Stem Inc. has finalized a grasp provide settlement with NEC Energy Solutions, whereby Stem will resell and combine its Athena AI platform with NEC’s GSS end-to-end grid storage resolution.
The settlement will end in a solar-plus-storage resolution for large-scale initiatives, leveraging NEC’s AEROS energy storage controls and Stem’s AI platform to carry out solar and storage optimization, wholesale market participation providers, solar charging compliance and reporting, and guarantee compliance and administration.
“We are excited to partner with a world-class company like NEC and provide its cutting-edge technology as part of our product suite,” says Stem COO Mark Triplett. “NEC’s strong presence in the Northeast will enable us to quickly move forward with a variety of new projects, and offer a DC-coupled option to our customers.”
The addition of NEC merchandise to the Stem portfolio brings a DC-coupled resolution to the front-of-meter solar+storage market. With solely a single level of interconnection, DC-coupled front-of-meter options are usually extra environment friendly for energy manufacturing, inexpensive to deploy than AC-coupled methods and assist cost-effective time shifting of extra solar, the corporate says.
Stem will pair NEC’s choices with its Athena software program, which helps builders tackle probably the most complicated features of solar+storage initiatives. The collective intelligence of the Athena and AEROS platforms allow customers to foretell battery operational prices and layer on market data, forecasting and participation with recognized working constraints corresponding to ITC limitations and SMART program guidelines. Developers and asset homeowners will be capable of improve the worth of their project all through its lifetime by automating energy trades based mostly on completely different market situations.
The preliminary pipeline consists of joint initiatives for Kearsarge Energy, a full-service renewable energy project improvement, finance and holding firm based mostly in Boston. Under this settlement, Stem and Kearsarge will work on large-scale storage initiatives co-located with solar.
NEC’s GSS has been in business service since 2008, with over 750 MW of energy storage put in, contracted or awarded, in functions together with peak shaving, renewable integration (ramp administration), frequency response, frequency regulation and voltage regulation.
PHOTO: Stem’s Mark Triplett