FAQs

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With an energy storage system you get independence from the grid, lower electrical costs and protection against grid instability (eg blackouts, flickers). If there is a photovoltaic system, it will be complemented, storing the energy generated during the day for use at night or when its period of maximum demand occurs, when prices are more expensive.

What is the interconnection process?

Until today, energy storage systems do not require interconnection permits or procedures with the electricity supplier. Since the systems are connected behind the meter or BTM (for its acronym in English), there is no interaction with the general distribution network. This allows for a quick connection and instant savings generation.

What is rush hour?

The supply and demand of electricity varies during the year, day and hour. The higher the power demand from the grid, the higher the maximum power requirements that the utility must maintain to support primary and rotating standby generation facilities. As you might guess, this gets expensive, so generally a homeowner will pay more for energy used during Peak periods than off-peak periods. Most commercial and industrial consumers have a 24-hour demand charge (Distribution) and also a Peak demand charge (Capacity) which is generally higher. Peak periods in the national electricity system change depending on the region. For GDMTH clients in the SIN, peak hours during the summer period are from Monday to Friday from 8 to 10 pm and from 6 to 10 pm in winter.

What is a piquera plant?

Utility companies size their generation to meet average demand. A piquera plant is an excess capacity power generation plant that can be started and stopped to meet the peak power requirements of the grid (during Peak hours). As you might guess (again), this gets expensive and polluting. Reducing pique plant requirements is a great first step towards reducing our collective carbon footprint.

What is peak shaving and how does it fit into energy storage?

During times of increased demand for electricity, such as when air conditioners are turned up on hot days, customers are charged additional fees by the electricity generating company as they have to increase electricity production to meet demand and this is very costly. Electricity prices are broken down into hourly rates, Base, Intermediate and Peak. This means that depending on the moment when the energy is consumed, the price changes. In the same way there are specific charges (Capacity) that are linked only to WHEN a user consumes electricity. These charges occur during Peak hours for industrial and commercial customers at GDMTH, DIST and DIT rates.

Since energy storage allows customers to decide when to buy and when to use energy, they can modify their consumption curve, consume less during peak hours and reduce the amount of the bill. Customers naturally buy electricity at off-peak prices for use during peak times. For commercial and industrial customers these savings can be significant (40% of the electric bill).

Why should you choose Quartux over other energy storage solutions?

When you work with Quartux, you choose state-of-the-art technology, but more importantly, a company with local experience that adjusts to any external change or internal need. Quartux energy storage systems not only have state-of-the-art technology, but are also controlled by their own software, developed specifically for the Mexican electricity sector. These systems are best suited for current and future energy needs, providing peak switching, load shedding, backup, and islanding capabilities with the ability to connect to the grid for both power and power. Quartux customers own their system, keeping all discounts, incentives and savings for life while remaining part of a national network. We support licensed contractors and solar installers with reference installation diagrams and all necessary material for interconnection, permitting and incentive programs. This ensures quick and safe installation and commissioning of our systems so that customers enjoy the benefits of lower electricity bills right away.

Can I use a Quartux energy storage system without a renewable energy system?

Yes. The energy storage system can be charged at the time of the lowest electricity rates and fed back to the plant's main service panel during peak periods. In this scenario, the customer cannot take advantage of accelerated depreciation, but can save up to 40% on their electric bill.

How and where is a Quartux energy storage system installed?

Systems can be installed indoors or outdoors. At Quartux we offer a "turnkey" solution, so the design, installation and start-up process is carried out by us.

Can I finance a Quartux energy storage system?

Yes. There are multiple options to finance your Quartux energy storage system. Check out some of the approved financing programs for a Quartux storage system and ask your local consultant what options can be provided.

How does control software affect battery life or warranty?

The controls affect how a battery is used. The useful application of the battery has a direct impact on the useful life in the system. In order to generate the highest possible profitability in battery systems, our control software imposes State of Charge (SOC) limits that are on the verge of accelerated degradation.

