Fractal Model version 21.9 Newest Features and Functionality

on October 1, 2021

Quarterly update Version 21.9 (released in September 2021) included the following features:

  1. Revenue Modeling:
    • New functionalities for non-perfect revenue optimization in the Fractal Revenue Optimizer.
    • Model post-ITC recapture period revenue with individual year dispatch customization in the lifetime calculation mode.
    • Improved renewable charging algorithm.
  2. Market Insights:
    • Updated degradation and CAPEX curves to reflect latest market trends.
  3. Help Tab:
    • A detailed built in user manual to efficiently navigate functionalities and validate inputs.
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Fractal Model version 21.6 Newest Features and Functionality

on June 30, 2021

Quarterly update Version 21.6 (released in June 2021) included the following features:

  • Microsoft Add-in (Lifetime Analysis): Vastly improved calculation engine → Add-in through the Microsoft Store. Perform up to 40-year hourly simulations.
  • Revenue Optimization: Automatically optimize Energy and Ancillary participation for hourly and 15-min settlement periods. Input historical or forecast prices to get an optimized dispatch.
  • Major Maintenance Reserve Accounts: Use the improved MMRA functionality to create reserve accounts for equipment replacement and augmentations
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Fractal Model version 21.3 Newest Features and Functionality

on March 1, 2021

Quarterly update Version 21.3 (released in March 2021) included the following features:

  • Automated Reports: Use the “Report“ tab to customize the Fractal Model report. Create a printable .PDF report using the Create Report button on the Dashboard.
  • Decommissioning / Recycling Calculator: Estimate decommissioning / recycling costs for NMC and LFP battery chemistries. Option to include the estimated costs in the BESS salvage value.
  • Custom Solar Panel Degradation Curves: Use the “Generation“ tab to input a custom degradation curve for the solar panels.
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Fractal Model version 20.12 Newest Features and Functionality

on December 1, 2020

Quarterly update Version 20.12 (released in December 2020) included the following features:

  • UI/UX Improvements: Automatically populate applications and stacks based on ISO/RTO selection.
  • Energy Density: Battery density recommendations
  • Pricing Curves: Battery turnkey price calculator for NMC and LFP batteries for 2021-2025 COD
  • Footprint Calculator: Estimate land requirement for AC coupled and standalone storage projects
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Fractal Model version 20.9 Newest Features and Functionality

on September 30, 2020

Quarterly update Version 20.9 (released in September 2020) included the following features:

  • Iterative Technical Design and Financial Analysis
  • Optimization of Project Revenues and Costs
  • Standalone Storage, PV+S (AC or DC), W+S, PV + W + S, PV + PV + S
  • Optimize Sizing and Degradation
  • Detailed Time Series Simulations (Hourly, Minute or Second)
  • Detailed Calculations: SOC, RTE, OPEX, CAPEX, ITC, Oversizing, Depreciation
  • Dynamic Scenarios (Run 5 Different CAPEX and OPEX)
  • Non-linear Degradation Curves That Capture Degradation Due to Throughput, DOD and SOC Across Six Lithium-ion Chemistries
  • RTE Losses in Accordance with Equipment Efficiency Curves (Batteries, Inverters, Transformers, Wires)
  • RTE Degradation (Batteries Become Less Efficient Over Time)
  • Optimized Dispatch Tool to Maximize Returns • Stack Applications and Create Custom Dispatches
  • Downloadable Cash Flow (annual and monthly)
  • Evaluate Business Models using Historical Prices or Forecasts
  • Sensitivity Analysis That Allows Year by Year Changes of Costs and Revenues
  • Maintenance and Monitoring Cost Estimates
  • Detailed Calculations of Peak Auxiliary Loads (Station Power)
  • Annual Costs of Auxiliary Loads on a Timestamp by Timestamp Basis
  • Solar Parasitic Load Cost Calculation
  • Track and Customize Degradation Separately for Augmentations
  • Optimize Between BOL Oversize and Augmentations with Self-optimized Simulations
  • Specify Cost Curves for Augmentations
  • Configure Topology: MV or HV Interconnect
  • Solve for Solar PV PPA Rate and Storage Capacity Payment
  • Incorporate Third-party Forecasts and Dispatches • DC:AC Optimization for PV+S
  • Optimize Around a POI Restriction
  • Calculate the Amount of Batteries Given the DOD, C-rate and SOC Restrictions
  • Account for Inverter Replacements
  • Major Maintenance Reserve Account
  • ITC Compliance, MACRS, Bonus Depreciation
  • Arbitrage Tool (the Model Shows the Best Times to Buy and Sell)
  • Federal and State Taxes and Tax Incentives
  • MA SMART and Clean Peak Incentive Calculators
  • Full Access to Formulas and VBA
  • Access to Pre-built Models for NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, ERCOT, CAISO, SPP and MISO
  • CAPEX Pricing Tool (Fractal’s Estimated Costs)
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