Solar Builder

JAN 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 43 U.S. Battery U.S. Battery RE Series deep cycle batteries use the company's exclusive XC2 formulation and Diamond Plate Technology to create highly efficient battery plates to deliver greater watt-hours per liter and watt-hours per kilogram than other flooded lead-acid battery in the market. In addition, U.S. Battery RE Series batter- ies reduce mossing and sulfation conditions by incorporating the company's Defender moss shields and Outside Positive plate battery design. Defender moss shields are effective in preventing mossing shorts caused when positive active mate- rial particles dislodge from the battery plates and collect under the plate connectors. Also, unlike chemical carbon additives that are intended for use in AGM batteries, the Outside Positive (OSP) battery design mitigates the effects of positive and negative plate sulfation and further increases battery life, overall capacity and stable performance. batteries. The independent verification tool compiles battery lifecycle data and predicts battery degradation under different condi- tions and duty cycles, providing renewables stakeholders with an objective way to com- pare the value and reliability of types and brands of energy storage technology as well as provide consulting on battery size and chemistry selection. "As the storage market continues to expand, the ability to manage risk at the point of purchase is becoming increasingly important," says Rich Barnes, executive vice president and regional manager for DNV GL Energy in North America. "Battery XT will empower stakeholders to make better purchasing decisions based on objective, third-party testing." Charles Thurston is a freelance writer covering solar energy from Northern California. Trojan Battery The Trojan Battery Solar product line features both true deep-cycle AGM and flooded batteries which are specifically designed for solar and other renewable energy applications. Trojan Solar AGM features a non-spillable, maintenance- free design which enables installers to customize the use and position of the batteries in various applications. Trojan's Flooded Solar batteries leverage its 90 years of deep-cycle flooded technology expertise and are engineered to provide the best cycling in the industry. Both solar flooded and AGM batteries are manufactured in the U.S., and Solar AGM is certified for non-hazardous ship- ping per U.S. DOT/IATA regulations and tested to an eight-year design life under the IEC 61427 standard for solar batteries. JLM Energy recently installed more than a dozen residential Phazr MicroStorage plus solar projects in locations throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area to shave peaks when demand spikes.

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