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Sonnen fends off Asian firms in battery storage ‘league table’

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 12:29 -- John Shepherd
Sonnen fends off Asian firms in battery storage ‘league table’

Two Asian battery makers are challenging the dominance of Germany's Sonnen as the top provider of energy storage systems in the country, according to latest research.

Sonnen is still ranked No.1 in the annual ‘league table’ of home storage systems with a market share of 18%, according to an annual study compiled by Bonn-based market and opinion research institute EuPD. But South Korea’s LG Chem and China’s BYD are…

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Shell tightens grip on storage with Sonnen takeover

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Fossil fuel giant Shell has acquired 100% of German battery storage firm Sonnen for an undisclosed sum.

The move comes less than a year after Sonnen raised €60 million (US$70.5m) in a financing round led by Shell.

Shell said the deal, which is subject to various regulatory approvals, aimed to “accelerate the building of a customer-focused energy system in support of Shell’s strategy to offer more and cleaner energy solutions to customers”.

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Energy storage firms in global ‘Cleantech 100’

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The Cleantech Group has unveiled its Global Cleantech 100 list for 2019— the 10th iteration of the list— which includes more than 10 energy storage companies.

The annual Cleantech 100— which will be formally announced at the company’s (17th) annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco— is “a list of private companies with the highest potential to make the most significant market impact within a 5-10 year timeframe”.

UK-based residential energy storage firm Moixa is among those listed, following the firm’s expansion into the Japanese market in October 2018— where it its GridShare software alongside partners Itochu and Trende.

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Germany go-ahead for ‘virtual battery’ grid balancing plan

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Sonnen home battery system

German residential battery storage provider Sonnen and Swiss smartgrid developer Tiko have been given the green light to provide grid balancing using a “virtual battery” comprising home energy storage systems networked across Germany.”

Transmission system operator TenneT has pre-qualified the system— under which Tiko will deploy its real-time smartgrid network technology paired with Sonnen’s network of lithium iron phosphate batteries.

According to Sonnen, the company has “around 30,000 SonnenBatterie systems in Europe” for a total network capacity of up to 300MWh— enough to supply around 120,000 households with power for one hour.

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South Australia kick-starts home BESS finance scheme

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Steven Marshall

South Australia has launched a scheme to help finance the installation of battery storage systems in some 40,000 homes across the state.

Premier Steven Marshall (pictured) said subsidies would be worth up to AUD6,000 (US$4,200) per home battery system installed.

German battery storage company Sonnen is the first provider to benefit from the scheme, after it announced plans to manufacture its lithium iron phosphate battery storage systems at a former car manufacturing plant in the state.

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Fossil-fuel giants invest in battery storage

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:13 -- Xuan Zhong
Fossil-fuel giants invest in battery storage

Germany-based battery storage firm Sonnen and Israeli fast-charge developer StoreDot have secured cash boosts from the investment arms of two fossil fuel multinationals in separate deals.

Germany’s Sonnen has raised EUR60 million ($70.5m) in a financing round led by Shell Ventures— the private equity arm of oil and gas giant Shell.

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German, Korean firms top home battery storage ‘league table’

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:50 -- Xuan Zhong
German, Korean firms top home battery storage ‘league table’

German battery storage firm Sonnen has topped a ‘league table’ of home energy storage system providers on the European continent.

A survey by conducted by Bonn-based market and opinion research institute EuPD indicated Sonnen had a market share of 21% in 2017, followed by LG Chem (20%) and Varta Storage (10%).

 

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Sonnen set for Australia battery battle with Tesla

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:11 -- John Shepherd
Sonnen set for Australia battery battle with Tesla

German battery storage firm Sonnen is to open a major production plant in South Australia— squaring up to business rival Tesla in the ‘backyard’ of the US titan’s 100MW Powerpack battery project.

Sonnen confirmed to BBB it plans to manufacture 50,000 of its lithium iron phosphate battery storage systems over the next five years in Adelaide. The company will also switch its Australian HQ to Adelaide from Sydney.

 

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Blockchain tech trialled in international projects

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Blockchain tech trialled in international projects

Dutch electricity transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT is working with German battery storage firm Sonnen, Amsterdam-based energy company Vandebron and IBM to launch pilot projects integrating storage batteries into the power supply system via blockchain technology.

Blockchain, a platform developed by IBM, ensures the verifiability and transparency of the transactions of the small-scale batteries. It is expected to simplify how suppliers of locally distributed flexible energy provide services to support power grid operators in the future. 

 

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SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton
SONNEN grabs another Tesla employee as it expands into US

Rivalry between firms Sonnen and Tesla seems to extend beyond residential energy storage products to include employees. 

German residential energy storage system firm Sonnen has hired former Tesla Energy’s North American sales manager Blake Richetta.

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