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     issues a final ruling, expected in the first quarter of 2019. In the meantime, the lessons learned can be applied at scale.
For example, one important part
of the proposal (relevant for other states planning similar large storage mandates) is the call for a public, real- time GHG signal, based on marginal emissions data, and built upon a transparent and vetted methodology. By using this as the starting point, states can avoid increased emissions before their mandates come into effect, and battery storage can live up to its image as the kingpin in a low- carbon energy future.
Katie Ryan heads up the Partnerships team at WattTime, a non-profit subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, which catalyzes a movement to give anyone the freedom to
choose cleaner energy easily and automatically. WattTime builds technologies that enable electronic devices to automatically sync the times they use power to moments of clean energy. WattTime created Automated Emissions Reduction (AER) technology, and participated in the CPUC’s GHG Signal Working Group to help find
a decarbonization solution to build
into California’s energy storage plan. Katie has 10+ years of diverse career experience in corporate sustainability and communications. She serves on
the non-profit board of Hill Country Conservancy and hco-founded the first 1% for the Planet mobile game company, The Path to Luma.
WattTime |
Whole-home back-up and smart energy management
Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and Pika Energy introduced a significant upgrade to the Harbor Smart Battery portfolio with the Harbor Plus Smart Battery, a powerful and efficient smart battery with 17.1kWh of capacity and real power output of up to 10kW. Additionally, the Harbor Plus Smart Battery delivers 21% more energy and 30% more peak power, enabling homeowners to extend solar power longevity, better manage energy around peak-rate periods, and withstand off-grid scenarios at a more cost-effective price per kWh of storage. The solar-ready Harbor Plus Smart Battery is powered by six Panasonic Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) battery modules connected
in series for built-in redundancy. This robust design, coupled with 17.1kWh
of usable energy and up to 10kW of power can support homeowners for long- term grid outage and off-grid scenarios, and can also power heavy equipment such as well pumps and air conditioning units. Paired with the Pika Energy Island, the Harbor Plus Smart Battery offers solar system owners enhanced and expanded features, including: Self-supply Mode, which maximizes self-consumption of stored energy captured by solar panels to reduce the home's dependence on the grid; Zero-export Mode, which prevents any solar energy from transferring to the grid, enabling homeowners to reduce grid dependence as well as remain in compliance in states where exporting solar power to the grid is prohibited; Time-of-Use Capability, helping homeowners who live in areas with time-of-use rate policies efficiently manage solar power and reduce costs with an optimized schedule that reduces or eliminates grid use during peak-rate periods; Clean-backup Mode, which stores clean solar energy in the smart battery for use when the grid is disrupted. Load transfer
is instantaneous, taking as little as 1/60th of a second; Priority-backup Mode, which charges the smart battery from the grid at the full capacity of the system, allowing homeowners to prepare for an expected grid outage such as in the event of an impending storm; and Dark-start Capability, with the ability for Pika smart batteries to commission without the grid and restart using only solar power should the batteries exhaust their reserve energy.
Panasonic Corporation of North America |
Versatile and robust enclosure system
Rittal’s VX25 is an enclosure system designed specifically to boost productivity in control and switchgear manufacturing and Industry 4.0 value chains. The VX25 offers high quality and consistent data, reduced complexity and savings in time, as well as safe assembly. This product is a practical application solution for PV, energy storage, and
for e-mobility infrastructures. With
its outdoor enclosure system for PV applications, Rittal offers two variants
for the installation of central converters: one or extreme environmental conditions (stainless steel, aluminium, double-walled, corrosivity category C4-H/C5-M in accordance with DIN
EN ISO 12944) and one for moderate ambient conditions (sheet steel, single- walled and corrosivity category C3). Infrastructure solutions for energy storage systems can also be implemented with Rittal components. The range of standardised, coordinated and globally available approved components extends from individual enclosure systems to complete container solutions.
Rittal |
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