The future of energy storage systems according to IEEE

As energy storage is a top priority for the smart grid, IEEE introduces the P2030.2 Working Group, as an effective strategy

IEEE makes major advancements in energy storage systems, by introducing the IEEE P2030.2 Working Group (WG). IEEE took on the task of facilitating wide-scale, consistent implementation of energy storage systems and launched the P2030.2 WG.


The system will provide guidelines for discrete and hybrid energy storage systems, including end-use applications and loads, 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 develop on the overall Smart Grid interoperability topics being covered in IEEE Standard P2030, the first cross-discipline guideline for smart grid interoperability for the power engineering, communications and information technology industries.

The "Guide for the Interoperability of Energy Storage Systems Integrated with the Electric Power Infrastructure" will assist users in achieving a better understanding of energy storage systems by defining technical characteristics.

It will also demonstrate how discrete and hybrid systems can successfully be integrated with and used compatibly as part of the electric power infrastructure.

"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."

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