FU­TURE STUFF POWER TO YOUR PAD

Tom Wi ins has been shop­pin in Ikea to find the best method of savin a tonne on your ener y bills

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Ikea used to be all about meat­balls, in­sanely long queues and in­fu­ri­at­ing flat­pack fur­ni­ture with funny names. But since launch­ing its own wire­less charg­ing kit and invit­ing it­self into your smart home with its Trad­fri light­ing, things have taken a turn for the techy at every­one’s favourite Swedish book­case-flog­ger.

The lat­est prod­uct head­ing to­wards its cat­a­logue might look like an as­tro­naut’s fridge-freezer… but this is Ikea’s home bat­tery, which you can have in­stalled in your house to store the sur­plus en­ergy gen­er­ated by that bank of so­lar pan­els you had fit­ted to the roof.

Right now that en­ergy gets sold back to your sup­plier at a loss, so stor­ing it for fu­ture use, or to charge up your new Tesla, makes much more fi­nan­cial sense. Ikea won’t make the bat­ter­ies – a UK com­pany called So­lar­century will sup­ply

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