Smart Micro-Grid System: First of Its Kind
A new “Smart Micro-Grid System” that generates solar energy for multiple applications through advanced technologies and energy storage will be revealed at a ceremony in the City of Commerce today.
The “first of its kind” technology, developed by PDE Total Energy Solutions and supported by Dynapower, serves as an emergency power source and a way to reduce peak demand on the utility grid. Energy captured by solar panels is stored in batteries through a specialized inverter designed for charging electric vehicles.
“Until now, micro-grids have mostly been designed for use by the military,” Don Davis, executive director of the ETI said in a statement. “This micro-grid system is intended to show how both public and private sectors can better manage energy usage and implement an uninterruptable power supply for critical applications.”
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The company believes that the technology will set the stage for the next generation of commercial, community and military micro-grids where energy surety and efficiency are required.
The technology supports the California Renewable Portfolio Standards Program, requiring that 33% of its electricity be generated by renewable sources by 2020.