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KEMA Opens Energy Storage Performance Testing Lab

As energy storage technologies and applications continue to advance, testing and verification solutions have become ever-more critical. KEMA is offering expanded energy storage performance testing solutions at its new laboratory located at the KEMA-Powertest facility in Chalfont, Pennsylvania. KEMA’s energy storage performance testing offering is the nation’s first comprehensive component to megawatt system testing service for the rapidly evolving energy storage industry.

KEMA’s energy storage performance testing verifies the performance, interoperability, and integration of any energy storage system. The testing is conducted on a single component cell or stack level through to utility-scale, megawatt systems. The performance testing uses a utility grid interconnection to test large-scale systems in its desired application for up to 2 MW, which is unique in the industry. KEMA also applies field testing up to any power level, and tests performance through any application such as renewable integration, peak shaving, and frequency regulation.

“It is important to test at the three levels—cell and stack, system scale, and in the field up to any power level,” said Paul Leufkens, president of KEMA-Powertest. “Testing at each level of complexity helps identify and fix any weak parts in the system. It’s an integrated process to test on the small scale, see what you can do there, then derive ‘model’ rules, apply and check on system scale, and confirm at site. Ultimately, it is about the performance that a utility may expect from a system.”

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