Mercedes-Benz Energy Enters U.S. Market With Energy Storage Systems

7 months ago by Mark Kane 29

Mercedes-Benz Energy has announced its expansion to the North America market with a new subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC.

The company intends to begin sales of home and grid energy storage systems in early 2017.  A natural competitor of course would be seen in Tesla Energy and its Powerwall 2.0 product.

Mercedes-Benz Energy - Storage Home

Mercedes-Benz Energy – Storage Home

The Mercedes home energy systems are made from individual 2.5 kWh modules – which can be combined by up to 8 units and 20 kWh total – a full spec sheet on the packages can be found below.

The battery storage system also includes SMA Sunny Islands’ inverters.

The batteries themselves are produced by Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE in Germany, using LG Chem battery cells (we believe).

“Daimler AG is expanding its stationary energy storage business to the U.S. market. After this years’ founding of the German Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, a completely new subsidiary responsible for the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage, Daimler takes a further step towards growing the market.

The newly established Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC is assuming the development and sales of stationary energy systems for residential, commercial and utility applications for the North-American market. Boris von Bormann, U.S. solar industry expert, has been selected as the CEO for the branch. System production will remain the core expertise of Daimler’s wholly owned subsidiary, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE GmbH & Co. KG. Working in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America in Sunnyvale, California, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas will bring initial product offerings to the United States starting early 2017.”

“Mercedes-Benz energy storage products will enter the North-American market early 2017, starting with the launch of a modular residential product. Each battery module has an energy content of 2.5 kWh that can be combined up to 20 kWh and used in various applications such as back-up power and solar self-consumption. These will be sold through various channel partners. The systems will be followed by larger energy storage systems for commercial and industrial customers. Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas will work directly with a very diverse customer base to offer tailored solutions starting later in 2017.”

Mercedes-Benz Energy - Storage Grid

Mercedes-Benz Energy – Storage Grid

Mercedes-Benz energy storage units for private homes

Mercedes-Benz energy storage units for private homes

Marc Thomas, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH in Germany said:

“By founding Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, we are once again underscoring our ambition to be a technological and market leader in the field of highly efficient storage systems on a global scale. At the same time, we are making an active contribution to the process of transition towards sustainable energy generation and continuing the success story of German-based battery production.”

Boris von Bormann, CEO Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC said:

“Mercedes Benz Energy is uniquely positioned to not only offer solutions to the energy and storage market that will help utilities, businesses and home-owners save costs and solve needs, but also combine the advantages of electric vehicles and energy solutions into one holistic platform,”

Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Home.

Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Home spec

Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Home spec

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29 responses to "Mercedes-Benz Energy Enters U.S. Market With Energy Storage Systems"

  1. MB has lost it says:

    MB was once the leader..now they are just followers. There cars were once 2-3 years ahead of the competition, now they are 3-5 years behind Tesla. This “energy” company is just another tesla copycat. Its sad how far they have fallen. They spent the last 10 years pushing BlueTech, as the way forward, what a joke!

    1. mx says:

      And why are they exporting these, you’d think they’d want to flood the German market first.
      Aren’t they selling?

  2. Mike I. says:

    This is quite underwhelming. They are still using the standard Sunny Island inverter system, which means they are tied to the 48VDC nominal system. This has been the standard in off-grid systems for a long time because anything below 60VDC has relaxed insulation and protection requirements.

    However, the currents required to build this kind of system are very high and require huge copper wires and bus bars for reasonably sized systems. This segment needs to move to 300-500VDC like EVs currently use. Sure, you need to have every single connection point completely insulated for safety, but the benefits from lower operating currents is significant.

    1. bogdan says:

      yep, that’s yesterday technology.
      Telsa has 48V battery too, but it also has an integrated DCDC converter which Mercedes certainly doesn’t.

  3. Another Euro point of view says:

    Low margin commodities market…

  4. Alaa says:

    You have to admit that the Powewall looks nicer. And it has the inverter in it!

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      “And it has the inverter in it!”

      As usual, I think you are wrong. But I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt to prove that you are right.

      Care to show me the reference that inverters are part of the Power Wall? Certainly not included in its list price.

      1. John says:

        https://www.tesla.com/powerwall

        “With double the energy of our first generation battery, Powerwall 2 can power a two-bedroom home for a full day. Compact, stackable and ***with a built-in inverter***, installation is simple, either indoor or outdoor.”

        Right on the Powerwall home page….in the time it took you to reply, you could have looked it up.

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          Well, I stand corrected.

          I should update my version from the first version of Powerwall then. It is now Powerwall 2!

          But how does solar charge this thing?

          So, it will be from Solar (DC) to AC and then go through this AC inverter to charge the battery?

          The loss from DC to AC is about 10%. Then the AC to DC is again 10% in charging the battery. That is 19% loss right there…

          1. Alaa says:

            Look to charge the batteries from the solar panels you might need a converter like this

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-ended_primary-inductor_converter

            What this does is it takes any voltage and converts it to the voltage you want. Thus charge the battery. However if you dimension it correctly you do not need to convert the DC to another DC. You can just feed the output of the panels directly to the battery pack, provided that the voltage of the panels does not exceed the maximum voltage of the battery pack. I have been doing that at home here in Cairo Egypt for the last few years. Best regards from Cairo Egypt.

