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Startup Company Hopes to "Kickstart" Past Tesla Powerwall, With the First Plug-and-Play Whole-House Solar Battery

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 18, 2016 1:22:06 PM

Now on pre-order, the battery systems sell for about $1,200, and can be daisy-chained to exceed Tesla Powerwall storage capability.Orison-Floor-Tower-Battery-Green-Builder.png

This just in, from Triple Pundit:

"The Orison battery is available in two variations — a tower and a panel — building on the tech trend of style-first (think: the Nest’s uncanny ability to make thermostats cool). Weighing in at 38 pounds, Orison’s battery tower looks like a cross between a cylinder fan and a Wi-Fi router. The 34-inch tower, which also functions as an LED light and bluetooth speaker, is designed to be placed on the floor (prominently, of course). The 40-pound panel, which also functions as an LED light, can be mounted on the wall and comes in a variety of colors to suit the owner’s decor (see above).

The systems are insanely small compared to the Powerwall, which weighs more than 200 pounds — and Clifton told us a small size was his cohort’s primary goal, ranking even above storage capacity.

“The size was dictated by weight, and we didn’t know where we were going to end up with the total capacity,” he told 3p. “We just knew we needed to stay under 40 pounds for what we believed the market segment is looking for. So, we were actually a little bit surprised. We were thinking it would originally be maybe 1 kWh to 1.5 kWh.”

Both units store 2.2 kilowatt-hours of energy: less than it takes to do a load of laundry but enough to keep the lights on for 10 or more hours during an outage.

Fortunately, like the Powerwall, the Orison system is modular — meaning users can spend up to add more storage capacity. As many as five so-called ‘Panel+’ units can be added to a main Panel for up to 13.2 kWh of storage on a single circuit, compared to 10 kWh for the largest home Powerwall."



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