Flemish premium for home battery systems
Flemish Energy Minister Bart Tommelein (Open VLD) wants a premium system for people installing a battery to store electricity at home. The premium system for home batteries should be operational in the summer of this year.
“Installing a big capacity battery at home to store electricity makes the installation of solar panels even more interesting”, says Tommelein. At the moment there are already a whole bunch of manufacturers offering such batteries, Tesla with its Powerwall for example, but also LG and many others.
Also car manufacturers are considering this solution. By the end of the year BMW wants to offer recycled i3 batteries to use at home as a power storage.
The Japanese manufacturer Nissan is considering a parallel system with its new Leaf. The company provides the possibility to include the car in the energy grid at home, so the Leaf becomes an integral part of the system and can deliver or withdraw electrical energy when necessary or beneficial for the owner.
The company wants the system to be rolled out as soon as possible throughout Europe, but the electricity networks have to be able to cooperate and at the moment this is only possible in Denmark. In Belgium the so-called smart meter has to be implemented for such a system, but the introduction of this meter is having some delay.
Also for windmills
“A similar premium system could be installed for medium sized windmills too”, concludes Bart Tommelein. The Flemish Minister of Energy is interested by anything that is contributing to a better and ‘greener’ use of energy.