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LG Chem Launches Residential Energy Storage Systems in North America

21 April 2017

LG Chem’s residential battery system will soon be available throughout the U.S. and Canada. Source: LG ChemLG Chem’s residential battery system will soon be available throughout the U.S. and Canada. Source: LG ChemLG Chem has formally launched its series of residential battery systems (RESU) for the North American market.

This is the first foray for LG Chem into the North American residential market, following successful completion of UL certification and the successful implementation of energy storage systems in Europe and Asia, especially in Germany, Italy, the U.K., Japan and Australia.

The North American residential energy storage systems work for both indoor and outdoor installation and come in two voltage options: A low-48 volt version and a high-400 volt version. LG says the 400 volt storage is compatible with SolarEdge’s StorEdge single inverter for both solar systems and storage. LG Chem plans to offer additional inverter compatibility options later this year.

LG Chem is partnering with Sunrun, an energy storage provider, to supply the LG Chem RESU systems. Sunrun has already installed initial systems in both Hawaii and California, and LG says it is in negotiations to provide coverage for the systems 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,” says Peter Gibson, head of ESS 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.”

To contact the author of this article, email Peter.Brown@ieeeglobalspec.com


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Re: LG Chem Launches Residential Energy Storage Systems in North America
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2017-May-01 2:24 PM

It doesn't say what kind of battery it is. I looks like it might be Li-ion. That would mean a whole-system replacement (Charging controller, 48v monitors because it can't be split into 4 12v units, Inverters, DC loads, etc). That could be cost-prohibitive for a lot of people.

That's not to say that I'm not still interested.

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