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Chinese and US firms partner to develop PV energy storage system

Hanwha SolarOne to “bundle” its PV tech with Silent Power storage solution

The panels will be combined with an energy storage device
The panels will be combined with an energy storage device

A Chinese solar manufacturer has announced a strategic partnership with a US firm to develop a PV energy storage system. China-based Hanwha SolarOne, of South Korea’s Hanwah Group, has announced a strategic partnership with US energy storage firm Silent Power to offer a “valuable distributed power system” to consumers.

The two firms will “bundle” Hanwha’s PV panels with Silent Power’s energy storage device, the OnDemand Energy Appliance, to create a “complete, marketable solar system solution”. 

Todd Headlee, chief executive officer of Silent Power, said: "Bundling the innovative OnDemand Energy Appliance with high quality solar PV panels from Hanwha SolarOne will offer a valuable distributed power system to consumers looking for a renewable energy solution. The global strategic partnership with a market leader like Hanwha SolarOne will help accelerate greater commercial deployment of Silent Power's energy storage technology."

Charles Kim, president of Hanwha SolarOne, said: "We know from our customers that energy storage is an essential key to unlocking the full potential of renewable energy. It enables a smarter energy grid and achieves reliability and value for a solar system. 

“Hanwha SolarOne is building the solar economy of the future with focused, strategic partnerships like this collaboration with Silent Power. It expands the Hanwha SolarOne's portfolio of product offerings and builds upon our goal to be the most innovative, flexible and reliable partner for our customers."

Hanwha SolarOne said storing excess energy produced during times of peak production, typically 9am till 3pm, means energy can be saved for later use. The system owner or utility can use the stored energy to provide power to the electric grid during peak times. The Silent Power OnDemand Energy Appliance can also provide backup power to the owner during grid outages.

The product will be ready to offer to residential, commercial and industrial markets later this year.