Sonnen, the World’s leading manufacturer of solar storage batteries, has shown its commitment to Australia with the opening of its battery manufacturing facility in Adelaide. This will benefit the whole of Australia. 50,000 energy storage systems are expected to be built in the next five years for Australian and export markets. Sonnen’s Chief Executive Officer, Christoph Ostermann, has committed to participating in making Australia the number one market globally for energy storage systems.
Sonnen batteries are super smart energy storage systems that provide double the kilowatt-hours of competitors. The intelligent storage system automatically adjusts the energy use so that most of your self-generated energy stays in your home. For battery owners who choose to join sonnenFlat; stored energy that you don’t need is used by other sonnenFlat members who need it at that time and excess energy is made available to you by others when you need it. The shared system is administered by sonnen and paves the way for Virtual Power Plants.
Creating a Virtual Power Plant
Sonnen is creating a “Virtual Power Plant” in South Australia to support the State and National Grid infrastructure. The Company already runs a ‘virtual power plant’ in Germany, connecting thousands of households with PV (photovoltaic) storage systems. Sonnen’s intention is to have a network of batteries of sufficient scale to enable it to sell the equivalent of a gas-fired peaking power station into the National Grid. Mr Ostermann said, “sonnen will bring great benefits to South Australia through jobs at its Australian Head Office and the factory in Elizabeth, lower energy prices for households that take up the battery programme, and increased retail energy competition, decreasing energy prices for everyone. Furthermore, we expect to contribute to increased grid reliability through the ability of the network of sonnenBatteries to store energy and act as a Virtual Power Plant in a decentralised grid.”
Smart Solar & Batteries Showroom
The sonnenBatterie is one of four solar storage batteries in Australia that have been approved as Virtual Power Plant ready. The others are Tesla Powerwall 2, LG RESU and VARTA. Solarpro has a showroom on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where you can view all these batteries and other examples of smart solar technology like SolarEdge optimised inverters.