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When Failure is Not an Option

Beginning in 2010, SimpliPhi was engaged by the U.S. Department of Defense to provide mission-critical access to power on Forward Operating Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. At stake was troop safety related to diesel offset and lead acid replacement. The result of that partnership today is a portfolio of robust energy storage and management systems that provide reliable off-grid, mobile and portable power.

Military FAQs:

We’ve always used lead acid batteries. How do SimpliPhi batteries compare?

Our first R&D challenge on behalf of the DoD was to create a seamless, better performing lithium ion battery to replace lead acid. Depleted through degradation during shipment due to extreme heat and corrosion, lead acid batteries were arriving at FOBs DOA -- and leaving FOBs stranded without reliable energy storage. Our non-toxic batteries were designed in the same form factor while increasing energy capacity, power output, reliability and system uptime. SimpliPhi also eliminated thermal mitigation and temperature constraints, thereby affording airtight storage containers that did not require ventilation, protecting energy generation from sandstorms and other environmental elements.

What mobile power options does SimpliPhi offer the military?

SimpliPhi batteries have the flexibility to power a wide range of mobile military power solutions. For example, we collaborated on the development of The Forge -- a silent, 3 to 7 kWh solar+storage kit that met the weight limit for two-man-carry. The kits could be daisy-chained together to increase capacity and power. On a larger scale, T-series trailers had room for 4 to 20 SimpliPhi batteries and could be pulled behind a humvee. With solar panels that could stack easily on the trailer roof and outlets for plug in generators, batteries could be charged completely in less than two hours.

SimpliPhi continues to develop custom solutions to meet the power requirements of various DoD departments.

How did SimpliPhi batteries perform when tested at the Aberdeen Proving Ground?
Rigorously tested by extreme discharge and charge parameters utilized by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, third party military test facilities such as the Aberdeen Proving Ground found SimpliPhi batteries performed above expectations in providing both mission critical peak-load power and long-duration energy without the risk of overheating or fire.
Have SimpliPhi batteries been deployed in combat?
Yes. More than 100 SimpliPhi expeditionary systems were deployed to power a wide range of combat military operations and equipment in both Iraq and Afghanistan with a zero percent failure rate.
Can SimpliPhi batteries optimize diesel generators?

PHI batteries can replace or optimize diesel generators by integrating other power generation sources to offset diesel and extend diesel reserves. Expeditionary power featuring PHI batteries proved to reduce diesel consumption by 50 to 80 percent on FOBs, safeguarding troops from the dangers associated with protecting fuel convoys.