Fossil fuel-powered generators are strapped with emission concerns, maintenance needs, and potential personal risk, whereas a battery-based energy storage system is safe, efficient and has a very low operating cost.
Also on the rise: Not all ‘lithium-ion’ batteries are dangerous. Solar industry should focus on virtual power plants, says DOE’s Jigar Shah. And more.
Wood Mackenzie said the U.S. market will install 66 GW of storage between 2023 and 2027, 83% of which will be at the grid scale.
With the days of solar net metering “numbered” and more utilities looking to deploy virtual power plants that compensate owners of distributed storage, industry veteran Jigar Shah sees virtual power plants as a route to industry success.
As the energy storage trend unfolds, stories litter the media landscape about lithium-ion batteries catching fire, and even exploding. It’s a valid concern, and the time for consumers to understand a basic truth about lithium-ion batteries is long past due.
Also on the rise: Nextracker opens steel manufacturing facility in Las Vegas. Briggs & Stratton launches new lithium iron phosphate battery packages. And more.
The new systems include a battery, an inverter and a control system. The U.S. manufacturer claims its storage systems have a lifespan of over 10,000 cycles and a depth of discharge of 80%.
During an electrifying visit to Las Vegas, pv magazine USA not only enjoyed a party in an ice bar and another in a Ferris Wheel above the city, but also attended SEIA’s “Women in Solar” event and shook hands with numerous manufacturers of solar goods.
RE+ 2023, held last week in Las Vegas, was bursting at the seams with attendees, exhibitors and enthusiasm. Three pv magazine editors share their insights and observations on key drivers, exciting new products, trends, manufacturing momentum and a few persistent uncertainties.
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