Solar and Storage Live 2020

Insights from Chief Data Scientist & Co-founder, Adrien Bizeray

Last December Brill Power attended Solar and Storage Live, our final virtual event of 2020. It was great participating in events like this throughout 2020, staying connected, sharing knowledge, and continuing to push for development and change.  

During this three-day virtual event, our Chief Data Scientist and Co-founder Adrien Bizeray participated on a panel discussing ‘The Importance of data in energy storage’. He was joined by representatives for CyberGRID, Enerox GmbH and Altelium.

During this lively discussion, it was clear that as new battery technologies are developed and the energy storage industry grows, that battery data and what can and is being done with it, is increasingly important.

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Three key questions surrounding battery data were highlighted on the panel:

  1. A lot of data is generated within the lifetime of a battery system from its development to its end-of-life. But what ability do industries and users have to access data related to their battery packs?
  2. What can be done with this data to bring value to end-users and future technological developments?
  3. There are both technological and commercial barriers to accessing and using battery data. How and who should store and manage battery pack data.?

With these questions in mind, it was a great opportunity to share views on what value can be unlocked with the ability to monitor and control a battery system at a granular level, as we do with our BrillMS.

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As an example, by accessing and analyzing battery data down to the cell level, energy storage operators and users can get a more granular and accurate diagnostics of their overall battery system’s health. This enables improved condition monitoring and predictive maintenance. Combined with Brill Power’s management and control technology, such advanced diagnostics and analytics algorithms can be used to optimally control the battery pack to counteract degradation. This results in the extension of the lifetime of an energy storage system and reduction of its overall cost.

A final and unanswered question from the panel concerned the barriers to accessing battery data and where the line is between “private” and “public” data concerning battery technology, or should there be a line in the first place?  For instance, it remains to be shown whether adequate incentives can be found to encourage cell makers and battery integrators to share more data with their end-users, or whether third-party organizations are needed to make this data more openly available.  A question that will become more debated as industries rely more and more on energy storage.

We are sure that there will be a lot more to discuss on this topic and others. We are already looking forward to upcoming events in 2021 to exchange further knowledge and experience.

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