Nissan launches ‘all-in-one’ solar storage system
Nissan has unveiled its new integrated home energy system, which allows users to combine the power from solar panels with an energy storage device.
The Nissan Energy Solar launched this week as part of the company’s ‘electric ecosystem experience’, a series of events on the Spanish island of Tenerife demonstrating new, sustainable technologies.
The home system is designed to allow UK homeowners to live more sustainability, and Nissan’s hope is that the technology will reduce consumer energy bills and allow greater independence from the grid. The car company estimates that it could save users up to 66% on their bills.
The device can be used to both power home appliances during the day, but crucially allow for excess energy to be used at night, or to charge an electric vehicle. The innovative product will automate energy usage, meaning it will take advantage of when the sun is shining brightest and producing the most power. This can then be controlled remotely and used immediately, or stored for later. It can also be used under cloudy weather conditions.
It is expected that the product will be sold with a starting price of £3881.
Francisco Carranza, Managing Director, Nissan Energy, Nissan Europe said: “Solar panels have become the world’s fastest growing source of new energy. Over 880,000 UK homes already have solar panels installed and they are seeing the benefits every day, from decreasing electricity bills to increasing property values.’
“Nissan Energy Solar is just one step in supporting our commitment to investing in innovative energy solutions for a more sustainable future and intelligent way of living”
The system is the latest development in the increase of home storage technologies. In 2015, Tesla was one of the first companies to release its own home battery, the Powerwall, which is now into its second generation. Other car companies, such as BMW and Mercedes, have also developed ways for users to store and use solar energy at home.