The future of the Japanese home: solar, battery, energy software

While some day in the future we could all have our own personal home battery systems combined with rooftop solar panels, Japanese home owners could get these goodies sooner, rather than later. Consumer electronics giant Kyocera is working with battery system developer Nichicon Corporation to package up Kyocera’s solar rooftop gear and its energy management system, with Nichicon’s lithium ion home battery systems, to sell an all-in-one product to Japanese home owners.
Kyocera says there’s been a growing demand for Japanese homes to be able to generate and store their own power following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters last year. Kyocera says it’ll start selling the package this Summer in Japan. The battery itself will be made by Samsung, and Nichicon provides the battery management system, storage unit and power inverter.