Greater independence, lower energy costs: Solar power with the PLENTICORE plus

Producing and storing cheap electricity without being dependent on electricity suppliers and in an environmentally friendly way - this is not a vision of the future. With the PLENTICORE plus hybrid inverter, the self-generated solar energy can not only be used directly: If there is a surplus of solar energy, it can be temporarily stored in a connected battery storage unit and consumed at a later time.

Unabhängig und flexibel mit dem PIKO BA

Your independent and flexible usage options

With the PLENTICORE plus, you produce and use your own electricity around the clock. In combination with an appropriate storage unit (e.g. BYD), you can store the produced energy almost loss-free and thus save cash per year. The efficient interaction between KOSTAL inverters and BYD battery is also regularly scientifically confirmed as part of the power storage inspection by the Berlin University of Applied Sciences.* 
And thanks to the high flexibility of the PLENTICORE plus, solar modules can be mounted depending on the amount of sunlight, making the orientation of the roof irrelevant. This is because, with the help of self-learning shade management, the PLENTICORE plus reacts to the solar radiation and thus always gets the best out of the sun. 
*All info about KOSTAL inverter at Energy Storage Inspection here

Your smart energy organisation

Your own power, produced and stored throughout the day, enables you to watch television or cook at any time without purchasing extra electricity. The smart energy management system of the PLENTICORE plus can react automatically and without a loss of convenience to the different requirements in your household. You have a guaranteed supply of electricity at all times under the premise of maximum self-consumption.
Get to know the energy flows within your household better. The two KOSTAL tools - the KOSTAL Solar App and the KOSTAL Solar Portal - will help you with this. Both illustrate the amount of energy available and the level of your electricity consumption and self-consumption. You can use your household appliances when solar power is available, thus optimizing your self-consumption.


Die PIKO Solar App

Your communication options

Along with the seamless monitoring of your storage system and thus the safeguarding of your investment in the future, the Plenticore plus supports you in the development of your Smart Home. With the Modbus RTU and Sunspec networking technology, your household appliances can communicate with one another regardless of manufacturer and can be controlled automatically. Energy is thus used efficiently.
Unkomplizierte Energieeffizienz durch lückenlose und bequeme Überwachung

How photovoltaics work

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  • The life-giving star, the sun, is located about 150 million kilometres away. In Germany alone, the amount of energy per year and square metre reaches between 900 and 1200 kilowatt hours. Solar energy is thus the largest and most reliable source of energy we have. Technological progress is making the use of solar energy increasingly economical and efficient. 
  • A solar module, also called solar panel, converts light from the sun directly into electrical energy. A module consists of several solar cells (silicon as a raw material) that are interconnected. Several modules are connected in series and thus form a string. The electricity generated is direct current.
  • The inverter, as the heart of a PV system, converts the direct current produced by the solar modules into the alternating current (house current) needed by electronic devices. Optionally, surplus energy can also be fed directly into the electricity grid. Depending on the requirements and model, an inverter such as the KOSTAL PLENTICORE plus offers additional functions such as compatibility with battery storage units or a charging station (wallbox) to charge your e-vehicle directly with solar energy.
  • It is not always possible to consume all of the solar power produced in your own household, so it may be necessary to feed it into the electricity grid. This requires a feed-in meter to ensure that the feed-in tariff is correctly calculated.
  • Simply put, domestic electricity is the electricity that comes out of the socket. Thanks to photovoltaics, this can be covered up to 100% by self-generated electricity. In the context of a tenancy, however, domestic electricity also means the electricity consumption for jointly used parts of the building, such as the lights in stairwells.
  • The wallbox is usually mounted on the wall of the house or garage or on a pillar. The wallbox is an interface between the vehicle and the power grid or inverter and handles communication with the on-board charger. The KOSTAL Wallbox ENECTOR offers different charging modes for this purpose, which can be used to flexibly control the charging power and the proportion of the power source. Connection to the PLENTICORE plus inverter and the KOSTAL Smart Energy Meter enables maximum flexibility and intelligence.
  • To achieve a maximum degree of self-sufficiency, the connection of one (or more) batteries to the inverter is essential. If more energy is produced than required, the inverter stores the excess energy in the battery. If consumption is higher than the produced  solar energy, the inverter accesses the stored energy to ensure sufficient power supply even on rainy days or at night. The PLENTICORE plus from KOSTAL is characterised by perfect compatibility with many well-known battery manufacturers.
  • If there is not enough energy available, you can use electricity from the public grid. Or you can sell your surplus to the electricity provider.