Residential energy storage systems have been a growing opportunity for CE pros, and another big name is providing an attractive option in the category. LG Electronics has introduced the Home 8 residential energy storage system (ESS), a new all-in-one solution that the company says will enable U.S. homeowners to manage energy, provide backup power and reduce dependence on the electric grid.
The LG Home 8 ESS was unveiled at the 2022 RE+ (formerly SPI) trade show in Anaheim, Calif., this week, where LG Electronics USA also is demonstrating a LG commercial ESS version for the U.S. market.
CE Pro tabbed the smart energy storage and management category as one of the five top tech opportunities for custom integrators in 2022, based in part because of some bigger names entering the fray.
LG’s Home 8 energy storage system combines an advanced inverter and battery in a single unit that is floor standing, and wall supported to provide an organized, streamlined installation, according to the company. Its 7.5kW inverter/charger provides a total capacity of 14.4kWh of usable on-demand energy and is stackable up to four units, which in combination allows up to 57.6kWh of usable energy.
Customers who do not have a solar PV system and have a Time of Use plan can still use Home 8, LG says. The ESS can be used independently from the grid and can charge during the daytime when electricity prices are lower. Home 8 can then be utilized during peak consumption hours when prices increase. In preparation for potential natural disasters and power outages, Home 8 can store energy in advance for later use.
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An LED display on the front of the system allows owners to check the estimated battery state of charge (SoC) and encourages mindfulness of electricity use during power outages.
Additionally, the company notes Home 8 is an integrated system that can be incorporated into a complete smart home environment with LG home appliances, consumer electronics and HVAC systems, all while maintaining compatibility with non-LG products.
When Home 8 is managed by LG’s ThinQ monitoring and control app, homeowners can delegate how, where and when the unit is used to maximize efficiency, giving homeowners the ability to achieve pure independence from the grid, and providing them with better control in managing their home energy needs.
At a glance, here are key benefits the new energy storage system from LG offers customers and integrators, the company points out.
LG Home 8 ESS Provides Homeowners:
- An all-in-one energy storage system manufactured by a global leader in smart home technology
- Dependable on-demand energy that assists homeowners in achieving energy independence
- Option of LG ThinQ app system management for a truly smart home
- Peace of mind that comes with its 5-year 59.8MWh limited parts warranty. When paired with LG ThinQ, the limited warranty may extend to 10 years.
LG Home 8 ESS provides installers:
- A next-generation all-in-one energy storage system with a name that customers know and trust
- Simple modular assembly with parts that are stackable, easy to commission, install and replace
- Total usable capacity and discharge power
- UL9540 certified product
- LG’s EnerVu and ThinQ smart web monitoring available to simplify account management and monitoring needs for their customers’ ESS needs.
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