QuESt, a Python-based, open source energy storage software suite, has been released by the Sandia energy storage software tool team that developed it. QuEST is an open source, Python-based software application suite for energy storage simulation and analysis. It is designed to give users access to models and analysis for energy storage used and developed by Sandia National Laboratories. It is also designed to be transparent and easy to use without requiring knowledge of the mathematics behind the models or knowing how to develop code in Python. At the same time, because it is open source, users may modify it to suit their needs.
The launch version includes QuESt Data Manager, an application for obtaining market data from ISO/RTO sources, as well as QuESt Valuation, an application for performing energy storage system valuation (revenue estimation) in different market areas. Three different market areas (ERCOT, PJM, MISO) are initially supported, and more are in rapid development.