In the poolside backyard of his sprawling Herzliya Pituah home on Monday,
German- Israeli businessman Daniel Jammer launched a smart and constantly
communicative energy storage and production system that he feels could be an
answer to Israel’s – and the world’s – burgeoning energy shortage
Jammer was launching the “Energy Bank” of his company Nation-E,
a smart grid and energy storage system several years in the making at his firm.
The company announced in February its intention to open a global service center
in Netanya, where it hopes to be monitoring 1-gigawatt per hour worth of energy
storage internationally within the next five years.
“I would like to
start with a revolution,” said Jammer, Nation-E’s president, owner and
Picking up a standard, AA battery, Jammer explained that the
technology in such storage mechanisms is already a century old.
world is changing,” he said, now holding an approximately 50 by 30 centimeter
computer chipset board – an inside slice of one of his Lithium-ion
“This is smart energy.”
The lithium-ion battery storage
system would allow homes, hospitals, utilities and other institutions to produce
renewable energy from photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines on-site and
store the unused surplus, with the possibility of selling quantities of the
generated electricity back to the national grid, according to a company
Meanwhile, a communications system would allow the storage
battery to communicate through smart, web-based technology with the grid and any
other batteries on the same network to see what supplies are available when –
and always ensure a backup available to the consumer, whether an individual, a
hospital or a nuclear power plant.
While regulations do not yet exist for
Israeli homes to directly use the renewable energy that they produce – instead,
the energy from home solar panels and wind turbines gets sold entirely at the
moment to the grid – Jammer thinks that in the future, such policies will
change, as they already have in other countries.
In the meantime,
according to Jammer, the system can still serve as an integral backup mechanism
to utility companies or other mass institutions like hospitals and military
“All the world is facing severe energy problems,” Jammer
said. “Our world today is breaking apart. After Fukushima so many things
happened, people are changing, politics are changing, minds are changing,” said
Jammer, referring to Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster in 2011.
the system comes in various sizes, the energy storage unit in Jammer’s basement
was about 1.25 meters high by 1 meter wide in depth, and had a storage capacity
of 6.7 kilowatts per hour. With the system costing the customer about $2,500 to
$3,000 per kilowatt-hour capacity, an average-sized home’s system would cost
around $8,000 to $10,000, explained Nation-E CFO Andreas Stamatiou.
employing such a storage and monitoring system, Israel would be able to save
millions in energy costs each year as well as significantly reduce its carbon
dioxide emissions, according to Stamatiou.
The company also introduced
its Angel Car mobile charging system for electric cars, a charging apparatus
that can be installed on the backs of all types of service vehicles – service
trucks, planes, boats, and others – that can provide an instant recharging
station for stranded automobiles. In addition to providing power to cars that
have run out of charge, such a mobile station could provide off-grid energy
charging for Unarmed Aerial Vehicles that monitor the nation’s borders, the
While the intention of putting renewable energy
installations on people’s homes and into the national grid is very positive,
much of the energy can get lost if it is not used as soon as it is produced,
“If we do not manage it, if we do not distribute it at
the right time, if we do not store it, it is wasted,” he said.
world, people are producing power through renewable sources and wasting the
surpluses that cannot be used immediately, agreed Dr.
Gal Luft, executive
director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a Washington-
based think tank focused on energy security. Luft met Jammer at a conference in
Las Vegas on energy security about four years ago.
“We have to do better
with what we have,” Luft said.
A bank such as that of Nation-E can save
the electricity, however, by providing a storage system that can communicate
with other batteries smartly connected on the Nation-E network, Luft
Countries across the globe, like Israel, are coping with
electricity shortages and end up needing to buy diesel generators to make up for
their losses, something that would occur much less frequently by using a storage
and smart meter combination system, according to Luft, who called the use of
diesel generators “shameful.”
Jammer said that his company’s technology
is ready to be commercialized, and he said that specific pilot programs are
already ongoing in Kansas City and San Diego. He hopes to get an official pilot
program going in Israel soon, but first has to acquire the necessary government
approvals, which he said he expects to complete next month.
technology is ready, ready to be commercialized, ready to be shown to the market
and implemented into the grid,” Jammer said. “I’m absolutely optimistic that our
government here is going to understand the importance, the benefit and the
actual need of our system.”
While ambitions for achieving mass storage
and communications systems for energy are certainly valuable, one industry
expert expressed a bit of skepticism about the ENation system.
of the energy is both the most problematic and promising issue in this
industry,” he said, noting, however, that there are people developing these
types of technologies all over the world.
Although it is very positive
that Jammer is keen to get involved in the industry, the expert said that more
technical data must be revealed from the company, by scientists and engineers
and not just by businessmen.
Without detailed scientific and technical
information, such a platform might remain the work of “dreamers,” the expert
“In theory he is saying what everybody knows – that it has to
be battery technology and communication technology.
But we want to see
the data sheet,” the expert said. “We need to see what’s new about it. Where is
the revolution here?”