CSI RD&D

CSI RD&D PROGRAM - CONCLUDED 

The California Solar Initiative's RD&D Program has now concluded after operating since 2008 through 2016. All solicitations and research projects are now complete.

 

 Report 
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 Program overview + Research briefs       

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 Program overview  [13 MB ]

 Research briefs  (high resolution)                     

 [44 MB ]


For more information on the research projects and resulting reports please review the section below. All completed final reports are also available separately for review and download. 

FINAL REPORTS for completed projects along with individual research briefs can be found here.

 

CSI RD&D Program - Program Evaluation 

 

 Report 
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 Report Summary       

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 Final Report  [3 MB ]

 Appendices           

 [4 MB ]

 

Funded Projects

This is a database of projects funded by the CSI RD&D. The project summaries are listed alphabetically below. You may also choose a subset of projects by clicking a keyword, or using the search function.


PV and Advanced Energy Storage for Demand Reduction

Current Highlights:

FINAL REPORT: PV and Advanced Energy Storage for Demand Reduction. SunPower, DNV GL, and Sandia National Lab. Prepared for CPUC. January 26, 2015.  PDF (3 MB) 

Project Information

Solicitation: Solicitation 2
Target Area: Improved Technology
Awardee: SunPower Corporation
Partners:
CSI Funding: $1,475,000
Match Funding: $937,990
Start Date: February 2011
End Date: January 2015
Status: Complete

Contact Information

Principal Investigator Name: Carl Lenox
Principal Investigator Email: carl.lenox @ sunpowercorp.com
Principal Investigator Phone: 510-260-8499
Grant Manager Name: Ann Peterson
Grant Manager Email: ann.peterson @ itron.com
Grant Manager Phone: 509-891-3185

Project Summary

The overall goal of this project was to demonstrate that the integration of PV and energy storage is of higher value than either technology alone. The project included tasks to increase demand reduction and verify benefits of solar coupled with storage, and also assess the reliability and performance of 2 different storage technologies. Ice Energy and ZBB are the two storage manufacturers participating in this demonstration project. This research undertook the following: 1) Determined if the combined value of PV and energy storage is of higher value to the commercial customer and utility than either one alone, and, 2) Assess storage capabilities, reliability and potential degradation of the technologies to assess lifetime characteristics. Kohl's in Redding, CA and the campus of the University of CA, San Diego provided the demonstration sites for this project.

Deliverables and Documents

Reports:

  • FINAL REPORT: PV and Advanced Energy Storage for Demand Reduction. SunPower, DNV GL, and Sandia National Lab. Prepared for CPUC. January 26, 2015.  PDF (3 MB)

  • Baseline Report: PV & Advanced Energy Storage for Demand Reduction. Jan 13, 2012. PDF

Presentations:

Initial Project Presentation. Feb 10, 2011. PDF

Project Activities

DateActivity
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Project Links

Tags: Solar Technology , Storage