PROINSO and OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research Launched Project Helios
PROINSO and The OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research (OSCAR) launched Project Helios as a launch-pad for cost effective and safe solar energy storage across the world. OSCAR is a specially built demonstration centre that houses OXIS’ entire solar storage technology.
The Project Helios demonstration comprises a 3.8 kWp solar Photovoltaic (PV) power generation system with Proinso integrated solution and 3 kWh OXIS Lithium battery.
The mains output from the is used to power both the charger for the driverless vehicle, the Meridian Navya and the OXIS Lithium Sulfur battery storing the unused excess energy generated during daylight for use after dark.
The system can easily be configured for grid connected operation where the battery is used to increase self-consumption.
The single 48V 3 kWh OXIS Lithium sulphur battery, shown in this demonstration, can be expanded to a total of four batteries, stacked and connected in parallel, providing a total storage capacity of 12 kWh, suitable for most domestic installations in Europe. For larger systems, where a more complex arrangement is needed, the 19” Rack Mount Batteries is recommended, and this will be available later this year.
PROINSO Head of Asia Pacific and Storage, Stuart Macfarlane, added: “The realization of the OXIS storage solution is perfectly timed as we continue to move into emerging markets that have a high demand for safe, reliable and cost-effective energy storage solutions. Importantly, the technology is robust and easily scalable which is crucial for use across a wide range of applications and in frequently hostile environments. PROINSO is constantly looking for that next innovation which will enable us to continue to deliver technically sophisticated solutions that showcase the best the industry can offer. Working with companies like OXIS in the development of new technologies is the foundation of this ongoing process.”
The CEO of OXIS Energy, Huw Hampson-Jonessays “The significance of this technology is at this stage understated. In the continent of Africa for example, this is a breakthrough as profound as the introduction of the mobile phone and allows for the rapid commercialization of their economies using solar energy storage systems. For Europe this technology brings a safe and cheap source of electricity for its citizens in a manner that allows its economies to lessen their dependency on oil and gas.”