A behind-the-meter system coupling lithium-ion batteries to solar energy panels is set to change how businesses use on-grid power.
US based Sharp Electronics Corporation’s SmartStorage® system controls the release of energy from the battery to cap peak demand costs.
The company, a U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, installed its 30 kW storage system at Baker Electric’s headquarters.
The system is coupled with Baker’s existing 90kW solar PV system at its Escondido, California, base.
The battery-based demand management system was designed to reduce commercial and industrial buildings’ peak electricity use. It can operate as a stand-alone solution or when deployed along with a solar system.
The SmartStorage® energy storage solution underwent more than 18 months of field testing before being released for market use.