Maxwell Technologies Inc. and France-based Soitec are collaborating on a California Energy Commission-funded program to demonstrate the benefits of combining an energy storage system with concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology.
Maxwell says its $1.39 million contract will fund design and integration of an ultracapacitor-based energy storage system with Soitec's CPV system, first at a University of California, San Diego test site and later at a commercial-scale system at Soitec's solar power plant in Southern California. Maxwell says the integrated systems will also take advantage of other technology developments, including solar forecasting and predictive energy control, to maximize the benefit of incorporating ultracapacitor energy storage.Â
The project is scheduled to begin this month and run through November 2015. Maxwell says independent evaluation of the performance of the integrated systems will be performed by DNV KEMA under a subcontract.
‘Investing in solar energy research is vital to California reaching its goal of 33 percentÂ renewable generation by 2020,’ says California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. ‘This innovative project combining energy storage with concentrated photovoltaic technology has the potential to increase the state's renewable energy portfolio, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create a more reliable electricity grid.’