Mercedes-Benz energy storage units for private homes finally hit the market.
5/23/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
It’s been awhile since Tesla Motors unveiled to us its Powerwall storage systems and, of course, other companies started exploring this market too – everyone wants to get his/her own slice of the pie.
And guess what?
Starting from now on, Tesla isn’t the only game in town when it comes to energy storage systems.
As of now, we have Daimler’s storage units.
Let’s learn more about it.
Stuttgart/Kamenz – Daimler AG has commenced deliveries of Mercedes-Benz stationary energy storage units for use in private homes.
A few words about the battery
Originally developed for the rigorous demands of automotive operation, the Mercedes-Benz energy storage units meet very high safety and quality standards. Up to eight battery modules with an energy content of 2.5 kWh each can be combined to produce an energy storage unit with a capacity of up to 20 kWh. Households with their own photovoltaic systems can therefore buffer surplus solar power with virtually no losses. By combining renewable energy sources with a local battery storage unit, private households can increase their self-consumption of generated energy to as much as 65 percent, thereby bringing about their own “private energy revolution”.
The lithium-ion batteries are being manufactured by the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE and distributed through selected sales partners and partner companies.
At present, the company’s partners include the energy service provider Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), the solar technology specialist SMA, as well as a number of wholesale traders. Their network of qualified specialist installers take care of providing the end customers with on-site advice, planning, compiling an individual quotation for all components and the actual installation. Stationary battery storage units are generally installed together with a photovoltaic system. Some 500 installers throughout Germany have already undergone training in collaboration with the partners.
Applicability of the battery
The concept devised by Daimler Business Innovation provides for a variety of applications. The systems are scalable, meaning that the lithium-ion battery units can be employed both in large-scale industry and in private homes. Three major projects centred on industrial energy storage solutions are already under development. Eventually, battery modules with a total capacity of over 29 MWh will be connected to the grid as part of this and marketed on Germany’s primary energy market together with specialist partners. The storage units serve to balance energy fluctuations in the German national grid.
The retail price for home electricity generation is calculated based on a customized package of system components. These may comprise the photovoltaic system, battery inverter, energy management and the Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit, plus the cost of installation.
“We can count on the support of expert partners for our sales of the Mercedes-Benz energy storage units. The ideal contact for the end customer is their local electrical specialist. We are convinced we can offer our customers an attractive product at a competitive price,” says Kröger.
Besides consulting a qualified specialist company, customers also have the option of placing their order directly with Mercedes-Benz (www.mercedes-benz.com/energiespeicher).
Daimler is always increasing its production capacities and investing some €500 million in the construction of a second battery factory at the Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE site in Kamenz. The new facility is due to be put into operation in summer 2017.