Eos Energy Storage will demonstrate residential and commercial battery systems at the University of California San Diego, with the support of a $2 million award from the California Energy Commission.
Eos is partnering with global original equipment manufacturers to package, distribute, and support mass market products using the company's Znyth battery technology.
Eos manufactures grid-scale battery solutions designed to support 4-hour locational capacity with levelized cost of energy. The company's core product — the Aurora 1000│4000 — is a 1 MW | 4 MWh DC battery system which is now being sold at a volume price of $160 per usable kWh while supporting more than 5,000 full depth of discharge cycles or about 15 years of continuous operation. Utilities and developers are using the Aurora solution for peak shaving, frequency response and renewable integration.
As part of California's Electric Program Investment Charge, California Energy Commission funding takes the Eos battery one step further: as a plug-and-play product for homes and offices.
Several residential and commercial battery systems will be installed and tested at UC San Diego, which hosts one of the world's largest microgrids with monitoring and controls. Eos, the university, and its partners will integrate battery systems with solar photovoltaics to perform application specific performance characterization—including load following, demand management, back-up power, as well as solar PV balancing and time-shifting. Intelligent software will be used to manage and aggregate these distributed energy storage systems to create a virtual power plant capable of participating in wholesale energy markets and reducing system, as opposed to customer, demand.
Partner branded products are expected to hit the market in 2017 and will drive continued penetration of Eos's batteries. The company has already sold its full production capacity for 2016, is working with developers to deliver 52 MWhs of energy services awarded through PG&E's recent energy storage solicitation, and is supplying numerous other commercial projects in the US and internationally.