Powerstorm has completed production and testing of its first commercial-scale Modular Energy Storage Solution (MESS) unit. The MESS is a hybrid off-grid system that uses solar and wind energy, along with a generator and lithium-ion batteries for backup, to efficiently generate, store, and distribute between 5kWh and 750kWh of dc power for a variety of applications.
The MESS’ small dimensions relative to conventional electricity sources makes units easily transportable, and its plug-and-play characteristics allow for rapid installation and startup. With its patent-pending “Digital Brain” the MESS features advanced interconnectivity and monitoring capabilities well suited for operation in remote locations.
The company will be installing this initial unit in the Long Beach, CA, area under a pilot program, and is now ready to accept and fulfill orders. Powerstorm markets and intends to distribute the MESS in developing markets throughout Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia where reliable power is scarce and, in many areas, no large-scale electric grid exists. Additionally, the company will pursue select opportunities within the U.S., and has been working with the United Nations, the World Bank, numerous local governments, NGO’s, and charitable foundations with the intention of installing MESS units at clinics and other community centers in undeveloped rural areas in countries such as Sierra Leone, as well as making units available to be deployed in disaster recovery and humanitarian efforts.
Mike Freni, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Powerstorm, commented, “We are making progress toward our goal of delivering clean, dependable power to those who need it most. Currently 1.3 billion people are living without this vital resource. The demand for sustainable, low-emission energy is undergoing a groundswell throughout the world, particularly in developing nations, and we believe that Powerstorm is well positioned to be an important supplier.
“Various industry indicators point to the large addressable market available to us,” stated Mr. Freni. “The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that by 2020, developing countries will need to double their electrical power output. Demand for energy, especially electricity, is growing much more rapidly in these nascent economies than in the major industrialized world. All told, developing nations are expected to represent 80% of total growth in energy production and consumption by the year 2035. Navigant Research forecasts that the global remote micro-grid market will grow from approximately $3 billion in 2013 to more than $8 billion in 2020 under a conservative scenario.
Mr. Freni continued, “Our expectation is that funding from both public and private sources will emerge to meet this demand. Support for this assertion can be gleaned from a recent article in the The Financial Times, which reported that Bill Gates has committed to ‘doubling his personal investment in innovative green technologies to $2 billion over the next five years in an attempt to bend the curve in combatting climate change.’ We anticipate that the influence wielded by philanthropic leaders such as Mr. Gates, coupled with the commercial opportunity created by the need for dependable power in developing regions, will translate into increasing demand for our innovative MESS units. We look forward to reporting on our progress in this regard in the coming months.”
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