Microstorage solutions can enable 20-year warranties for lithium.

The CEO of a company that makes ‘microstorage’ units that connect directly to individual solar PV panels, says his products come with 20-year warranties with the intention of matching PV system owners’ expectations of product quality and lifetime.

8/16/17 | By Andy Colthrope

Phazr Diagram

The CEO of a company that makes ‘microstorage’ units that connect directly to individual solar PV panels, says his products come with 20-year warranties with the intention of matching PV system owners’ expectations of product quality and lifetime.

JLM Energy CEO Farid Dibachi also said the ease of deployment of PV microinverters and module-level power electronics and their relative success in taking market share from string or central inverters was an inspiration to JLM in developing Phazr, its microstorage product.

Phazr units, launched at the beginning of this year, attach a small lithium battery to a solar PV panel. Building up from units of 0.65kWh or 0.8kWh, the systems can add 2.5 hours or 5 hours energy storage duration to a residential, commercial or utility-scale PV plant.

While many rivals in the lithium battery-based energy storage space are typically offering product warranties of five or 10 years, JLM’s Phazr units are backed with a 20-year assurance.

“The customer is buying a solar panel and that panel is typically going to come with a 20-year warranty,” Dibachi said.

“If I truly want to offer a solar-plus-energy storage system to a customer accustomed to that 20-year warranty from a PV panel provider, I really need to be able to match that warranty with my energy storage system.”

Dibachi claimed that lower production costs, including for assembly logistics and technology, are among the factors making this warranty possible. He said there were three main aspects to this: firstly, the battery chemistry used in Phazr is lithium iron phosphate, “a structurally, thermally and chemically much more stable chemistry” than most lithium sub-chemistries, Dibachi said.


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