Ideal Power Inc. received a multi-unit purchase order from EnerDel, a manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for electric grid, transportation and industrial applications, for its Grid-Resilient 30-kW Multi-Port Power Conversion Systems that will be used for multiple microgrid installations. The systems are scheduled to ship in Q4 2015.
“Microgrids represent a significant opportunity for Ideal Power’s Grid-Resilient Multi-Port products, allowing us to expand our product reach beyond traditional behind-the-meter battery energy storage systems,” Dan Brdar, CEO of Ideal Power said. “Microgrids are a reliable and less expensive alternative to using diesel fuel-based gensets — not only for the military, but anywhere conventional generators are used as a primary source of power.”
“Ideal Power’s compact, efficient multi-port product provides unique features that enable robust deployment for mobile microgrid applications,” stated Michael Canada, CEO of EnerDel. “Selecting Ideal Power was a natural choice for microgrid systems requiring renewable integration.”
This order represents Ideal Power’s first significant multi-unit order for microgrids. A recent report from research firm Navigant shows that total global microgrid capacity nearly tripled between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015 to 12 MW. According to Navigant, the U.S. Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy globally, and is pursuing microgrid technologies in order to reduce the amount of fuel the military consumes through the use of conventional generators.
Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA)-based power conversion systems are smaller and lighter than traditional technology without the high level of efficiency losses associated with conventional power converters. The Company’s multi-port technology enables the integration of solar with battery storage and diesel generation using a single power conversion system, dramatically reducing the cost required to form stable, flexible microgrids.
— Solar Builder magazine