myenergi launches ‘libbi’ modular battery system for home energy ecosystem
British energy solutions firm myenergi has introduced its own modular home battery named 'libbi'. Claimed as a revolutionary product towards energy independence and sustainability in domestic applications, libbi is designed to capture as much surplus solar electricity as possible, while staying integrated with other myenergi devices, according to the manufacturer.
The product for the Lincolnshire-based company will sit alongside 'eddi' - the smart solar diverter - and zappi - the world's first solar EV smart charger - in myenergi's eco-smart product line-up. This will allow customers to complete their home energy ecosystem, helping them to maximise self-consumption from their own renewable generation and significantly reduce energy costs, the company adds.
Jordan Brompton, co-founder and CMO of myenergi said, "We are incredibly excited to bring a smart home battery to the UK market. Around one million homes in the UK now have solar panels, and as electric vehicles sales continue to rise and the transition to electric heating accelerates, we know that there will be huge growth in domestic renewable generation and demand for battery storage to maximise it."
The modular design uses 5.1kWh battery packs, scalable up to a total of 20.4kWh of storage, with either a 3.68kW or 5kW inverter. Customers can choose whether to charge the libbi from solar, grid energy, or a mixture of both depending on the availability.
The home battery solution incorporates the battery, inverter and controller, allowing customers to complete their domestic energy ecosystem. libbi is 'eco-smart', making intelligent decisions about when it provides and stores electricity based on how much energy is used, how much is generated from solar and the customer's electricity tariff, claims myenergi.
Unlike other home storage batteries, libbi will allow customers to prioritize loads as they wish within the myenergi app, for example to avoid the battery discharging automatically when they plug in their electric car, or conversely, to charge their EV directly from their home battery when their zappi is in ECO+ mode.
Lee Sutton, co-founder and CEO of myenergi, commented, "We are committed to innovation and are excited to deliver technologies that help our customers gain more autonomy over their energy. Our libbi home battery will help our customers complete their own energy ecosystem, enabling them to become less reliant on electricity supplied from the grid and become more energy independent, in order to both reduce energy costs and reduce their own carbon footprint."
myenergi claims that 4kW domestic solar array would typically generate around 3,500kWh of electricity per year – enough energy to drive more than 10,000 miles in an electric car – so if more of this energy can be stored and used by the household, it will have significant benefits in decarbonising vehicles and homes.