Sharp launches commercial storage product in California

Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on email
Email

The US arm of Japanese consumer electronics giant Sharp has launched an energy storage product for businesses in California which can be installed either independently or in combination with a PV system.

Developed in the Sharp Laboratories of America in Washington State, the new product, Smartstorage is designed primarily to cut demand charges for commercial and industrial customers.

Electricity pricing in the US is set against measured demand at peak times, making the use of storage to shift loads one of the most commonly referred to potential drivers for the growth of storage technology in that territory. Demand is measured as the highest spike point in the amount of electricity consumed instantaneously in a month. With particularly high demand charges, California is considered an attractive market for this use of storage, as is the state of New York.

Sharp’s new product aims to counteract this by storing energy in reserve to discharge in the event of a spike, which will prevent the spikes from occurring and therefore capping demand charges. According to Sharp, the system does this by using predictive controls to manage the release of stored energy.

The company has selected a supply partner for Smartstorage, Ideal Power. Ideal Power will provide Sharp with a 30kW battery converter. The converter provides battery charger and inverter functions in a modular package, based on Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA), preventing the need for a transformer.

Ideal Power has been selected as supplier to Sharp. Image: Ideal Power

Sharp has added PV system ready storage to its range of solar offerings. Image: Sharp Solar

Read Next

May 16, 2022
Battery storage is leading provider of frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) in the National Electricity Market.
May 10, 2022
Industrial battery storage systems can lower electricity costs for the facilities they are installed at, but could also help manage the cost of power for all consumers.
May 9, 2022
Saft has completed another project in France for parent company TotalEnergies.
May 5, 2022
The brother of the founder of the US’ largest homebuilder D R Horton has chosen Salient Energy’s zinc-ion battery storage system for installation in the 200,000 homes his company plans to build, saying that lithium-ion has “a lot of issues”.
April 21, 2022
Energy-storage.news catches up with Thomas Cornell, Senior VP Energy Storage Solutions at Mitsubishi Power Americas about the company’s energy storage market activity, strategy and future plans.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter