Xtreme and Xcel Team Up on Solar Storage

Electrical grids rely on a steady source of power, while sunshine is intermittent–which means that energy storage is a major issue on the frontiers of solar power. Xtreme Power Inc. is looking to address that issue through a new partnership with Xcel Energy that will see the installation of a 1 megawatt (MW) system integrating energy storage and solar energy systems at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) in Auora, Colorado.

Here, Xtreme Power’s Dynamic Power Resources (DPR) system for utility-scale energy storage will be put to the test, performing a number of storage and grid asset functions, which will include output smoothing, time shifting and forecast error mitigation for solar energy generated at the site. SolarTAC is a private test facility  that serves the solar industry in validating and demonstrating solar technologies as they develop.

solar farm

image via PG&E

The project, which will pair Xtreme’s DPR system with a utility-scale solar installation, aims to investigate the real-world results of integrating these technologies, with the goal of incorporating solar output more efficiently into the power grid. Over the next three years, results of the project will be made available to the public.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.