Innovative Solar Storage on the Horizon


Solar energy storage has been sporadic at best. Now, a new agreement between Primus Power and Sanmina Corporation aims to change that with the EnergyPod, a reliable, portable distributed energy storage system.

According to GTM Research, the next six years will mark the beginning of a long-term, viable growth opportunity for commercial energy storage. And this will be driven in part by the growth of solar PV. We’re starting to see more developments in that area.

Earlier this week, manufacturing company Sanmina Corporation and energy storage company Primus Power announced a manufacturing agreement. Sanmina has agreed to manufacture and test Primus Power’s new development for storage of solar energy, the EnergyPod. The EnergyPod is expected to be a reliable, portable distributed energy storage system. 

“Three imperatives guided our selection of a production partner: manufacturing innovation, strong engineering and the ability to quickly scale to volume,” said Primus Power CEO Tom Stepien. “Sanmina’s production experience with complex power systems is a given. For complex grid-scale energy storage technology, it’s an added advantage to find a manufacturing partner with a deep understanding of our customers’ technical priorities and extensive reach into the energy ecosystem. Furthermore, Sanmina’s global footprint will enable us to distribute worldwide. We anticipate a long and mutually beneficial collaboration.”

“Sanmina is pleased to be working with Primus Power to solve one of clean technology’s most pressing problems—the cost-efficient storage of energy for smart grids,” said Sundar Kamath, senior vice president of corporate technology at Sanmina. “Working with clean technology customers for more than 20 years in the design and manufacturing of power systems, batteries and inverters gives Sanmina a unique ability to help companies like Primus Power bring new technologies to market quickly and meet global demand. Sanmina’s footprint of eight facilities here in Silicon Valley provides a complete solution for Primus Power.”

Primus Power’s municipal and investor owned-utilities, as well as military customers, will start receiving EnergyPods over the next few months.