Germany-based sonnen has partnered with California-based software company AutoGrid to fully integrate AutoGrid Flex, a flexibility management application suite, with sonnen’s residential and commercial energy storage technology in the U.S. market.
According to the companies, the AutoGrid Flex application suite will provide advanced forecasting, real-time controls and scalable architecture to manage large numbers of distributed sonnenBatterie systems in combination with other distributed energy resources (DERs).
The companies add that the integrated solution will allow energy project developers, utilities and other energy service providers monetize storage projects across multiple flexibility value streams by optimizing self-consumption in real time across multiple factors, including peak demand charges and time-varying prices; participating in utility demand response and resource adequacy programs; and creating a virtual power plant to participate in wholesale capacity, energy and ancillary services markets.
“By integrating our technologies in the U.S. market, sonnen and AutoGrid provide a solution that elegantly and intelligently manages DERs, including grid-connected sonnenBatterie systems, maximizing return-on-asset, reducing project delivery time and unlocking new revenue streams for utilities, energy project developers and energy managers,” said Christoph Ostermann, CEO of sonnen GmbH.
“In Germany we have seen the value the virtual power plant model provides in balancing energy supply and demand by aggregating our sonnenBatterie systems. By adding AutoGrid Flex’s ability to optimize DER assets in support of grid services and wholesale energy programs for the U.S. market, our smart sonnenBatterie energy management systems will accelerate the adoption of a smarter, cleaner utility grid by reducing integration costs, improving [the return on investment] and increasing the use of DERs.”