Electricity is the most efficient form of energy known to man. Electricity transforms lives, where there is electricity, any and everything is possible, there is no limit to imagination.
For more than 100 years oil has been the only major source of energy powering the industrial revolution and the resulting economic growth. Oil means power and power means oil - this has determined the politics of all 20th century. NOT ANYMORE. We are just at the tip of a major tectonic shift, a major paradigm shift if you may, from the distributed energy systems to the centralized electricity generation and its consumption. YOU PRODUCE IT WHERE YOU WANT IT CONSUMED.
Thanks to advances in electronic technology, we can now produce solar energy very cheap and store it very efficiently using batteries. Once installed, there is no recurrent expenditure, no oil or gas to feed it, as the sun shines so is the electricity produced, which is free and in abundance in our part of the world.
Solar with Storage, will do to Electricity in Africa what cell phones has done to Communication in Africa. With the advent of cell phones, Africa now, is probably one of the most connected continents in the world. Wired telephone lines was too expensive for Africa. Africa did not have capital to build the infrastructure necessary for the millions of miles of telephone lines for land line communication, that before cell phones, communication was almost non-existence. Solar can be dropped anywhere on the continent. There is no major capital needed to construct thousands of miles of high-tension electric lines across the continent. Electricity is produced where it is consumed. Maintenance is at a very minimum so there is very little re-current expenditure.
Nanergy Ltd. with it’s partner, Kaco New Energy of Germany has produced the most sustainable storage yet to store electric energy code named NKS storage. It can store anywhere from a kilo Watt hour to Mega Watt hours.
One of the many inherent problems of the electricity industry is that electricity production can not always match demand. The result is a costly and underutilized electricity grid. NKS Storage could solve this problem by buffering demand spikes, using storage to meet growing needs with the infrastructure we already have, mitigating the need for costly upgrades while decreasing environmental impact.
NKS Storage allows utilities and consumers to smooth production and time-shift consumption of energy. Solar energy produced at mid-day for example, is stored and deployed as a stable energy at night.
Renewable energy is continually accounting for an increasing portion of our electricity supply; however, the fastest growing of these resources only produce electricity when the wind is blowing or the sun shining.
NKS Storage can store variable or over production from solar, wind, hydro and even oil and gas generated electricity for use when needed, thus creating a firm dispatchable resource. With enhanced energy capacity and immediate response time, NKS Storage technology is ideal for time shifting electricity production to better coincide with peak demand. NKS Storage can also defer or mitigate infrastructure upgrades needed to accommodate high penetrations of distributed solar, and can reduce transmission costs by increasing utilization capacity. NKS Storage also enables self-sufficient microgrids capable of powering homes, remote villages as with Jacob’s Farm at Adawso in the Eastern Region of Ghana or large commercial and industrial facilities.
There is no room for failure when it comes to the military. The military must be able to deploy at a moment’s notice. They must be able to set up a base, and have a reliable source of electricity. Portable NKS storage allows for just that. NKS Storage system will provide the military with (1) the ability to integrate renewable sources of generation at remote bases, with no noise or smoke to give up a trail, reducing its dependence on diesel generation, (2) the ability to integrate renewable sources of generation at bases here at home, reducing its dependence on foreign sources of oil and maintenance cost(3) a reliable source of backup power when grid power fails, and (4) improved quality and reliability of power sources. NKS storage are flexible and modular, making them perfect for large and small scale military applications. Additionally, they are highly portable and constructed with inert components, making them incapable of ‘catastrophic failure’ involving fire or explosion.
Conventional electricity as we know it, relies on millions of miles of transmission and distribution to connect load with remote centralized generation. This complex, interconnected network is costly and highly vulnerable. Failure in one key location can result in outages across thousands or even millions of downstream customers. Cost-effective energy storage is the key to enabling microgrids or local power networks that combine distributed energy resources and intelligent controls to manage energy supply and demand. Microgrids can operate seamlessly both in parallel to the grid and in “island” mode, providing critical customers and facilities with power even if the utility grid goes down. NKS Storage enabled microgrids will also create access to electricity in remote locations and communities, where conventional distribution infrastructure is prohibitively expensive or practically unattainable. Example, Jacob’s farm solar plant. NKS Storage offers superior energy capacity and longevity within a compact, low-cost and inherently safe design—making it well suited to support microgrid and off-grid applications. The battery’s modular and scalable design makes it ideal for backing-up individual homes, industries, powering rural villages, or supporting entire military bases.
In today’s high tech world, commercial and industrial facilities require better power quality and reliability and new means of managing ever increasing electricity costs. NKS Storage technology provides electricity consumers with a dual economic and reliability value proposition: By storing inexpensive electricity produced in the day and displacing consumption during peak hours of the day, customers can reduce their demand charges and gain significant savings on their electricity bill. NKS storage can provide limited duration back-up power to help customers ride through temporary outages. When combined with solar or other forms of distributed generation, NKS storage can enable self-sufficient microgrids that can power a facility for weeks, months or even years Think of it as a back-up generator with no oil to feed it and no emissions that saves you money every day.
Solar is showing up on roof tops all over the world as installed system costs decrease. Homeowner solar installed, could have a good impact on the electricity grid in Ghana and maximizing value to both the utility and the homeowner. It could help solve, to some extent, the energy problems of the Nation. Roof top solar provides residential electricity consumers with a dual economic and reliability value proposition: In Ghana, over produced grid tied solar that is used by the grid during the day, could be compensated by the grid at night without charge to the homeowner. This is a great policy if it is paired with utility storage. By storing inexpensive electricity produced at night and displacing consumption during peak hours of the day, homeowners can reduce their demand charges and gain significant savings on their electricity bill. NKS Storage can provide limited duration back-up power to help electricity customers ride through temporary outages. When combined with solar or other forms of distributed generation, energy storage can enable self-sufficient microgrids that can power homes or neighborhoods for weeks or even years. Think of it as a back-up generator with no emissions and oil to feed it that saves you money every day.
Grid-scale energy storage will transform the way we produce, deliver, and consume electricity. With storage, utilities can rely on a cleaner, more efficient energy mix while deferring costly infrastructure upgrades. Storage provides utilities with a triple play value proposition: infrastructure upgrade deferral, energy arbitrage, and locational capacity. Infrastructure Upgrade Deferral: By shaving peak load and alleviating congestion, storage eliminates the need for expensive upgrades to transmission and distribution networks, saving money for utilities and consumers. Moreover, storage can be deployed quickly and in modular increments, a welcome relief to the multi-year approval cycles for infrastructure upgrades based on unknowable forecasts. Energy Arbitrage: Storing inexpensive electricity produced at night for use during peak hours of the day allows utilities to displace dirty, inefficient peaking generation—reducing costs and emissions. Locational Capacity: Long duration energy storage can provide clean, cost-effective, and easy-to-deploy generation capacity in load centers where it’s needed most.