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US progam launched to test lithium-ion ability to utilise renewable energy

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 11:17 -- Paul Crompton
US progam launched to test lithium-ion ability to utilise renewable energy

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.

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Sonnebatterie stakes stronger foothold in US ESS market

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:33 -- Paul Crompton
Sonnebatterie stakes stronger foothold in US ESS market

Germany’s move into the North American energy storage system market is gathering pace as European energy storage provider Sonnebatterie teamed up with US’s Ideal Power.

The pair are set to launch a lithium-ion ESS for the North American commercial market based on a 30kW and 24kWh building block.

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MoU brings four firms together for commercial Li-ion BESS

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:01 -- Paul Crompton
MoU brings four firms together for commercial Li-ion BESS

The first commercially available lithium-ion based Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is being produced by a U.S. company.

Korean firm LG Chem’s lithium-ion batteries will be combined with software from U.S. start-up Growing Energy Labs Inca and invertors by Ideal Power in electrical equipment disitributor Gexpro’s BESS.

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Ideal Power appoints Ryan O’Keefe as senior vice president

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 14:42 -- Laura Varriale
Ryan O'Keefe, new vice president at Ideal Power

US power conversion specialist Ideal Power has hired Ryan O’Keefe to take over the role as senior vice president business development in order to lead the company's sales efforts.

Before joining Ideal Power, O’Keefe served as senior vice president and chief revenue officer at German energy storage firm Younicos. Prior to Younicos, O'Keefe spent eight years with NextEra Energy, where he was vice president of solar development, leading the development of solar projects in California and Spain, worth of $2 billion.

“We believe Ryan's industry experience and relationships will be instrumental as we continue to target new commercialization partners and opportunities for our innovative power conversion products," said Ideal Power chief executive officer Dan Brdar.

O'Keefe holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of business administration from Columbia University. He started his career with General Electric and held several leadership roles at General Electric facilities in the US and Mexico.

Ideal Power recently launched a hybrid converter family for off-grid storage systems at Intersolar America.

Ideal Power launches hybrid converter family for off-grid storage systems

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:40 -- Laura Varriale
Ideal Power hybrid converter

At the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco, Ideal Power has introduced a three-port, 30kW hybrid converter family for off-grid, grid-tied and grid resilient applications to integrate energy storage and solar power.

The developer of disruptive power conversion stated that due to an improvement in size, weight, cost and efficiency, the converter is able to integrate multiple power sources while lowering the cost of delivering grid resiliency during blackouts and reducing dependency on diesel fuel for off-grid applications.

The hybrid converter production line uses the company’s Power Packet Switching Architecture in a three-port product. This shall allow to combine PV inverter capabilities on one DC port, bi-directional battery converter capabilities on the second DC port and provide an AC port supporting both grid-tied and off-grid applications.

"We also expect our hybrid converter to improve modularity and interoperability, so that microgrid systems can migrate from custom engineered projects to using standard plug-and-play components," said Dan Brdar, chief executive officer of Ideal Power.

Ideal Power said during Intersolar North America that it expects the initial installation of the system in commercial buildings that have to improve grid resiliency to blackouts.  

At Intersolar Europe, the hybrid converter received the 2014 electrical energy storage award for energy efficiency improvement and cost effectiveness of combined energy storage and PV applications.

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