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Are You Prepared? Powering Through Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Wildfires and Other Emergencies.

Whether sheltering in place or evacuating, SimpliPhi offers stationary, mobile and portable emergency power solutions you can rely on when the grid goes down.
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SimpliPhi IQ Installer Spotlight: Power Guru

Power Guru has been installing solar energy and battery storage systems in both Vermont and New York since 2008
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Temperature Effects on PHI Batteries vs. Lead Acid

When it comes to the negative effects of temperature on lead acid batteries, lithium iron phosphate provides an ideal solution for lead acid’s many limitations.
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Virginia Tech's futureHAUS at the Solar Decathlon in Dubai, powered by the sun and SimpliPhi batteries. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech

Pleasant Surprises

In the early years of our company, I derived immense satisfaction from the fact that I knew exactly where all our products and were being deployed.
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The Puerto Rico/SimpliPhi Power Nexus: Questions for Catherine Von Burg

Catherine’s in Puerto Rico for the Clinton Global Initiative conference w/SimpliPhi’s Troy Daniels, who’s training installers on building resilience w/PHI batteries
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Understand the Pros and Cons of Software and Communications Decisions

At times, it is optimal to have connected devices in place. At other times, it creates another point of failure. As is true in every industry today, solar installations are becoming smarter and more connected by leveraging the power of real-time data, remote controls and responsiveness to improve project and product performance. Project owners and financing partners cheer software platforms that enable sophisticated communications. Without question, software and communications can play an important role in many storage projects. First and foremost,...
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Design a Battery Bank to Grow with Your Customers

Whether residential or commercial, energy needs and usage inevitably evolve over time — most often with power loads and required energy increasing as operations or families grow. With that reality in mind, the ability to deliver energy storage solutions that can scale and expand in sync with an end customer’s needs is an important installation selling point. Understanding scalability Battery size and modularity can make a big difference when it comes to project scalability, optimization and ease of installation, but not every...
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Demand Charge Management Tips for the Commercial, Industrial Segment

Storage solutions must be customized to align with the specific power or energy demands of a commercial or industrial customer. It’s no secret that commercial energy users in every industry are seeking to reduce energy costs today and achieve long-term cost predictability for the future as utilities implement increasingly unfavorable rate structures. Energy storage provides a powerful, multifaceted solution to lock in rates and achieve power security. Savings opportunities Energy storage can provide a significant ROI when it comes to utility bill...
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Temperature Considerations in Battery Selection

As is true with solar projects, the range of environments in which energy storage is being applied has grown and diversified significantly. This diversification in deployments means a deeper understanding of the temperature-related performance and safety issues tied to battery selection and storage system design. For solar installers, understanding which battery chemistries and energy storage solutions offer the most environmental flexibility in terms of project suitability is an important advantage in the ability to successfully deploy more storage in more...
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AC vs. DC Coupling: Which is Best for Your Application and Why?

AC or DC coupling refers to the way in which solar panels are coupled with and interact with a battery system. A hotly debated topic among solar installers today is whether AC or DC coupling is the best approach for solar+storage installations and retrofits. The truth is there really is no right or wrong answer. Both approaches have their merits, and the optimal approach depends entirely upon the application. What is AC coupling? AC coupled systems require two inverters: a common...
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