The lithium-ion, battery-based home energy storage units — which are being manufactured by Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE — are based on the technologies developed for use in electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The new home energy storage units are currently available via a Germany-wide network of sales partners and distributors — which includes the energy service provider Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), the solar technology specialist SMA, and others.
“There is tremendous interest in our energy storage units and we have already received numerous orders. Over the coming months, we will continue to step up and expand sales both in Germany and on the international market,” commented Harald Kröger, the Head of Development Electrics/Electronics and E-Drive Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The press release from Daimler provides more information:
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.
…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%, thereby bringing about their own “private energy revolution”.
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.
Kröger added: “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.”
Those interested in placing an order directly with Daimler can reportedly do so here (www.mercedes-benz.com/energiespeicher), but the link is just redirecting to the homepage for us.