IEEE Electrification Magazine - September 2015 - 14

By Carlos Restrepo, Andres Salazar,
Hermann Schweizer, and Antonio Ginart

Residential
Battery Storage
Is the timing right?

N THE LAST TWO DECADES, THERE
has been a strong interest in diversifying the energy generation
portfolio by reexamining the role
of renewable energy. The focus
on renewables has gained momentum recently. This renewed focus, backed by the rapid
development of more efficient and affordable
technology, has created the right conditions
for an industry to solidly establish itself (U.S.
Energy Information Administration, 2014).
The acceptance of renewables into the generation mix has not been simple and seamless.
In many instances, solar and wind generation
are conceptually different from more conventional means of energy generation (Figure 1). For
example, solar and wind plants are typically
more distributed in nature than other plants, and
their production performance is affected by weather. Thus, the need to manage the energy for effective
use and stability has been an ongoing concern.
The planning and forecasting of solar and wind
production can be extremely complicated, and, in
some instances, it is not accurate enough. The susceptibility of solar and wind power generation to weather
patterns in conjunction with expected demand can lead
to solutions that may not be efficient and able to meet
all applications. The use of energy storage in conjunction with photovoltaic (PV) and wind power generation

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