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Understanding if a battery energy storage can meet your organisational goals

We spoke to our Head of Sales, Nigel Dent, about the steps we take to evaluate whether a battery energy storage system will help meet an organisation’s goals.

21/09/2023

Thinking about battery energy storage and wondering if the technology is right for your organisation? How can you evaluate its impact and where even to start?

Nigel talks us through the steps needed to determine whether battery storage is a suitable option for the organisation.

01. Objective scoping

It all starts with a conversation. Battery energy storage is a new technology and we work closely with any interested site to find out what they’re trying to achieve. There are many different reasons that a site may be looking into storage – it could be to help reduce energy costs, capture solar, provide additional power at peak times or enhance resilience – and understanding the objectives is the first step.

02. Gathering data

When it comes to making an investment in new technology, you want to be confident that any solution meets those objectives. That’s why we start every project with a free, feasibility study using your real-world data. We’ll ask you to provide us with data including half-hourly energy use, tariffs, details of on-site renewables and any other key assets and constraints. This will help us to analyse the organisation’s energy consumption patterns including peak demand and load profiles.

03. Modelling

We’ll use your data to model your site and the potential impact that a system could have. You’ll receive a full report back which will estimate the cost associated with installing a system on site and quantify the expected benefits including cost and carbon savings as well as including any other information on solar utilisation or what support a system can provide for EV charging. If a system isn’t right for a site, we’ll let you know.

“Understanding your objectives, analysing your data and modelling how, and if, a battery energy system can support your operations is a vital first step in our process.”

Nigel Dent, Head of Sales

04. Site survey

If a system can meet your objectives, our technical team will then get on site for a full survey. This will review any spacing and electrical constraints as well as evaluate how the system can integrate with existing energy infrastructure including renewable energy sources, grid connections and building management systems.

05. Procurement

From there, it becomes all about finding the finance to make procurement happen. Connected Energy has worked with many partners on funding bids and can provide information on financial ROI and carbon savings to support applications. We are also established on the public sector frameworks including Crown Commercial Services, Public Power Solutions, and LASER.

And if a financial model could be of interest, we also work with Capitas to provide a battery storage as a service model.

Working through these steps will help an energy manager make an informed solution about whether battery energy storage is a viable solution for their organisation and, if so, should provide the right background to move into the implementation planning stages.

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