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The Many Benefits of Energy Storage Systems

A distributed energy storage (DES) system can be a central component of all kinds of energy and facility solutions, and it delivers value in multiple ways, depending on your needs, your energy-related goals, and the realities of your utility environment. Our controls intelligently adjust to deliver one or more benefits, allowing you to get the most economic value from your DES system. Here are the key benefits of DES systems from Johnson Controls:

Renewable Energy Support

More and more enterprises are actively pursuing green energy alternatives, and DES systems help in this mission by serving as a bridge between traditional energy sources and alternative ones. For example, when a renewable energy source can’t temporarily provide enough energy, a DES system can step in. By providing renewable energy support, DES systems can promote sustainability, lower costs, and improve overall energy resiliency.

Peak Shaving

The price of energy is typically at its highest during periods of peak demand. DES systems can support peak shaving to reduce expensive energy costs. With peak shaving, your DES battery is charged during periods of low demand (say, overnight or during troughs in the day) and discharged during periods of high demand. This is particularly economical for companies whose rate is determined during peak demand. We can help you with the economics of energy storage to make your system most effective.

Frequency Regulation

Distributed energy storage systems offer another proven benefit: frequency regulation, which allows your facility to help support the overall power grid and one of its main objectives, to deliver a constant frequency. The grid is in a constant balancing act between supply (generation) and demand (consumption). A DES system can absorb or release power or release energy quickly. Like demand response, frequency regulation offers another potential source of revenue.

Load Shifting

Load shifting is similar to peak shaving, but instead of focusing solely on peak pricing, it focuses on reducing your overall kWh costs. In effect, you take advantage of the difference between low-cost energy and high-cost energy, storing power when costs are low and discharging it when costs are high. Load shifting typically provides incremental value to a system that is already providing other benefits like peak shaving.

Demand Response

Distributed energy storage systems are often viewed as ways to save money on energy costs. But the demand response functionality can enable you to make money by allowing you to participate in incentive programs designed to reduce power consumption during periods of peak demand.

Backup Power

Distributed energy storage systems can serve as a reliable source of backup power in case there is loss of power from the grid due to severe weather conditions or other issues. By helping facilities remain operational, our energy storage systems help our customers eliminate costs of downtime.

Power Quality Improvement

Often, utility demand charges are related to facility loads with low power factors (a higher cost is paid for lower power factor). Low power factors can cause power quality issues. A distributed energy storage system can improve your facility’s power factor, simultaneously delivering power quality improvement and saving money on utility bills.

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DES and Building Automation With Metasys®

The workload of managing building systems can be significantly reduced by limiting the number of independent systems which need to be deployed, integrated, and operated on a daily basis. Distributed energy storage systems provide the most value when operating in coordination with the other major energy-consuming assets in your facility, so our energy storage solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly into the Metasys® building automation system (or other legacy building automation system via BACnet® or Modbus®) for collective monitoring and control.

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Johnson Controls Teams With Clemson University to Adopt Energy Technology

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Johnson Controls' Distributed Energy Storage System is making it easy for Clemson University to operate its world class graduate engineering building more efficiently by integrating next-generation energy storage with the building management systems.

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