Panel-level battery developer Yotta will install its proprietary technology on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). The project has been designed to test the grid-interactive power controls of Yotta’s SolarLEAF and to ensure that critical tasks are successfully executed. This test comes as CSUDH continues to explore clean energy technologies and Yotta perfects its SolarLEAF technology.
The SolarLEAF is a panel-level energy storage technology that has been designed to reduce soft costs — installation, interconnection and siting — associated with implementing storage with solar PV systems. With the SolarLEAF, the storage asset is situated behind the PV panel and mounted directly to the racking system. Featuring smart thermal protection technology and a fireproof enclosure, the SolarLEAF effectively eliminates the need for costly fire suppression and HVAC systems.
Amongst other critical functions, the program is designed to demonstrate core power features — such as time shifting energy. In addition, the SolarLEAF’s auxiliary features like system optimization, rapid shutdown, and remote control capabilities will be demonstrated and tested. The program will perform additional core thermal regulation testing, one of the key features of Yotta’s technology.
“Demonstrating our technology at the CSUDH facility is a fantastic opportunity for Yotta,” said Omeed Badkoobeh, CEO of Yotta. “Not only is it an institution of higher learning, but it is also in a state that is helping pave the way for the future of renewables and energy storage.”
Having been involved with previous Clean Energy Optimization Pilot projects, CSUDH has been a pioneer in promoting renewable energy technologies and is already home to a battery system. As CSUDH expands its clean energy initiatives, Yotta’s SolarLEAF technology at the campus’ facilities plant adds another environmentally friendly program to its toolbelt.
“We are looking forward to working with Yotta to help continue the development of their technology,” said Kenneth Seeton, Manager, Central Plant/Energy Manager at CSUDH. “We are always on the lookout for promising clean energy technologies to incorporate into our facilities to be a more eco-friendly institution and we are proud to add the SolarLEAF to our roster of renewable projects.”
At the conclusion of the project, Yotta and CSUDH will author individual reports on test results, performance feedback, and user experience with the SolarLEAF. After installation, which is scheduled to be completed this month, the program will have at least 12 months of testing.
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