Consortium Launches Study of Lead Battery Solar Microgrids in Homes
Missouri S&T EcoVillage Project
The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has joined other members of the Missouri S&T Microgrid Industrial Consortium to provide resources for the construction of advanced lead battery microgrids at the Missouri S&T EcoVillage. Two on-campus high-tech homes will act as ”living laboratories” for studying renewable energy sources – and storage – for communities of the future. The project’s duration is 2018 – 2021.
"This project will enrich the learning experiences of S&T students, while also deepening the knowledge of many stakeholders with the real-world application of a grid-tied residential system with solar power generation and energy storage.” Grant Grunewald, Engineering Support Manager, EnerSys
The demonstration microgrids will allow research on the performance of advanced lead batteries in a small solar-based microgrid and in the economic aspects of sharing energy at the local/neighborhood level.
The Missouri S&T EcoVillage is a small neighborhood comprised of solar homes designed by S&T students for competition at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The microgrids will initially power the 2013 and 2015 solar homes. The university plans to expand EcoVillage into a “community of tomorrow,” with a total of six solar houses that will help advance renewable energy microgrid research, sustainable infrastructure, and human technology interaction. The site will provide the capability for hands-on training in renewable energy and microgrid technologies.
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Each house has an AC combiner and critical load distribution load center panel board. AC-coupled advanced lead battery back-up system consists of:
Unique charge algorithms on how to control the batteries Installations local to each house installed on existing 240/120V 2-pole single-phase utility feed include:
"This project provides the opportunity to demonstrate the performance capability and longterm durability of advanced lead batteries as a critical component in the adaptation of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.” Dr. Frank Fleming, Co-Founder, NorthStar