Powin Energy, a maker of stationary storage systems, has been awarded a patent for its Battery Pack Operating System (bp-OS).
The bp-OS uses an algorithm to actively and passively balance batteries down to the cell level, and also offers a picture of battery health through real-time monitoring, state-of-charge management and diagnostics. According to Powin, it is compatible with all leading energy storage chemistries.
The bp-OSâ€™s Battery Odometer feature measures capacity degradation and calculates remaining battery lifetime by keeping track of voltage, temperature, state-of-charge, charge and discharge times, and other critical data for every cycle of the battery. The Warranty Tracker feature is designed to maximize operational uptime by alerting operators to possible issues, isolating problem zones and automatically filing warranty claims.
The bp-OS is a standard feature of Powin Energyâ€™s Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), a self-contained 125 kW/250 kWh storage solution thatâ€™s built into a 20-foot long shipping container, and is designed to be scalable to meet the demands of any size project.
â€œWeâ€™re focused on creating the safest and most technologically advanced energy storage unit and battery management software in the world,â€ said Powin CTO Virgil Beaston. â€œUsing Powin Energyâ€™s bp-OS that is made specifically for the needs of the energy storage industry, battery system owners and operators will unlock new levels of insight into the use of their batteries, have access to higher optimization schemes, and see noticeable increases in the total lifecycle value of their storage systems.â€