Pika Energy Inc.’s Harbor Smart Battery product line, which sold out during its beta production run, now features expanded energy storage capacities and reduced pricing, the U.S.-based manufacturer announced at Solar Power International.
The Harbor Smart Battery, co-developed with Panasonic, is now available in two configurations: Harbor Plus, with 15.9 kWh of usable capacity, and the Harbor Flex, with 10.6 kWh of usable capacity that can be expanded to 15.9 kWh at a later time. Both models were recently certified to UL 9540 and are available to order now.
“With these optimizations to usable stored energy capacity and product pricing, we’re focusing the Harbor Smart Battery product line on two key segments of the solar-plus-storage market: Buyers who want serious backup power and more stored energy will choose the Harbor Plus, while buyers seeking a battery at a competitively-priced entry point with future-forward scalability will choose Harbor Flex,” said Rob Smart, Pika Energy’s Director of Strategic Partnerships.
Both the Harbor Plus and Harbor Flex are DC-coupled as part of the Pika Energy Island for seamless solar-plus-storage with high efficiency and simple installation. The solar-ready Harbor Smart Battery combines Panasonic’s DCB-105 lithium ion battery modules with Pika Energy’s REbus power electronics in a slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure. The Harbor Smart Battery is assembled onsite using Pika Energy’s SwiftRack installation process for plug-and-play setup of lithium ion battery modules, requiring no lifts or large teams of installers.
Harbor Plus provides 6.7 kW of continuous power through the transformerless Pika X7600 Islanding Inverter, and can surge at 10 kW to start essential residential loads, such as well pumps and HVAC equipment. Harbor Flex offers a competitively-priced smart battery solution with more usable power capacity than other DC-coupled systems in its size class. Both models can be used for clean backup power, self-supply and other solar-plus-storage applications.
For system integrators, the simplicity and price-performance of the Harbor Smart Battery set it apart from other grid-tied battery systems, said Ben Polito, Pika Energy’s President and Co-Founder.
“A single person can install and commission a Harbor Smart Battery in less than an hour,” Polito said. “Harbor is assembled on-site, with a modular design enabled by our SwiftRack installation process. Combined with our transformerless inverter, we’re offering a vast improvement over heavy wall-mounted battery systems and outdated multiple-inverter configurations that suffer from low efficiency, extraneous hardware and complex installations.”
— Solar Builder magazine