Saft provides smart battery storage for Schuco's intelligent solar energy management solution13. June 2012 | By: Saft
Saft is providing Lithium-ion (Li-ion) based smart storage solutions for Schuco's innovative Energy Manager in-building PV energy storage system. The new system, on show at Intersolar 2012, will be made commercially available this summer.
Schuco is a leading provider of in-building energy management solutions including photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal systems. The Energy Manager is already receiving a high level of interest from operators who want to optimize their on-site generation and use of solar electricity. As a result, Saft estimates that there could be a need for several thousand battery systems a year for Schuco.
"Smart energy management solutions demand smart energy storage," says Dr. Thomas Schlenker head of the technical department New Energies at Schuco International KG. "Saft's leading Li-ion technology, engineering competence and industrial capability make a vital contribution to the efficiency and reliability of this leading-edge solution."
Schuco Energy Manager provides intelligent control of a building's energy
The Schuco Energy Manager intelligently determines if energy should be stored, consumed or sold back to the grid. The system control unit detects how much self-generated electricity is available and combines this information with data from external sources. Electricity is only exported when production exceeds storage capacity.
The system has undergone extensive functional tests and is being certified by German authorities in order to comply with stringent safety rules.
Two customer options of 4 kWh and 8 kWh
The battery system for Schuco comes in two sizes for the customer of 4 kWh and 8 kWh. They have been developed to offer extremely efficient and flexible energy storage all year round to support the highly dynamic charge and discharge cycling profiles found in renewable applications, with the added advantage of a 20 year service life.