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Convergence and Connectivity at #Distributech19

February 14th, 2019

The DC Systems team just returned from #Distributech19, where we joined thousands of industry professionals working to empower the next generation of energy infrastructure. DC Systems has been a part of the DistribuTECH community from the very fist event (then called DA/DSM Distribution Automation/Demand Side Management), and each year we gain the opportunity to see how the utility space is evolving with technologies that address increasing challenges in ensuring an abundance of electricity and resilience of the grid.

DTECH Highlights

While making new friends and connecting with existing partners, we launched a new “BEST OF” category at DTECH!

Yes. We’re talking best socks, which went to Jonathan McClelland @reliabilityShow. We salute you Jonathan! Like the updated photo?

What were the top themes at DTECH? We witnessed the increased influence of convergent technologies being brought to the utility space – augmented reality, drone technology, and other virtual technologies allowing operators to envision and address greater need for security and uptime of operations, and the impacts of environmental risk like wildfires that threaten safety for stakeholders and investors alike.

To that end, DC Systems was proud to announce our new software product, Watchtower, during the conference, which addresses the need for safety and security with real-time automated control of energy systems in a natural disaster. A sincere thanks to Electric Light & Power for covering our news!

We are also seeing increased complexity and demands of grids, whether through emerging inputs like electric vehicles, which stand to add an estimated 30% load on utilities in the coming years, to Big Data, with more and smarter devices being added to the infrastructure, requiring intelligent systems that can make sense of this explosion of information. And we noted the importance of ensuring that operators have the tools to make sense of dynamic grid conditions and can make intelligent management decisions in real time. Here again, DC Systems was able to add to the conversation with our Data Virtualization products, that bring together, synthesize, and simplify information so that operators can make sense of this burden of information and turn it into an operational advantage for faster, more reliable, and more expansive energy services.

Distributech ’19 was once again a true coming together of the industry’s best and brightest, on the bleeding edge of technology innovation. A special shout out to everyone who came out for drinks at our booth during 5 o’clock Somewhere, and we’ve got some exciting news up our sleeve so please stay tuned to the announcements coming in the next few weeks!

What were your takeaways of the event this year? Drop us a note, we’d love to hear from you.

Join DC Systems at DTECH 2019!

February 1st, 2019

Visit Us At Booth 11921

2019 is a huge year for us at DC Systems. We're looking forward to sharing new partnerships, products and launches ahead in the year to come. Come see us at booth #11921 at in New Orleans, Feb 5-7th, 2019!

Join Us On Wednesday

DC Systems is proud to be a hosting sponsor of "It's 5'oclock Somewhere" on the trade-show floor, so swing by Wed, Feb 6th between 4 & 5 and we'll buy you a drink!

Check Out What's New

We’re introducing WatchTower (WT), a new product developed in response to Western wildfires that gives energy managers automated, real-time system control during weather emergencies. This product has already gained initial customers and is in the process of being rolled-out into the market.

Meet With Our Team

One of the best parts about checking in with DC Systems at DTECH is the team! Our developers and engineers will be on hand to give demos, answer questions, and discuss your specific needs.

DC Systems delivers the leading real-time intelligence platform that brings together complex energy data, renewables, grid software and controls in a way that makes sense. Our open enterprise system connects, manages, and controls energy at every point of the grid.

With DC Systems:

• Optimize power resilience and availability
• Manages substation and feeder automation
• Negotiates renewables and microgrids with ease
• Enables decision-makers with real-time data visualization
• Vendor agnostic, protocol agnostic data virtualization from any source to any system

To meet with the team, complete form below:

DC Systems Secures $4 Million in Growth Funding from WindSail Capital

October 16th, 2018

Funding to accelerate commercial deployment of its real-time monitoring, aggregation and control software for distribution assets and distributed energy resources.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 16, 2018 / PRNewswire

DC Systems, a leader in utility-grade smart energy applications for optimizing grid operations, announced today a growth capital raise of $4 million led by WindSail Capital Group, a Boston-based investment firm focused on energy innovation and sustainability.

