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MintzTech Connect Industry News — Spotlight on XENDEE

As the world looks toward building a more sustainable and energy independent future, a transition to smart and renewable energy resources, also known as Microgrids, has become essential to that vision. However, building your own Microgrid from distributed energy technologies can be a highly dynamic field where the unique nature of projects can drive up costs and uncertainty for interested organizations.

To help eliminate the uncertainty, XENDEE is developing the Operating System for Microgrids to arm the industry with unique software to certify the savings, sustainability, and resilience of projects worldwide.

With trillions of dollars at stake, businesses and governments alike are seeking Microgrid solutions as the energy transition technology capable of capturing savings while delivering sustainability and CO2 emission reductions. Additionally, these distributed systems provide organizational security with the resilience required to reliably ride through power outages and keep the lights on when the larger grid goes dark.

XENDEE software simplifies the Microgrid investment experience by giving customers confidence in the savings, emissions reductions, and resilience benefits promised by solution providers. Our patented technology streamlines the customer journey and drives down the costs of screening, planning, and designing solutions by up to 90% over traditional methods while bringing more projects to the market in a financially viable way.

It all starts in XENDEE’s Microgrid Configurator, which walks clients through a series of questions to set up the basic environment of their new project and automatically creates the most optimal design and operating logic based on the user’s constraints and goals including: cost savings, resilience, emissions reductions, reliability, or any combination of these factors.

From there, users will enter a satellite map of their microgrid location where they can simply drag and drop icons for technologies such as solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles, CHP generators, fuel-cells, and more into their actual position on the microgrid site. Then, by quickly uploading some information about the client’s energy needs, the XENDEE platform configures and designs the most optimal solution and operation logic. XENDEE also generates an initial feasibility study that includes the financial analysis and business case validation necessary to build confidence in the benefits a Microgrid could offer the client.

After approval from the client, the design and project data can move over to XENDEE’s Detailed Economic Engineering system where bankability studies can be carried out for detailed modeling of power outages, load management, technology performance degradation (up to 50 years into the future), taxes, and upcoming legislation that may affect financial incentives.

Next, the project data can be transferred to XENDEE’s Deep-Circuit simulator where designers are able to view the electrical one-line diagram model and perform time-series power flow studies to “test-drive” the Microgrid and ensure voltage and voltage drop at every node is within safe limits. The simulator also validates that the cables, wires, and transformers (balance of system) have been sized and configured properly to ensure safe and reliable operation.

Finally, project managers can direct assets and resources for the efficient and smooth delivery of the Microgrid using XENDEE’s Microgrid Project Management system that automates project communications, asset tracking, engineering workflow automation, and collaboration amongst vendors and project managers.

XENDEE is the most awarded Microgrid platform, and is the standard solution for Worley, the largest energy, chemicals and resources engineering services company in the world. The United States Department of Defense has recently selected XENDEE as its standard platform for the design of resilient Microgrids by all branches and services.

Our partners include Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Arizona State University Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions, UC San Diego Center for Energy Research, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, California Polytechnic State University, and Converge Strategies. We have also partnered with energy resiliency experts at the United States Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Authors

Daniel I. DeWolf

Member / Chair, Technology Practice; Co-chair, Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice

Daniel I. DeWolf is an authority on growth companies and serves as Chair of Mintz's Technology Practice Group and Co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice. He has worked on pioneering online capital-raising methods. He also teaches venture capital law at NYU Law School.
Samuel Asher Effron assists Mintz clients with venture capital and private equity transactions, helping start-ups with legal and business matters. He has clients in a variety of technology sectors, including video gaming, music, virtual and augmented reality, and consumer electronics.