This is a great tool for engineers, designers and decision makers when determining the best battery to use for any application.
Starting with the input data tab, you characterize up to 10 batteries, choose the cycle life, depth of discharge, efficiency, O&M considerations, cost and even foot print. Then in the LCOE tab, you can compare the inputted batteries to determine what technology has the best return, or the Levelized Cost of Electricity.
The tool is already pre-loaded with the characteristics of typical batteries: Flooded Lead Acid, Sealed Lead Acid, Lithium and High Temperature chemistries. But, all fields are re-writeable to input your batteries of choice.
Kennedy was most recently the senior application engineer for SMA America’s Hybrid Energy Solutions group. In this position, project scope ranged from residential PV with battery backup to MW-scale stand-alone microgrids primarily in North America and the Caribbean. He has worked in the solar industry since 1996, when virtually all projects were battery-based. He began...[more]
This tool is used in HeatSpring's Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage course.