AEYCH LLC (pronounced “H”) provides management and technical consulting services to those enterprises engaged in research, development, production, or operation of rugged, reliable, integrated power electronic systems used in heavy-duty hybrid electric vehicles or grid-connected energy storage systems.
AEYCH consultants have many years of experience in the disciplines of general management, project management, program management, new product development, systems engineering, strategic thinking, leadership of technology and innovation, lean-six sigma manufacturing, and aftermarket support for large fleets of aircraft and vehicles. They are equally adept at dealing with strategic business issues and deep diving to resolve critical problems.
AEYCH is also conducting in-house technical and market research to explore new concepts for integrating intelligent power and energy management with advanced electricity storage technologies to mitigate the potential impact that a widely available, public charging infrastructure for electric transportation could have on the electric power grid.
The Smart Grid needs energy storage. Bulk storage technologies, such as compressed air energy storage, can help fill this need, but the potential for congestion of the transmission or distribution grids may favor placing some of this electricity storage at the "tips of the grid." American Electric Power has created a concept called Community Energy Storage (www.aeptechcentral.com/CES/) that does exactly this by placing many small 25kW storage units in residential neighborhoods and then functionally aggregating a large fleet of them to achieve a level of power required to effectively provide ancillary services to the grid.
Another approach is to place these small storage systems next to municipal and commercial sites for electric vehicle charging. This system is called the Electric Transportation Energy Storage System (ETESS). ETESS provides power to charge vehicles during the day, as needed to supplement or replace the power from the grid, and then replenishes itself at night. ETESS is a commercial variant of the AEP CES, but unlike CES which does not actively follow or manage the residential loads, ETESS actively and intelligently controls the charging of its connected plug-in electric vehicles. ETESS is a new dual-use storage concept – providing intelligent power and energy management for the charging of the connected vehicles and working together as a fleet of ETESS units to provide demand response or ancillary services for the grid.
Hank McGlynn is the principal consultant. He founded AEYCH LLC in 2008 after retiring from BAE Systems as vice president and general manager of a $500 million business unit, with product lines of commercial and military aircraft engine controls, commercial aircraft electronics, and power management and electric drive systems for commercial and military ground vehicles. He has specific domain knowledge and experience with power and drive systems and energy storage systems for electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. He launched and championed an adjacent market initiative in the early 1990’s to develop controls and power and drive systems for locomotives and electrically driven vehicles. Today, more than 8000 locomotives accumulate over one billion miles annually using this equipment. Demonstrations were conducted with many types of hybrid electric vehicles with NYSERDA providing support for many of these early demonstrations. The most successful commercial application was the hybrid electric transit bus. Today over 2500 hybrid electric transit buses operate in North America, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
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