Solar energy becoming advanced battery technology

Solar energy becoming advanced battery technology

A lithium-ion battery manufacturer, EnerDel, announced this week that it will begin producing utility-scale battery technology to speed the uptake of solar energy and other renewables.

EnerDel, part of Indianapolis- based Ener1, makes lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and pure electric cars. Following an announcement by the Department of Energy that $89 million will be granted to Dell GK479 battery General Electric for smart grid technology trials, EnerDel said that it would provide five one-megawatt batteries to supplany PGE's smart grid system.

EnerDel chief technology officer Cyrus Ashtiani commented, "Energy storage is a key component of the smart grid, as well as a crucial tool for enhancing ¡­ renewable but often intermittent energy sources like wind and solar."Each of the company's five batteries like EVO N800 battery will hold enough energy to power 400 homes for an hour. The smart grid project planned for PGE will benefit 60,000 customers across the Pacific Northwest, the utility said.

Pending the revision of the tariff, GPC customers will be able to buy "solar-only" energy. Public Service commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald, Jr. said that he thought "there [was] a market out there that would support a solar-only product."Georgia already provides generous grants to incentivize green energy installations. Commercial business owners can receive subsidies for up to 35 percent of the cost of solar heating systems and Acer BTP-60A1, for example.

GPC spokesman Lynn Wallace stated the utility's support for "any new concepts like solar-only that would help us grow our renewable [energy sources] without putting upward pressure on ratepayers as a whole."As EnerDel CTO Ashtiani noted, solar and other renewables like 40Y7001 are limited in when they can generate electricity. Solar energy is only generated during the day, meaning that batteries must be used to provide power after the sun has set.

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