VARTA Storage's Engion Solar Energy Storage Series Targets Residential and Commercial Applications

Expandable Systems Feature Li-ion Battery Modules to Facilitate Capacities Ranging from 2.8 kWh to 13.8 kWh

Rye, NY – VARTA Microbattery, a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive variety of high-technology rechargeable and primary batteries, today announced that VARTA Storage GmbH is featuring the Engion Series of energy storage systems at Solar Power International, held October 20 through 23, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. The safe and reliable Engion Series is designed to allow residential and commercial property owners greater independence from public utilities by reducing their cost of electricity and ensuring power is available in the event of a power grid fault. Comprised of Engion Home and Engion Family systems, the series employs VARTA’s highly efficient lithium ion (li-ion) battery modules to store energy generated by photovoltaic (PV) systems and/or the electric utility grid. Due to the modular configuration of the VARTA battery modules, systems may be configured with capacities ranging from 2.8 kWh to 13.8 kWh and are available in the range of 25 kW through 100 W. The systems additionally feature a battery inverter capacity of up to 4.0 kW.

“Homeowners, as well as owners of commercial properties, will realize significant cost benefits and efficiencies resulting from the modular design of the VARTA batteries used in Engion energy storage systems,” stated Fred Schellert, head of marketing and sales for VARTA Storage. "Users are able to access ‘green’ energy derived from PV systems and/or the power grid regardless of the time of day or weather, and are able to match the storage capacity of their Engion system with their application. Moreover, the Engion Series is designed to support a 20-plus year lifespan as it is configured to allow existing battery modules to be combined with future battery technologies.”

VARTA Storage’s Engion Home systems are provided with capacities of from 2.8 kWh to 6.9 kWh and a battery inverter capacity of up to 2.4 kW, whereas Engion Family systems are offered with capacities of from 3.7 kWh to 13.8 kWh and with a battery inverter capacity of up to 4 kW. The series supports 3-phase 400 VAC input along with an Ethernet interface. It also boasts an expected life of up to 8,000 cycles and a 20-year lifespan. Engion Family systems measure 60 cm (W) x 185 cm (H) x 40 cm (D), while Engion Home systems measure 60 cm (W) x 130 cm (H) x 40 cm (D). The series is engineered with extensive redundant mechanical and electrical functions, flame-retardant housing and automatic overvoltage cutoff.

About VARTA Microbattery, Inc.

Founded in 1887, and headquartered in Ellwangen, Germany, VARTA Microbattery is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive variety of batteries and energy storage products supporting long life under extreme operating conditions. Their portfolio of rechargeable products includes Ni-MH, lithium button and cylindrical versions, while their primary products offering features button and cylindrical lithium, alkaline, zinc air, nickel zinc, and silver oxide batteries. VARTA Microbattery's products are widely employed in a broad array of OEM and retail markets including automotive, medical, computing, hearing aid, industrial and communications. From prototype to production quantities, VARTA Microbattery provides standard, modified-standard and custom battery solutions for virtually any application and equipment. The Company further reinvests a substantial portion of its revenue in research and development to ensure VARTA Microbattery continues its tradition of pioneering state-of-the-industry technologies.

VARTA Microbattery, Inc.

555 Theodore Fremd Ave.

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Rye, NY 10580

800-468-2782; Fax: 914-345-0488

Contact: Robert Magyar

(267) 614-3145  

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