German automaker Daimler has started deliveries of Mercedes-Benz energy storage units for private homes.
Daimler subsidiary Deutsche Accumotive manufactured the lithium-ion batteries, which are distributed via selected sales partners and partner companies in Germany.
The automaker’s partners include the energy service provider Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), the solar technology specialist SMA, and other wholesale traders.
Stationary battery storage units are generally installed together with a photovoltaic system. About 500 installers across Germany have already undergone training in alliance with the partners.
Mercedes-Benz Cars development electrics/ electronics and e-drive head Harald Kröger said: "There is tremendous interest in our energy storage units and we have already received numerous orders.
"Over the coming months, we will continue to expand sales both in Germany and on the international market."
The Mercedes-Benz energy storage units were originally developed to meet the demands for automotive operations.
Daimler said up to eight battery modules with an energy content of 2.5 kWh each can be combined to generate an energy storage unit with a capacity of up to 20 kWh.
Homes with their own photovoltaic systems can use these battery solutions to store excess power that is being produced and use it later.
With this technology, private homes or domestic consumers can and increase the consumption of generated energy to about 65% by combining renewable energy sources with a local battery storage unit.
The price of this system depends on the customised package of system components, including the photovoltaic system, battery, inverter, energy management and Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit along with cost of installation.
Kröger said: "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."
Image: Daimler energy storage solution model. Photo: courtesy of Daimler.