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Mercedes-Benz Ready To Sell Residential Storage Batteries In UK

Mercedes Benz Energy is now ready to begin sales of its residential storage batteries in the UK. The company can coordinate the design and installation of a complete system, including rooftop solar panels.

Based on the lithium-ion battery technology that Mercedes-Benz has used to power 80,000 hybrid and fully electric vehicles since 2012, Mercedes Benz residential storage batteries are now ready for sale to customers in the UK. Up to 8 battery modules, each with a capacity of 2.5 kWh, can be combined to create an energy storage system with a capacity of 20 kWh. Industrial applications have even greater scalability.

Using an energy storage system from Mercedes-Benz Energy, households with their own solar energy systems can store surplus power with virtually no losses. By combining renewable energy sources with a battery storage unit, households can explore the potential of their own “private energy revolution,” as Mercedes-Benz put it.

Prices for residential systems depend on the components of a customized package selected by the customer. A typical system consists of solar panels, a battery inverter, an energy management system, and the Mercedes-Benz energy storage unit itself, plus the cost of installation.

Mercedes Benz energy storage battery“A network of qualified partners and distributors makes planning and installation easy. At present, Mercedes-Benz Energy is working in the UK with distributors such as Alternergy, Innasol and Wind & Sun, as well as with partners who offer a complete system installation, such as Solar Frontier,” Mercedes notes. “The latter’s network of qualified installers can advise customers on-site, make offers on all components and manage all planning and installation. Stationary battery storage systems are generally installed together with solar panels.”

But do people really want Mercedes-Benz batteries in their garage? Apparently.

“There is tremendous interest in our energy storage units in the UK. We’re very pleased to be able to offer Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Home to customers here,” said Marc Thomas, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Energy.

There’s no word in the press release or on the product site regarding price. We’ll assume the system is free.

Customers can find out more about having a Mercedes-Benz energy storage system in their home and find local installers at — apparently, installers are the ones who will tell you how much some batteries with the Mercedes-Benz logo on them cost in your situation.

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