Alencon Systems has expanded its extensive intellectual property portfolio with the award of U.S. patent #11,146,079 for its Bi-Directional Optimizer for Storage Systems (BOSS)
Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC is proud to announce its award of U.S. patent #11,146,079 which addresses the novelty of the company’s Bi-Directional Optimizer for Storage Systems (BOSS). This patent award is Alencon’s seventh granted U.S. patent. The patent specifically addresses the unique technological and applications aspect’s of Alencon’s galvanically isolated bi-directional DC:DC converter, the BOSS, for use in large scale battery energy storage systems (BESS). The patent not only addresses the BOSS’s unique, Silicon Carbide-based (SiC), galvanically isolated topology but also covers the differentiated benefits the BOSS brings to BESS, whether those systems are stand-alone or DC-coupled with Solar.
“This latest patent is a testament to the incredible engineering team here at Alencon Systems,” says Hanan Fishman, Alencon Systems President. “This patent award affirms the unique technological aspects of the Alencon BOSS and explains the unique system benefits the product provides today’s BESS market.”
As explained in the patent disclosure, the Alencon BOSS offers large scale BESS systems several benefits through the application of next generation power electronics technology. The BOSS’s galvanically isolated technology allows for isolation of grounding between battery racks and a common DC bus. This feature significantly improves BESS safety by allowing batteries to float as intended by their manufacturer while being isolated from the rest of the system. This is particularly helpful for DC coupled Solar + Storage deployments where batteries are directly coupled to PV arrays with different potentials to ground than the BESS.