Ideal Power has partnered with Austin Energy in a US federally-funded research program to investigate the coupling of lithium-ion batteries to renewable energy sources.
The Austin Energy led "Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV" (SHINES) program is partially funded by $4.3 million of U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program money.
Austin Energy will pair Ideal Power's Grid Resilient 125kW and 30kW Power Conversion systems with lithium-ion batteries into commercial, behind-the-meter projects in 2016.
Austin Energy will also work with Ideal Power and its consortium partners to create a template for other regions to maximize PV penetration and provide grid stability by utilizing energy storage in areas where high levels of PV are integrated with the grid.
"We look forward to working with Ideal Power on this innovative project that will ultimately allow Austin Energy to support our aggressive renewable energy goals," said Karl Popham, Austin Energy Manager of Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicles.