Cobalt-free energy storage system includes communication links

Cobalt-free energy storage system includes communication links

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By Nick Flaherty

SimpliPhi Power has launched a 3.8 kWh cobalt-free battery with a battery management system (BMS) that provides intelligent, data driven communication, delivering real-time information for integration and optimization of energy storage systems (ESS). 

Integral to the AmpliPHI battery is the development of a proprietary, smart Battery Management System (BMS) that calculates and transforms metrics into algorithms that protect, monitor, report, control, authenticate, and balance battery performance. The AmpliPHI 3.8 kWh battery with intelligent communications improves system-wide interoperability. The system provides more detailed information than previously available by maximizing the inverters monitoring platform and providing data to the system owner. This capability is particularly important for utilities deploying virtual power plant projects where remote, distributed assets are managed in aggregate, able to connect or disconnect seamlessly from the grid on demand.

The AmpliPHI battery’s integrated BMS supports easy set-up and installation. The integrated communication protocols track and measure temperature, voltage, current, state of charge, and state of health, sending real-time data to other equipment in a renewable energy or grid-tied system.  The new AmpliPHI battery seamlessly communicates with the inverter to drive operational efficiency, achieve cost-savings and maximize battery cycle life. In addition, AmpliPHI’s comprehensive design increases the safety and protection of the overall system, further preventing failures that can negatively impact the PHI battery bank and other balance of system equipment.

“With an increasing trend toward the adoption of smart, interactive energy products and systems, the AmpliPHI 3.8 kWh battery is designed to integrate and further optimize efficiency, performance and longevity through intelligent communications,” said Catherine Von Burg, CEO of SimpliPhi Power. “Homeowners, businesses and utilities require real-time data to effectively manage electrical loads, power generation assets and overall battery capacity.  The AmpliPHI battery stores and provides accurate data which is critical for any intelligent network. This allows visibility for the end-user or systems operator to manage power demands and make adjustments as electrical loads or project objectives change over time.”

The AmpliPHI battery provides users with data representing an accurate state of charge and state of health, which serve as key determinants in financial modeling to calculate the cost benefits of the energy storage system.  SimpliPhi is providing a communication platform that enhances the performance of energy storage over time, in which the AmpliPHI battery bank and its value is as dynamic as the industry itself, affording new use cases and functionality as project objectives change and evolve to meet different requirements and financial models. 

The battery has a warranty of 10 years and 10,000 cycles, and an End Of Life (EOL) retained  capacity rated at 80 percent, providing years of service. The intelligent self-monitoring and communication protocols built into the AmpliPHI battery safeguard against stranded assets and support optimization across evolving use cases and business models.

SimpliPhi continues to remain software and inverter agnostic, working with best in class software platforms, virtual power plant networks, and inverter manufacturers to optimize energy storage assets.

Simpliphi is working on pre-integration with other software platforms over the next several months, allowing the real-time data and information to be shared and integrated into a mobile app.  The ease of management with a user interface will provide users the ability to aggregate energy storage as a fleet into an intelligent, orchestrated whole system.

The BMS management and communication platform automatically adjusts to the new storage capacity relative to the load and recalculate the set points. Given the battery’s characteristics as a seamless, integrated system, installation time is reduced with no additional external parts, cumbersome cartridges or unknown costs associated with the system set-up.

“Any industry with high energy use and complex systems with multiple performance requirements will realize a strong ROI with the integration of the AmpliPHI 3.8 kWh battery. SimpliPhi will continue to expand its Core Power product line with additional batteries that have integrated intelligent communications to meet the needs of other users and operations,” said Von Burg.

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