Support for portable solar + storage research via KTP with storage firm

Voltage optimisation and energy storage firm Powerstar is currently involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and Innovate UK.

Sheffield Hallam University ‘control and power electronics’ PhD graduate and Powerstar employee Dr. Olivia Zeng is at the forefront of developing a portable solar power PV inverter system with battery energy storage.

With a 100W – 200W capacity and DC/AC inputs/outputs, the new system will have the ability to charge items such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers and lights without the use of electricity from the national grid.

Powerstar says the system will be in high demand for outdoor events, such as camping and festivals, as well as for tenants in rented accommodation who cannot install solar PV on their premises due to leasing restrictions.

The device will further enhance Powerstar’s energy storage portfolio, says the firm, which currently supports systems rated between 50kW and 10MW under the VIRTUE product line.

The product will also give the firm access to a wider range of business opportunities. Additionally, it can be used as a development platform for its high power VIRTUE energy storage solution. Solon Mardapittas, lead project scientist for VIRTUE, said: “Although Dr. Zeng has full control over her project, has developed it from her initial concept and will take it through to completion, we are supporting her every step of the way with the knowledge and expertise we have as one of the UK’s leading energy storage companies.”

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