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The Smart Grid Research Group of Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute has selected the Bi-Direx energy storage inverter from Eguana Technologies Inc. as the control platform to be used in developing methods that will help allow distributed energy storage systems to contribute to load-balancing strategies implemented by utilities and energy aggregators.

Eguana, a manufacturer of power electronics for smart grid energy storage, says bi-directional inverters can move seamlessly from charge to discharge mode and respond in real time to capacity and pricing signals from the power grid.

"Smart 'edge-of-grid' power electronics will be a critical element of the system control strategies that will make decentralized residential and commercial storage capacity available to the power grid for load balancing in real time," comments Brent Harris, chief  technology officer at Eguana.

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