Briggs & Stratton is now able to offer a full line of intelligent energy storage products after officially debuting the SimpliPHI Energy Storage System (ESS). Named after SimpliPhi Power— the California-based manufacturer of energy storage systems acquired by Briggs & Stratton, LLC in 2021 — the all-new integrated ESS comes as an answer to the rising demand for access to reliable, safe and affordable energy serving both residential and commercial markets.
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“Coming together as one company, we’ve successfully leveraged the team’s complementary expertise to deliver more choice and more control than ever before so our customers have access to power when it matters most,” said Tom Rugg, senior vice president and president, Energy Solutions at Briggs & Stratton. “With aging power grids, more frequent outages and unpredictable weather patterns, the addition of the SimpliPHI ESS to our product lineup is another solution for people looking for an innovative, scalable energy system for their home or business.”
The SimpliPHI ESS will be available to order beginning June 14, 2022. The system integrates three core components: a 6 kW SimpliPHI Inverter, a 4.9 kWh Battery and EnergyTrak management software. Let’s look at each piece.
Inverter | The heart of the system is the new 6 kW SimpliPHI Inverter with integrated MPPT for solar or utility charging in either DC coupled or retrofit AC coupled systems. The SimpliPHI Inverter works seamlessly with batteries to deliver an efficient, easy-to-use experience for home and business owners. It is also flexibile for those looking for backup power to subsidize utility costs or to run a power system completely off-grid.
When the grid fails, the risk of power surges, flickering lights and damage to sensitive equipment is eliminated with the inverter’s 8-millisecond switchover time. The SimpliPHI Inverter can scale from one to nine units in any installation, creating redundancy and cost-effective increments of 6 kW to size power output to specific electrical loads.
Battery | The SimpliPHI ESS offers an all-new 4.9 kWh Battery utilizing Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LFP) chemistry, further enhanced by a Battery Management System (BMS) with closed-loop communications to integrate the 6 kW Inverter and EnergyTrack management software.
The SimpliPHI 4.9 Battery runs cooler and has a longer cycle life and broader operating temperature range that eliminates the risk of thermal runaway. The SimpliPHI 4.9 Battery can scale from one module up to 72, for a total energy storage capacity of 358.5 kWh. Both the SimpliPHI Inverter and Battery are IP65 rated so they can be installed indoors or outdoors.
Software | Finally, the SimpliPHI ESS features EnergyTrak, a monitoring and control software platform for users to manage their energy usage. The EnergyTrak mobile app integrates the SimpliPHI ESS 6 kW Inverter and 4.9 Battery at any scale in any combination.
“From the chemistry, form factor and manufacturing processes of the batteries to the testing and validation requirements on behalf of our customers, we seek to provide a safer and more reliable solution,” said Catherine Von Burg, president and CEO, SimpliPhi Power.