Q CELLS takes aim at UK flexible energy market with home battery solution

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Q CELLS is launching its AC-coupled home energy storage solution in the UK and Ireland, taking aim at the country’s post-feed-in tariff domestic market.

The Q.HOME+ ESS AC-G2 storage solution has a 6.5kWh storage capacity, provided by a LG Chem lithium ion battery, as well as an AC inverter and energy management system.

The company said the UK’s post-FiT landscape will lead to greater demand for energy autonomy and self-consumption models, with Q CELLS hoping the launch will strengthen its position in the UK and Irish markets.

But Q CELLS has also been keen to paint a larger, more holistic vision for its battery storage product, talking up its ability to provide more flexible solutions for the energy markets, including for uses in grid-scale applications.

The manufacturer said that volume customers would be able to integrate large numbers of Q CELLS batteries for use in virtual power plant or micro-grid applications.

Sean Collier, head of sales for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia at Q CELLS, said that it was the firm’s ambition to become “the go-to energy provider across Europe”.

“The Q.HOME+ ESS AC-G2 storage system is a flexible and reliable piece of the energy puzzle: it can be retrofitted easily into current solar homes or it can be integrated in new installations with any PV inverter. Furthermore, it can connect to other systems to complement smart services for the operators of battery assets – which are a potential source of revenue.”