Site Tours

Join us on one of our exiciting site tours conviently located in the Charlotte area. Please note that these events must be registered for separately and a separate fee will apply.

Parker Hannifin - Energy Grid Tie Division

Monday, April 25, 2016 
Tour Times:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

If you are interested in seeing and learning more about the manufacturing process for power conversion systems, join us for a tour of Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid Tie Division. Located in Charlotte NC, the campus includes engineering, manufacturing, and test facilities for inverters of all sizes. Complete stand-alone power conversion systems are assembled, as are battery enclosures with climate control. The systems incorporate advanced technologies, including Parker’s groundbreaking 2-phase cooling technology and numerous diagnostic features for aftermarket support.

The division designs, manufactures, services, and markets power conversion and battery energy storage products and systems for Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Municipalities/Utilities, and OEMs/Integrators to serve the global Renewables and Energy Storage markets. Parker is a global turn-key solution provider and a center of excellence for Energy Grid Tie power conversion and energy storage systems.

Parker’s Energy Grid Tie Division has been providing power conversion for battery energy storage since 2007 and currently has over 150 megawatts deployed. With annual sales of approximately $13 billion in fiscal year 2015, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 55,000 people in 50 countries around the world.

Parker’s engineering expertise and broad range of core technologies uniquely positions the company to solve some of the world’s greatest engineering challenges. By partnering with customers, Parker improves their productivity and profitability and seeks new ways to solve humanity's biggest challenges.

Alevo Battery Manufacturing Facility

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tour Times:  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Alevo is an energy service provider that brings its innovative GridBank™ energy storage technology and intelligent grid data analytics to the electric grid. Alevo is a vertically integrated manufacturing and deployment organization; able to deploy its GridBank battery energy storage containers anywhere along the electricity supply chain. 

McAlpine Microgrid Test Site

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tour Times:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

McAlpine Microgrid Test Site hosts a 200 kW / 500 kWh system capacity BYD Lithium-ion-phosphate battery and inverter system integrated in a single container.  It is located on a 24 kV distribution circuit, adjacent to 50 kW solar facility on the McAlpine test circuit. It is currently configured as a Solar + Storage microgrid supporting the City of Charlotte Fire Station 24.  Duke Energy is developing switching schemes using standard reclosers as well as a protection and control strategy.  They aim to understand the benefits of microgrid technology on the utility side of the meter.  At the site visitors will be able to see the solar, storage, and control house, as well as understand Duke’s approach to a pilot community solar initiative and smart grid technologies on the test circuit. 

Marshall Steam Station Solar Site

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tour Times:  3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Marshall Steam Station Solar Site (Energy Storage Delivery point) hosts a 750 kWh / 250 kW system capacity Kokam Superior Lithium Polymer Batteries with a 1.25 MVA S&C Electric Company Inverter (SMS).  It is located on a 12.47 kV distribution circuit with a separate but adjacent medium-voltage interconnection from 1.0 MW solar facility, at the end of a distribution feeder.  Duke Energy is developing Algorithms in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Energy Production & Infrastructure Center (EPIC).  These algorithms are focused on energy time shifting, solar smoothing, Volt/VAR control, voltage regulator life extension, circuit and solar load/output forecasting, and the simultaneous and prioritized operation of all the aforementioned strategies.