Demand Energy, at the cutting edge in New York

Published on Friday, 18 August 2017

The cutting edge project, the first of its kind in New York, is a residential multi-family energy storage system with lithium ion batteries, capable of  integrating photovoltaic energy and a fuel cell in an intelligent minigrid using the Demand software DEN.OS.

The Marcus Garvey Village Apartments Microgrid project, which will begin this year in an area of Brooklyn-Queens, has won the prestigious ESNA Innovation Award for distributed storage.

The project is the jewel in the crown of Demand Energy, a company belonging to the Enel Group. Demand Energy is specialized in software solutions and intelligent energy storage systems; the company is the main operator in this sector of the market in the Big Apple.

The project demonstrates that even in the big city it is possible to construct an intelligently controlled distributed digital power grid, provide local resiliency and transform the energy supply chain. All thanks to the software Distributed Energy Network Optimization System (DEN.OS) developed by Demand Energy, thanks to whom 625 apartments in the Village will be able to consume all of the energy that the microgrid will integrate and distribute. Costs will be reduced, the efficiency of the system will be increased and emissions of greenhouse gas will be reduced drastically. The project represents a clear step towards energy self-sufficiency.

The Marcus Garvey Village Apartments Microgrid includes a capacity of 400kW of photovoltaic energy, a 400 kW fuel cell and 300kW/1,200 KWh of storage completely managed by DEN.OS.

“We are honored to be recognized with an ESNA Innovation Award for our Marcus Garvey Apartments Microgrid project,” said Gregg Patterson, CEO and President of Demand Energy, commenting on the prize awarded on 9 August at the Energy Storage North America event in the San Diego Center in California. “This system benefits the property owners and residents through enhanced resiliency, clean operation and energy savings. It also aligns with the state’s vision of moving to a two-way distributed grid that serves longer-term energy goals.”