The Intersolar North America 2013 conference has now been and gone, leaving in its wake some fascinating comments, observations and presentations on energy storage. One recurring theme this year was an increasing interest in combining photovoltaic (PV) technology with battery-based storage, in order to take advantage of excess solar power and bring down the overall unit cost of energy produced.
But as a report in The Energy Collective points out, there is a whole menagerie of other technologies which may form part of the future and which are being discussed in both Europe and North America at the moment. No doubt seeking to capitalise on solar’s fledgling love affair, energy storage technology companies were also represented at the conference.
As an example, American Vanadium made good on its well-publicised commitment to the sector by demonstrating its CellCube, a fully commercialised vanadium redox flow energy storage system.