San Diego – (November - December 2016) Since iDemand Energy Storage (iDES3), a manufacturer of sustainable-energy battery units cofounded by Walter Ellard and Raymond Trejo, opened in mid-August, it has garnered tens of millions of dollars in residential and industrial contracts, and has more than tripled its staff, including the addition of three engineers.
Ellard and Trejo, a mechanical engineer, both have extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, and hold C-10 electrical contractors’ licenses.
iDES3 is finalizing terms on a contract valued at $10 million to make systems with 2 megawatt-hour battery units that will store energy from 1.72-MW solar arrays for a medical company that has three separate buildings in Southern California and two in Baja totaling about 2 million square feet. Work, including the solar installations by SunFusion Solar Electric Inc., is expected to begin in December.
iDES3 is also in talks with agovernment contractor to manufacture a 2.7-MW-hour energy storage system for two buildings and a parking structure totaling approximately 2 million square feet in San Diego. In combination with solar arrays, the battery units could save that company roughly $81 million in utility costs over 30 years. The value of that contract is $22 million.
Ellard credits the success of iDES3 to its technical expertise as well as superior battery units comprised of lithium iron phosphate in large formed prismatic cells, for “maximum performance.”
Said Trejo, “Ours are the only whole-house, whole-building systems on the market today. That means they’ll pick up all your heavy-hitting loads, such as air-conditioning, pool pumps and electric-vehicle chargers while providing ample output for other appliances and needs. Furthermore, we provide a bumper-to-bumper warranty for the entire system for up to 25 years. Nobody else in our business does that.”
Trejo continues, “We have today what Tesla has been unable to provide its customers – a system allowing them to get off the grid with software creating unique battery management, all of which is internet capable. Thus, it allows us to continually monitor and know if our product is operating efficiently.
Meanwhile, a recently completed project at a 4,600-square-foot laboratory in El Cajon for Advanced Dental Arts, as cited in an Oct. 27thpublication of the San Diego Business Journal, couples a 22-KW-hour battery unit with a solar array by SunFusion Solar. Vicki Jones, the laboratory’s owner, said that she was accustomed to monthly electric bills ranging from $1,200 to $1,700, and while she’d yet to receive her first bill following installation of the solar-plus-energy storage system, she expected it to reflect freedom from the grid.
To accommodate projected growth that will bring iDES3’s employee roster to 200 by April of the coming year, Ellard is in negotiations to lease a 33,000-square-foot warehouse in Temecula.
Specifications of the iDES3 system:
- Mounting: Wall or floor, indoor/outdoor
- Inverter: Fully integrated
- Energy: 9 KWh, 18 KWh, 27 KWh & 36 KWh
- Power: 5 KW continuous, 7 KW peak or more
- Round Trip Efficiency: 93% for AC Coupled, 98.5% for DC Coupled
- Warranty: Unlimited cycles for up to 25 years
- Dimensions: Flexible
- Weight: Varies
The iDES³ is comprised of fifth- generation lithium iron phosphate LiFePO4, prismatic cell battery chemistry. Every one of our battery systems includes a brand new control system that allows for 100% energy use in each cell, with configuration options that last up to 25 years.
For additional information, contact: PR@iDES3.com, or call Connie Lewis at (619) 385-9822.