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2021 Battery Showcase for Solar Installers

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 06th July


Not all batteries are created equal, and not all batteries make sense – in capabilities or price point – for every customer. To help sort among your options, this Battery Showcase provides a snapshot of what several of the top battery suppliers are offering in the residential and small commercial segments right now.

Panasonic Life Solutions Company of America

Name: EverVolt Home Battery
Type of battery: Lithium-ion
Chemistry specifics: NMC
Applications: Residential

Panasonic’s EverVolt Home Battery is a residential energy storage solution that can be installed new or with an existing system. EverVolt can be tailored to fit any home’s energy needs. It is available in AC- and DC-coupled versions, both of which can be scaled down to 11 kWh or expanded to 102 kWh to provide continuous back-up power. Equipped with pre-programmed time-of-use settings, advanced software and a user-friendly app for homeowners, EverVolt can be customized between multiple operating modes and provides visibility into system status. There are only three main components of the EverVolt home battery: the inverter, the battery enclosure and the battery modules. EverVolt only requires a one-person installation and is field serviceable. It is backed by a 10-year warranty provided by a company with a century-old record of staying power and dependability.

Key Specs

Capacity: 11kWh to 102 kWhBattery Voltage: 46.2V – 48V nominal.Energy: 11.4 kWh useable Standard, 17.1 kWh usable PlusPeak Power: 5.5kW off-grid, 7.0kW grid-tiedDimensions:  29” x 47” x 18”

Systems commonly paired with:

Panasonic EverVolt (learn more in this webinar)DC coupled: Tigo TS4 optimizers with rapid shutdown, NEP rapid shutdown.AC coupled: Enphase Microinverters, SolarEdge, SMA, Other standard US compatible solar inverters.

Warranty: When installed by an EverVolt-certified installer and registered through the Panasonic website, the battery storage product is backed by a 10-year product and performance warranty.
Sales: Website

Rolls Battery

Name: Series 5000 Heavy-Duty Flooded Deep Cycle Renewable Energy Line

Rolls Series 5000 flooded deep cycle models include heavy-duty industrial cells with industry-leading capacity and dual-container construction for added durability and protection. The unique, modular cell construction in these 4, 6, 8 & 12V models offer installers a selection of capacity options and easier transport & assembly when installing in remote sites.

Key Specs

Heavy-duty industrial-grade enveloped plate design for exceptional cycle lifeHigh liquid reserves for cell protection & extended watering intervalsModular cell & dual-container construction

Warranty: Rolls offers an industry-leading manufacturer warranty on all Rolls
Full offering: Flooded and sealed VRLA AGM & GEL deep cycle lead-acid batteries, LiFePO4 lithium models
Sales contact: sales@rollsbattery.com

Also check out its Advanced NAM Carbon Additive lineup.

Blue Planet Energy

Name: Blue Ion HI
Chemistry specifics: Lithium ferrous phosphate (LFP)
Applications: Resi and C&I

Blue Ion HI is Blue Planet Energy’s premium battery system for those who desire a flexible and superior energy storage experience. As a universal pairing for any 48-volt battery-based inverter, the Blue Ion HI effortlessly accommodates energy storage from a variety of sources, including solar PV, the utility grid, generators, and more. Thoughtfully designed, Blue Ion HI boasts intuitive features that dramatically simplify installation, including removable panels for easy internal access, a specially designed racking system for precise battery module installation and proprietary conduit knockouts for a no-drill process. Like all Blue Planet Energy solutions, Blue Ion Technology delivers safety through a benign battery chemistry and an intelligent architecture with an unmatched 15-year performance warranty. Blue Ion HI is proudly built in the USA and deployed around the planet for grid-optional energy storage applications that support decarbonization and electrification goals.

Key Specs

non-toxic LFP battery chemistry15-year performance warranty (8,000 cycles/100% DoD)UL9540a listedCapacities of 8 kWh, 12 kWh, and 16 kWhHigh-power 8kW continuous performance

Commonly paired with: All leading inverters, such as SolArk, SMA, Outback, Schneider, etc.
Warranty: 15-year performance warranty
Sales: sales@blueplanetenergy.com

Crown Battery Manufacturing

Name: CROWN1 Maintenance-Free Home and Business Batteries
Type of battery: AGM (absorbent glass mat)
Applications: Resi and C&I

CROWN1 batteries incorporate 80%+ recycled materials, and they’re 99% recyclable (lithium-ion is 0%-60% down-cyclable). They are engineered and manufactured in the United States and proven in 10,000+ installations on six continents — everything from a Department of Energy single-family home pilot project to North America’s largest off-grid school and Central Asia’s biggest microgrid. Designed for turnkey installation and longer life, Crown batteries feature robotic welding with 3,960 more adjustments than conventional methods. The industry’s heaviest plates hold more active material, for more chemical reactions. US-based sales and tech support help you avoid costly on-site drives and inspection delays. Protect your supply chain with 100% domestic critical materials and simple, robust shipping from 14 sales and distribution offices in North America and more than 60 countries.

Key specs

Sustainable – 100% renewable energy for manufacturing, 98.9% recyclable100% U.S.-Engineered and robotically Manufactured to ISO 9001:2015 standardsPowers multiple generations of renewable energy facilities, since 1926250+ quality checks per battery – for maximum consistency, durability, and lifespan3.  6-, 8-, and 12-volt models feature 33-390 Ah (20-hour rating) capacities and virtually unlimited configuration options

Systems commonly paired with: N/A
Warranty: Varies; batteries are engineered and robotically assembled for longevity
Sales: Website

BYD

Name: BYD Battery-Box HVL Series
Type of battery: High Voltage
Chemistry specifics: Lithium iron phosphate
Applications: Resi and C&I

Battery-Box from BYD is the next generation of residential storage. Capable of high-powered emergency-backup and off-grid functionality, has the highest efficiency thanks to a real high-boltage series connection, requires no internal wiring and allows, for maximum flexibility and ease of use.

