Daimler Enters Battery Energy Storage Market
Daimler announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive is entering into business in the field of energy storage in addition to developing and producing battery packs for electric and hybrid cars.
In June, Mercedes-Benz’ ESS will be available for ordering with deliveries scheduled for autumn.
Together with The Mobility House AG and GETEC Energie AG, Daimler already launched its first project with over 500 kWh of batteries for grid stabilization and to smooth load peaks. Soon this project will be expanded to 3,000 kWh.
“Daimler’s first industrial-scale storage unit on the German power grid is being operated by the partners The Mobility House and GETEC through the joint venture Coulomb and marketed on the German energy exchange. Coulomb is deploying the energy storage plant from Kamenz, Saxony for the purposes of grid stabilisation and to smooth load peaks. These are tasks usually performed by coal-fired and nuclear power stations. 96 battery modules of the Mercedes-Benz energy storage plant with a total capacity of more than 500 kWh are already on the grid, to be increased step-by-step to 3000 kWh by the partners The Mobility House and GETEC in the coming weeks.”
But this is just the beginning as the German company plans new products and is looking for partnerships.
Harald Kröger, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics & E-Drive Mercedes-Benz Cars, stated:
“Mercedes-Benz energy storages provide the best confirmation that lithium-ion batteries Made in Germany have a viable future. With our comprehensive battery expertise at Deutsche ACCUmotive we are accelerating the transition to sustainable energy generation both on the road and in the field of power supply for companies and private households. The technology that has proven its worth over millions of kilometres covered in the most adverse conditions, such as extreme heat and cold, also offers the best credentials for stationary use. We have been gathering initial experience in this field since 2012.”
Daimler is preparing for both industrial/commercial and private sector. Just like in the case of Tesla, there will be different modules (2.5 kWh and 5.9 kWh) available for different applications:
“From industrial deployment to private use
The concept evolved by Daimler Business Innovation goes far beyond industrial deployment. The business model also includes operation in the SME segment – at supermarkets, for example. Here too, the stationary energy storage plants can buffer load peaks on hot days.
Mercedes-Benz energy storages are also suitable for private use. Households with their own photovoltaic systems can buffer surplus solar power virtually free of any losses. Initial plants are already running in trial operation.
EnBW is offering interested private customers complete distributed energy supply solutions.
High-tech battery module made in Germany
Developed for demanding service on board cars, the Mercedes-Benz energy storage units meet the very highest safety and quality standards. The battery modules with an energy content of 2.5 kWh (private) and 5.9 kWh (industrial) are produced by Deutsche ACCUmotive in Kamenz, Saxony, employing state-of-the-art production methods. For use in the private sector, up to eight battery modules can be combined to produce an energy storage plant with a capacity of 20 kWh. The systems are fully scalable to requirements for commercial and industrial use.”