Saft Unveils 10 kWh Home Battery Energy Storage System

JUL 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

SAFT Energy Storage Solutions

SAFT Energy Storage Solutions

At Intersolar Europe, Saft introduced a home energy storage system Intensium® Home 10M designed specifically for high-end residential and small commercial solar photovoltaic installations.

It’s 10 kWh/10 kW lithium-ion pack, which will be launched in partnership with German inverter manufacturer KACO new energy GmbH.

The KACO inverter can handle up to 30 kW of power from the PV installation.

Saft of course offers other types of energy storage systems, like Intensium® Home 4M (4 kWh/ 7 kW) or larger Intensium® Smart (50 kWh/ 100 kW) with industrial solutions up to 1 MWh per unit. These days ESS is a must for any battery-maker.

Intensium® Home 10M partners KACO’s new energy inverter

The new Intensium® Home 10M 240 V system comprises five Li-ion modules to provide both high power capability, rated at 10 kW, with 10 kWh energy storage in an aesthetically designed cabinet specific for home and commercial installations. This high power Li-ion system is ideally suited to work in partnership with KACO new energy’s blueplanet gridsave 14.0 TL3 inverter in installations up to 30 kW. This combination will help domestic and small company users boost self-consumption of their own clean energy. Prosumers will be able to follow their system’s performance on their smartphone.

“Saft is a leader in Li-ion energy storage while KACO new energy is a top 10 inverter brand worldwide. Together we form a strong partnership that provides customers with a total package solution fully validated by testing in real homes. This approach smoothes the way to delivering an effective, fast-track energy storage and management solution,” said Volker Dietrich, Director of Energy Systems Technology Division, KACO new energy. “The partnership will enable Saft and KACO new energy to undertake common promotion and training, transfer of expertise and co-use of existing sales channels.”

Intensium® Home 10M  – ready for the swarm

The combination of Saft’s Li-ion energy storage and KACO new energy’s inverter offers advanced energy management with the capability to operate as part of swarm-type schemes. These swarms offer the possibility of aggregating several decentralized energy storage installations to improve grid stability by helping balance supply and demand, as well as offering financially attractive ancillary services to grid operators such as frequency control. The smart energy management system enables remote control of the storage device via Internet or other communication interfaces, for example to switch from self-consumption to frequency regulation.

Intensium® Home 10M for optimized self-consumption

Swarm applications together with self-consumption, are set to play a key role in Germany’s energy transition – the “Energiewende”. Self-consumption, rather than feeding excess solar energy into the grid, is particularly attractive to the growing number of prosumers who are keen to take an active role in managing their energy production and usage.

In Germany in particular, the outlook for self-consumption is bright. In 2020, 29 percent of residential electricity demand and 18 percent of commercial electricity demand could be met by self-produced photovoltaic power***.

Visitors to Booth B1.156 ees are invited to ask Saft’s experts about their growing portfolio of ‘”behind the meter” energy storage solutions ranging from the individual dwelling level with Intensium® Home 4M (4 kWh/ 7 kW) to tertiary and agricultural buildings with Intensium® Smart (50 kWh/ 100 kW). They will also see megawatt solutions for diesel hybrid and large PV plants based on the containerized Intensium® Max systems.

* Prosumers: PV installations users are both producers and consumers, as they produce solar electricity and consume electricity from the grid. By adding an energy storage system, prosumers increase their solar electricity self-consumption, with a very close match between their own production and consumption.

** Swarm applications: network of multiple smart energy storage systems

*** Source: GTAI Germany Trade & Invest”

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12 Comments on "Saft Unveils 10 kWh Home Battery Energy Storage System"

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Does not scream “Bulky Industrial Lab Equipment”, at all. How perfect for the home. 😉

Tesla Powerwall really generates a lot of imitators, which is the best proof for admiration.

Saft has been around MUCH longer than Tesla, Saft America has been here since the 70’s. I used to work at the Jacksonville plant assembling modules (I worked on almost a dozen Intensium Max units). 98% of batteries in outerspace are Saft batteries. Only recently has Saft entered the Industrial Lithium-ion market. They are well known for their specialty batteries.

I know, my 1997 Citroen Berlingo Electrique EV had 27 Saft NiCds 😉 Just saying that going public with “we have a home storage battery!!!1” is the result of the media hype about Teslas Powerwall. Not more, not less.

Yes, Tesla’s Powerwall is a totally original idea, and didn’t imitate any other company’s home battery energy storage solution. Not.

Circa 2009:

Apple didn’t invent the cell phone, either.

Point is, Tesla’s made all of their home battery products sculptural, sleek and attractive. Their home battery even comes in designer colors. The customer experience is one of an easy to use, non-intimidating product that any housewife would be proud to have displayed in her home.

And as any married man knows, what the wife is comfortable with– is what you actually buy. Not bulky, boxy grey lab test equipment that looks like it belongs on the set of a low budget sci-fi movie…

Esp. when you want to install in on the outside wall and not in a garage full of stuff.

The beat home battery should not even be visible. Take for instance the Model S battery. Big flat thing. Put that in a sub floor or basement hidden away, perfect solution if it could utilize a thin modular inverter. Showcasing a battery on a big box like this one or even a powerwall is not something many realistically want to do. Tuck it away and make it hidden especially in cases where someone really wants to go off grid and you need over 50kWh of storage to do it. Tesla sells 7kWh walls, eventually, and you will need Six or more of the to go off grid on a typical suburban home. The model S pizza box design is better for those cases. I suppose the coolant flow requires it to lay flat. A sub floor or crawl space is fitting.

Yeah, it seems that in the Southwest US, its perfecly permissable to install the home’s loadcenter OUTSIDE the home on the wall, (often combined with the Utility’s Revenue Meter), and then have all the Solar Crap (Inverters, disconnects, production meter, and branches) also plastered on the wall also.

As well as maybe an OUTSIDE tankless water heater and plenty of other eyesores.

The ‘trend’ has worked up to the northeast, since it used to be common to try to hide all that junk, but now, its very common on both residential and commercial installations to see metering, disconnects, those lovely “S & C” medium voltage disconnect boxes along with green pad transformers and the associated concrete filled pipes and emergency generators with their requisite fencing and gas piping, metering, regulators and safeties) all mounted on the front lawns of what used to be attractive middle schools.

There are still a very few homeowners and businesses who attempt to hide almost all this ‘infrastructure’, myself included, since I don’t want to do anything to mar the natural beauty, nor ruin the resale value.

Well, you probably want your battery raised to avoid flood risks if at least possible. And wall mounts minimize the surface area used by the battery.

Dude . . . that is so Intensium!

I’d be fine with one the size and shape of an 8 cf upright freezer if it had 35 kWh worth of batteries and a 5k-6.5k Sunny Island type of inverter in it, for about $15k. I’d be just as happy with nickel-iron batteries, similar to Iron Edison batteries. It’s not like weight is much of an issue for this type item.

I’m not holding my breath