Impact

BattMan market impact

The BattMan market impact is excellent in many applications, and can support many other application domains. Additionally, the market impact of the components from BattMan, such as the battery management systems themselves, the integrated photovoltaic systems, and the novel battery technologies are also critical elements of the exploitation potential of BattMan. For example:

 

Batteries and battery management systems

Batteries and battery management systems are the essential storage elements in any solar-powered application. These systems can be employed in a variety of different markets and applications, as will be described below, yet reliable long-term service of the battery and system is the common challenge for all of the applications. The BattMan project therefore focuses on battery management for solar powered devices and targets solar-powered off-grid street lighting (OSL) as a challenging demonstrator. The knowledge gained within this project, especially for the battery management system (BMS) and energy management system (EMS) parts, will be prepared so that it can be certainly used in a variety of applications.

 

Solar energy

Currently, solar energy is most sought after in developing countries, creating the fastest growing segment of the photovoltaic market. People go without electricity as the sun beats down on the land, making solar power the obvious energy choice. Indeed, governments are finding its modular, decentralized character ideal for filling the electric needs of the thousands of remote villages in their countries. It is much more practical than the extension of expensive power lines into remote areas, where people do not have the money to pay for conventional electricity. For example, India is becoming one of the world's main producers of PV modules, with plans to power 100,000 villages and install solar-powered telephones in its 500,000 villages. Mexico plans to electrify 60,000 villages with solar power. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Hospital Bulape serves 50,000 outpatients per year and is run completely on solar power, from air conditioning to x-ray equipment.

 

Automotive industry

The automotive industry is also focusing on solar power-driven devices. For example, a California based manufacturer Automotive makes hybrid cars with solar panels integrated on the roof of the car. The power contribution of the solar cells last for about 3 kilometres under Californian sun. If the car is used for commuting 30 kilometres a day, the solar energy already contributes 10 percent to it. With the solar plug-in, the car can be recharged through the solar panels on the carport or on the rooftop.

 

Healthcare domain

Solar-powered, battery-driven devices are also making inroads into the healthcare domain. The first solar powered X-ray machines was launched in 2011 after the ongoing clinical trials