Mar 23, 2018

ABB launches new solar storage solution

Solar
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Swedish-Swiss technology company, ABB, has launched REACT 2 – its new solar storage solution. The technology is desi...

The Swedish-Swiss technology company, ABB, has launched REACT 2 – its new solar storage solution.

The technology is designed to increase potential for self-sufficient houses by holding a capacity of 12kWh.

The REACT 2 inverter can reduce electricity charges by up to 90%, ABB claims, with its ability to work in households 4kWh and 12kWh capacities.

The modular solution can adapt and expand from 4kWh to 8kWh to 12kWh – adapting to household’s need.

The lithium-ion battery has a high-voltage of 200V can create efficiency of 10% more than standard lower-voltage batteries (48V).

“We know that prosumers want to harness energy and store it until needed,” commented Tarak Mehta, President of Electrification Products at ABB.

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“The growth in self-consumption is one of the most exciting trends in renewables, driving greater demand for integrated and efficient battery storage.”

“We have responded to this with our new high-voltage solution, which not only delivers energy savings of up to 90% but will flex and grow as consumer demands change.”

The technology is also easy to install due to its multiple configuration set-ups, and it uses ABB’s Ability cloud-based solution to provide homeowners with control over power usage.

“It’s this future-proof thinking incorporated into the design of REACT 2 that makes it ideal for energy efficient solar power storage.”

“Further, the ability to install REACT 2 on both AC and DC sides, offers the perfect solution for new systems or the retrofitting of existing photovoltaic systems.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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