Ideal Power has been contracted to deliver a 1.1 MW solar plus storage solution in Iowa, US.

The company will supply its NEXTracker NX Flow™ integrated solar-plus-storage system conversion technology. The project represents NEXTracker’s first large-scale installation of the NX Flow solution.

When completed, the project is expected to be one of the largest solar-plus-storage power plants in the state, producing enough energy to cover nearly a third of the Maharishi University of Management’s annual electricity usage.
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In addition to those savings, NX Flow will use peak-shaving to significantly reduce MUM’s utility bill during high-demand times.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Iowa has relatively high demand charges (typically above $20/kW).

NX Flow’s energy storage system integrates battery, solar tracker, inverter and software technologies to improve return on investment for owners of solar power plants. At the core of the system lies Ideal Power’s SunDial Plus inverters and an advanced vanadium flow battery (VFB), which is DC-coupled with the photovoltaic array.

With NX Flow, the battery charges directly off the array, enabling the battery to store “clipped” energy up to its capacity limit. DC-coupling allows PV energy production formerly lost to clipping, where the DC rated power feeding the inverter exceeded the inverter rated power, to be stored directly in the batteries and used to generate additional kilowatt-hours of revenue.

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