 


“With a committed capital partner like WindSail, I am confident that we will bring new and innovative technologies to market in order to help our customers meet the challenges of today’s changing grid,” said Kenneth Munson, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of DC Systems.


 

“We are pleased to support DC Systems at a critical time as the industry shifts to a more intelligent grid with significant distributed generation,” said WindSail Capital’s Managing Director, Michael Rand. “Everyone on the WindSail team looks forward to working with the board and management team to help solve some of the most difficult challenges in the electric industry with real-time data acquisition, analysis and control.”

Funding will support the company’s deployment of its Real-Time Smart Energy Suite™ applications that dynamically optimize grid operations and allow utilities to efficiently scale distributed energy resources and distribution automation with superior real-time performance.”

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About DC Systems
DC Systems has been a trusted partner to utilities, EPCs, large power producers and energy users since 1990 and has more than 100 utility customers and 400 projects worldwide. DC systems provides utilities, EPCs and developers a flexible and scalable product suite that embeds real-time intelligent control, secure communications and monitoring of centralized and aggregated decentralized grid assets. DC Systems is headquartered in Redwood City, CA and customers include Southern California Edison, Sempra Renewables, Alliant Energy, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Austin Energy, Potomac Electric Power, Chevron, Shell, and Silicon Valley Power. For more information, please visit www.dcsystems.com or contact press@dcsystems.com.

 

About WindSail Capital Group
WindSail Capital Group is a Boston-based investment firm that provides growth capital to early stage commercial businesses advancing energy innovation and sustainability. WindSail’s unique approach offers companies flexible and creative capital solutions that meet their specific needs while facilitating growth and minimizing dilution. WindSail typically invests $2.0 to $10.0 million in each transaction. For more information, please visit www.windsailcapital.com


DC Systems Names Kenneth Munson Chief Operating Officer

June 2nd, 2018

Leading developer of smart grid software accelerates growth strategy with appointment of distributed energy expert.


DC Systems, Inc., a leading provider of integrated software solutions for power systems and grid-operators, is pleased to announce the addition of Kenneth Munson as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

In his new role, Munson will bring valuable leadership experience during a period of rapid growth for DC Systems. Munson will lead operations and engineering and be responsible for driving the company to achieve and surpass sales, profitability, cash flow and business goals and objectives. Additionally, Munson will spearhead the development, communication and implementation of an effective global growth strategy with utilities, EPCs, developers, and large power generators.


“I have tremendous confidence in Ken’s ability to align DC Systems’ world-class innovation engine and partnerships with industry-leading operational practices to extend our market and product leadership.”

~Doug Campbell, CEO, DC Systems


“Ken is a seasoned and trusted leader who has consistently delivered results in his professional career. He is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within DC Systems, with a laser-focus on operational excellence and revenue growth,” said Doug Campbell, co-founder and CEO of DC Systems. “I have tremendous confidence in Ken’s ability to align DC Systems’ world-class innovation engine and partnerships with industry-leading operational practices to extend our market and product leadership.”

Munson has extensive experience creating, commercializing, and scaling disruptive technologies including cloud-based demand management systems, grid analytics, intelligent energy storage and industrial automation. Most recently, Munson was CEO of Sunverge Energy, a startup he co-founded in 2009 that provides a cloud-based platform for managing fleets of intelligent energy storage systems and virtual power plants serving utilities and consumers in the US, Canada and Australia.

“DC Systems is well positioned to be a disruptive force in the market. The energy industry is going through tremendous change. Traditional grid management systems and distributed energy resource management systems are converging as more consumers generate their own power, cities adopt microgrids, and more renewable energy comes online,” said Munson. “With DC Systems’ 28-year history working with utilities, developers and EPCs, the company has gained a unique and valuable perspective on customers’ needs as they compete in the evolving energy market.”

