Energy & Power
EcoBlade is Schneider Electric’s new scalable energy storage system
By Anthony Capkun
December 7, 2015 – Schneider Electric has unveiled a scalable energy storage system for domestic, IT, industrial or commercial environments, and for the grid, called EcoBlade.
Powered by Li-ion batteries, EcoBlade consists of blades the size of a 30-in. flat screen, weighing under 25 kg. Each blade contains a “smart connected” battery module that is ready to use in standalone mode. In a home equipped with solar energy converters from solar panels, for example, individuals can use the energy generated by an EcoBlade for personal consumption or resale on a micro-grid.
The blades may also be used in racks connected to grids, data centres, buildings or secondary electric power stations with much larger storage needs. At the highest level, the blades can be integrated into containers to provide multi-MWh and complementary energy management services for the entire grid.
Each EcoBlade is integrated into the ecosystem of Schneider solutions for electricity, relying on the Struxureware software suite of cloud-based integrated service modules in particular. EcoBlade will be available in 2016 with a projected price of below $500 US/kWh.