New Home Energy Storage: Reduce energy bill and protect yourself from power outages


It looks like a simple floor lamp, or a sleek picture frame on the wall.

Inside lies a tantalizing future for household energy storage — a 2 kilowatt-hour battery that plugs into a standard wall outlet and can keep an electrical circuit hot for several hours or more if a power outage strikes.

The unproven concept for a plug-in-play battery was introduced Thursday by San Diego-based Orison during a forum at the University of California San Diego. Len Hering, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, praised the 2-year-old startup’s efforts in a news release.

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