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“Brand is powerful – after a home and a car, a tens of thousands of dollars worth of PV / storage is one of the bigger purchases a family will make.”
February 27, 2020
pv magazine asked Panasonic as part of our profile series about the recent boom in new memory companies and new memory products.
All of the data points suggest that we are on the verge of massive growth in energy storage.
The EverVolt home battery from Panasonic went into production this year after being in beta testing for a while.
The household energy system comes in two sizes: 11.4 kilowatt hours and 17.1 kilowatt hours, depending on how many of the 55-pound batteries are integrated into the field-serviceable housing. These systems are intended for indoor use.
The devices are available in DC or AC-coupled versions and can therefore be retrofitted to an existing solar system if required.
When it comes to a system that combines solar and storage, Panasonic is one of the few suppliers that builds both silicon solar cells (based on Panasonic’s HIT technology) and NMC batteries.
When asked about the apparent marketing of energy storage products, said Daniel Glaser, Panasonic’s senior sales engineer pv magazine“Brand is powerful – after a home and a car, a tens of thousands of dollars worth of PV / storage is one of the bigger purchases a family will make.”
Factors like Panasonic’s longevity as a company or the ten-year warranty could be the reasons for buying a system, suggested Glaser, and not just any technical specification.
Glaser said that “at some point, solar-plus storage will be like air conditioning or air conditioning” – but right now it’s an “emotional sell” amid utility shutdowns and the threat of global warming.
Some of the energy storage companies we covered recently:
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