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KACO new energy launches Powador-gridsave – with batteries supplied by Panasonic.

At this year’s Intersolar Europe, KACO new energy GmbH presented their new energy storage and management system, Powador-gridsave. The storage solution is supplied by Panasonic.

Neckarsulm / Munich. Large crowds gathered in front of the new energy storage and management system Powador-gridsave which the inverter manufacturer from Neckarsulm presented at Intersolar Europe 2012. The compact-size system combines inverter, battery charging unit, storage and an intelligent management system in one case, including all DC- and AC-wiring.

The energy storage solution also attracted great interest. For their new Powador-gridsave, KACO new energy is partnering with Panasonic. The renowned company provides the lithium-ion battery modules with a capacity of 1.35 kWh each – up to five modules can be fitted into the case. With a fully-fitted case, the Powador-gridsave can thus achieve a capacity of 6.75 kWh.

For future projects, KACO new energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Smart Energy Systems BU of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd, a group company of Panasonic. The MoU specifies delivery quantities and volumes up until 2015 that are required to guarantee the timely delivery of the Powador-gridsave. Shipping will start in autumn 2012.

In cooperation with their supplier, KACO new energy is looking to provide storage system solutions for both residential and industrial use. Sanyo provides the necessary process chain, from the manufacture of storage cells to their integration into a complex battery system with battery management. With Sanyo also supplying other large manufacturers in the industry, the company’s production size will have a positive effect on market prices.

About KACO new energy:

KACO new energy is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of grid-tie inverters for feeding solar energy. KACO offers a comprehensive range of inverters for PV systems for everything from single-family homes to multi-megawatt solar farms. The company is based in Neckarsulm, Germany and has been producing inverters with a cumulative capacity exceeding five gigawatts since 1999. KACO new energy was the first company in the photovoltaic industry to manufacture inverters (the Powador model) using CO2-neutral production methods. In addition to grid-tie and battery-based solar inverters, the company also supplies inverters for combined heat and power plants and concentrator modules as well as energy storage systems for solar power plants.

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