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Don't Let A Power Outage Disrupt Your Life


By Saroj Joshi, chief engineer, CTO

Power outages have had a serious impact on the nation’s economy. Every year outages cost American families and businesses a total of about $130 billion.

Some states like California and Hawaii have sustainable energy standards in place that will bring an eventual end to this problem, at least for them, by calling for 100 percent green energy.

Will fossil-fuel utilities become a thing of the past? Hard to say. Currently, alternative energy, such as solar, wind and hydro rely largely on state and federal incentives. But indications are that one of those perks, California’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) 2.0, which amounts to a reduction in the rate of return for selling energy to the grid, has had a downside effect on solar installations.

iDemand Energy Storage (iDES3), the nation’s only manufacturer to offer uninterrupted energy storage (UES), answers both questions – utility outages and diminishing returns for renewable energy incentives.

How can we make such an extraordinary claim? That’s easy, because it’s true.

Thanks to research and development by the company’s engineers and electricians, the iDES3 storage battery, with its Battery Management System Controls (BMSC), DC and AC coupling photovoltaics is entirely unique and offers a range of flexibility.

In the daytime, it can provide a continuous power supply independent of the grid, thus reducing high electric bills. With LiFePO4 prismatic cell chemistry, the batteries can quickly charge and discharge.

We stay on top of how our systems perform. We don’t just manufacture and sell them and leave our clients behind as we go onto the next project.  Our battery management system, which is part of each installation, enables us and the client to monitor real-time data on their energy consumption around the clock. If projections aren’t met, we make whatever adjustments are needed. We ensure client satisfaction every step of the way. That’s part of our 25-year warranty.

Utilities fail for one of several reasons, including blackouts caused by excessive summertime demand. In any case of failure, however, our technologically advanced hybrid inverters will continue to deliver power to green energy producers who have UES battery storage. It’s called islanding. A UES system also provides peak shaving during regular hours while the utility is operational, and lowers demand charges which result in reducing utility users’ bills.

Recently iDES3 performed conceptual design work for a microgrid to be built in a Cambodian community currently without access to electricity from a major grid.

In addition to our technological achievements, we are able to effectively communicate with city and county planners and inspectors to ensure that our systems are approved. Obviously, our product is not an out-of-the-box type that government planners and engineers are accustomed to seeing. Through meetings, seminars and videos, we’ve familiarized them with the intricacies of our energy storage batteries, how they function, what they’re capable of doing – basically revolutionizing the delivery of green energy and reducing the carbon footprint, and they applaud us!

According to industry sources, worldwide demand for grid-scale energy storage is estimated to reach 185.4 gigawatt hours by the end of this year. That represents $113.5 billion in incremental revenue for an industry that last year had sales of about $55 billion.





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