Before PVs became affordable, excess solar energy was stored thermally. Energy storage, both thermal and electrical, aids grid penetration of renewables and builds resilience on-site. We’ll look at passive and active thermal storage in advanced buildings, either integrated with the structure or as remote storage. We’ll also look at battery storage in an off-grid project and hydronic storage in a proposed small commercial project and show via an interactive model the effects of varying PV and storage capacity, and how storage increases the percentage of solar energy used on-site. Lastly, we'll discuss the integrated design process required to deliver these buildings.
Approved for 1 credit hour toward AIA (LU), BOC, GBCI (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), and NARI certification. Credit is offered for each full conference day toward MA CSL, PHI, Phius, and RESNET certification.
- Describe the grid generation issues inherent in widespread use of renewable electricity
- Describe the benefits of using energy storage, both thermal and electrical
- Compare the types of thermal storage and identify suitable approaches for a particular project type
- Assess the effects of increasing storage capacity and PV array size and how marginal benefits per additional increment decrease