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Nissan takes aim at Tesla with their new all-in-one solar energy system for UK homes

By Polycount · 8 replies
May 17, 2018
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  1. It seems Tesla might have some serious competition in the realm of solar energy if a recent announcement from Nissan's European division is anything to go by.

    The carmaker today unveiled their all-new, all-in-one home energy solution dubbed "Nissan Energy Solar." The AIO system will combine the power generation capabilities of solar panels with sophisticated energy storage tech, allegedly allowing customers to save "up to 66%" on their monthly energy bills.

    Nissan's AIO solar system comes with six solar panels, an "xStorage" battery, and Nissan's "Home Energy Management" system. Though prices will undoubtedly differ depending on your specific home's power needs, the full AIO solution will begin at £7,635.

    Nissan's primary goal with their Energy Solar system seems to lie in advancing the use of sustainable energy, while simultaneously giving their customers increased independence from traditional electricity providers.

    "Nissan Energy Solar is a complete system for home energy generation, management and storage," Nissan Europe's Gareth Dunsmore said in a statement. "It enables UK homeowners to make significant savings on their household electricity bills, and become champions of sustainability and green technology."

    If you're interested in checking Nissan's Energy Solar system out for yourself, you might be out of luck. Nissan is only selling the system to UK residents for the time being, and manual installation is the only way to get your hands on it.

    US residents who want to make the switch to solar might be better off waiting for Tesla's PowerWalls and solar panels to arrive at 800 Home Depot locations sometime in the future.

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  2. Markp1950

    Markp1950 TS Rookie

    With BILLIONS of homes NO PROBLEM>!
  3. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 142   +69

    Why the hell would you choose "sunny" Britain to launch a solar power business?
  4. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Addict Posts: 164   +111

    The little known fact about solar is that it doesn't require direct sunlight to work. The amount of light energy that hits the surface even on an overcast day is still tremendous.
    TempleOrion and JaredTheDragon like this.
  5. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 486   +321

    A lot of people still don't believe in photons, despite plants existing, their own eyes working, and every experiment ever confirming their existence. Quantum Mechanics (Copenhagen) calls them "massless, virtual 'messenger' particles" or "waves" intermittently, which is why a lot of people don't understand photons. They were sold fake science for nearly a hundred years now and ate it right up.
  6. Godel

    Godel TS Addict Posts: 142   +69


    http://www.plasmatronics.com.au/downloads/Insolation_MapWeb_BP.pdf PDF 1.3MB

    I rest my case.
  7. HyPeroxya

    HyPeroxya TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +6

    Manuel installation ? I think not , Basil...
  8. Kytetiger

    Kytetiger TS Member Posts: 29

    For home user, it's the average electricity price that influence these business model, because after a couple of year, you would already get the RoI.
    In the UK, it is worth it for regular people.
  9. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Addict Posts: 164   +111

    And what was your case exactly?

    That chart was dated 2001. There was no mention of what panel efficiency rating was used to obtain these average energy measures so we can only assume they're basing it off 17-year-old panel technology, which isn't very helpful for today's market.

    Also, the key explicitly says these numbers are worst-case scenario for kwh per sq m. / day. This chart was not directed at home users but large scale deployments. According to this chart, solar energy is feasible for residential use even in northern UK with 17-year-old panel technology. The worst-case you get up to 1 kwh per day per square meter, and since most homes have roofs much larger than 1 sq m, we're talking about multiple kwh / day in the worst-case.

    When paired with sufficient battery backup similar to Tesla's Powerwall most UK households can comfortably live completely independent of the electric grid using only solar energy.

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