JuiceBox Energy, Inc. has introduced its plug and play battery storage and energy management system for solar energy storage. The system features an advanced 8.6kWh lithium-ion energy storage system for residential and commercial renewable energy installations and a system controller that enables peak shifting, electricity demand charge reduction and back-up power for grid independence. The JuiceBox system is a maintenance free power delivery device designed for extended service life and is capable of both grid-tied and off-grid operation, and allows a consumer to maximize their solar energy self-consumption on a daily basis.
The system controller interfaces to a battery-based inverter and the battery management system to ensure intelligent control of charge/discharge cycles and overall safety and thermal management. Redundancy and diagnostics are implemented for fault handling and fail-safe behavior throughout the system. A gateway to a secure cloud-based repository enables remote monitor and configuration. JuiceBox systems have direct integration to several major inverter manufacturers and support both new and existing solar installations. The industrial designed enclosure is floor or wall-mounted and displays key metrics to the customer.
The JuiceBox puts the customer in charge. Customers can prioritize operation for disaster preparedness or electricity bill management and in the future will be able to participate in utility demand response programs through aggregation of distributed energy. “Energy storage is the critical technology that allows unrestrained solar growth enabling a clean energy future and a more resilient grid,” states Neil Maguire, CEO of JuiceBox. The JuiceBox system will be available for initial product delivery in Q4 with volume production in early 2015.