The economics of an application have a direct impact on the controls, since the controls are responding to prices and schedules. Spending time at high or low SOC limits, operating at high power, or running a system in hot conditions can accelerate its degradation.

Will a Quartux energy storage system reduce my carbon footprint?

Yes, by storing solar energy and using it at night you are offsetting what is in most cases electricity generated by fossil fuels. Check out this calculator from the US Environmental Protection Agency

Even if the storage system is not used with a solar generation system, the environment will be supported by stopping consuming energy generated by the piquera plants that are polluting and expensive.

How long will a Quartux energy storage system last?

The system is designed for a 15-year lifespan and a 10-year warranty is available. At the end of the battery cells' life, we can replace the battery modules at a fraction of today's lithium-ion costs without removing the enclosure, inverter, and conduit. The system is designed for ease of service or upgrade through a rack-mounted cabinet. Customer must maintain guaranteed performance monitoring

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Why is energy storage important?

Energy storage fundamentally improves the way we generate, deliver and consume electricity. Energy storage helps during emergencies like storm power outages, equipment failures, or accidents. Today the innovative nature of energy storage is its ability to balance energy supply and demand instantly, in milliseconds, making energy networks resilient, efficient and cleaner than ever.

Why do we need energy storage?

The main benefits are:

Risk of power outages: Today's power grid is increasingly vulnerable to threats from nature, terrorists, and accidents. Millions of Mexican families and businesses are victims of outages (both sustained and monetary) each year. Power outages cost up to $200 billion annually, while hitting the commercial and industrial sectors that create jobs the hardest.

Clean energy integration and energy independence: Energy storage supports the integration of renewable energy generation. Energy storage can also help reduce emissions as it removes more of the burden from fossil fuel generation. The generation of the piquera plants is one of the most expensive and polluting aspects of the network, so making renewable generation able to provide energy during these periods will help reduce emissions and avoid costly new installations, contributing significantly to our environmental priorities. .

How will energy storage reduce energy costs?

Energy storage can lead to cost savings in two main ways. The first is by reducing the overall cost of providing electricity. The second is to allow customers to avoid premium (or "peak demand") pricing. Industry experts call this saving money on "both sides of the electric meter."

Is energy storage clean?

Yes. Energy storage has no direct emissions. No plumbing required. Their systems generally require a minimal footprint. In the same way, energy storage will help reduce emissions, since it removes more load from traditional generation or allows it to operate more efficiently.

Can energy storage technology work with all fuel sources? How?

Yes, energy storage systems are "neutral fuels". Whether electricity is generated from oil, gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, or other sources, energy storage captures excess electricity at high efficiencies for optimal use during outages, after hours. peak or when effective network management is a challenge.

How is grid-scale energy storage useful?

Energy storage is necessary on an industrial or grid scale for three main reasons. The first is "load balancing," to shift power consumption into the future, often by several hours, so that existing generating capacity is used more efficiently. The second reason is to "bypass" power, in other words, to ensure there is no interruption in service for the seconds to minutes required to switch from one power generation source to another. Finally, power quality management, controlling voltage and frequency to avoid damaging sensitive equipment is a growing concern that storage can alleviate when needed, for a few seconds or less, many times a day.

Is energy storage technology safe?

Yes. Energy storage has been part of the US electrical grid since the 1930s. In fact, energy storage accounts for about 2% of US generating capacity. And it enjoys a safety record similar to or better than other methods of generating, distributing or managing electricity.

How big is the energy storage market?

Energy storage systems account for about 2% of US generating capacity. That percentage is growing significantly, especially with the arrival of more renewable energy. Pumped hydroelectric power has played an important part of our electrical grid since the 1930s. Today, however, electricity from wind, solar, and other "intermittent" sources has created urgent needs for additional energy storage.

According to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, the US market deployed 310.5 MW in 2018, a 44% increase from 2017 as costs fell and capacities continued to improve. They project that annual deployments in 2024 will reach 4.4 GW, and a market of $4.7 billion.