Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Gene Eckhart, Consultant, NEMA

Presentations in Shenzhen, China, demonstrated the effectiveness of energy storage systems. Photo by Gene Eckhart

NEMA collaborated with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the two state-owned electric utilities (State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Grid Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a one-day workshop in Shenzhen on energy storage systems. It was supported by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with whom NEMA has worked on standards-related workshops for nearly a decade.

The event directly supported the work of a U.S.-China action initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by tackling the largest sources in both countries. These initiatives are managed by the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, led by the DOE and China’s NEA.

According to the U.S. State Department, one specific effort includes promoting smart grids:

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector and put in place a resilient, low-carbon power grid, both countries are developing modern, “smart” grid systems, deploying renewable and clean energy [emphasis added], and improving demand management. The U.S. and China will collaborate on building smart grids that are more resilient, more efficient, and can incorporate more renewable energy and distributed generation.

NEMA demonstrated how energy storage systems are a key enabling technology for widespread deployment of renewable and distributed energy.

A standing-room-only audience of more than 100 attendees learned about standards related to energy storage systems, examples of successful deployments, and recommended guidelines for meeting safety and fire codes on both the utility and customer sides of the electric meter, even when the codes have not yet incorporated technology that may have emerged since the latest code revision.

All the presentations are available on the DOE-sponsored website.

Read the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

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