Discover & Schneider Electric Solar - closed-loop comms over Xanbus

Posted by Matthew Campbell on Mar 20, 2018 4:11:00 PM
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  • LYNK©, closed-loop communication, is implemented between Discover’s batteries and Schneider Electric’s inverters
  • Closed-loop communication provides significant improvements in 0-100% SOC recharge times. 
  • The LYNK© will reduce recharge times by over 25% when compared to other advanced batteries

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 20, 2018 -- Discover Battery (Richmond, BC) and Schneider Electric (Burnaby, BC), the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announce the implementation of LYNK© closed-loop communication between Discover’s Advanced Energy System (AES) lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries and Schneider Electric’s Conext SW and Conext XW+ inverter systems over Schneider Electric’s proprietary Xanbus network. In addition to remote reporting of state-of-charge (SOC) and system-level status through the Conext ComBox and Insight cloud monitoring services, closed-loop communication provides significant improvements in 0-100% SOC recharge times. The LYNK© between the Discover’s battery management systems (BMS) and the connected Conext SW or XW+ charge source enables dynamic optimization of charge parameters reducing recharge times by over 25% when compared to other advanced batteries.  

“We wanted to provide an off-grid solar solution for installers in each of our key geographic markets, so we approached Schneider Electric, a globally-recognized, leader in off-grid inverter design for our initial integration project. When our batteries are able to LYNK© over Schneider’s Xanbus network, our installers can offer their customers a true, system solution that finally demonstrates the potential for advanced energy storage chemistries when used in off-grid applications,” says Darwin Sauer, President at Discover Battery. “The BMS in Discover Advanced Energy Storage batteries reports very accurate SOC and status information in real time which Schneider’s networked hardware can read and react to. Once there’s an external power source, our BMS is able to take over and drive.  We can improve recharge times by nearly a third over other lithium batteries with the same capacity while reducing diesel costs and increasing useable power harvested from an array.”

“With our Conext inverter/chargers directly communicating with Discover AES batteries over our Xanbus network, installers can design systems with smaller arrays or increase the usable power from any existing array and expect significant reductions in supplementary, diesel consumption,” says Jon Sharp, Marketing Manager at Schneider Electric. Direct communications over our Xanbus networks using LYNK© simplifies system installation and provides solar installers with seamless, plug-and-play connection of communications between their Discover AES pack and single inverter Conext SW and XW+ systems, saving time and ensuring accuracy of set points and parameters.

About Discover Battery
Discover Battery is the world leader in designing and manufacturing of transportation, motive power, and advanced energy storage solutions. To “discover” means to find something in the course of a search. At Discover, we are always searching for better solutions to battery and energy storage challenges. What started as a battery distribution business in 1949 has evolved to become a leading innovator and manufacturer of high value power solutions delivered and serviced globally through the best sales and service network on the planet. Success in our market is about delivering excellence with the design, manufacture and supply of battery products and energy storage solutions that we know will provide meaningful results and outcomes for our customers.

About Schneider Electric 
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems.

We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. 

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