Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Distributed Load Leveling Device:Distributed Load Leveling Device with Utility Con (ST7279-1)

IBD Associates, Inc., dba Gaia Power Tec


Distributed energy storage offers a means for reducing peak demand on the grid, improving power quality, and lowering consumer cost. The proposed project would develop a battery-based distributed energy storage system that would deliver significantly more power capability than existing Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems commercialized for emergency use only. If this product can be produced at a cost-effective price, it could be an effective tool in reducing costs, improving reliability to the benefit of both the utility and consumer. Con Edison and others are pursuing the demonstration of systems such as the one proposed and may be interested in following this project.

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Project Description

The project will be comprised of the design, prototype fabrication and initial testing of a 10KW/ 20KWhr peak shaving and energy storage device that will have built-in communications and control capabilities that can be interfaced to building load management and/or utility control. The Contractor shall construct two units based on the common module platform. Both units shall have over 28kVA in peak power and 16.5kVA continuous power. One unit would provide peak load reduction for a selected Con Edison customer based on an energy audit. The second unit will actively counter irregularities on the distribution grid to provide high-quality power to critical Con Edison customers. Instead of using the high energy storage used for the first unit, this second unit will use supercapacitors to provide the high power needed for the few seconds to counter the irregularity. The inverters and the control module will be the same for the two units and only the storage devices and control software will be different, the beta prototype units will be developed for 3-phase power, and with upgraded software to control multiple units instead of only one. Another major objective will be to ensure compliance with the utility grid so the units can be grid-connected from the beginning.


Successful commercialization of this product would improve power quality and reliability both on the grid and at the consumer's location. It could reduce the need for distribution system investments and reduce demand charges to the consumer.

Project Results

The project was successfully completed and Final Report submitted. The Contractor commercialized the storage system and made several sales, obtained additional NYSERDA contracts or subcontracts for demonstrating the hardware in DG applications, but eventually went out of business.


IBD Associates, Inc., dba Gaia Power Tec
116 John Street, Suite 820
New York, NY 10038

Principle Investigator

Ib Olsen

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:

Energy Storage

NYSERDA Contact Information

Frank Ralbovsky


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST7279-1

Last Updated: 3/4/2014 3