Site Tour to Duke Energy’s Mount Holly Microgrid and Testbed

Room: Off-site (Mount Holly, N.C.)
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 8:00AM - 12:30PM EDT

To further test microgrid and advanced distributed energy capabilities, Duke Energy’s Emerging Technology Innovation Lab at Mount Holly, North Carolina demonstrates interoperability of various distributed technologies to achieve enhanced microgrid operations on a medium voltage distribution circuit. The test bed enacted the first utility-owned OpenFMB (Field Message Bus) to demonstrate plug and play integration of technologies from many partnering vendors.  The technologies include a 650 kW battery energy storage system, a 100 kW PV solar system with smart inverter that is DC-coupled to a 250 kW battery energy storage system, a 10 kW solar carport, EV charging, a 500 kW automated resistive load-bank, a residential energy storage test area with AC and DC buses, automated distribution equipment (e.g., reclosers, smart meters), an envision room with appliances and smart breaker monitoring and control capabilities, and an operations room with commercial application software to monitor and control microgrid components.

Participants in the tour will have a chance to see the technology in person and learn more about Duke Energy’s advances in researching and developing battery energy storage and other distributed technologies for the benefit of our customers.

While the tour is available for all registered attendees of the 2018 Energy Storage STUDIO Conference, space is limited and separate registration is required.  Transportation to and from the site tour will be arranged by ESA, with details to be sent to registrants.


  • 8:00 a.m.: Tour participants assemble at bus outside of Hilton Charlotte Center City
  • 8:15 a.m.: Depart for Mount Holly, N.C.
  • 8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Check-in
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Tour 
  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Lunch and Q&A
  • 11:45 a.m.: Depart Mount Holly, N.C.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Arrive at Hilton Charlotte Center City