Energy management and automation firm Schneider Electric has launched a lithium-ion energy storage system that can be scaled up from 5kW/h to 3.2MW/h.
The French firm’s EcoBlade is a fully scable ESS and, at a price of around $500 per kW/h, could rival other home energy storage systems flooding the market when launched in 2016.
At domestic level the Ecoblade can store up to 5kW/h, but can be placed into racks for commercial scale applications up to 100kW/h or built up to substation size at 3.2MW/h.
Each EcoBlade relies on Schneider’s Struxureware software suite of Cloud-based integrated service modules. To store and use energy, Struxureware collects and manages energy data, from the source to storage and consumption.
EcoBlade is already used in smart grids, aiming to integrate renewable energy sources, in The Venteea project in the Champagne-Ardennes region in northeast France.
A second project was launched in Corsica at the beginning of June 2015 with two solar farms. Schneider Electric provides 1MW conversion containers for each installation.