Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, announced its 125 kW converter family, including a 3-port hybrid converter and 2-port battery converter.
Using the same technology as the 30 kW hybrid converter, the 125 kW converter products are expected to lower costs and improve efficiency for integrating PV and energy storage solutions up to megawatt scale, as well as provide off-grid and grid resilient (grid-tied battery backup) capabilities.
The company also announced that it has received an initial order for its 125 kW hybrid converter from CODA Energy, a California based manufacturer and installer of commercial and industrial energy storage products. Ideal Power will display its new 125 kW hybrid converter at the Solar Power International Conference, booth #2658, in Las Vegas on October 20–23, 2014.
“The mutual benefits of deploying battery storage with PV are well known ‘off-grid,’” says Peter Nortman, COO, CODA Energy. “The argument to deploy storage with PV “on-grid” is perhaps even more compelling to a resilient and sustainable energy future. We expect Ideal Power’s 3-port hybrid architecture to help us meet our customer’s needs in this important market space due to its comprehensive feature set and compact, efficient design.”
The 125kW hybrid and battery converter products leverage Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA), which eliminates the need for an isolation transformer, thus improving efficiency, weight, size and cost. The 125 kW hybrid converter supports integration of energy storage with PV, wind or combustion generators and weighs about 400 lb. The 125 kW battery converter supports bidirectional battery conversion and weighs approximately 325 lb. Both products are expected to have 96.5% CEC-weighted efficiency.
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