The question of what to do with excess photovoltaic energy generated from solar arrays could yield new opportunities for the use of power management systems in the renewable energy industry.
According to NanoMarkets, there are a number of inroads arising due to the need to store energy once it has been created in photovoltaic arrays.
The analyst explains that basic storage systems like lead-acid batteries are now being surpassed by more modern, higher density power management systems and sub-grids.
However, the issue is not limited to a single solar installation; rather, it is a new kind of challenge for utility suppliers facing a varying rate of power generation depending on where it is daytime or where there are clear skies.
This new kind of inconsistency in electricity generation is not something that grids have historically been designed to cope with, NanoMarkets says.
As grids are given the intelligence needed to cope with the different rates of power production, the opportunities NanoMarkets recently identified for the inclusion of sensors in such systems may emerge as expected.