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IEEE Defines Energy Storage Systems for Smart Grid with Launch of IEEE P2030.2TM Working Group

Working Group Addresses Integration and Use of Pivotal Energy Storage Systems within Electrical Power Systems


PISCATAWAY, N.J.-- IEEE, the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, today announced the launch of the IEEE P2030.2TM Working Group (WG). Tasked with facilitating wide-scale, consistent implementation of energy storage systems, the P2030.2 WG will deliver guidelines for discrete and hybrid energy storage systems that are integrated into the electric power infrastructure.

“Energy storage is a top-level priority for the Smart Grid, given increasing energy demand and the value storage adds to the functioning of the electric grid and to renewable electric power resources,” said Mark Siira, IEEE P2030.2 WG Chair, Manager, Applied Technology, Kohler Company. “With the coming growth and expansion in energy storage technologies and applications, the work of the P2030.2 WG to establish an effective strategy for integration into the Smart Grid will be critical.”

P2030.2 will build on overall Smart Grid interoperability topics being covered in IEEE Standard P2030TM, the industry’s first cross-discipline guideline for smart grid interoperability for the power engineering, communications and information technology industries. The P2030.2 WG will develop a guideline for discrete and hybrid energy storage systems that are integrated with the electric power infrastructure, including end-use applications and loads. The “Guide for the Interoperability of Energy Storage Systems Integrated with the Electric Power Infrastructure” will help users achieve greater understanding of energy storage systems by defining technical characteristics. It will also illustrate how discrete and hybrid systems may be successfully integrated with and used compatibly as part of the electric power infrastructure.

The standard fills the need for guidance relevant to a knowledge base addressing terminology, functional performance, evaluation criteria, operations, testing, and the application of engineering principles for energy storage systems integrated with electric power architectures and systems.

“Upon launching the P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability WG, we knew its work would reveal key focus areas, such as energy storage systems, which will play fundamental roles in the Smart Grid as it moves forward,” said Dick DeBlasio, P2030 Working Group Chair, Chief Engineer, at the National Renewable Energy Lab facility of the U.S. Department of Energy, and IEEE Smart Grid liaison to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). “The IEEE was the first standards development organization to address Smart Grid interoperability and with its thorough breadth of technology expertise and existing standards work in energy storage and distributed resources like renewables, is perfectly positioned to lead efforts in this area.”

The P2030.2 WG is a priority extension of work being conducted by the P2030 Smart Grid Interoperability WG, which will be meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada beginning Tuesday, October 26, 2010. The four-day gathering is focused on comment resolution and writing assignments for critical sections of the IEEE Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), and End-Use Applications and Loads (P2030) leading to the final stages of consensus building and balloting expected in 2011. When completed, this standard will be the foundational, system-of-systems level guide serving as a knowledge base with essential information on terminology, characteristics, functional performance and evaluation criteria, and the application of engineering principles for Smart Grid interoperability of electric power systems.

Online registration for the upcoming P2030 WG meeting is now open online at https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=iecs&formId=88507 for individuals and organizations wishing to help shape the future of the Smart Grid. For additional information about the P2030.2 or P2030 WGs, please visit http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/scc21/2030/2030_index.html.

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