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Panasonic Plans Ultra-Compact Home Battery System for Solar/Wind

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Having solar panels around your home is not enough when you think you have to invest in energy storage equipment, and have a large hall of your house dedicated to keeping those batteries, with proper ventilation and humidity controllers. That adds to the costs of having a green energy resource right into your basement – and it adds big time.

Panasonic Corp, who recently took over more than 50% of Sanyo Electric’s shares, has a plan of marketing lithium-ion batteries for home use, and they want to finish that plan around 2011. “We’ll be the first to bring to the market a storage battery for home use, which can store sufficient electricity for about one week of use,” said Fumio Otsubo, president of Panasonic, in a recent interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.

The storage battery is intended to medium-income homeowners from mainly China and India, who will also have the possibility to control their electricity consumption through a surveillance system that could output  the information on a TV screen.

Otsubo also mentioned that the brands of Panasonic and Sanyo will be merged sometime in the future, and the home use battery research could also benefit the electric/hybrid vehicle industry, that is very avid of innovations and really needs big storage capacity.

[via physorg]

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This will change the face of many households energy methods. Not only households, but imagine the house boats, and yachtsmen, the campers, the travelers.

  2. Lithium-ion batteries for home use, Fantastic. This is going to be a huge boom for homeowners. Not only will this be real cost savings, it will actually mean greater independence and self managements of their energy.

  3. Fantastic. I often worry whether we are actually reducing our negative effect on the globe as there are many production parts that continue to counteract all the positive changes that are being introduced in order to conserve fossil energy and landfill. This is another step forward.

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