Discover Battery offers closed-loop communications over Xanbus.
- LYNK©, closed-loop communication, is implemented between Discover’s batteries and Schneider Electric’s inverters.
- Closed-loop communication provides significant improvements in 0-100% SOC recharge times.
- The LYNK© will reduce recharge times by over 25% when compared to other advanced batteries.
Discover Battery and Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announce the implementation of LYNK© closed-loop communication between Discover’s Advanced Energy System (AES) lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries and Schneider Electric’s Conext SW and Conext XW+ inverter systems over Schneider Electric’s proprietary Xanbus network.
In addition to remote reporting of state-of-charge (SOC) and system-level status through the Conext ComBox and Insight cloud monitoring services, closed-loop communication provides significant improvements in 0-100% SOC recharge times. The LYNK© between the Discover’s battery management systems (BMS) and the connected Conext SW or XW+ charge source enables dynamic optimization of charge parameters reducing recharge times by over 25% when compared to other advanced batteries.
President at Discover Battery, Darwin Sauer, has said:
We wanted to provide an off-grid solar solution for installers in each of our key geographic markets, so we approached Schneider Electric, a globally-recognized, leader in off-grid inverter design for our initial integration project. When our batteries are able to LYNK© over Schneider’s Xanbus network, our installers can offer their customers a true, system solution that finally demonstrates the potential for advanced energy storage chemistries when used in off-grid applications.
The BMS in Discover Advanced Energy Storage batteries reports very accurate SOC and status information in real time which Schneider’s networked hardware can read and react to. Once there’s an external power source, our BMS is able to take over and drive. We can improve recharge times by nearly a third over other lithium batteries with the same capacity while reducing diesel costs and increasing useable power harvested from an array.
Schneider Electric Marketing Manager, Jon Sharp, has said:
With our Conext inverter/chargers directly communicating with Discover AES batteries over our Xanbus network, installers can design systems with smaller arrays or increase the usable power from any existing array and expect significant reductions in supplementary, diesel consumption.
Direct communications over our Xanbus networks using LYNK© simplifies system installation and provides solar installers with seamless, plug-and-play connection of communications between their Discover AES pack and single inverter Conext SW and XW+ systems, saving time and ensuring accuracy of set points and parameters.