SENEC launches new-generation hybrid solar battery

The Home V3 Hybrid can be used to charge electric vehicles.SENEC has launched in Australia SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid, a hybrid solar battery that provides households with up to 90 percent solar power self-sufficiency. This translates to massive savings as home owners may only need to draw 10 percent of their power usage from the grid.The battery comes with 20-year warranty, a combined photovoltaic (PV) inverter and battery inverter, PV over-voltage protection safety, three-tier remote monitoring, unlimited solar recharging cycles, and floor mounting for ease of installation.

A key reason why home owners have not been installing batteries that can be charged when the sun is shining is that warranty on batteries until now has been half that of the solar panels.

“By doubling the warranty and integrating a raft of safety and other features into the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid unit, home owners will have a huge incentive to buy a battery when they purchase their solar panels.  This new hybrid battery can also be retrofitted to existing solar-powered homes,” said Jaron Schächter, Managing Director of SENEC.

A hybrid inverter converts both the current flowing from the PV panels into the storage system and the current discharged from it. This not only gives the battery 97.4 percent efficiency but also saves users from having to purchase and install a separate PV inverter.

Safety features that come standard with the made-in-Germany hybrid battery include an AC/DC customer integrated Residual Current Monitoring Unit (RCMU) that detects AC and DC residual currents, and two DC-over-voltage protection units (one per MPP-SPD Type II) on the PV side.

The SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid has a three-tier remote monitoring (customer, SENEC Australia and its installers, and SENEC Germany) that can be delivered via an app which monitors the PV production and house consumption every five minutes.

When an AC grid is offline or there is a power failure or blackout, the SENEC two-phase emergency power supply is able to charge the battery with the PV panels. This is especially important for those who need to use electrical and electronic medical appliances.

The intelligent energy management system of the SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid not only takes into account the individual consumption patterns, but also charges the storage system based on weather forecasts.

“This is based on very accurate forecast data, not only taking into account the site-specific weather forecast, but also plant-specific properties. So the system already knows how much power the solar panels will produce at what time, and controls the charging behaviour accordingly,” said Schächter.