Energy Efficiency, Grid Scale, Solar, Storage

Axion Power Awarded Grant To Develop Solar Power Storage System

Axion Power International Inc. has been awarded a state grant to develop a renewable solar energy storage system based on its proprietary PbC PowerCube battery technology.

The $300,000 grant from the Solar Energy Program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Financing Authority will be used to demonstrate the advanced energy storage technology of PbC batteries within a smart grid system where power is generated from renewable energy sources such as the sun or wind, stored during slower, overnight periods and then delivered to the grid during times of peak demand.

“Energy storage is a key component in the operation of a Smart Grid system and a perfect vehicle to demonstrate the value of our PbC battery products,” said Thomas Granville Axion’s CEO. “In order to best leverage the value of renewable energy sources like the sun and wind, the energy gained during high generation periods must be stored in batteries like ours and then discharged during periods of high demand, or peak load.”

In the state-funded project, the Axion PbC batteries will be coupled with a UPS power conditioner provided by Eaton Corporation, and a solar panel-to-electric conversion system, as well as an electric vehicle charging station, provided by Envision Solar. The Axion grant was the only storage project approved as part of the state’s Solar Energy Program.