A consortium of four British energy companies is developing a cutting-edge system that will enable efficient production and storage of solar energy using lithium-sulphur batteries.
Designed to serve military purposes at the first place, the system, if successful, will later be adapted for commercial and residential market worldwide.
Lincad, Oxis Energy, Pure Wafer and Solutronic will share their distinctive expertise to combine breakthrough technologies each of the companies has developed before to create a system that will comprise rugged and lightweight solar panels, state-of-the-art electronics and the next generation of battery technology.
"Combining our expertise in this way will allow these systems to be easily and quickly deployed”, said Huw Hampson-Jones, the CEO of OXIS Energy. “This development will impact commercial businesses and residential households across Europe and the wider world and will considerably reduce energy bills."
OXIS will provide their lightweight lithium-sulphur cell technology, which has proven to be exceptionally durable and able to survive extreme workload and operate in harsh conditions.
Lincad will build on its experience designing battery systems for the defence industry and aims at creating a system that will be at the same time cost-effective and robust enough to meet the needs of military costumers.
"It is indisputable that the cost of fuel for defence continues to escalate. Governments are keen to find alternatives and solar energy will play a significant part in bringing down the cost," Lincad’s CEO, Brian Soden explained the company’s motivation.
Pure Wafer’s rugged high efficiency military solar panels will power the electrical equipment during day time, charging the lithium-sulphur batteries. Energy stored in the batteries will power the equipment after dark.
"This consortium will help solar energy to penetrate both the commercial and residential markets to a much greater extent and will be much more cost-effective", Pure Wafer’s CEO Peter Harrington expressed his hopes about the venture.
Advanced electronics connecting the solar panels with the batteries and the equipment will be manufactured by Solutronic - a specialist in grid-connected photovoltaic inverters. These inverters take the direct current generated by the solar modules and convert it into alternating current that can be fed into the power supply system.