Free Webinar: Energy Storage Systems for Backup Power, April 5, 12-2pm

  • 5 April 2024
  • Start time : 12:00 PM
  • End time : 02:00 PM
  • Event Host : Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
Free Webinar: Energy Storage Systems for Backup Power, April 5
Event Description

While there are economic incentives for grid-interactive customers who combine PV generation with energy storage, customers when polled, said that their primary motivation for using PV and batteries systems is robust, 24/7 backup power on demand.

Nationally, extended utility disruptions caused by floods, landslides, wind storms, ice storms, geomagnetic solar storms, hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, PSPS, earthquakes, aged infrastructure, replacement equipment shortages and deliberate sabotage, populate the news with alarming frequency and severity. Which battery-based backup systems truly deliver, meet, and exceed customers' expectations during long-term utility power outages?

This class promises to address how variously-scaled PV production and battery energy storage systems coupled with smart, nimble, robust and locally-controlled load management can respond to the ever increasing challenges threatening to shoot out the lights.

In this class, Erik Frye will discuss experiences of owners of micro grids and battery based grid tied PV systems, including systems such as:

- Tesla PowerWall

- Enphase Ensemble

- SolarEdge

- Sol-Ark

- LFP vs NMC vs NCA

- SMA Sunny Island, SMA Sunny Boy, and SMA Tripower Storage

- Non Export / Net Zero Self generation to meet self consumption with the added benefit of backup power

- Stand Alone micro grids for entirely off grid applications

- PGE meter base automatic transfer switch

- Future projections

 The objective of this course is that at the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize cutting edge and proven legacy solutions for preparing for and coping with extended utility outages
  • Describe how to size the energy production, storage and conversion so that the system meets expectations under less than ideal weather conditions
  • Summarize how to design for maximum resiliency
  • Explain why systems either fail or succeed
  • Compare the costs and benefits of local vs remote operating control
  • Discuss integrating back up to the back up for redundancy 

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Agenda
    • Introduction and safety message
      Overview of components and how they work
      Rational for sizing
      Different offerings from various companies—pros and cons (not endorsement)
      Meeting expectations for backup power
      Future Projections
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Erik Frye

      Erik Frye started work in the solar industry on Maui in 1991 with the expensive, yet anemic PV modules and lead acid batteries that were available at the time. A devotee of appropriate technological advancement he now works with Alex Redin Solar in Ukiah specializing in battery-based off grid and battery backed up grid-tied systems offering customers uninterruptible life style support since 2005.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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