The world energy picture is far different from what it was in the past. The accelerating move to various green energy solutions, and the issues involved in bringing online these still evolving energy technologies, has posed a serious problem for potential users. Companies wanting to go green face the technical and economic challenge of efficiently integrating multiple energy sources, each with their own cost and power output characteristics and limitations. It’s the kind of problem that can easily discourage investment in alternative energy applications.
As it turns out, there is a relatively simple solution for companies and organizations faced with this issue. ZBB Energy, based in Milwaukee, is the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power management solutions. Using sophisticated (and patent-pending) hybrid power conversion systems, together with advanced zinc/bromide battery technology, ZBB can integrate multiple renewable and conventional onsite generation sources for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial, and residential end customers.
Specifically, the company’s ZESS POWR™ PECC offering is a hybrid power system that converts any combination of wind, solar, hydro, or other generating sources to independently optimize the control of each generating source while providing a steady-state power output to the electrical loads or directly to the grid. Their ZESS 50 technology is a zinc bromide flow battery designed to serve as an advanced electrical energy storage device, and is constructed from environmentally-friendly materials that provide for long service life and advanced performance when compared with traditional chemical batteries.
ZBB recently announced the successful factory testing and delivery of their ZESS POWR™ PECC and ZESS 50 advanced energy power and storage solutions to the energy lab at the UWM (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) College of Engineering & Applied Science. UWM recently awarded ZBB a competitive bid contract to supply cutting-edge technology for use by a multi-university team of researchers conducting renewable energy studies for the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium (WERC). The first phase of the project will study individual wind turbines. These results will be applied in a phase two study to remodel an entire wind farm system to improve reliability and put wind farms on an equal footing with conventional fuel sources, such as coal and gas fueled power plants.
ZBB CEO, Eric Apfelbach, said of the contract, “ZBB is a proud member of WERC and we have no doubt that with members like Johnson Controls and Eaton, this consortium will push the industry forward. We are very happy UWM selected our equipment for the effort.”
For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.ZBBEnergy.com