Multi use battery energy storage for the smart microgrid
Due to the high cost of battery storage, the battery storage solution is ideal where there is a high value requirement, such as resilience, large differential of electricity prices (possibly from renewables and red zone charges), and EV charging where there are grid constraints.
The financials of battery storage solutions is improved if there are multiple requirements including:
- EV charging
- Optimisation of renewable generation
- Reduction of red zone charges
- Grid services
- Resilience against brownouts and blackouts
High end manufacturers, businesses and organisations where brownouts or blackouts cause a significant cost can benefit the most from a multi use battery storage solution that can provide UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply), as the benefits can be costed in.
Examples of these organisations are hospitals, high end engineering firms, large scale food manufacturer, semi conductor manufacturers, and data centres are examples of businesses where a brownout or blackout is either catastrophic or very expensive.
Designing and building a BESS (Battery Energy Storage Solution)
The battery solution is simulated, designed, and built fulfilling the priorities of the business of reducing energy cost, carbon and risk.
The renewable smart microgrid with onsite renewable generation with multi use battery storage fulfils the following functions:
- Time shifting for the renewables - providing generation when it is needed, or most valuable
- Providing resilience in case of brown out, and black out on the grid (14% energy saving on single use UPS)
- Providing revenue streams through the provision of grid services, and EV charging
In short the behind the meter battery storage acts as a balancer, delivering on the priorities for the business, and helping to optimise the energy infrastructure.
UPS costly for brownouts and blackouts
For resilience against brownouts and blackouts, many businesses use single use battery storage UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply). Single use battery storage is a costly insurance.
With multi use battery storage, the system can also help with reducing energy costs, grid services and optimising renewables. Furthermore it is at least 14% more efficient than traditional UPS in terms of energy efficiency.