The Vision of Distributed Grids and Storage for Cities

From Hawaii to New York City, cities and states across the United States have passed legislation requiring building owners and managers to disclose the energy consumption of their buildings through tools such as the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Beyond just looking at the energy consumption and carbon footprints of our building stock, cities, states, and utility companies are in the process of transformation of how our utility grid operates.

There is a tremendous shift happening from the centralized mega-power producing facilities of the past, to a distributed energy future where buildings are more self-reliant and resilient as seen through strategies such as New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision.

One step in the process is the use of demand response programs implemented by utility providers such as Con Edison of New York that is designed to alleviate pressure on the grid by having buildings commit to being able to reduce their energy load with as little as 2 hours of notice.

Another key to making this transition to a distributed grid will be technologies that align the needs of building owners and managers with the changes happening to our energy supply and delivery system. While there have been attempts to use technologies such as ice or battery storage in urban markets, these systems that exist today are only acting as bandages to the challenge of being able to better control the pressure put on our utility grids.

Battery storage will be at the forefront of this transformation as the ability to reduce building demand charges through storing energy during off-peak hours and deploying it during peak consumption times to reduce building owners’ energy bills. The current products on the market often provide unreliable solutions with limited storage capacity that require significant amounts of dedicated space within a building to operate.

As the focus continues to grow on making buildings more resilient and energy consumption and time of use information data more accessible, Novele’s Energy Board brings together the best of battery storage technology by offering a thin, cloud connected scalable wall or stud mounted lithium-ion battery system.

Novele’s breakthrough technology allows building owners and operators to no longer have to make the tradeoff of reducing energy bills through implementing battery storage solutions and having to give up rentable square footage for bulky, battery storage systems that can be used by rent paying tenants. Novele, with Energy Board, has rethought the way battery storage should work and has designed a system that meets the needs of densely packed urban environments.

As building owners and managers are forced to confront the changes in the way energy is used in our cities, Novele’s Energy Board presents an opportunity to install best-in-class battery storage technology as a way to drive down energy costs and contribute to a more sustainable, resilient future.