Sonnen to combine North American manufacturing with R&D at new innovation hub in Atlanta

Written By: Stratton Report
February 15, 2017


On February 15, sonnen, a residential energy storage provider, announced it has invested in a new North American innovation center in Atlanta, GA which the firm emphasized will combine the company’s U.S. manufacturing operations and product research and development in a single facility.

sonnen expects its InnovationHub to begin production of sonnenBatterie products in the second quarter of 2017.

By combining all the U.S. product development and manufacturing capabilities under one roof, sonnen hopes the new facility will help make energy storage more affordable.

Christoph Ostermann, sonnen Group CEO noted: “sonnen U.S. has experienced exponential sales growth over the past year, making the sonnen InnovationHub a smart investment to capitalize upon the immense potential of the North American energy storage market. We expect that linking our U.S. manufacturing and R&D teams in one facility will increase the rate of product innovation, and enable us to better adapt to the future needs of the high-growth U.S. residential energy storage market.”

Globally, sonnen claims it has installed over 16,000 battery storage systems.

Blake Richetta, Vice President of Sales for sonnen North America remarked:

The U.S. market represents significant opportunity for sonnen as we look to expand and encourage energy independence globally. We’re seeing a rapidly growing number of homeowners interested in achieving energy independence, and a large portion of those are seeking smart storage and software capabilities for better efficiency and management of their renewable energy output. 

Costas Simoglou, Director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Energy Technology observed: It’s gratifying and exciting for us when an innovative technology company like sonnen expands their footprint in Georgia. The sonnen InnovationHub is another success story that puts solar energy storage, a very critical part of the solar energy ecosystem, in the spotlight. Our goal is to offer up the state’s economic development assets and provide the resources required to build an environment that puts Georgia at the forefront of the clean energy industry. I look forward to continue working with sonnen as they grow their manufacturing, R&D and engineering teams here in Atlanta.

sonnen emphasized that it currently develops and manufactures the sonnenBatterie smart energy management systems in Germany, Atlanta and California. The firm also has a variety of options for its customers, including sonnenCommunity, allowing homeowners throughout Europe to produce, store and share their own electricity; the sonnenFlat-Box, which connects non-solar customers to the sonnenCommunity and grid services; and the sonnenFlat tariff, which provides community members with energy at $0 for 10 years.  Sonnen notes that all these options are intended to lead to virtual power plants whereby sonnenBatteries can be aggregated into one large storage pool that provides both energy to customers and balancing energy for the power grid.