Enormous infrastructure investments are required to upgrade the grid if it’s going to cope with the long-term demands of the fast emerging electric vehicle market and the rise in distributed energy use from intermittent sources, such as wind and solar power.
Postponing upgrades with smart energy storage solutions is the only way forward for many governments and energy providers. But this should not be considered a short-term solution. With the right system, energy storage can act as an effective buffer for many years to come and be equally effective if and when grid upgrades are carried out.
According to the European Environmental Agency, energy consumption of electric vehicles will increase dramatically over the coming years. In 2014, electric vehicles were responsible for just 0.03% of energy usage, however this is expected to rise to 4-5% by 2030 and to 9.5% by 2050. In reality this means thousands of cars charging simultaneously in relatively concentrated areas. The only financially viable way to prepare for this is with effective energy storage solutions that can provide reliable charge while relieving stress on the grid.
The Nilar 48 kWh rack is the ideal energy storage solution to cater for electric car charger stations. The industry standard solution can typically support fast charge of three electric vehicles simultaneously. Furthermore, thanks to the modular design of the solution it can be increased in increments of 48 kWh, making it ideal for the expected growth over the coming years. Nilar’s modular solution enables authorities and energy providers to meet electric vehicle charging demands with budgeted, stepwise infrastructural investments.
In recent years we have seen wide adoption of renewable energy throughout Europe. However, many countries still need to increase their usage if they are to meet the 2020 National Renewable Energy Action Plans. One concern with renewable energy is the problems caused by intermittent energy flows, when for instance, weather conditions change and solar and wind farms suffer from production losses. An effective energy storage solution, however, can minimise intermittent energy flows to the grid.
The Nilar rack system is the ideal buffer for renewable energy. It ensures energy is fed at a constant rate into the grid by storing energy when weather conditions are conducive, and delivering it to the grid when weather conditions change.
The modular 48 kWh rack is the ideal energy buffer for office complexes or residential areas. It ensures uninterrupted supply of energy during peak hours when demand can exceed supply, while providing cost-saving benefits such as peak shaving and UPS. The rack, which can be scaled in increments of 48 kWh, can be placed above or below ground and can be connected directly to the grid or used in combination with renewable energy sources.
Using energy storage solutions to collect and deliver sustainable energy is good for the environment and for the grid. However, what’s not good for the environment is the short calendrical lifespan and poor recyclability of lithium and lead batteries. They act as pollutants at end of life. Nilar batteries on the other hand are made for recycling, making them a much better choice for those looking for a real sustainable energy storage solution.
Today’s telecom customers expect to be connected at all times, no matter where they are in the world. It’s up to telecom providers to be able to deliver on the promise of providing customers with around the clock connectivity. This means having a reliable back-up power solution.
NiMH bi-polar batteries also meet all carrier safety regulations and can be transported by road, rail, sea or air. This means, unlike with lithium batteries which can explode, that Nilar batteries can be sent with minimum fuss to any location in the world.
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Today, Nilar energy storage solutions are in use in many different applications, most notably for powering commercial ferries.
The Movitz Green City Ferry, for instance, which became the world’s first supercharged electric ferry in 2014, is capable of ferrying passengers for up to 60 minutes after just 10 minutes of charge.
The ferry, which runs throughout the year, is a typical example of how Nilar energy storage solutions contribute to a sustainable environment. Not only has the use of fossils fuels been eliminated onboard, but the 100-passenger ferry is also extremely popular with commuters, which helps reduce the number of cars on the road.