CODA Energy Receives UL 1973 Safety Certification for a Commercial Energy Storage System
Complete safety validation will reduce installation periods from weeks to hours
MONROVIA, Calif., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following months of rigorous testing and evaluation, CODA's energy storage system – the CODA Core™ – has received 'subject 1973' safety standards certification from UL (Underwriters Laboratories). UL 1973 is the definitive third-party evaluation of energy storage safety, reliability and performance. The CODA 40kWh high-voltage system is the first commercial scale energy storage system specifically targeted for behind-the-meter use to be subjected to UL 1973 and pass.
While inverters coupled to energy storage systems are often certified to UL 1741, few manufacturers have subjected complete energy storage systems to UL 1973 testing at the system level. This discrepancy often delays the local permitting and utility interconnection process, and represents a significant barrier to energy storage deployment.
UL 1973 certification of the complete system will reduce installation periods for CODA's system from weeks to hours. As the industry matures, it is likely UL 1973 will become the litmus test adopted by permitting authorities and regulatory bodies with jurisdiction over energy storage.
"UL 1973 certification transforms energy storage from a nascent technology into a safe, plug-and-play appliance," said Pete Nortman, COO, CODA Energy. "This independent verification by UL should instill confidence in our channel partners and customers about the safety, quality, and reliability of our battery system."
All primary components of CODA's scalable system have now been independently verified, including battery cells (UL 1642), inverters (UL 1741) and software (UL 1998).
Engineered to perform beyond the limits
The tests conducted by UL validated the CODA Core's "ability to safely withstand simulated abuse conditions" well beyond the limits of normal use. For example, one element of the test included "soaking" an energized tower for 12 hours at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Another test involved dropping an energized battery module from a height of three meters. The CODA Core™ continued to operate safely throughout these and other tests.
A fully-functional energy system, right out of the box
The CODA Core™ combines advanced lithium-ion batteries (LiFePO4) with inverters, battery management software, and an optional environmental management system for harsh climates. CODA Energy's onboard energy operating software is programmed to meet the application-specific needs of the end-user, be it demand management, time-of-use shifting, back-up power, emergency power, renewables based electric vehicle (EV) charging, or other more complex applications.
Completely scalable – kilowatts to megawatts
The CODA Core™ is completely scalable. A single unit with 40kWh of energy effectively reduces demand charges and utility bills for businesses, while providing back-up power that responds automatically to outages faster than the grid can fail. For applications that require more energy or power, multiple units can be combined together. Outdoors, the CODA Core™ is deployed in weatherproof, seismic-rated and climate controlled enclosures able to withstand harsh conditions or applications.
About CODA Energy
CODA Energy designs and builds scalable energy storage solutions that support a smarter, cleaner, and more reliable grid. The CODA Core™ combines advanced lithium-ion cells with a proven battery management system and optional temperature management unit. CODA's integrated operating system is tailored for the application-specific needs of an end user. CODA Energy's storage systems scale seamlessly from kilowatts to megawatts and are optimized for generation, distribution and behind-the-meter applications for commercial & industrial end users.
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