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About DC Systems
Since 1990, DC Systems, Inc. (http://www.dcsystems.com) has been a trusted partner to utilities, EPCs, large power producers and energy users, with more than 100 utility customers and 400 projects worldwide. DC Systems develops utility-grade, vendor-agnostic, real-time software for power system and grid-interconnection, telemetry, analysis, monitoring, control, and communication gateways. The company’s Real-Time Smart Energy SuiteTM (RT|SES) applications dynamically optimize grid operations, from edge devices to substations to control centers and solve some of the electric industry’s most difficult challenges with the real-time data acquisition, analysis and control. The company provides solutions for distribution automation, grid reconfiguration and restoration, conservation voltage reduction, load balancing, substation automation, and the coordination of enterprise data and control across multiple utility OT and IT systems. Applications include SCADA, Substation Automation, Distribution Automation solutions such as Auto-Sectionalizing and Restoration, and Distributed Energy Control Systems for energy storage, Virtual Power Plants, DERMS, and Microgrids.

Small Sonoma Winery Wins Big Environmental Award

January 19th, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Dan Gustafson, 707.363.0963, dangustafson@me.com

Small Sonoma Winery Wins Big Environmental Award

High-end Cab producer’s MicroGrid garners Governor’s honor

 

Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery has received California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA).

 

The small, highly acclaimed Sonoma producer of first-growth Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon was recognized for “Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities,” one of five categories of the annual award administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency and presented in Sacramento.

 

Click on the map above for an interactive tour of this project.

The GEELA program honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.

 

“This year’s GEELA recipients are demonstrating exceptional leadership in addressing some of our most significant environmental challenges,” said Matthew Rodriguez, the state’s Secretary for Environmental Protection. “Whether it’s fighting climate change, conserving our water supplies or reducing waste, they inspire us with their creative and collaborative approaches. Their success expands our view of what is possible. Collectively, they are proving that healthy environment is inextricably linked with a vibrant economy.”

 

Stone Edge Farm is the 16-acre residence of Mac and Leslie McQuown. The farm produces organically grown wine grapes, over 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables, fruit, olives, herbs, flowers, eggs, and honey. Two other organic estate vineyards, Silver Cloud and Mt. Pisgah, contribute fruit from the hillsides of the Mayacamas Mountains to the winery’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon and “Surround,” a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for early drinkability.

 

Stone Edge is also a self-proclaimed “demonstration farm for what is possible,” at the cutting edge of soil, water, air and energy conservation. Cover crops and extensive composting ensure soil and plant health, and monitoring technologies have cut water use in half, but the most dramatic results in air and energy conservation have come from the Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid (SEFMG).

 

To demonstrate how far below zero carbon emissions the farm could go, and to establish clean, economical energy independence, over the past four years the McQuowns and Wooster Engineering developed the MicroGrid. This open source project stores electricity from solar panels in seven different battery technologies as well as in the form of hydrogen gas. The hydrogen is stored until needed, either to make electricity in fuel cell hives or to power fuel cell cars. The marginal cost of the hydrogen is zero, and the by-product of its use is pure water.

 

“When the farm underwent a precautionary evacuation during the October 2017 wildfires in Sonoma, the MicroGrid “islanded,” or ran independently from the utility grid,” according to Craig Wooster, SEFMG project manager and general contractor. “So the farm continued to operate smoothly, including powering irrigation pumps, while surrounded by power outages for over a week, monitored from afar by cell phone.”

 

Wooster accepted the GEELA award along with five interns currently working on the SEFMG. Since the project’s inception, 55 paid interns from a wide array of colleges and universities have participated in its development.

 

Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery is a partnership begun in 2004 by Mac McQuown with Phil Coturri, pioneer organic viticulturist, and Jeff Baker, veteran winemaker previously at Mayacamas and Carmenet Wineries.

 

McQuown led a team, including five future Nobel laureates in economics, who created the first stock index fund in 1970, and he is co-founder of six highly successful financial service companies. A lifelong fine wine collector, McQuown also co-founded the Chalone Wine Group in 1970 and Carmenet Winery (now Repris) in 1980.

