Renewable energy systems and products manufacturer Outback Power has introduced the Skybox, a hybrid energy management and storage platform, which will be scheduled for release in January 2016.
The all-in-one box allows PV systems and batteries to interact with the grid to manage self-consumption. The company touted the product as a way to reduce grid reliance. Skybox will integrate directly with the electrical grid and future high-voltage storage solutions, giving customers complete control of their energy consumption and usage. The new system is optimised to work with new and existing commercial and residential installations.
The Skybox is designed for compatibility with storage solutions between 300 and 500 volts from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Panasonic and others.
Drew Zogby, president of Alpha Technologies, OutBack’s parent company, said: “This new platform from OutBack Power gives people total control of energy management and power consumption in their homes and businesses. People are growing more aware of the options available to them, and true hybrid energy systems are the future. Skybox will allow energy use to be as intelligent and efficient as possible.”
Zogby continued: “We applaud Tesla and other leaders bringing a greater level of attention to the energy storage component of the industry that OutBack Power has been instrumental in developing and building for more than a decade. Moving forward, energy storage is a core element of our shared vision. Skybox is a direct response to both the demand for storage and the innovation we’re witnessing throughout the alternative energy sector.”
Mara White, product manager at OutBack Power, said: “The energy storage industry has seen numerous changes this year, and customers have more options than ever for alternative-energy installations. The market is trending toward giving consumers more control over the way they generate, store and use energy. OutBack Power’s Skybox is being designed and tested specifically to meet that demand and provide our clients with flexibility now and in the future.”