Nissan and the energy company Eaton have started commercializing xStorage, a new range of batteries for homes that offers the possibility of reusing batteries of electric vehicles for the storage of energy from the grid and from solar panels. The installation of the system can save up to 50 euros a month in the electricity bill and even allows users to sell energy to the grid in those places where it is authorized.
“The price of energy and availability have worried us all for a long time. With this product, consumers will finally be able to take control over how and when they use energy in their homes “, says the president of Nissan Europe, Paul Willcox, about xStorage, who considers in a statement that, with these batteries ” we are getting closer to an energy revolution for the consumer ”.
This revolution consists of leaving absolute control of the use of energy in their home in the hands of users, with the possibility of storing renewable energy and the network during the hours when electricity is cheapest, to use it when it is most convenient . Furthermore, the batteries guarantee supply even when there is a power outage.
This range of batteries has up to six models, three of them with new batteries and another three with Nissan LEAF batteries from electric vehicles that are thus given a “second life”. Both options start with a 4.2 kWh capacity model, with a power of up to 3.5 kW. The intermediate unit has a capacity of 6 kWh and a power of 6 kW, while the top product has the same power, but raises the capacity to 9.6 kWh. The prices for units with reused batteries range from 3,500 to 3,900 euros, while if you opt for new batteries the cost is between 5,000 and 5,580 euros, amounts to which must be added VAT and installation costs.
In all cases, these home batteries include the inverter, so that owners who have solar panels in their home can connect them directly with xStorage, a range of products that, in addition to offering the possibility of storing and managing the consumption of energy, gives homeowners the ability to send power to the grid. With this, they emphasize from the company, “another potential source of income is enabled by allowing customers to return stored energy to the grid at times when demand and costs are high” . Of course, this option can only be used in countries that offer this possibility to energy consumers.
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