Wow! Following a highly successful and record-breaking RE+ 2023 , I was able to grab a few minutes with some of the Dynapower team who attended the show to get their thoughts on what they saw, heard, and learned. Thanks to Bryan Allen , Director of Hydrogen, Rolando Mattar , Segment Manager for Renewables, Brett Ingle , Segment Manager for Microgrids, and Sara Millies-Lucke , Key Account Manager for e-Mobility, for sharing their feedback.
Size and Diversification
Dynapower has participated at RE+ for multiple years, and each year the number of attendees and the diversification of markets represented has grown substantially. Even from the 2022 Anaheim show, said Bryan Allen, the change is significant. Past shows also had a tighter focus on renewables like wind and solar – and while those segments are of course still well-represented – the increased presence of hydrogen and e-mobility vendors and technology is strong. This makes sense, Bryan added, because of the growing crossover between segments and technologies…and the benefit for attendees is a more well-rounded and representational show – a one-stop shop for all things renewable. Sara Millies-Lucke agreed, noting that from walking the expo floor and making new connections, it’s clear that e-mobility is at the forefront of a lot of these company’s strategies, including new innovative ways to combine energy storage and EV charging, and different value adds, like platforms for DC fast charging that cut your charging time to less than 10 minutes.
Trade shows are always a great opportunity to check out the latest technological advancements and RE+ 2023 was no different. For Dynapower, said Rolando Mattar, the customers and prospects we met with were very interested in our new MV Integrated Power Skid 5000. Comprising our CPS Gen 5 Converter and medium-voltage components, the product offers an ideal solution for quick integration. Customers welcome the convenience of the skidded product for facility layout, system design, and installation. Brett Ingle agreed and added that another key benefit is the ability to speed up order and delivery time…a significant win for tightly-scheduled projects. It avoids the inconvenience of individual parts being delivered at different times – that makes keeping projects on track challenging and means constantly having to adjust schedules, installation times, and more. Managing the electrical work is also much easier. And, added Bryan, with the labor challenges the market is still experiencing, trying to juggle electrician schedules is difficult – work on the whole project may be stalled while waiting for an electrician to get on site and run connections. The skidded solution minimizes that risk and offers significant peace of mind to customers.
On the DC-coupled side, we also shared information on our DPS-1000 unit, a follow up to our highly successful DPS-500. The reception was very positive, Rolando said, after sharing the specs with some applications engineers. Most of the industry knows that Dynapower was (and remains) an innovator in DC-coupled technology, and having an additional product to offer to support these systems is key. Now, if a customer needs an 800 rating, they could purchase just one DPS-1000 and derate it to 800 vs having to purchase 2 DPS-500s to derate. Fewer parts means fewer connections, less maintenance, and simplified installation – win-win-win! Our DC-Coupled technology was a hit on the E-mobility side as well, Sara noted, because it makes pairing charging and energy storage easier to do. DC Coupled technology was pioneered by Dynapower, she noted, and with our solid reputation in the market, it’s no surprise there’s great interest in the solutions we can provide in this area.
Still a heavy focus on domestic content and the IRA
So while there were a lot of new ideas, companies and technologies on-site, there remained some familiar long-time topics – namely, understanding the IRA and emerging Domestic Content guidelines (for a primer, check out our recent blog post here). The rules are continually evolving, and while they get a bit clearer each time, there are still a lot of questions. Companies with strong U.S. presence, Dynapower included, made sure to promote their ability to help customers meet the requirements.