Published on November 26th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown8
Solar Energy Storage System Wins A 2013 German Renewables Award
A new German energy storage system has received a 2013 German Renewables Award at a ceremony which was held earlier this month in… Germany. The system is called the ASD Sonnenspeicher. It is was created by Automatic Storage Device (ASD).
I’m sure that Germans will be pleased to hear that it is manufactured in Germany, which happens to be a country that has made impressive progress where the growth of solar power and energy storage is concerned.
There may be some serious merit behind the award, as the system can switch itself on and off almost instantaneously (12 milliseconds), according to ASD. This is wonderfully dispatchable compared to typical coal power plants, which can take three hours to start. ASD notes that this system can also switch between its lithium-ion batteries and the power grid within 1 millisecond.
Interestingly, the managing director of ASD, Walter Wolfram says that he designed the system because he could not find a suitable energy storage system for his home.
The energy storage system comes in different sizes, such as the Sonnenspeicher 300, which is 4.8 kWh; the Sonnenspeicher 600, which is 8.06 kWh; and the Sonnenspeicher 900 and 1,000 models, which are 13.44 kWh. The systems can, naturally, be used residentially or commercially.
Prof Andreas Reuter, director of Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, explaining the judges’ decision to award “Innovative Product of the Year” to ASD, said: “The ASD solar storage system sets new standards by storing solar energy much more efficiently. It eases the burden on the grid and uses intelligent power management to maximise on-site consumption. The system therefore has the potential to significantly help Germany and other countries reach their energy policy goals”.