Key specs (for HVL 12.0)

Usable Energy 12 kWh Max Output Current 50 A Peak Output Current 75 A, 3 s Round-Trip Efficiency ≥96 %Operating temperature 14°F to 122°F

Systems / Inverters it is commonly paired with: GoodWe A-ES
Warranty: 10 Years
Sales: Website

KiloVault

Name: KiloVault HLX+ Series
Type of battery: Deep Cycle Lithium Battery
Chemistry specifics: LFP (LiFePO4)
Application: Residential and C&I

The KiloVault HLX+ series is the first solar lithium battery made for both hot and cold. HLX+ s­­eries offers the features of both the HLX and CHLX series of batteries, at an exceptional value. Key upgrades allow for ease of use and battery bank performance, and premium quality at the same competitive price of earlier models. Designed with versatility in mind, the HLX+ serves as a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries in a renewable energy system, providing more energy and a higher cycle count with less weight. They also thrive in marine, RV, camper, golf cart, medical device, lighted signage, and off-grid applications. The HLX+ boasts some of the highest surge ratings in its class, perfect for kitchen appliances or large power tools.

Key specs

Rated voltage: 12.8 V DCVoltage Configurations: 12, 24,36, 48 V DCRated capacity: 1200 Wh / 2400 Wh / 3600 WhContinuous Discharge: 100A / 150A / 200AMax Charge Current: 80A / 150A / 200A

Systems commonly paired with: Schneider Electric, Outback Power, Morningstar, Midnite, Sol-Ark, Victron
Warranty:  7.5 Years
Sales: Website | info@kilovault.com

sonnen

Name: sonnenModule
Type of battery: Residential energy storage
Chemistry: lithium iron phosphate
Application: Residential

The sonnenModule is designed with a built-in, custom sonnen battery management system (BMS) that allows the batteries to charge and discharge to 100 percent of the usable capacity. The lithium iron phosphate battery chemistry is built for safety and is both cobalt free and 100 percent recyclable, so they’re ideal for homes. The entire system is designed to last with a factory-limited warranty of 10-years / 10,000 charge cycles and is expected to deliver 58 MWh of energy over the lifetime of the system.

Key specs

Optimized for performance using a custom BMS, designed by sonnenSafe, long-lasting, sustainable (cobalt-free and 100% recyclable) LFP battery chemistryFully usable 5kWh capacity per battery module, with a 10kWh total system capacity  Up to 58 MWh of estimated total watt hours over the life of the warranty

Systems commonly paired with: sonnenCore & sonnenInverter
Warranty: 10,000 cycles or 10 years
Sales: Website

LG RESU HV

Chemistry specifics: Lithium Ion
Applications: Residential

LG Chem RESU 10H 400v Lithium Ion battery for safe and reliable residential energy storage. 9.3kWH Usable (9.8kWH Total), 63Ah capacity. RS485 Communication port. IP55 rated Enclosure. Requires additional storage management hardware. Compatible with the SolarEdge StorEdge SE-7600A-USS or SE-7600A-USS-HP residential inverters. 1 Battery per inverter at this time, can be expanded to 2 with future firmware updates. Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 35.7 x 8.1 (in) / 745 x 907 x 206 Product Weight: 214 (lbs)

Key specs

9.8kWH total energy8.8kWH usable energy189 capacity Ah17.8W x 19.1H x 8.9D, In Dimension165 weight lb

Systems commonly paired with: GoodWe A-ES
Warranty: 10 Years
Sales: Website

SimpliPhi

Name: PHI 3.8-M BATTERY
Type of battery: Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP)
Applications: Resi and C&I

The PHI 3.8-M kWh 60 Amp deep-cycle Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) battery is optimized with proprietary cell architecture, power electronics, BMS and assembly methods. It is modular, light- weight and scalable for installations that range from kWh to MWh. Provides power security and seamless integration of renewable and traditional sources of energy in conjunction with or independent of the grid: net zero, peak shaving, emergency back-up, portable and mobile. [What do pro solar installers need to know about this?] (100-150 words)

Key specs

Cycle Life: 10,000+ (@80% DOD) MAX Discharge Rate (10 minutes): 24V: 80 Amps DC (2.05 kW DC); 48V: 80 Amps DC (4.1 kW DC) Amp-Hours: 24V: 151 Ah; 48V:75 Ah Max Continuous Discharge: 24V: 75A DC (1.9 kW DC); 48V: 37.5A DC (1.92 kW DC)Depth of Discharge: Up to 100%Operating Efficiency: 98%

Commonly paired with: Sol-Ark, Schneider, Magnum, Outback, Samlex, Victron, Morningstar

Warranty: 10 years
Sales: sales@simpliphipower.com, simpliphipower.com

Others to check out:

Tags: Blue Planet Energy, BYD, commercial, Crown Battery, EverVolt, KiloVault, LG, off-grid, on-grid, Panasonic, Rolls Battery, SimpliPhi Power, Sonnen

Source: https://solarbuildermag.com/news/2021-battery-showcase-for-solar-installers/