About this project
Let’s face it, when it comes to the future of energy, something has to give. Conventional resources are limited and the grid is overburdened and unreliable. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are a critical part of the solution, but they’re also intermittent: limited to times when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. And large amounts of intermittent energy simply can’t be accommodated our current energy grid.
Fortunately, there’s a fix. One that reduces your energy costs and contributes to a self-healing, ultra-efficient energy grid. This single, elegant solution is Orison.
Orison gives you power over energy like never before. Whether you get your energy from the grid, a solar array, or some other source, you can now control when to store it and when to use it. Orison will automatically store energy when utility rates are low, and then use that energy to power your home or business when rates are high. During a power outage, it will automatically power your home or business and make sure none of your stored energy is sent back to the grid. By localizing your energy distribution, you save money and reduce peak demand on the grid.
If you have a rooftop solar array, you’re producing zero energy at night, and not enough during peak hours in the morning and afternoon. And that excess energy you generate during the middle of the day and sell back to the grid? It’ll soon be sold at a loss (or in some cases not at all) when new changes to metering rates take effect. What you need is a way to store the solar energy you produce so you can use it whenever you need it. Orison gives you the power to do just that.
Orison is highly intelligent and fully networked. Each unit is linked via the Orison Cloud. This integrated network uses data including utility rates, peak demand charges, weather, blackout alerts, your usage profile, and more to determine the optimal operating schedule for your device. The Orison Cloud also works collectively to make the energy grid as a whole exponentially more efficient—capable of handling the growing influx of intermittent renewable energy, without the high cost of infrastructure entailed by other solutions.
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When we say Orison is plug-and-play, we mean it. The future of sustainable energy depends on mass adoption. And the mass adoption of any technology begins with ease of use. That’s why we designed Orison to be as effortless to install and operate as possible. Simply plug it in like you would any other appliance, and you’re done. Orison automatically begins working. No permits, construction, or wiring required.
Orison’s mobile app gives you control over your system and access to its insights, wherever you are. In the event of a power outage, you’ll know exactly when it happens and when the grid is restored. And you can rest assured that Orison is powering your home in the interim. The app also lets you clearly see the money your system saves you on energy. You can easily program times for charging and discharging, and seamlessly add and manage multiple Orison devices for scaled power and savings.
Orison is expertly engineered to scale to your home or business’s growing energy needs. If and when your needs exceed the capacity of your Orison configuration, simply add one or more Orison Panel+ for a fraction of the cost. Increased storage comes at a decreased price.
Other home energy storage systems sound like a marvel—until you realize just how much installation will cost you. At Orison, our goal is to make the next generation of energy available to everyone, not just those who can afford to vacation in space.
The revolutionary power of Orison comes complete with a 10-year/5,000 lifecycle warranty. Orison’s performance is monitored in real time by the Orison Cloud. The moment a problem is detected with any system, the Orison team is notified. We alert you of the issue, immediately ship a replacement unit to your door, complete with a return package for the defective unit. Your power storage needs will barely miss a beat.
Who Can Use Orison?
Imagine a system that fits in with your space and lifestyle, saves you money today and helps build a secure energy world. Orison is a solution for any energy consumer, including homes with solar and businesses of all kinds and sizes.
Any Energy Consumer
Orison is the only plug-and-play energy storage system that allows every energy consumer, whether you own or rent a home, townhome, condo or apartment; have solar; or own a business, to be an active member of the energy revolution.
It’s only natural for you to want to minimize your energy bill. Orison allows you to reduce the effects of increased charges for electricity during peak demand.
When you use Orison, energy is always available to you. That means that anytime a blackout occurs and the electricity grid goes down you won't. Imagine not having to worry about whether you will maintain power in your home or business every time a storm comes through!
Every Orison owner also becomes a contributor to a clean, reliable energy future. Renewables are currently limited by the lack of available storage. The more people that use Orison, the more renewable energy that can be added to the grid. In addition, because energy storage can now be everywhere the grid then becomes more resilient and stable, which is the exact outcome that utilities and electricity producers are actively seeking.
Homes With Solar
A common theme for rooftop solar owners in many states and countries is the impending reduction of Net Metering Feed-In-Tariffs, the amount of money you receive when you sell the electricity you produce to the grid. The choice faced by rooftop solar owners is simple: either continue to sell the energy you produce at a considerable loss, or stop selling and use the energy you produce yourself.
Orison offers the ability to store rooftop solar energy locally, which is equivalent to buying and selling at the same price. Now you can access all the benefits of having solar along with those associated with Orison energy storage!
Businesses of All Kinds and Sizes
Whether you operate a shop, restaurant, hotel or an office, as a business owner you have to worry about many things. With Orison, electricity doesn't have to be one of them. Your bottom line can be improved by taking advantage of existing Time of Use rates and minimizing peak Demand Charges. You can also guarantee continuity of service to your customers during a blackout.
In addition to reducing costs and ensuring continuity, the Orison Panel is customizable. You can choose whether to apply your brand and look, or place them behind the fixtures and equipment you already have. Orison is your plug-and-play, smart energy business solution.
We believe a bright new future is possible. We’re innovative, visionary, and a little bit nuts. But when your goal is to spearhead a revolutionary movement in energy, a dash of crazy doesn’t hurt. We’re in this for the future of our planet. Because our vision is audacious, we count on one another to make it happen. We inspire each other to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.
