GCL’s E-KwBe Battery, Or Something Similar, Will Change The World

gcl e-kwbe battery

The GCL E-Kwbe battery may be unpronounceable – but it may also save the world. Kind of.

GCL, a large Chinese company, has unveiled a new lithium-ion energy storage system at a price point that some consider to be shocking. Called the EKwBe, it has a seven year warranty, a ten year expected lifespan, and comes in two varieties. A 2.5 kilowatt-hour system that wholesales excluding GST for $1,499 and a larger 5.6 kilowatt-hour system that wholesales for $2,999.  This is the lowest price that has been offered for any comparable energy storage system and I believe that it, or something similar, has the potential to change the world.

Update: 1st December 20016.  The GCL EKWBE battery currently appears to be retailing for around $3,600 inc GST.  This doesn’t give it a cost per warranted kilowatt-hour as low as the announced Tesla Powerwall 2, but it will be interesting to see if GCL will cut its price further in response once the Powerwall 2 is actually available for installation.

GCL E-KwBe Specs
Usable Capacity 2.5 kWh / 5.6 kWh
Output Power 1.5 kW / 3 kW
Weight 25kg / 50kg
Type Lithium Nickel Cobalt Manganese (Li-NCM).
Installation Location indoors or outdoors
Operating Temperature Range -20° to 50° Celsius
How's it hanging? Wall Mounted
Maximum Units Working In Unison 8
Warranty 7 years
Expected Lifespan 10 years
Compatible Inverters Goodwe, SMA, Sungrow
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