BMW Cooperates With Solarwatt on Home Batteries

Solarwatt will begin promoting storage batteries from this autumn in cooperation with carmaker BMW amid an ongoing convergence of renewable energy and electrical mobility, the German photovoltaic agency introduced on Wednesday.

Under the deal, BMW will provide battery parts additionally utilized in its electrical automobiles for Dresden-based Solarwatt which can develop and assemble photovoltaic (PV) storage merchandise below the model identify Battery flex in Germany to enhance rooftop photo voltaic installations.

“We are delighted that, through our partnership with Solarwatt, we can make an additional positive contribution to bringing photovoltaics and electromobility closer together,” BMW government Eric Hamm mentioned.

As the value of battery know-how has come down, it’s turning into more and more economical for house owners to retailer surplus solar energy to produce energy sockets or warmth water straight, moderately than promoting it to grid operators.

Solar energy can be used to produce warmth pumps or cost electrical automobiles, serving to to cut back international warming by changing energy generated by fossil gasoline.

Solarwatt is investing EUR 100 million (roughly Rs. 890 crores) up till 2025, for instance on manufacturing strains and complementing Battery flex with clever software program to handle power flows round the home to assist reduce prices and lift households’ self-sufficiency.

It may also provide installations, metering, insurance coverage, and tax recommendation and widen gross sales channels.

Solarwatt is majority-owned by Stefan Quandt, who owns almost half of luxurious carmaker BMW together with his sister Susanne Klatten.

The German battery market is at the moment led by Solarwatt rival Sonnen, a part of Shell.

German solar energy provide within the first quarter 2021, at 7.24TWh, held a 5.4 % share of whole energy grid volumes, Fraunhofer Institute information confirmed.

Solarwatt offered 16,000 PV techniques final yr in Germany alone and reported turnover of  EUR 120 million (roughly Rs. 1,070 crores).

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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