Vivint Solar is a Utah-based company that provides homeowners with simple and affordable clean energy. So, what’s different about them and the hordes of other companies doing the same thing? A Mercedes-Benz Lithium Ion battery home energy storage solution.
Mercedes-Benz makes batteries? Not unlike Tesla Motors, Mercedes-Benz sees the synergy for batteries in automobiles as well as in the home that uses alternative means of renewable energy—in this case with solar energy.
(Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)
Vivint supplies the solar panels, just as Solar City does, and takes care of all the installation and maintenance for the home. By using the Mercedes-Benz home storage battery, the size of a mini-refrigerator, the homeowner can put their solar power to work lowering their electric bill as well as supplying a steady source of electricity during power failures.
The Vivint/Mercedes-Benz team will be bringing this combination to the USA to begin efforts of a sustainable energy future. Mercedes had already been supplying batteries to Europe and South Africa.
The Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Grid is a proprietary energy management solution. Large-scale Mercedes-Benz energy storage systems are comprised of new lithium-ion batteries that are presently used in energy storage systems and are individually scalable up to 100 MWh. They are virtually identical to the batteries used in cars. (Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz)
The Mercedes-Benz batteries were developed for demanding electromobility applications employ the most stringent safety and quality standards imposed by the automotive sector. The batteries offer the homeowner an attractive purchase price thanks to economies of scale in automobiles. After all, the batteries for automotive and stationary use are manufactured by ACCUMOTIVE on the same production line at Daimler’s Kamenz site.
These battery modules have an energy content of 2.5 kilowatt hours (private) and 5.9 kilowatt hours (industrial). For use in the private sector, up to eight battery modules can be combined to produce an energy storage plant with a capacity of 20 kilowatt-hours—that can power a refrigerator for a week. The systems are fully scalable to requirements for commercial and industrial use as well.
Check out this video with some really interesting possibilities using this technology:
This EV/Home Solar combination of efforts makes electric vehicle manufacturers more environmentally friendly to buyers and will help grow the Home Solar market as well. This, coupled with the lower-priced electric vehicles on the way, will certainly accelerate the EV industry going forward as well as solar-powered homes. This is in spite of where I live in Arizona, and also in Indiana and some other states that are unfortunately reducing incentives for solar. Renewable energy can’t be stopped; it’s inevitably gaining momentum. It’s not just about the electric vehicle, but the whole support infrastructure as well.
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