This project is slated to include up to 30 home installations, each with a battery rated at 1 kW.

The Center for Commercialization of Electronic Technologies (CCET) and partners will install and test equipment in the Discovery Center which serves as the technology integration test and demonstration laboratory as well as a community outreach and education facility.

Two housing developments will be tested during the project. One will be an existing Houston community called Discovery at Spring Trails that is developing energy efficient homes equipped with solar units, residential energy storage (1kW, 12v Valence battery per household), and energy management systems. The experiments control group will be a neighboring community called Legends Ranch, which has not taken steps to improve energy efficiency.

• Improve grid reliability
• Create a template for an advanced demand-responsive Smart Grid community
• Refine a process for selecting the best location to monitor wind energy transmission
• Develop a suite of regional-level electric grid monitoring and load management
systems for wind power
• Enable consumers to better monitor and manage their energy usage and cost through Smart homes energy management systems

Lithium-ion Battery