TECHNOLOGY:  

Secondary-use Battery Energy Storage

AFFILIATION:   Indy Power Systems, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Energy & Resilience
Area: Energy Storage
Tech Readiness: TRL 8

Tech Brief: Used batteries can be integrated into effective, low-cost energy storage systems. Indy Power Systems is the industry leader in this technology and has developed the Redundant Array of Inexpensive Batteries (RAIB). Any chemistry or combinations of chemistries, new and/or used, can be integrated into storage.

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: The military has a large number of batteries that have been removed from service. By integrating these unused batteries for energy storage, the cost of energy storage is greatly reduced. With the cost of energy storage reduced, alternative energy becomes more effective as battery storage smooths variations in solar and wind production. Energy storage can also more effectively manages rapid changes in load. Similarly, with more affordable energy storage, generators can be run lest often, but when they do run, they can be run at their optimum operating range with variations in load being managed by the batteries that can charge and discharge as required. While low-cost energy storage can reduce costs, a more important impact would be the reduction in dependence on the utility grid for fixed military bases and a reduction in generator fuel for remote bases.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Mid-stage Startup (A or B)
Website: http://indypowersystems.com/
Booth Number: W510