This is a great tie up for one of our clients sonnen. Different markets have different challenges and whilst the main focus for a large proportion of the US domestic energy storage market is centered on providing emergency backup power, more advanced applications and revenue streams are possible.
Maximising self-consumption is great but there are plenty of other value streams on the other side of the meter. Aggregating a network of storage systems to provide grid services is already working with the sonnenCommunity in Germany and with other markets reaching the critical mass for offering these additional services, things really start to get interesting. Hopefully the UK and USA will be following quickly on the success of the German market.
Like every other player in the field, Sonnen is looking for additional revenue streams to bolster its business case, like aggregating lots of smaller batteries to provide services at grid scale. That’s the goal of Sonnen’s new partnership with Silicon Valley startup AutoGrid. On Wednesday, the two announced they’re integrating their software to “help energy project developers, utilities and other energy service providers better manage, optimize and aggregate sonnenBatterie systems and other distributed energy resources.” Sonnen is already doing this kind of grid aggregation in Germany, through partnerships with retail energy providers and distribution utilities. It launched its U.S. residential energy storage offering last year, and now has more than 100 installation partners in 40 states. That list includes big markets like California and Hawaii and off-the-beaten-path states like Utah and North Dakota, said Olaf Lohr, Sonnen’s development director.