The developments in battery storage systems being launched to the UK market this year will help to distribute energy more efficiently, and with the PV market in a state of flux following the reductions in the tariff rates, the battery storage developments should provide some stability to the trade.

The Potential of Battery Storage Solutions for Domestic and Commercial PV Installations

Ian Draisey | BayWa r.e. Solar Systems

 

Ian Draisey, Managing Director of leading UK PV wholesaler BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, discusses the potential of battery storage solutions for PV installations in 2016:

With the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) cuts now in effect for all new PV installations, which you can read about in full on the Energy Saving Trust website, the solar industry is looking for a new approach in order to deliver long-term value for both installers and customers. In 2016, the answer is likely to lie with energy management systems and battery storage solutions.

Understanding energy consumption and power production from your PV installations is essential in delivering maximum performance and value for money. Upcoming developments in energy management and battery storage systems are set to give consumers the ability to track and control their usage to an incredibly precise degree of accuracy.

Battery storage solutions allow energy produced by PV systems to be stored onsite and used when energy demand is high. This allows for more flexible energy use, and could help reduce the cost of importing electricity from the grid.

In 2016, leading solar panel producer SMA is set to launch its eagerly anticipated Sunny Boy Smart Energy in partnership with LG and Panasonic, and Fronius will be debuting its Energy Package in June. At the end of the year, Enphase will release a AC Battery storage system, which could revolutionise the world of domestic and commercial solar technology with its plug-in-and-play AC voltage, long-life lithium iron phosphate, and unique modular design which will allow it to be tailored to the customer’s needs. Battery storage systems can also be retrofitted to existing solar installations, although the type of inverters used in the original PV system may affect which battery can be used.

The developments in battery storage systems being launched to the UK market this year will help to distribute energy more efficiently, and with the PV market in a state of flux following the reductions in the tariff rates, the battery storage developments should provide some stability to the trade.

The potential for battery storage solutions for commercial-scale applications is significant and could help utility companies meet and manage energy demand during peak hours. The biggest barrier could well be getting hold of the product, as demand is likely to be high.

 
 

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