Energy Storage: It’s All About the Software

Although novel batteries for storing solar and wind energy have the present ability to command the attention of researchers and investors alike, focus on these batteries could stray with the lack of a concrete operating system capable of programming the batteries on when and how much energy to charge and discharge. However, start-up Growing Energy Labs Inc. (GELI) is set to ensure these batteries remain in the spotlight with its current development of an operating system that will give a battery system the brain to perform the tasks it is set. The company plans to launch a beta version of the software in a few weeks.

The technology is akin to a computer for energy whereby the company intends to devise methods to incorporate networking and communication technologies, including the use of the Internet, into the running of a battery system. GELI is building the operating software specifically for running energy storage equipment which will enable the batteries to perform multiple tasks, from sending short bursts of power to stabilize the electric grid to releasing a steady supply of electricity over a longer period of time when there is a lot of demand for power.

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