Written by Maria Beck
VARTA focuses on the connectivity of their energy storage sytems – the number of linkable devices is rising steadily.
Smart Homes are no longer a vision of the future. Garages, shutters, heaters or electronic devices – nearly every household appliance can be controlled in real time via a smartphone. Smart Homes are everywhere – and with an energy storage system new possibilities are arising. For a smart home mainly smart devices are needed – digital multipliers which are able to communicate with any other device. The energy storage systems from VARTA can work with the digital requirements of smart homes. The energy storage system portfolio from VARTA focuses on connectivity. The number of partner products, with which our energy storage systems are able to communicate, are rising steadily and keep all options open for installers and home owners. The partner network has grown to over a dozen compatible systems in the last two years.
„We stay open“
All VARTA energy storage systems are able to communicate with measure- and control devices, e.g. smart homes, smart load, e-mobility and data logging, and control the load management of up to four external circuits, e.g. E-Bikes or heat pumps. “For installers and end consumers it’s important to have combinable and expandable systems around the house. They need to get along“, explained Gordon Clements, General Manager Residential Power & Energy VARTA Storage GmbH. That’s why the Bavaria-based manufacturer offers an open system, which is compatible with many applications and entrusts the decision to the installer and end consumer. “With a VARTA energy storage system you don’t get stuck with one provider. We stay open for a lot of application possibilities and extend our product network continously“, continued Clements.
Energy storage systems in Smart Homes
The smart energy storage systems are able to communicate with nearly all components and systems of the home and energy technology. Every end consumer can decide how the provided solar energy is used. If there is still an energy surplus while charging the storage system, in combination with the smart water heater from my-PV the surplus can be used to provide hot water. The storage system evolves into a energy control center in your home. The data exchange with cross-platform control and automation systems like myGEKKO is also possible.
The solution for an integration of the energy storage system in the home energy supply or the increase of the self-consumption rate is smart energy management because the consumption of the solar energy ist not that profiable anymore. More and more solar system owner realize this and install an energy storage system. If the solar system is providing more energy than the storage system needs, the energy surplus can be used to charge an E-Bike or to produce hot water. It enables a hot shower and e-bike driving fun without buying energy from the supplier.
About VARTA AG
As the parent company of the Group, VARTA AG is active in the business segments Microbatteries and Power & Energy through its operating subsidiaries VARTA Microbattery GmbH and VARTA Storage GmbH. Already today an innovation leader in the microbattery sector and one of the market leaders for hearing-aid microbatteries, VARTA Microbattery GmbH also aspires to market leadership for lithium-ion batteries in wearables and particularly headphones. VARTA Storage GmbH focuses on intelligent energy solutions for customized battery storage systems for OEM customers and the design, system integration and assembly of stationary lithium-ion energy storage systems. The VARTA AG Group’s operating subsidiaries are currently active in more than 75 countries around the world, with five production and assembly facilities in Europe and Asia as well as distribution centers in Asia, Europe and the United States.