Like Tesla, Daimler will start offering energy storage solutions, according to recent reports. They will be commercially available in September.
In 2009, Daimler founded the subsidiary ACCUmotive to develop lithium-ion batteries for its plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles, and smart vehicles. Since then, solar power costs have decreased and the energy storage market has expanded. These two very important trends must have captured Daimlerâ€™s attention, or perhaps it was another car manufacturerâ€™s recent announcement that it was jumping into the energy storage game?
WhileÂ the Daimler newsÂ may sound very surprising, itâ€™s not completely, because the companyâ€™s intention is not entirely new. The subsidiary already has battery storage in operation:Â â€œDaimlerâ€™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.â€
The Daimler website also says that its energy storage technology is already being used in trials with household solar power systems. Additionally, it mentions a possible usage for the commercial version at supermarkets, especially on hot days.
60,000 lithium-ion batteries have already been delivered by Deutsche ACCUmotive. The subsidiaryâ€™s workforce is expected to nearly double in 2016, and Daimler AG will invest â‚¬100 million.
Of course, Germany is a world leader in renewable energy, so it only seems logical that it has the potential to achieve the same or a similar status in the field of energy storage