Privately funded cleantech company Franklin Whole Home is launching a new residential storage solution for the U.S. market at the Intersolar conference on Jan. 13 in Long Beach, Calif. The highlight of the FranklinWH system is its lithium iron phosphate aPower battery, which offers the highest AC battery capacity on the market. The Franklin Home Power solution is backed by a 12-year warranty — two years more than the industry standard — and a bankability report from DNV.
“We’ve brought together some of the brightest minds in storage and power electronics to design a system to carry homeowners well into the future,” says FranklinWH CEO David Wang. “Our system goes well beyond today’s expectation for reliable back-up. It integrates more critical loads than competing systems with built-in adaptive learning algorithms to ensure home comfort, making storage smarter and more complete.”
Compatible with any PV inverter technology, aPower can connect easily with existing solar systems while scaling up to 15 units for a total of 204 kWh. Because solar systems shut down during power outages, FranklinWH’s Black Start feature creates a microgrid for the home, keeping the PV system powered up when the grid goes down.
The Franklin Home Power solution combines the aPower battery with the aGate smart control system. The aGate control system uses built-in adaptive learning algorithms to manage the most complex load scenarios effectively. It is able to not only safeguard the main panel but also integrate three additional large loads of the homeowner’s choice, such as an HVAC, pool heating, or electric vehicle charging. Its app prompts homeowners to modify consumption when needed or sell power back to the grid at peak rates.
The aPower’s one-step “roll-and-hang” design is pre-assembled to simplify installation. With FranklinWH, the electric main panel doesn’t need to be upgraded, which can avoid slow permitting and up to $5,000 in avoided fees. The aGate’s advanced monitoring also helps installers pinpoint and resolve failures remotely.
FranklinWH will host a public event at Intersolar on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. to mark the company’s new UL certifications and bankability milestones. Featuring special remarks from CSA Group, Intertek and DNV representatives, the festivities will take place in booth #1059.
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