 

A widely known environmentalist and philanthropist, McQuown sits on advisory councils of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the UC San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Esalen Institute’s “Track Two,” an Institute for Citizen Diplomacy. 

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Visit Stone Edge Farms Microgrid Project: http://sefmicrogrid.com/

Come visit us in booth #3013 at DistribuTECH 2018 – Jan 23-25 in San Antonio, TX!

November 20th, 2017

We’re happy to extend a free tradeshow floor pass to get you in the door! Contact us to schedule a meeting!

Meet us at the Microgrid 2017 Conference! Nov 6-8 Boston, MA

October 26th, 2017

Join us in Boston and meet Matt Koenig, DC Systems Sales Director! For more information about Microgrid 2017, or to schedule a meeting, visit our Press + Events

Visit us at ESNA 2015 – Learn about our new projects and features for our Real-Time Distributed Control System (RT|DECS) software, used for PG&E’s award-nominated energy storage project

October 9th, 2015

Innovation Award3

Visit us at ESNA this year in San Diego, October 13-15, to learn about our latest enhancements to RT|DECS and all our solutions for utilities, power producers, and MicroGrids.

We’ve expanded our suite of utility-grade software solutions for grid-level, vendor-agnostic control of distributed energy resources (DER) and energy storage. While early versions of our software let utilities manage a single resource as multiple Virtual Power Plants, we’ve added many new features and control modes for our latest Real-Time Distributed Energy Control System (RT|DECS), to manage control across diverse portfolios of DER & storage and to interface with utility and market systems.

Our RT|DECS software has an important role in PG&E’s Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects – managing grid-level controls and interfacing with equipment vendors’ control systems and market award dispatch systems. A highlight of ESNA tours the past two years, PG&E’s Yerba Buena 4 MW Battery Project is nominated for ESNA’s 2015 Innovation Award for Centralized Storage. The project provides many benefits at both the distribution and bulk power level and demonstrates several industry use cases. PG&E’s Vaca-Dixon 2 MW system, also part of the industry collaboration project using our RT|DECS control software, was the first and currently is the only resource to participate in California’s CAISO new Non-Generator Resource energy and frequency regulation markets. See www.esnaexpo.com/awards/2015-finalists.

We partner with all kinds of industry players that can use our software and expertise in control systems. We play a key role in DER, energy storage, and cyber-security research projects with NREL, PNNL, and a microgrid collaboration project at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma, Ca. We’ve been a trusted provider to utilities, power producers, and large energy users since 1990, with solutions for substation and control center SCADA, substation and distribution automation applications, real-time communication gateways, and more. We’re experts in CAISO NRI telemetry, metering and controls, and we provide our own CAISO-certified RIG provider.

Our software solutions are complementary to virtually all players in this ecosystem, so talk with us!

We’re a gold sponsor for ESNA, in Booth 120 by the open networking area. Our CEO speaks on the expo stage on Wednesday at 10:45 and in the conference session “Resource Aggregation” on Thursday at 11:30.  Contact us to schedule a meeting. See you in sunny San Diego!

Learn how DC Systems enables energy storage adoption and integration at scale at Energy Storage North America!

September 24th, 2014

 

 

ESNA LogoFor the second year in a row, DC Systems will head south for the Energy Storage North America conference in San Jose, CA.

Like last year, participants on ESNA’s energy storage site tours will be able to see DC Systems’ RT|Stored Energy Control System live in action at the PG&E Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage Pilot Project.

This year visitors can also visit us at Booth 215 to demo our software in person and learn why distributed generation projects from PG&E’s storage pilot to the Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project rely on DC Systems for mission-critical site communication and controls.

When: October 1st and 2nd, 2014

3 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your CAISO Remote Intelligent Gateway

August 21st, 2014

If you are a conventional power plant larger than 20 MW or a renewable generator larger than 1.5 MW and you connect to the California ISO-managed grid (the yellow region on the map below), chances are you communicate with the ISO over a small ruggedized computer called a Remote Intelligent Gateway (RIG). Read the rest of this entry »