CAMAS, Wash. — Sharp Electronics Corp. has announced the launch of its SmartStorage energy storage solution, which is immediately available throughout California and will be expanded to other states in the second half of 2014. According to the company, the SmartStorage energy storage system can significantly cut utility demand charges for commercial and industrial buildings. It was developed in the United States at Camas, Washington-based Sharp Laboratories of America.

“We are confident that our SmartStorage product brings Sharp’s innovation, reliability and quality to the emerging energy storage market,” said Carl Mansfield, general manager of Sharp’s Energy Systems and Services Group. “Our product’s combination of cutting-edge hardware, integrated with Sharp’s unique software, and backed by our 10-year O&M service and performance guarantee provides a turnkey solution that works widely for commercial and industrial business owners.”

SmartStorage keeps a large amount of electric energy stored in reserve, which it selectively releases in order to limit a facility’s electricity demand. The system employs sophisticated, predictive controls to manage the release of this energy, resulting in high performance, high system efficiency, and reliability, said the company.

SmartStorage operates either as a stand-alone solution or deployed together with a solar electric installation. Each case can result in lower demand charges for building owners, which is especially important with rising energy rates.

Over the past 18 months, SmartStorage has undergone quality assurance testing, with performance and reliability validated at a commercial building pilot deployment in downtown San Diego. With recently signed distribution agreements and initial product orders, Sharp has begun to collaborate with California-based project development allies to roll out SmartStorage to business owners throughout the state.

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Publication date: 8/11/2014

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