In addition to providing Axion with clean energy, and helping meet its objectives to reduce its overall carbon footprint, the installation gives the companies the opportunity to learn how to better tie solar energy to Axion’s Power Cube storage system. Envision reports that “technical focus will be on load management and power smoothing required because of variability on a day-to-day business of sunlight conditions due to, for example, cloud cover.”
Axion initially plans to take advantage of the Solar Tree structures to charge Electric Vehicles during the day with any excess generated electricity being fed into their storage system, which will power the facility’s street and parking lights at night.
Bob Noble, CEO of Envision Solar, explains, “Combining our state-of-the-art solar trees equipped with EV chargers with Axion’s storage solution for solar power creates a truly powerful energy solution for the market, and is a key development in leveling the playing field for solar power and other conventional, base-load energy sources. This project truly represents a comprehensive demonstration of the hyper-convergence of efficient clean energy generation, large-scale local energy storage, smart-grid and building infrastructure, and plug-in hybrid – electric vehicle charging.”
Envision President Desmond Wheatley adds: “The integration of Axion’s powerful storage solution with our iconic smart Solar Tree shaded parking products takes us a giant leap closer to solving for the much touted intermittency of solar generation. As we see improvements in the nation’s electric grid and a move to the smart grid, solar’s intermittency will become less and less of a concern. In the meantime, we are bridging the gap with partners like Axion. We’re proud and thrilled to have our products deployed in a project that will deliver clean renewable solar energy 24 hours a day.”
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