Energy Storage Popularity On The Rise
Energy storage is gaining popularity as a solution to grid issues created, in part, by renewables in today’s world. This, combined with many of the techniques and technologies that Group NIRE has created and deployed, makes for a solid solution to many of the grid issues we see, and will likely see in the future. Renewables present new energy profiles to grid segments that challenge old grid infrastructure. They have been shaping the energy production industry as a whole. While renewable energy has allowed us to be less dependent on certain energy production methods, it and the overall market structure of the grid has created an environment where we have less immediately available generation as time goes on. This ultimately leads to tighter reserves as well. Without solutions like batteries or energy reduction, it will be difficult to combat the above-mentioned grid issues. Group NIRE has technologies and techniques that can be aggregated to mitigate these problems. Essentially, by using energy storage and other strategies, we are able to increase the overall effectiveness of these solutions. Group NIRE’s strong background in enabling battery testing through its facilities and services uniquely situated us to address these current grid issues. Historically, commercial battery storage has not been able to meet the energy density and cost needs to become a viable solution. Fortunately, these technologies have made leaps and bounds, comparatively, over the past several decades. As such, energy storage is becoming a viable solution and is being deployed at a surprisingly rapid rate. Group NIRE is excited to take part in many of these deployments and to help pave the way towards a more sustainable future.
For a deep dive into some of the various solution topologies offered by batteries, check out BEHIND THE METER, ENERGY STORAGE FINDS ITS PLACE from George Liang and Shri Joshi. The article goes over the various topologies and layouts for storage in renewable systems in great detail and even lists some of the preferred brands for energy conversion. The article picks out key details such as the usefulness of wide bandgap technology and offers a much needed, but not often seen, perspective. This allows the reader to better understand the benefits and drawbacks of certain storage topologies which ultimately allows companies like Group NIRE to create purpose-built solutions that match the needs of the system in question.
Article by Josh MacFie, CEO, Group NIRE