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DOE Publishes Interim Energy Storage Standard


1/11/2013 2:00 PM

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today announced that the Protocol for Uniformly Measuring and Expressing the Performance of Energy Storage System, which was completed in October 2012, has been made available to the public.

The protocol is the result of an eight-month effort that engaged more than 90 individuals from 60 organizations representing government, academia, and manufacturers and was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NEMA Technical Program Manager Ryan Franks hosted the plenary meeting at NEMA headquarters in May 2012 and subsequently chaired the working group responsible for developing the test methods and procedures.

While energy storage can support a wide range of power system functions, DOE with industry consensus has adopted a phased-in approach and initially focused on two applications: frequency and peak shaving. Other applications will be handled with this document serving as a template.

DOE has three priorities for energy storage standardization in 2013:

  • Expand the scope and number of applications, using this document as a model.
  • Have the protocol and subsequent developments approved through a formal standards body.
  • Promote the document internationally, especially through newly formed IEC TC120 Electrical Energy Storage Systems.
For more information and to participate in future working groups, contact Ryan Franks at ryan.franks@nema.org or 703-841-3271.