Panasonic’s grip on the Australasia market has tightened with the launch of its lithium-ion home storage system onto the New Zealand market.
The 8Kwh system can be linked to a domestic solar energy supply or used to store energy from the grid for uninterruptible power, or peak shaving.
The batteries also allow aggregated service providers, including utilities and energy communities, to remotely control them to manage grid frequency at peak times.
The battery module can discharge in temperatures from -10 to 40oC at a maximum height of 1,000 metres.
Panasonic New Zealand’s managing director Stewart Fowler said: “Energy providers can use it to meet fluctuating energy demands by using our smart demand response solutions, without having to invest in further infrastructure.”
The launch comes after Panasonic unveiled a home storage battery in Australia and a similar product in its native Japan last year.
Panasonic has partnered on the launch with Jennian Homes and Solarcity— the chairman of which is Elon Musk, whose firm Tesla recently launched the rival domestic ESS ‘Powerwall‘ in Australia.
New Zealand has more than 8,000 homes with solar panels.