Saft Partners With Apollo Solar On SEGIS Energy-Storage Project


Battery designer and manufacturer Saft is supplying a lithium-ion battery system to provide energy storage for one of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Saft is working in collaboration with Apollo Solar, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of power electronics for solar energy systems, which has just been awarded a contract for the second design phase of SEGIS to deliver a working prototype of a less expensive, more efficient smart grid inverter.

The objective of the SEGIS program, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, is to develop high-performance products that will allow photovoltaics to become a more integral part of household and commercial smart-energy systems, according to Saft.

The Saft lithium-ion battery system, which will be sized at around 10 kWh, will provide efficient energy storage that will enable the solar energy to be effectively time shifted to make it available for home consumption during periods of peak demand, or for injection into the grid when needed either for support or when it will generate the most economic value, the company says.


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