        2. ModernMarvelFan says:

          I guess the price also went up.

          I just went for a quote. Now the Powerwall 2 will cost $5,500 each before installation. The capacity is higher than Powerwall 1 and it has higher peak wattage and inverters are build in. But the price is higher as well per unit…

          They recommended two Powerwall for my house at $12000 assuming $1000 installation cost.

          I don’t know if I will ever save $12K back with my net metering today. Certainly not in 10 years which is the warranty period.

          1. CharlesB says:

            There are a couple of things that you want to do beyond just net metering. First, you want to use a time-of-use tariff. Second, you maximize the benefits by consuming battery during on-peak and putting solar power to the grid during on-peak. Third, you only charge your EV during off-peak.

            Additionally, if your tariff is a progressive tariff, in that consumption above a base monthly amount costs more, then your solar production directly reduces how much power use may be at the higher rate, which is probably at least a few cents per kWh. For many households, adding a few to several hundred kWh monthly for EV charging is likely to be at the higher rate, and therefore adding solar at the same time keeps the power bill under control and optimized for lowest cost.

    2. AlphaEdge says:

      No, the inverter is that thing on the wall in the video, and the battery packs are mounted on the floor.

      They are using a third party inverter by SMA Sunny Island (3.0M 4.4M, 6.0H, and 8.0H).

      It listed on that chart, and you can google SMA inverters.

      1. Alaa says:

        That thing on the floor looks like a trash bin.

  5. no comment says:

    in the future, could you include information that gives the reader some idea about the cost of these systems?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      New hotness…so no specific pricing yet, although there has been some estimates starting typically from $7,000 installed FWIW on the 5. Will of course update/run a new ditty on the Mercedes ESS system when we have the info (likely it will be available/online in ~January), (=

      1. no comment says:

        thanks Jay.

        $7,000 for a 2.5kWh system seems like some very expensive power!

        1. Jay Cole says:

          Rule of thumb: never underestimate the potential cost of an install on ESS or solar…unless you can do it yourself, (=

          1. Alaa says:

            Man the Powerwall is fourteen kWh that is 14 kWh and it has a built in inverter. Installed it is $6,500. And the inverter is 5 kW. That is plenty. I run my Samsung Inverter Air Condition and my house that is fridge lights etc with a 2.4 kW inverter; so 5 kW will run 2 houses like mine. Not to mention the massive amount of energy in that 14 kWh battery. I use about 6 kWh per day. So I can stay with no sun for 2 days. Of course here in Egypt this never happens. We have about 3,400 sunny hours per year. Best regards from Cairo Egypt.

    2. AlphaEdge says:

      These systems have been offered in Europe earlier. April 2016 announcement.

      Some prices are listed in the comments of this article:
      https://cleantechnica.com/2016/04/28/daimler-starts-selling-home-energy-storage-units/

      The low end inverter is around $4,000 for 2.2KW.

      The inverters are made by a SMA, a German company.

      1. no comment says:

        thanks for the link. go to the comments to find discussion of pricing. over an 8,000 cycle life (about 20 years at 1 cycle/day) it looks like the cost of energy storage runs in the 20-25 cents/kWh range. it’s hard for me to see how the economics of this works out.

        the article purports to have a link that would allow you to order direct from daimler, do not click this link, it sends you to the mercedes-benz international website, where you are exposed to information (and photos) of the new maybach drop top coupe. only 300 will be made, with each car individually numbered. if you insist on consuming this content nonetheless, you have been warned:

        https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/vehicles/the-new-mercedes-maybach-s-650-cabriolet/

        please excuse me, i have leave to go buy some lottery tickets…

        1. AlphaEdge says:

          I think the US pricing will be cheaper. It usually is.

          Anyway, it’s really good to see another another auto manufacturer get in on this. It means more competition and more revenue to drive more battery research and development.

          Some people will buy this even if it’s more expensive than Powerwall, simply because of the brand.

          Thanks for the warning on the maybach. He he.

  6. Michael Will says:

    Cost would have been interesting, to understand if they even have a chance against the powerwall.

  7. floydboy says:

    Now they just need some solar roof tiles and more electric cars!?

    1. bogdan says:

      And Mercedes super charging network (I wonder super charging what?)

  8. Kyle Hubb says:

    Mercedes/Daimler is a joke! No update on the B Class. No marketing for the Smart E.V. Not even a bigger battery for more range on the Smart E.V, yet they want to sell us this crap? What are we going to use this for, to charge the 12V battery in the gas guzzling G-Class? I’ll take the Power Wall any day over this mess. And they should stick to their Automotive gimmickry, instead of copying the man who wants to change the world. Are Mercedes executives dummies? What are they getting paid for?

  9. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Without price information, it is almost pointless to get excited about it.

  10. bogdan says:

    With price information you would just close the tab.

  11. MikeG says:

    I’d like to see Salt Water Batteries (Aquion Energy) configured with inverter before going with any of these.