Mercedes Benz is offering residential storage batteries to UK customers.
The modular system can host up to eight battery units, each with a capacity of 2.5kWh, to provide a maximum of 20kWh of storage for domestic use.
The car manufacturer says the technology, which it has been using in its electric vehicles and hybrids for some time, can be scaled up for industrial applications.
It says the lithium-ion technology is safe, reliable, noiseless and long-lasting and can be used in conjunction with solar panels to optimise energy use.
The company says it will enable consumers to generate and use their own clean energy to greater effect, as well as to protect themselves against fluctuating electricity costs and supply shortages.
The total price of the unit has yet to be disclosed publicly but a typical system consists of solar panels, a battery inverter, an energy management system and the energy storage unit itself.
Daimler, the owner of Mercedes Benz, has accelerated its electric vehicle expansion by investing in a charging solutions firm.
The UK’s first domestic vehicle-to-grid unit is to be installed at a home in Loughborough.
ELN visited Barcelona last year to find out about Nissan’s energy storage technologies.