$1.9 Million Grant Awarded To Caban Systems For Telecommunications Energy Storage

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Most of the energy storage coverage by CleanTechnica is about utility-scale, residential, or business solutions and this is all reasonable and beneficial. At the same time, energy storage can also be used during natural disasters to provide back-up electricity for various applications and organizations. In this particular case, the application is an essential one: telecommunications. Caban Systems CEO, Alexandra Rasch, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the grant.

Centennial Towers’ Durango Cell Tower, one of the first sites deploying the intelligent power solution from Caban Systems. Image Credit: Caban Systems

Why did Caban Systems receive the California Energy Commission (CEC) grant, and what was the application process?

Caban Systems received this grant in response to telecommunications disruptions during the 2017 and 2018 wildfires. The California Energy Commission is committed to applying innovative energy technology services that will prevent any disruption to telecommunications service during the event of a natural disaster or during public safety power shutoffs (PSPS).

The CEC issued a solicitation, GFO-18-302 “Prototype to Production: Modular Battery Platform Project for CA Critical Infrastructure. Caban Systems’ mission aligned perfectly with the grant description to scale production and promote clean jobs in the state.

What will the money be spent on?

This capital will be used to expand production of energy systems at the Caban System’s headquarters in Burlingame, California, to meet growing customer demand in California. 

Many of our readers are familiar with energy storage hardware like battery systems, but what is software-enabled energy storage and why is it important?

A software-enable energy storage system is enabled by an algorithm-based approach to monitoring and managing a telecommunications provider entire system through their web platform. Our real-time dashboard breaks down the energy source and loads, allowing managers to take action before a breakdown in communication ever occurs. This is important because it allows multiple operators to manage each individual load through bi-directional communication, anticipate a disruption in service and prevent a disruption before it takes place.

Caban provides grid-independent solutions that support telecommunications, but what benefits do they provide to everyday phone users and businesses?

The most significant benefit that Caban offers to everyday phone users and businesses is reliability for the strength and dependability of the telecommunications to customers that live in vulnerable areas.

For customers, Caban partners with solar and wind manufacturers to offer integrated solutions, enabling customers further access to renewables, which often times empowers customers to meet emissions reduction goals.

Image Credit: Caban Systems

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