xStorage home energy storage
Nissan and Eaton make home energy storage reliable and affordable to everyone with ‘xStorage’. Providing a sustainable ‘second life’ for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars is over.
The partners are collaborating to unveil a new residential energy storage unit. They intent to design the most affordable and reliable home power storage system for households.
As they say: The ‘xStorage’ solution will give consumers the power to control how and when they use energy in their own homes.
The system will be provided to end-users completely ready to use, with all required elements including cabling and installation by a certified professional, at a starting price of €4,000 (£3200) for 4.2KWh nominal
xStorage Green storage
If a home is equipped with solar technology, consumers can power their homes using clean energy stored in their xStorage system, and be rewarded financially for doing so by avoiding expensive daytime energy tariffs.
The home energy storage system also provides the ultimate back-up solution, ensuring they will always have enough power. Even ‘when energy grids are coming under enormous strain.’ Cost effective: customers can also generate additional revenues by selling stored energy back to the grid when demand and costs are high.
Plug in and power up
The xStorage unit is a fully integrated energy storage system. The factory made integrated unit ensures safety and performance when storing and distributing clean power to consumers. Once set-up by a certified installer, it is ready to go, giving consumers the ability to plug in and power up easily. It will also have smartphone connectivity to allow consumers to flick between energy sources from a distance.
Second life battery solution
The new xStorage solution combines Nissan’s expertise in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, resulting in a second life battery solution. The system contains12 old Leaf battery modules. The system has also been designed with aesthetics and usability in mind to ensure it fits seamlessly into the home environment.
Tesla’s 6.4 kWh Powerwall residential energy storage unit is currently priced at about 2,600 euros (US$3,000). While the cost of the Powerwall unit is less than xStorage, Eaton and Nissan said that, unlike Powerwall, xStorage will include professional installation and all requisite extras, such as cables.
Nissan and Eaton expect to sell more than 100,000 xStorage units within the next five years as the consumer appetite for this type of technology continues to grow.
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