Storage software

Canadian Solar invests in battery storage software company Habitat Energy

Habitat Energy optimizes batteries in the UK and Australia, such as Arlington Energy’s battery storage asset (pictured). Image: Habitat Energy.

Renewable energy company and Solar Module Super League (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has invested in British battery storage software company Habitat Energy.

The company will offer Habitat Energy’s “enhanced technology solutions” for grid-scale battery storage assets, such as its trading platform, providing market opportunities for battery storage owners and developers wholesale and balancing.

The partnership will use Canadian Solar’s existing global network to provide additional solutions to renewable asset owners and developers, such as grid optimization and dispatch services.

At the same time, Habitat said in a statement that it would be able to strengthen its presence in the UK and Australia.

Habitat’s services combine algorithmic forecasting and artificial intelligence in its proprietary software, PowerIQ, which can also be applied to solar-plus-storage assets.

Canadian Solar’s managing director, Dr Shawn Qu, said the partnership will allow the renewable energy group to “continue to reduce risk and improve returns for project owners and investors, while contributing to a network smarter, more stable, cleaner and more powerful global electricity for the world. consumers. »

“Tomorrow’s power grid is not only built by renewable energy and battery storage, but is essentially driven by artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, cloud computing and many other technologies. “, Qu said.

The company announced last month that it also plans to launch its first N-type heterojunction (HJ) photovoltaic modules in the second half of this year, after completing construction of a 250MW pilot line for the product development at the end of 2020.