Energy storage: Sonnenbatterie opens R&D facility in the US

The market for electricity storage has grown dramatically in recent years, and is projected to grow by 250% in 2015 to a capacity of 220 MW
The market for electricity storage has grown dramatically in recent years, and is projected to grow by 250% in 2015 to a capacity of 220 MW

In the US, Sonnenbatterie, German manufacturer of smart energy storage systems for households and businesses, has announced that it will be opening a new research and development facility in the US.

The new facility located in Atlanta, Georgia will be used for various R&D activities such as product development, prototyping, and testing storage systems for the US market.

The R&D centre will house 12-15 engineers who will work to expand the company current line of next generation smart energy storage devices for homes and businesses.

Coupled with a PV system, Sonnenbatterie claims that it can cover 100% of residential electricity needs. The global provider of lithium storage systems, adds that its solutions help commercial customers save money during times of peak demand through the provision of backup power.

Boris von Bormann, CEO of Sonnenbatterie USA commented: “Sonnenbatterie has come to symbolize performance, design, and value in Europe, and we aim to develop that same reputation here in the United States.

“Our new Atlanta R&D facility gives us a unique platform to stay close to our American customers and partners, and deliver to them custom tailored products that are best suited for the US market.”

Worldwide operations

In Europe, Sonennbatterie has positioned itself as a forerunner in the energy storage market. Its channel partners are based in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg and Slovakia.

The company has offices in Los Angeles, California and Bavaria, Germany and has recently signed an agreement with Sungevity, the largest privately held solar company in the US, for supplying it with storage systems.

On a macro scale, a new report by US market research and consulting firm, Navigant Research, states that global telecommunications network provider spending on distributed generation and energy storage technologies is expected to reach $3.4 billion by 2024.

Richelle Elberg, principal research analyst with Navigant Research adds: “In just over three decades, wireless has replaced landlines as the leading form of voice communication worldwide — but the need for additional network infrastructure will nonetheless continue to grow strongly over the next decade as mobile data usage increases by several orders of magnitude.

“Carriers are increasingly looking to DG and new ES solutions to ensure that their networks don’t go down with power outages, to reduce the cost of electricity at tower sites and, notably, to connect previously unconnected remote regions in emerging markets like India and Africa.”