Global battery storage companies prepare to fight proposed Australian standards that could effectively ban battery storage from homes and garages, and put major dent into Australia’s claims of being first mass-market for the technology.
German battery maker Sonnen hopes to use its new solar and storage “free” electricity deal to muscle in on Australia’s peaking power market.
Draft guidelines to be released by Standards Australia suggest lithium-ion battery storage devices like Tesla Powerwalls should be banned from inside homes and garages, and only installed in separate “kiosks” or bunkers. It threatens to bring the industry to a halt.
With the first shipment of Tesla’s Powerwall 2 battery systems set to hit Australian shores, prices of home energy storage continue to tumble, shifting the target market from early adopters, to the “early majority”.
ACT, ARENA launch 3-year trial of eight leading battery storage technologies to see which works best for consumers.
Here’s a summary of new batteries and new energy storage systems that have been announced in Australia in June and July 2016.
GE buys stake in German battery storage maker sonnen, attracted to storage market and concept of “shared solar”, and following several oil majors into market.