Panasonic to launch battery storage system for Australian market

Japanese electronics giant, Panasonic, is set to announce its battery storage rollout in the Australian market, along with its plans with “some of” Australia’s leading energy retailers.

The product rollout, scheduled for Tuesday in Sydney, will likely include Panasonic’s 6.8kWh PV-battery storage system.

Panasonic is a partner with Tesla in its massive “gigafactory”, the first large-scale battery storage manufacturing plant. It also provides the battery cells for its Tesla Model S electric vehicle.

Its move into the Australian market follows the announcement by Tesla last month of its battery storage productwhich has been followed by expected rollouts from a number of providers, including LG and Trina Solar.

Panasonic, which also makes solar modules, recently announced that it will unveil its new battery storage system at the InterSolar conference in Germany in June.
Panasonic SESS

Diagram of Panasonic’s Smart Energy Storage System (SESS). (Image via Panasonic.)

Panasonic describes the 1.4m x 96.6cm x 27.8cm system as “the perfect complement to existing and new solar systems on residential buildings”.

It says the AC-coupled, single-phase system contains long-established, high-performance lithium-ion batteries from Panasonic and has a storage capacity of 6.8 kWh.

“During development Panasonic has also taken into account the interests of energy suppliers that are developing ever-increasing decentralised energy supply solutions using third party regenerative systems.

“By interconnecting and benefiting from private storage systems energy suppliers can increase the flexibility of their energy supply. Storage units contribute to network stability and allow load management, so that investment in the development of local networks can be reduced.”

Panasonic first entered the residential energy storage in Europe in mid-2012, when it released a 1.35kWh module that was usually sold as a 5.4kWh system (four modules).

It said at the time that the storage system “will also enable households to reduce the dependence on grid power and facilitate the further spread of green energy.”

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Giles Parkinson


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