Samsung and Q cells ink ‘zero energy home’ deal

Q Cells solar cells being made (zero energy home)
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Samsung and Q Cells have partnered in a ‘zero energy home’ deal, combining their hardware and software platforms to provide generation, energy storage, power consumption, and intelligent energy management, PV Magazine reports.

The zero energy home concept involves the efficient use of energy directly produced onsite to enable energy independence and reduce emissions, achieved via “active technology” generation resources and “passive technology” energy efficiency measures.

Q Cells will provide solar modules and energy storage systems (ESS) to customers as well as its Q.ONNECT home energy management system. The platform features an optimised ESS operation service that uses expected charge amount data and local weather forecasts.

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Linked with Samsung Electronics’ SmartThings platform, the data will give homeowners control to optimise home energy use. The platform can link to Samsung and non-Samsung devices for centralised appliance management. The service is intended to give homeowners a clearer view of how energy is consumed by heat pumps and appliances, letting them set up a more sustainable energy management plan.

The two companies plan to cooperate on sales in the US and European markets.

Q Cells is a subsidiary of Hanwha Solutions, an affiliate of the Hanwha Group. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and its technology and innovation centre is located in Thalheim, Germany. Q Cells develops and produces mono- and polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panels. It produces and installs PV systems for commercial, industrial, and residential applications and provides EPC services for large scale solar power plants. The company has production facilities in South Korea, Malaysia, China, and the United States.

The Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. It comprises numerous affiliated businesses, most of them united under the Samsung brand, and is the largest South Korean chaebol. As of 2020, Samsung has the eighth highest global brand value.