As solar energy is gaining popularity, there is an increased demand in the need for energy storage solutions. Energy storage is the key to help the world run more on renewable power and decarbonize our economies. This is because the renewable source of energy is sporadic and doesn’t provide persistent power..
As the cost of storage technology is decreasing rapidly, the search is on for the next generation of rechargeable batteries that can store larger levels of renewable energy.
Lithium-ion is the most promising and versatile storage solution that is fast growing and the most commonly used battery type.
The lithium-ion battery
Sony Corporation commercialized the first lithium-ion battery in 1991. Today, many companies are producing larger cells in order to use for energy storage applications. The range of these applications is tremendously increasing every year, ranging from rooftop residential systems to multi-megawatt containerized batteries. Low maintenance, fast charging, and longer life cycle make it an ideal solution for renewable energy storage.
Can lithium ion handle the big storage?
Lithium-ion is still in its phase of maturity. It’s not far that we get to hear about great developments and much-improved storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries. Apart from the storage in our laptops and mobile phones, Lithium-ion batteries in future could be plugged even into the electricity grid. The foundations for this have already been laid with numerous lithium-ion based solar products in the market.
What’s so special about lithium-ion?
The advanced lithium-ion technology is creating numerous opportunities for a multitude of high-energy applications. With a significant decline in the cost every year, lithium-ion is definitely the future of energy storage.
Lithium-ion applications at Intelizon
On the verge of becoming the leader in energy based product innovation, Intelizon has developed a number of products using lithium-ion technology. Today, it’s the fastest growing and the most commonly used battery type in the world.
Intelizon uses lithium-ion batteries for Zonstreet solar street lights as they are maintenance free and allows faster charging to full capacity. The lithium-ion batteries used by Intelizon function normally even at extreme temperatures offering over 2000 charge cycles.