With self-consumption and demand charge reduction being the main objective, new solar panel materials with higher efficiencies could take off. Battery storage systems had traditionally been considered too expensive to be commercially viable as a component of a solar PV system. WIth reduced costs of energy storage technology (about 70% in last 2 years) and advancement in solar panel materials, means that in the right scenario battery-based storage can be economically viable.
Panels using Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) and Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) PV panels would be used in the Q-Gen system. QGen will be deployed with QBots software which controls the storage and having being validated in the testing facility in the University of Exeter (UoE).
With Q-Gen we build an ideal package for businesses with a load of 70 KW and above. One of the main components will be the QBots platform with control algorithms which will optimise the system and deliver savings for business. QBots energy management software will enable to perform other functions, such as the provision of ancillary services to the grid, demand side response and enhanced frequency response. These opportunities could provide additional revenue streams.