Energy storage company Orison says it has come up with “the first true plug-and-play energy storage system” that is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
This new solution from Orison is a networked, distributed energy storage solution gives consumers control so they can store energy from any electricity source, including grid or solar power, to access energy whenever it’s needed. When powered by the grid, it stores energy when utility rates are low to power homes and businesses when rates are high. If connected to solar, Orison allows consumers to locally store the energy they produce so that it will not be sold at a loss to the utility. By localizing energy distribution, Orison helps to save money and reduce peak demand.
“We are excited to give all consumers options and ability to choose clean energy,” said Eric Clifton, Orison co-founder and CEO. “With Orison, we can enable a rapid shift to a clean energy grid while helping consumers use electricity at the optimal times without reducing quality or time of service. Orison is the first energy storage product that is beautifully designed to be part of customer’s daily life.”
With the support of Kickstarter backers, Orison will complete UL certification and finalize commercialization. The Kickstarter campaign offers limited special pre-order discounts and other backer incentives. The first units are slated for delivery in Summer 2016 with customers receiving them on a first come first serve basis.
“Energy storage development will represent the next explosion towards a 100% renewable future,” said Retired Admiral Len Hering, Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy.
Orison energy storage works by communicating with the Orison Cloud, which uses deep-learning algorithms to automatically schedule the best times of use to power homes and businesses. The Orison Cloud pulls information such as utility rates, peak demand charges, weather, blackout alerts, local usage, as well as monitoring the health of the Orison units. Orison can be controlled via a mobile app to see energy savings, and set the schedule times of charge and discharge if a specific need is desired. During a power outage, Orison provides immediate power while ensuring that none of the stored energy is sent back to the grid.
Two products currently exist in Orison’s family of energy storage products: the Orison PanelTM and the Orison TowerTM. Both are plug-and-play, require no installation costs, permits, or further hardware and are designed for seamless integration in any indoor space. Weighing less than 40 lbs they can be mailed directly to customers. Orison automatically begins working when plugged into a wall outlet. They are 110-240V compatible and designed to work around the globe. All units use advanced Lithium Ion battery cells to provide 2.2 kWh of storage.
Orison energy storage is designed to be scalable. In addition to introducing new units anywhere on the property, Orison Panels can be expanded using the Orison Panel+. As many as five Panel+ can be added to a main Panel for up to 13.2 kWh of storage on a single circuit.
The Orison Panel will be priced at $1,600, with each supplemental Panel+ unit costing $1,100. The Panel+ units cost less by leveraging the power electronics and networking capabilities of the master unit. The total cost of an 8.8 kWh system with a 10-year warranty is $4,900. At 2.5 inches thick, and 22 by 28 inches tall and wide, the Panel is smaller than an average US TV. Using customizable skins or graphics it can be displayed as art or concealed behind appliances.
The Orison Tower will be priced at $1,950. It includes a Bluetooth speaker and lamp and is 9 inches in diameter and 34 inches tall, and can be placed on the floor or a tabletop.
— Solar Builder magazine