BMW announces energy storage system that recycles i3 battery cells for static use at home
In a move which underscores a major push by BMW into the stationary energy storage market, the bigwig German automaker announced an energy storage system (ESS) which turns new and used i3 batteries into energy storage solutions for homes as well as small businesses.
Announcing the ESS at the Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition held recently in Montreal, BMW said that the system will recycle i3 battery cells for static use at home and small businesses.
According to the details shared by BMW, the ESS is scheduled to hit the markets in 2017; and will be available in two capacities --- 22 kWh and 33 kWh.
The weight of the 22kWh ESS will be 511 pounds, while that of the 33 kWh ESS will be 551 pounds. Both the systems -- suitable for running appliances and entertainment devices for up to 24 hours -- will be sheathed in an enclosure measuring 38 x 65 x 7 inches.
Highlighting the fact that the ESS will integrate seamlessly with charging stations and solar panels, BMW said in a press release that the system will essentially underscore an energy storage solution which allows users to “offset peak energy costs and also enjoy the added security of an available backup energy supply during power outages.”
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