Helming the Orison ship are three leaders with proven successes in renewable energy, consumer electronics, advanced aerospace systems, commercial land development, and more. Their combined industry experience has given them critical insight into effective energy storage distribution and networking on a massive scale.
Orison was borne of a shared realization: a future powered by renewable energy is only possible through the mass adoption of stored energy systems to alleviate strain on the grid.
With this revolutionary understanding in tow, our founders leveraged their decades of expertise in examining energy efficient buildings, alternative energy sources, and the power of networked systems. Combining these technologies, they sought to create small yet fully integrated energy storage systems linked together by a massive network we call the “Orison Cloud.” The Orison Cloud is engineered both to save consumers money and stabilize the grid against the rapid increase of intermittent renewable energy.
After refining the technical concept, developing a primary business model, interviewing loads of potential customers, and creating a business plan to finance the growth of the company, we can finally announce that Orison is poised to lead an energy storage revolution.
We’re currently developing fully functional prototypes that will enter beta testing in Q1 FY16. With your support, we’ll initiate limited production and UL certification in Q2 FY16, followed by manufacturing for commercialization!
It’s time to rethink the power of energy. Thank you for being part of the revolution.
Risks and challenges
We believe we have most of the regulatory hurdles covered and have started working with third party compliance authorities. However, there is still a certain amount of risk to be overcome. Our technology works as described and has already overcome some difficult hurdles. We recognize that innovations frequently bump into regulatory hurdles that must be adjudicated, which is why we are participating in this rapidly changing regulatory space. We will acquire UL certification before shipping. It is important to all of our customers and the future success of Orison.
We know there can always be hurdles along the way during product development. Our experience has allowed us to mitigate much of the risk, but it still exists. We will always be transparent with our community about challenges, including these:
Ship Date: We are confident we will ship by the projected dates, as we have already begun the conversation with manufacturers. While there is always a chance that things will take longer than planned, we believe our experience will mitigate this.
Product Changes: As we refine Orison based on additional community feedback and more product testing, slight changes may be made. We'll only make changes that enhance the product experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Two of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy are solar and wind. Solar is driven by the cyclical nature of the sun, and wind by constantly changing wind patterns. The challenge with renewables lies in accommodating this intermittency while meeting the increased demand for energy.
Orison stores energy when utility rates are low and powers your home or business when rates are high.
You control Orison through a mobile app to see your energy savings, and easily schedule times of charge and discharge.
The battery system is wirelessly linked together via the Orison Cloud network. The cloud is constantly pulling information such as utility rates, peak demand charges, weather, blackout alerts, as well as monitoring the health of the Orison unit.
In addition to the blackout alerts distributed from the Orison Cloud network, Orison is constantly scanning for early signs of grid failure. When a grid failure is about to occur, Orison instantaneously takes over to maintain power to all your appliances. Orison’s mobile app let’s you know when this happens and when the grid power is restored.
In everyday use, Orison actively monitors the electricity being used and only discharges that amount to ensure that no energy is back flowed onto the grid.
During grid disruptions, Orison isolates the circuit it is plugged into to ensure all of your stored energy is available for your use and none is sent back to the grid. No wiring modification is required.
Plug in a Orison Panel to every circuit you want protected in your home or business. If you have a large demand on a single circuit then you can expand your storage capacity on that circuit by plugging one or more Orison Panel+ into the Orison Panel. The + expandable units cost less by leveraging the power electronics and networking capabilities of the master unit.
For example, a modern, energy efficient refrigerator/freezer uses about one kilowatt-hour per day so a single Orison Panel would keep it going for two days in case of a blackout. If you wanted to ensure longer backup, adding one secondary unit could extend it to four days.
The number you install depends on how much energy you use per day and how many circuits you’d like to maintain operational during a blackout.
A UPS provides enough power to allow you to quickly shut down critical equipment, such as a computer, to prevent damage. For most typical computer workstations, one might have a UPS that was rated to keep the machine alive through a 15 minute power loss.
Orison provides enough power for you to keep using the equipment until power is restored. It also works to save you money on your electric bills every day through energy arbitrage, peak demand shaving and participation in demand response programs. Orison helps the grid remain stable as more renewable energy is installed on it.
Yes, Orison is 110-240V compatible.
Orison is designed to work around the globe.
Typical rooftop solar produces more power during the day than a home consumes and does not generate enough during peak energy consumption at night and in the morning. This means that the excess energy generated during the day is sold back to the grid, which will soon be at a loss when net metering rates change.
Instead of selling this energy back to the grid, Orison can save it for use when your solar is not generating and utility peak energy charges are high.
Orison can be charged at any time. Typically it is most efficient to charge at night, during the low-cost, off-peak hours.
If you have solar, Orison can charge during periods of excess energy generation and then discharge during peak usage periods when solar is under generating or is dormant at night.
Each individual Orison unit can only operate in one mode at a time. However, having multiple units can enable simultaneous charging and discharging.
Yes, Orison can operate on a schedule.
Orison uses advanced Lithium Ion battery cells that have been specifically designed for safety, long life and affordability.
All of our products will be UL certified and will not allow excessive current in wiring. This technology is unique to Orison and forms part of our competitive advantage so we cannot disclose details at this time. We look forward to making a white paper available in the future.
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