LG Chem Ltd., a provider of lithium-ion batteries for automotive, stationary and consumer applications, has formally launched its range of residential battery systems in the North American market.
The launch follows successful completion of UL certification and represents LG Chem’s initial foray into the North American residential market, though the company already provides residential systems throughout Europe and Asia.
LG Chem’s North American residential battery range offers AC- and DC-coupled solutions with capacities up to 9.8 kWh. Two voltage options are available, pre-matched with compatible inverters and suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation: low-voltage 48 V, with capacities of 3.3 kWh, 6.5 kWh and 9.8 kWh, and high-voltage 400 V, with capacities of 7 kWh and 9.8 kWh.
The company says the 400 V RESU10H (9.8 kWh) product is compatible with SolarEdge’s StorEdge, which is a DC-coupled storage solution based on a single inverter for both PV and storage. Additional inverter compatibility options will become available later in 2017 to provide homeowners with a range of pre-tested solutions from the industry’s leading suppliers, according to LG Chem.
The company adds that its residential batteries will be available via a number of solar/storage providers in North America. For example, following last year’s announcement of a partnership with LG Chem, U.S.-based solar provider Sunrun will be supplying the residential battery systems. Sunrun already has installed initial systems in both Hawaii and California. LG Chem says additional distribution channels are in advanced negotiations and will provide coverage to all U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
“LG Chem’s entry into the North American residential battery market is based on much planning, product development and system testing. We’re confident that our experience gained in Europe and Asia, coupled with strong inverter and distribution partners, will deliver exceptional performance and reliability for our residential customers in the U.S. and Canada,” says Peter Gibson, head of energy storage system sales for LG Chem in North America. “Customers can now enhance the benefits of their residential solar systems by using our batteries to maximize consumption of solar energy and to use the batteries as a dependable source of energy during grid interruptions.”