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Germany installed 100,000 home batteries in “year of Corona”


Australia might have had a surprisingly good year of home battery installations in the year of the Coronavirus, but Germany smashed it out of the park, with the addition of more than 100,000 residential battery systems in 2020 taking the European country’

The impressive numbers come from the latest report put together by 3 Energie Consulting for Bunderserband Energiespeicher (BVES), the Germany Energy Storage Systems Association, which puts Germany’s total capacity for home battery storage at a massive 2.3GWh at the end of the “Corona year.”

The report notes that just under 70 per cent of all new solar installations in Germany now include battery storage, which is a big number on its own, but looks huge next to the 9% of new home solar systems in Australia that included a battery in 2020.

On top of this, the average size of battery systems that households are installing is also going up, increasing from 8kWh in 2019 to 8.5kWh in 2020.

The report says the key drivers for the market’s growth have been the trends towards system integration, flexible sector coupling and electromobility, with clever charging solutions including storage and self-supply software platforms.