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"Plug-and-Play" storage battery for consumers to be tested in Australia

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A technology that has the potential to make load shifting easy for residential consumers is slated to be tested — and possibly deployed — in Australia later this year.

Its developer, Cody, Wyoming-based Orison, calls it a “plug-and-play energy storage system,” and the company that will test and might roll it out is Australian power generator and retailer Origin Energy, which took part in the $8.5 million seed round that Orison recently closed.

Basically, it’s a battery that can be installed by plugging it into a socket. In conjunction with a home energy monitor, it can charge and discharge based on what’s occurring with a home’s solar power generation system and the electricity rates at any given moment.

“While an obvious benefit is the ability to provide back-up power during blackouts, where we are seeing the greatest potential of Orison for customers in a smart energy world would be the ability to shift their load and avoid grid consumption during peak times,” Tony Lucas, the executive general manager of Origin’s Future Energy department, was quoted as saying in Orison’s press release about its funding.

Australian website One Step Off the Grid reports that the battery costs $2,200 for 1.8 kilowatts/2.2 kilowatt hours and the home energy monitor costs $300. That makes it more expensive per KwH than a Tesla Powerwall, but it costs nothing to install.

Orison says its battery is “designed to make energy storage accessible and affordable to all energy customers, including renters in apartments and multi-family dwellings, while empowering customers, improving grid resilience and accelerating a smarter energy future.” 

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Bob Meinetz on Jul 2, 2020 2:01 pm GMT

Peter, this is a storage unit that plugs into the wall, and is 100% dependent on the grid - yet its manufacturer claims it will take its owner "one step off the grid".
Its manufacturer suggests it will "improve grid resilience" by avoiding the grid entirely during blackouts; that allowing its owner to charge while electricity is cheap won't force other customers to cross-subsidize the costs of grid maintenance; that resistance losses from storing grid electricity doesn't waste energy from dirty power plants (coal, gas) generated during the night.


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Peter Key on Jul 7, 2020 11:41 pm GMT


Orison, which makes this storage unit, didn't claim it would take owners "one step off the grid." I linked to a story about Orison on an Australian website called "One step off the grid," which is why the phrase appears in my post.


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