award finalists are some of the most impactful and innovative energy storage projects deployed today. Ideal Power's power conversion systems were involved in four of the six non-utility projects on our list, which speaks to the respect they’ve earned in the industry,” said Cedric Christensen, Director, Strategen Consulting.

Voting is open now until September 20 at ESNA’s website. Winners will be announced October 5 during ESNA’s 2016 conference in San Diego, California.

Ideal Power’s power conversion systems are based on its patented, industry-leading Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) which offers customers a proven, compact, high-efficiency solution for energy storage systems. Ideal Power's systems are software configurable, allowing them to operate in 50Hz or 60Hz environments, maximizing the ease of deployment in different geographical markets and providing the flexibility to optimize performance for many energy applications. The significant reduction in the size and weight of Ideal Power systems results in dramatically lower installation costs.

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