Hanwha Q Cells launches Q.HOME ESS HYB-G2 energy storage system in Germany

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The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a bundled product that comprises a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER, the energy management control platform.

This new storage solution has been developed to help homeowners and small businesses make cost-saving decisions on their energy use patterns while take firmer control of how and when they store and consume their solar energy.

This latest iteration – which complements Q Cells’ existing All-In-One solution, the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 inverter, battery and management system – is initially sized at 4.0 kWh and can be scaled up to a maximum of 20 kWh capacity, at increments of 4 kWh each time. Such modularity makes the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 an ideal solution for end-consumers that may wish to start small with their storage, and scale upwards as and when required.

A smarter way to store and consume

By integrating a hybrid bi-directional inverter into the system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 battery can rapidly and efficiently adapt to the customer’s consumption needs.

Installation of the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 system is quick and simple, and its plug-and-play functionality means that consumers can begin enjoying the benefits of their energy independence immediately. The lithium-ion battery cells – supplied by Samsung SDI – and the single phase inverter – produced by Hansol Technics – are backed by a 10-year system and performance warranty for consumer peace-of-mind.

Supporting Germany’s storage revolution

Ever since paving the way for the world to adopt solar energy, Germany has since switched its sights to the next big hurdle on PV’s path – reliable and affordable battery storage. In August, Germany reached the major milestone of 100,000 storage systems installed nationwide, with the German Solar Trade Association (BSW) forecasting that this figure is set to double in the next two years.

While a large portion of Germany’s storage capacity is currently front-of-the-meter large-scale centralized storage units, a rapidly growing segment is the behind-the-meter market, which includes home storage solutions and smaller systems installed at small businesses up and down the country.

A range of different storage incentives exist throughout Germany’s federal states as the government has embraced the idea of enabling homeowners to store their own solar energy and help to not only aid the country’s Energiewende (transition from brown to green energy) but also support grid frequency regulation.

Owners of Q Cells’ Q.HOME ESS+ HYB G2 modular storage system can help play their part in this transition thanks to the Q.HOME MANAGER software solution, which delivers full monitoring and oversight of a consumer’s energy usage patterns via a user-friendly interface. This software can be installed as a smartphone App, thus ensuring 24/7 and instant control over one’s energy consumption, storage and grid feed-in.

Maengyoon Kim, Head of Sales EU and LAA at Hanwha Q CELLS, said: “Germany is once again leading the way in supporting and devising renewable energy solutions and, with Hanwha Q CELLS’ R&D technology headquarters located in Germany, we are proud to be supporting the country’s Energiewende with our complete solar and storage solutions.

“The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 energy storage system further cements the Q CELLS brand´s position as a full solutions provider of quality products not just for Germany’s competitive solar and storage market, but the entire globe. We intend to roll out this latest storage system into the rest of Europe’s leading markets in 2019, before expanding globally.”

The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 energy storage system will be exhibited at the Forum Neue Energiewelt, which is held between November 22-23 at the Maritim ProArte Hotel in Berlin, Germany. Hanwha Q CELLS is a platinum sponsor of this high-level renewable energy event.