Panasonic-developed battery storage technology, unveiled today
in Australia, will be available in New Zealand from this November.
Panasonics Home Storage Battery System brings more than 40 years of
accumulated expertise in lithium-ion battery technology to
Australia and New Zealand.
Panasonic New Zealand will be introducing a pilot program with
local retailers later this year. Stewart Fowler, MD of Panasonic NZ
commented, "While the number of homes with solar energy systems in
New Zealand is small (approx. 2% of 1.67m homes), the number is
expected to grow rapidly, putting Panasonic at the forefront of the
new category of Home battery storage for domestic use. One
of the benefits of the system is that if you already have a solar
energy system in place, the battery can be retrofitted to an
This turnkey home battery system stores excess electricity
generated during the day by solar panels to provide a reliable,
efficient base load for solar-installed households during peak
periods. Once fully charged from the day's sun, Panasonic's
lithium-ion storage battery produces a two kilowatt output for four
hours. It is an efficient and clean energy source benefitting
consumers and utilities alike.
Data shows that battery storage for solar households could
increase self-generation from 30 to in some cases as much as 60 per
cent. It also will provide emergency power for critical appliances
such as medical equipment, fridge or lighting in case of sudden
grid supply interruptions.
New ways for distributors and retailers to monitor
energy supply and demand
With the product's Demand Response Platform Software, retailers
can monitor its charge/discharge programs to help address pressures
and network inefficiencies across the New Zealand distributed
energy network. This system is good news for energy distributors
and retailers, reducing grid infrastructure expense, better
managing the time of use during peak periods and offering longer
term contracts and savings to the consumer.
One utility server can control up to 20,000 home storage battery
Helping consumers reduce energy bills
The slim standalone battery design stores surplus solar energy
that consumers can use during the day and night, helping reduce
their energy bills while providing a reliable backup during power
Panasonic's 40 years of accumulated know-how and expertise in
lithium-ion battery technology will be brought to bear to help New
Zealand to meet challenges facing its energy system.
The Home Storage Battery System will be on display at the
Australian Energy Storage Exhibition in Sydney from 3 - 4 June
About Panasonic Corporation
With more than 40 years history and sales of more than 10
billion lithium-ion cells, Panasonic Corporation has a global track
record of producing world leading battery storage technology and
innovation over many decades. Panasonic's Home Storage Battery
System has 8kWh usable capacity and 2kWh output, using lithium-ion
battery technology to maximise the benefit of Home photovoltaic
(PV) energy. It also includes programmed charge/discharge, remote
control charge/discharge and an emergency backup feature. It is
manufactured by Panasonic in Japan.