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SimpliPhi Power and Heila Technologies Launch Customer-Cited Energy Storage Solution for Southwestern Electric Power Company

SimpiPhi Power

May 28, 2020

OXNARD, Calif., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SimpliPhi Power, a leading U.S. manufacturer of safe, non-toxic, cobalt-free lithium ion energy storage systems, has partnered with Heila Technologies to deploy intelligent energy storage+solar systems at a demonstration project in Shreveport, Louisiana with the support of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (AEP) company.

“Behind-the-meter energy storage is a cost-effective way to help utilities and customers alike manage their electricity usage with the security of knowing they have access to stored energy that can be seamlessly integrated into the grid or islanded during power outages,” said SimpliPhi Power’s CEO Catherine Von Burg.

The demonstration project with Heila Technologies will aggregate distributed energy resources and empower SWEPCO to manage these assets as an optimized fleet. Under a single platform, SWEPCO will be able to leverage the storage+solar systems to correct power factor, perform peak shaving, and manage overall energy supply, all while improving customer resiliency. Building resiliency for utility customers using renewable power generation plus storage will be key as the Southeast United States continues to see an increase in extreme weather events due to the impacts of climate change.

Heila’s Senior Engineer and Co-Founder, Jorge Elizondo shared, “The Heila Platform is able to sense changes across all connected components and make the system holistically and automatically respond to the changing conditions of the electrical grid. With SimpliPhi, we have found a safe and high performing battery that is ready to be deployed at scale to make this vision a reality.”

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A Greener Future for Innovation


Another company making strides at Greentown Labs is the energy company Heila Technologies. Heila joined Greentown Labs in 2016 and is focused on improving the efficiency of the electric grid through decentralized microgrid control technology. Their platform makes it easy to connect solar arrays, batteries, and other energy resources to self-managing microgrids. The system is designed to help customers grow resilient microgrids while decreasing the carbon footprint. Such as in the case of one of Heila’s first clients—the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid. This microgrid has been keeping the lights on during wildfire-driven grid disruptions every year since 2017.

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A New Approach To Microgrids Passes Key Hurdle In New Mexico


Feb 28, 2020

By Peter Asmus

Meeting the demand for electricity in 2020 is a global conundrum. The customer loads served by today’s alternating current (AC) power grid infrastructure built up over the past 100 years are more often than not natively direct current (DC) due to the proliferation of plug loads. These include computers and mobile devices as well as LED lighting and new and more efficient appliances. According to some estimates, as much as 80% of demand for electricity in residential and commercial and structures are natively DC.

The pilot project, developed by Emera Technologies in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and Heila Technologies is a glimpse into what a future sustainable and resilient power system could look like. The Heila Technologies partnership is an open source microgrid control platform nurtured at the Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma County, California.

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Microgrids: The future of business and farming

The Weekly Calistogan

February 26, 2020

By Tim Carl and Mackenzie Carl

When power went out in Northern California during PG&E’s series of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) last fall, thousands of households and businesses went dark. But a few kept their lights on – those with generators, and other sources of stored power, like the self-contained microgrid owned by Mac McQuown.

McQuown was ready for the moment the power went off. When it happened, he reached for his phone and pressed a few buttons. Seconds later, the lights sprang back to life.

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All-electric homes offer a prototype for low-carbon housing in Colorado


The Basalt Vista housing project in Basalt, Colorado is eschewing natural gas to reduce its consumption of fossil fuels, making a bold statement about future energy use. Instead, using electricity, the development is focused on relying on renewable energy sources, expecting to be 70% renewable by 2021 and has plans to go even higher. The Heila controllers are a huge part of this effort and Heila is using the site as a pilot project to demonstrate how granular its control systems can be.

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A household-scale virtual power plant has arrived

pv magazine

August 15, 2019

By William Driscoll

Household Virtual Power PlantHow Colorado’s Holy Cross Energy is working toward 70% clean energy in 2030 by piloting a household-scale virtual powerplant technology to integrate rooftop solar and storage using Heila EDGE.

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Heila Technologies Receives State Award Through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Innovate Mass Program

Wicked Local Sommerville

January 11, 2019

Greentown Labs SignAs a proud recipient of the InnovateMass Award, Heila Technologies received $249,052 to support its peer-to-peer, distributed energy resources optimization framework for microgrid applications. Heila’s goal is to use this funding to help accelerate the adoption of clean energy at the grid’s edge by developing new control and optimization technologies.

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How to Build a Microgrid in a Day

Microgrid Knowledge

May 7, 2018

Craig Wooster and Jorge Elizondo

In this presentation from the Microgrid 2018 Conference, Craig Wooster, project manager and general contractor for the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project, and Jorge Elizondo, co-founder of Heila Technologies, discuss this leading-edge Microgrid Project and the critical role of the Heila iq platform in its success.

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Stone Edge Farm Winery Looks to a Hydrogen-Powered Future

Environment + Energy Leader

February 26, 2018

by Alyssa Danigelis

Craig WoosterIn this overview of the Stone Edge Farm Estate and Winery Microgrid, Mac McQuown discusses his vision for the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid, and the first true test of the microgrid: the 2017 Sonoma wildfires. It was through this test that Heila co-founder Jorge Elizondo further developed the vision for the company.

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How smarter microgrids can boost clean energy

Yale Climate Connections

March 17, 2017

By Eileen Mignoni

Berkeley Lab Microgrid SchematicHeila Technologies’ Jorge Elizondo comments on the possibilities of making microgrids simpler and more affordable and adding more clean energy to the nation’s energy mix. Using a device like the Heila iQ eliminates the need for expert installation and customization.

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Cleantech University Prize Highlights Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

United States Department of Energy

June 23, 2016

Heila Technologies won the 2016 Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) National Competition in 2016. Heila won for its universal control hub that automatically monitors and manages disparate microgrids. In addition to the $50,000 award, they also received a voucher to access facilities and capabilities at the world-class National Labs.

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MIT team’s “brain” for microgrids wins Clean Energy Prize

MIT News

May 2, 2016

By Rob Matheson

The Heila Technologies team, made up of MIT students and alumni, won the MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) competition in 2016 for creating the “brain” for microgrids, making the systems more efficient and easier to own and operate. This prize was awarded early in Heila’s development, as they were working with the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid Project to pilot the Heila controller.

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