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Electrical Storage Systems: Efficiency and Lifetime

This application note discusses the technical aspects of battery energy storage system design and operation and their influence upon system efficiency and lifetime. The various roles of electrical energy storage systems are discussed first in order to gain appreciation of the way these systems are used. This is followed by a discussion of the most common battery technologies and their aging mechanisms. Factors which affect the efficiency and lifetime of power electronics are also discussed, since power converter(s) and associated switchgear are essential elements and determine in part the performance of energy storage systems.