Crowdfunded Energy Storage: Circuitree Cirrus with Saltwater Batteries

by Claire Juozitis on February 23, 2017 at 2:54 PM

Integrated energy storage systems are the popular new toys on the market. 

These plug-and-play, standalone systems combine the various components of an energy storage system (batteries, inverters, controllers, etc.), making it easier for small businesses and homeowners to hit the ground running with solar energy storage. Our partners Sentinel Solar in North America and Fusion Power Systems in Australia have developed these kinds of solutions using our saltwater batteries, and so far they’ve been a hit.

Now, another smart battery solution is being developed to power homes in the United Kingdom, but with an interesting angle: it’s crowdfunded!

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Grid Power, Telecom Tower, and Battery Kilowatt-Hours: Shanghai Installation Leads the Way

by Paul Ruggiero on February 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

I recently wrote about how off-grid, solar telecommunications towers are starting to use energy storage to extend the reach of communication networks. Grid-tied towers are starting to get in on distributed energy generation, too. One such tower in Shanghai recently added solar power and Aspen energy storage. What can solar batteries do for a telecom tower with reliable grid power? More than you might think.

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Video: NRG's Station A Installs Safe Solar Batteries

by Claire Juozitis on January 26, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Station A + Aspen Solar Batteries = A Sustainable Match

NRG’s Station A team is a  talented group of engineers, computational scientists, and business strategists that engineer and integrate clean Distributed Energy Resource (“DER”) solutions, develop new software analytics tools, and test new offerings through pilot projects.. Their goal is to shape NRG's next generation of clean, distributed power plants.

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Integrated Energy Storage System Installation in Rural Australia

by Claire Juozitis on January 9, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Plug-and-play systems are making it easier and easier for homeowners to install energy storage. 

Titan Energy Storage, a subsidiary company of our partner, Fusion Power Systems, developed one of these integrated solutions specially with Aquion batteries for homes in Australia.  We recently heard from an installer in Australia about some homeowners who installed Fusion’s Titan SmartStorage for self-consumption and reliable backup power in case of grid power outages.

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Why Storage? Part 3: Time of Use Optimization

by Matt Maroon on November 29, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Energy storage can do a number of jobs when connected to a solar-enabled residence. 

We’ve already outlined some of the benefits of energy storage when it comes to maximizing solar usage— self-consumption, backup power during  outages, and islanding (increased autonomy).  Another useful application is time of use optimization. For the homeowner, this means using energy from your batteries when variable rates for grid power are high due to increased demand based on time of day/year. Batteries can be charged from the grid overnight when power is cheapest and then, for example, used to power your AC at the hottest (and most expensive) time of day. But, time of use optimization has other major advantages. Did you know that energy storage, even when installed at private residences, can contribute to solving larger grid and environmental issues?  

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