Humless recently introduced its 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM), the solar power industry’s first Energy Storage System (ESS) that intelligently manages the flow of electricity from any source for any use. It integrates with any existing grid-tied solar system and works with any manufacturer’s panels, PV inverters or batteries. Humless Universal enables simultaneous AC/DC coupling and is very expandable. In addition to solar PV storage applications, Humless energy storage solutions integrate well with wind and hydro.
Humless developed the Universal Energy Management system in association with developers of off-grid environments in South Africa. According to Humless, the demanding, harsh environments there provided us with a proving ground for adding energy storage in the US when the demand for solar retrofits is rising and the problems of solar without storage are becoming clear.
The advanced intelligent energy controls in the Humless Universal give the customer options to match grid needs/requirements such as load shaving, time of use, generator auto-start and smart outputs. The Universal connects fully stackable inverters and open-loop storage that can be expanded at a later date. Humless Universal retrofits with any current grid-tied PV system in the USA; and is more advanced in its ability to AC and DC couple from PV solar simultaneously. This provides intelligent energy management for customer power needs and microcycles the chemical energy storage less. This dramatically lowers electrical cost and extends battery life.
California Energy Challenge
While the state of California has led the nation in aggressive moves towards clean energy, resulting problems leave homeowners and businesses looking for solutions. 1) Forward-thinking solar PV homeowners now see the need to retrofit with energy battery storage to be more grid-independent during forecasted rolling blackouts. 2) As an aftereffect of the Paradise fire and subsequent bankruptcy, PG&E plans to cut off power if wind exceeds 30 MPH. This compels businesses with mission-critical power requirements to consider solar and other sources with managed storage. 3) Regional, State, and National tax breaks deadlines loom over those seeking the most cost-effective transition to solar power. 4) Tiered and peak-load pricing by utilities motivate customers to manage electrical costs with strategies such as peak-shaving and load-shedding.