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Energy Storage Advances Energy Systems and Consumption

Posted Friday, January 5th, 2018

Member Submitted, Business Tips

Submitted by: Holly White, Marketing and Communications Specialist, RETTEW

A field covered in solar panels or a mountain ridge dotted with giant windmills have become more commonplace in today’s world.

But did you know combined with battery storage systems, they can save even more costs and help regulate energy supply for businesses and municipalities?

Fluctuations in power demand create chaos within the electric grid. We get up in the morning and need electricity – from lights to our coffee makers and computers – at all hours of the day.

When power is generated and not used instantaneously, voltage builds up and creates problems. There is nowhere for the excess power to go.

As advances are made in power supply, many companies and utility providers are reaping the benefits of renewable energy – wind, solar, geothermal, or biogas.

However, renewable energy has even less of a steady supply than a power plant. If the sun is out or the wind is blowing, power is generated and pushed to the grid. And again, there’s an imbalance between power generated and demand needs.

One way companies and utilities are improving infrastructure to address that imbalance is through battery energy storage systems.

These systems enable excess energy storage for use at a later time.

Not only do these battery systems help regulate frequency, they also improve the quality and reliability of power. In a typical electrical generation situation, if there is too much power and not enough users, the power becomes “dirty,” which means it’s not as stable or usable. The battery storage systems can maintain the power generated in a “clean” state for a longer period.

The battery systems also transmit power more quickly to the grid because of their design. It takes a power plant an average of 15 minutes to make a change in supply, yet it only takes a battery 4 seconds to make a change.

Companies can decrease their energy bills by investing in renewable energy and battery storage systems, decreasing dependency on the grid.

RETTEW, an engineering firm known for its work in the power grid, has designed several battery energy storage systems throughout the country. The firm also offers more than 400 services focused in the transportation, industrial, development, and energy markets.

RETTEW is celebrating the opening of its newest office in Conshohocken, PA, on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. If you are interested in learning about the company’s wide variety of expertise and how you might benefit, please feel free to stop by 101 W. Elm Street, Suite 650, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

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