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.
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.
Panasonic’s new 5.3kWh lithium-ion batteries will be available to Australian households from December.
In good news for Australian renewables – and perhaps even better news for a nervous US market – Deutsche report names “detrimental solar policy” as one of biggest drivers of global battery storage market, which it says has reached an inflection point.
The latest Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory will begin production of cells and modules in 2017 at the firm’s acquired Buffalo site in New York.
Here’s a summary of new batteries and new energy storage systems that have been announced in Australia in June and July 2016.
Panasonic expects its annual sales of auto-related lithium-ion batteries to more than double within 3 years owing to demand for Tesla’s products.