Energy storage is the best way to fully utilise renewable energy.
Renewable energy such as wind and solar can be intermittent. When you’re using power but your generation isn’t producing power - the energy storage can support the load rather than purchasing power from the grid.
It also works the other way round. Instead of exporting excess power - when the renewable generation is producing but there is only a small load, you can store that excess power which is worth up to 4 times as much as it would be worth if you were to export it back to the grid.
Energy storage also gives you backup power if the grid were to fail. It acts as a shock absorber filling in the gaps between generation and load and allowing for maximum self use of power you have generated.
We can also use energy storage to make use of off peak energy. We can charge up your energy storage at the cheaper off peak (or night) rates and then discharge the energy storage during peak times.
MORE EFFECTIVE | MORE EFFICIENT
LONGER LASTING | SAFER
Platinum Energy uses Kilowatt Labs capacitor based energy storage, Sirius. Capacitor based storage is a non-toxic, non-volatile direct replacement for chemical batteries. Sirius Energy Storage provides a safer and more efficient storage for peak shaving, arbitrage, and solar + storage applications. Supercapacitor based storage is the lowest cost energy storage system in the world over product life.
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WHY USE CAPACITOR
BASED ENERGY STORAGE?
There are many advantages to capacitor based storage over Chemical storage. Because capacitors store energy electrostatically they are highly efficient, can be charged and discharged faster than chemical batteries and don’t degrade.
Sirius addresses the weaknesses inherent in chemical battery storage solutions - specifically; safety, longevity and limited cycling capabilities. What you see is what you get with Sirius Capacitor storage.
There is no need to oversize your battery - because you can use the full capacity, unlike lithium-ion where you can only use 80% - 90% of the capacity. You also don't need to factor in the battery degrading over the lifespan, unlike lithium ion which in most cases has allowances to lose 20% - 30% over the warranty period.
When you install Sirius Capacitors you can install exactly what you need. This reduces the cost in comparison to chemical batteries. Take a look at how Capacitor storage compares to chemical alternatives on the table below.
What this means is that whatever you purchase in kWh now, is what you will have in 10 years time!
Chemical batteries like lithium ion and lead acid have allowances in their warranty for up to 50% degradation over the warranty period!
When you buy Sirius Energy storage you don't need to oversize the energy storage to factor in degrading.
Another advantage of storing power electrostatically is in the charge rates.
It means you are able to charge rapidly from solar so the modules are full for when solar is not available.
You can even use this feature to make the most efficient use of a generator by running it at the most efficient speed for less time.
This is due to chemical batteries not having the ability to charge and discharge as fast as Sirius Capacitors - causing increased operational expenditure.
100% USABLE CAPACITY
You can use 100% of the battery capacity that you buy. Compared to chemical alternatives, this is a significant advantage.
Chemical batteries are limited to between 50% - 90% useable capacity depending on the chemistry.
When you choose Sirius energy storage you do not need to oversize the energy storage to allow for depth of discharge.
Sirius Energy storage features a wide operating temperature range.
It will perform in -30°C all the way through to 85°C without any affect on cycle life.
By comparison, chemical batteries will typically range around -10°C to 30°C.
In some cases, air conditioning is installed to make sure chemical batteries are run at optimal temperature.
This increases costs that you don't need to consider when installing Sirius Capacitor energy storage.
Sirius capacitor modules store energy electrostatically.
There is no chemical reaction which typically causes heat and increases internal resistance over time, continually reducing battery efficiency.
This means with Sirius Capacitor storage we can achieve a charge vs discharge efficiency of 99% which stays at 99% for the life of the module.
SAFETY AND GREEN
Sirius is the safest energy storage module on the market.
The capacitors are made of graphene with trace amounts of lithium in the diffuse layer.
Chemical batteries by comparison are highly volatile and toxic, and they present a fire risk. If a fire is to occur with lithium batteries it is extremely difficult to put out.
Sirius energy storage is a greener and safer alternative - it has little environmental impact compared to mining required for other chemical batteries.
We most commonly stock 3.55kWh Sirius Capacitor Energy Storage modules. As they are modular and scalable, it is possible to parallel modules to your desired storage capacity. We can import other Sirius products on request, as found on Kilowatt Labs' website. We have bases in both Christchurch and Nelson, and send our products nationwide.
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