Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Vivint teams with Mercedes Benz on solar battery storage

Mercedes And Vivint Solar To Take On Tesla In The US Utah-based Vivint Solar to packages panels with Mercedes-Benz batteries
Kelvin Reese | 20 May, 2017, 04:11

Mercedes-Benz, however, has been selling battery systems in Europe and South Africa since early this year, according to The New York Times. The company builds 2.5kWh lithium-ion batteries in Germany, which can be interconnected to create a system as large as 20kWh.

Homeowners can use the battery packs to store solar energy in order to use at night or when grid rates are higher, or they can also use the system for backup energy in case of a power outage. Vivint, in turn, will allow customers to customize the storage system to individual needs to help conserve as much energy as possible.

What Mercedes is doing is marrying its home battery technology with Vivint's home solar panel business.

David Bywater, CEO of Vivint Solar, added: "The choice to work with Mercedes-Benz Energy, a world-class innovator in energy storage, was an easy one". Homeowners will have the same backup capacity as in the USA, and commercial customers are being given access to more power storage. "Three-quarters of households view battery storage as an important addition to solar panels". Homeowners with the Mercedes-Benz energy storage system can utilize the energy to power their homes during peak electricity consumption hours-usually in the evening.

"In the future when someone steps into a dealership and they are looking to purchase an EV, they are asking for several solutions and storage will be one of them", he said in an interview. A kilowatt-hour is the amount of electrical energy consumed when 1,000 watts are used for one hour. "We look forward to bringing this innovative solution to consumers, beginning in our California markets, and to empowering greater renewable energy usage". The company is responsible for the development and distribution of stationary energy storage under the Mercedes-Benz brand.

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Mercedes started selling battery systems in Europe previous year. Apart from the EQ brand with a family of vehicles, Mercedes-Benz is also developing a holistic ecosystem, which, alongside the vehicle itself, also comprises a comprehensive range of electric mobility-related offerings.

For now, Mercedes will leverage its partnership with Vivint to roll out its battery in California, but it could expand to other states based on consumer interest.

The partnership will allow both companies to compete with similar offerings from Elon Musk's Tesla, which acquired rooftop installer Solar City previous year, as well as Sunrun, LG Chem, and other clean energy firms.

Though the power rating of the Mercedez battery system can depend on the power electronics specific to particular installations, but in general it is 0.5 C up to 4 battery units. That doesn't sound too bad, and if the price is right, Mercedes-Benz could certainly break into the energy scene here in the US.

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