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August 13, 2012

Latest Thing Under the Sun: Balqon Home Lithium Battery Storage System

By Cheryl Kaften
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Harbor City, California-based Balqon Corporation is offering a new lithium battery system for storage of residentially generated solar energy. The HIQAP 1000 Ah Lithium Battery is designed to appeal to consumers interested in environmentally responsible technologies— but concerned about sacrificing power and performance for their principles.

The HIQAP 1000 Ah Lithium Battery is intended to replace industrial lead acid batteries and to support large daily loads requiring deep depth of discharge and high energy transfer efficiency. They are of particular interest to today’s consumers, because their low internal resistance captures more than 95 percent of the solar energy that is generated – compared to as little as 70 percent efficiency produced by comparable lead acid batteries.

Among their advantages the HIQAP 1000 Ah Lithium Batteries enable homeowners to:

  • Offset peak usage rates
  • Transition from expensive fuel in generator-powered remote areas and second homes
  • Provide backup power during weather- and emergency-related disasters
  • Fulfill the simple desire to live off the grid

According to the manufacturer, HIQAP lithium battery packs provide a best-of-all-worlds combination of low cost, high efficiency, long life and zero maintenance. The HIQAP batteries are available in 12-, 24- and 48-Volt configurations, with an amp hour capacity ranging between 700 Ah to 1,000 Ah; and with lifecycles varying from 2,500 cycles to 5,000 cycles based on depth of discharge.

This variable sizing is an indication of the flexibility and broad applicability that is built into Balqon’s products. In addition to the target residential market for the battery packs, Balqon’s solutions are engineered to address a number of commercial needs—serving municipalities, assisted-living facility developers; and others that require the flexibility of residential components, but the strength and reliability of a leading manufacturer.

 “The question facing customers not too long ago was whether solar energy was cost-effective. Fast forward to the present, and we’re finding broad market acceptance driven by economies in pricing and increases in performance. The bottom line is, energy storage is genuinely ready for solar,” said Balqon CEO Balwinder Samra. “With an estimated life of over ten years and high energy transfer efficiency, our competitively-priced lithium batteries provide homeowners [with] the capability to capture up to 25 percent more energy from their solar panels. Battery storage integration is definitely the next logical step in moving toward net-zero energy communities.”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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