BMW Looking To Enter Battery Energy Storage Market

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Deutsche ACCUmotive (Daimler's subsidiary) energy storage

Deutsche ACCUmotive (Daimler’s subsidiary) energy storage

BMW Blog detected unofficial reports from Germany that BMW is preparing to launch lithium-ion energy storage systems for households this year.

Well, Daimler already did it through its subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive, whose main task is to also produce battery packs for Mercedes-Benz plug-ins, so why not BMW too?

Truthfully, BMW and probably all the other electric car manufacturers, don’t have much choice – they gain competitive advantage in building battery packs, and they will also collect old pack from cars for reuse before recycling anyway, so an ESS is a natural next step (for both new and old batteries).

“BMW wants to develop lithium-ion batteries as a new business in the field of private energy storage. WirtschaftsWoche reports that Munich is planning to offer intelligent controlled power devices which will make households independent of the public power supply. The current battery with a capacity of 22 kilowatt-hours can be combined with a solar heating system, which allows the later to use its own energy produced instead of the usual feeding into the grid.”

It is truly only going to get more and more crowded and competitive in the ESS market.  Could someday this segment for small scale operations almost be totally dominated by used plug-in vehicle batteries?

Source: BMWBLOG.com

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20 responses to "BMW Looking To Enter Battery Energy Storage Market"

  1. Paul says:

    The (smart) electricity grid will change more because of EVs then most utilities realise.

    1. jerryd says:

      The retail battery market is likely to be as big as the EV market because utilities are getting mean and greedy, will drive it faster.
      How is simple, higher utility fees/prices pay for the battery, generator/heater needed to leave the grid.
      But they will have to sell them in tight margins as they need to be under $200/kwhr retail to be cost effective under
      $.20/kwhr.
      And they will compete with EV batteries both in the EV’s used to power homes, businesses and after they crash, used the same way.
      As for BMW, other EV producers unless they own the vehicles, they have no right to the battery packs after a crash or worn
      out.

      1. Alpha777 says:

        That’s true, base monthly charges will pay for a battery over 10 years.

    2. Alpha777 says:

      Oh, and Thanks TESLA!

  2. ModernMarvelFan says:

    ESS market is also a good hedge for EV bet. If the production has excessive capacity, then ESS can absorb it.

    Also, recycled EV battery can be a cheap alternative for ESS market for secondary or low cost residential market.

  3. Two years ago, I was invited to a Grid Smart City meeting. Over 60 people there. Local Distribution Operators (LDO), saw Home Energy Storage as “Scamming the system!” They figured if we charge up in lowest ‘off peak’ rates, and eliminate, or even reduce, ‘on peak’ consumption because of smart home power management, that we would be a threat to their profitability!

    This was in the ‘Un-Regulated’ markets of Ontario, Canada, where each LDO is trying to scratch their way to big profits, and whereas British Columbia has one Energy Monolith for Electricity (BC Hydro), Ontario has something like 60 to 80+ LDO’s!

    1. evcarnut says:

      Yes ! They are ripping us (Ontario Canada) 0ff BIG TIME! They sell excess wind & Hydro((Niagara Falls)) electricity to the USA for 2 to 3 cents a kw, & 82 to 88 Cents a KW to Ontario residence.. The Thieves ! THIS IS CRIMINAL!!!

    2. Cavaron says:

      Will get worse for them – why charge off-peak if can charge by your own solar system (or wind, or water…)? Why be connected to the grid at all?

      1. jerryd says:

        Cavaron, great point. And the one striking fear in the hearts of utilities.
        As batteries come down to $200/kwhr retail and they could be sold for that now, there are few places that need the gird.
        One can use lead at under $100/kwhr until then as by the time you need a new pack, lithium will be under $200/kwhr retail.
        Just a clean fueled generator/co-gen heater, a battery pack, cheap heat storage solves any offgrid need cost effectively.
        Then add other sources as the site has like wind, solar, solar CSP with biomass, storage backup, biomass, clean bio/waste/syn
        fuels.
        These will shortly be available in plug and play where you plug it into a 240vac stove/dryer outlet after turning off the main breaker to the grid and at very reasonable prices.
        And the way the utilities are acting will only make it happen faster.

    3. Someone out there says:

      Well that’s just stupid. They set the prices, if the night tariff is too low just increase it!

    4. Lindsay Patten says:

      I think that, like in Europe, the peaker plant operators are the most vulnerable to customer peak avoidance. Peaker plants will run at lower and lower capacity factors, becoming more and more expensive. Some countries now have to pay for capacity instead of production to avoid peaker plants going broke.

  4. Scott says:

    Awesome, the more the merrier. We need cheap and available home storage. Particularly in AZ where roof top solar and net metering is running counter to political donors.

  5. Three Electrics says:

    For near-future energy storage my bet is on CAES and LightSail Energy. However, they don’t offer a residential system, so you’re stuck with batteries even though they double to quadruple the cost of residential electricity in most markets.

    Long term, electricity will be so cheap you’ll want the cheapest storage system available, which will likely be CAES for stationary storage, and hydrogen if you want it in portable form (as for fueling your car).

    1. jerryd says:

      Three, I think CSP and/or biomass/waste/etc heat driven motor/generators with heat storage which can supply power, heat 24-7-365 will be big.
      Why is it requires little battery or inverter as the alternator can generate into the grid naturally.
      Just a 1-5kw low temp heat engine like an A/C compressor run in reverse, even built on the same assembly line fed with whatever heat is available.
      Cost other than the solar collector and storage, no different than a home central A/C unit and about the same size.

  6. ffbj says:

    Means of production should be held by all of the people.

    1. Alpha777 says:

      Monopoly Pricing or Communism!

      After ATT, Verison, Comcast, Exxon, etc…
      The choice is clear.

    2. Someone out there says:

      That model has failed every single time it has been tried.

  7. jmac says:

    Just twenty years ago, if you had said that car companies would be making electric home storage units, the experts would have said you were nuts.

    The Electric Revolution may be coming a lot faster than the fossil fuel luddites can even imagine.

    1. evcarnut says:

      Yea! Twenty five to Thirty yrs ago if you bought bottled Water people would have thought you were nuts! l o l …

    2. jerryd says:

      jmac they were talking just about doing that then and in the 70’s so this isn’t new.
      Ford had a production EV it sold, the E-Ranger, that did V2G 20 yrs ago.
      All batteries other than lead were to be used for storage.
      I have Ni-Cad batteries that are 50 yrs old and still put out rated power as will NiFe so it isn’t like batteries were not available for these.