Published on October 24th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan2
Solar Grid Storage & AllCell Technologies Team Up For Grid Storage Solution
Solar Grid Storage’s PowerFactor™ solar + storage systems aim to bring more stability to the electric grid. It’s a turnkey energy storage solution (+ inverter) aimed at commercial solar power developers. Solar Grid Storage has just selected AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for these PowerFactor™ solar + storage systems.
“AllCell’s passive thermal management system allows Solar Grid Storage to place both the battery system and inverter into a single ISO container — a significant reduction in complexity, cost, size, and weight compared to other options in the market today,” the press release [PDF] notes.
Here’s more from the press release:
Large-scale batteries, with their ability to instantly either supply or absorb power, provide a powerful tool to ease the job of grid managers. The Solar Grid Storage PowerFactor™ storage system allows solar developers a simple and cost effective way to integrate storage into projects typically ranging from 100 kilowatts to 10 megawatts. The PowerFactor™ inverter acts as a standard solar inverter delivering AC power to the building but also can be used during power outages enabling the PV system plus batteries to provide emergency power indefinitely.
AllCell’s battery system, protected by the company’s proprietary thermal management system, offers a safer, longer lasting, and more economical solution than conventional large scale batteries. Effective thermal management is important in any battery system, but it is especially critical in larger high-power systems. AllCell’s patented technology utilizes a composite phase change material (PCM) to surround each cell within the battery, absorbing and distributing heat to reduce battery temperature and prevent thermal runaway propagation. The PCM technology allows the PowerFactor™ system design to maximize safety and cycle life.
Solar Grid Storage PowerFactor™ systems are or will soon be in place at several projects in the PJM region. One such project is the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s Grid Star project, while another is the Konterra commercial micro grid in Laurel, Maryland.
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