SimpliPhi Ramps Capacity in Response to California Public Safety Power Shutoffs

July 21, 2019 by Scott McMahan

For the second time in less than two years, SimpliPhi Power is increasing its storage capacity and reducing prices across its entire line of energy storage and management solutions. The company says that the capacity increase and price reduction are a response to escalating global demand for higher energy density batteries that are safer, more reliable, and efficient at a greater value.

The company notes that its top-selling PHI 3.5kWh and PHI 2.7kWh battery models are now enhanced to offer greater energy capacity. The PHI models were improved to deliver 3.8kWh and 2.9kWh respectively while preserving the same compact size, low weight, scalability, and high performance.

Additionally, the company's all-in-one AccESS, ExprESS, and Genny product lines will feature higher capacity PHI batteries at lower up-front prices per kWh.

"We employ only the safest lithium-ion chemistry, lithium ferro phosphate, without cobalt. Our product performance is the best in the industry" SimpliPhi CEO Catherine Von Burg asserted.

"Last year, global energy storage deployments grew 147 percent to reach 6 gigawatt-hours, and analysts forecast this is only the beginning of what promises to be exponential growth for the market," said Catherine Von Burg. "But in order to realize this market potential, our industry needs to keep innovating to improve price points, boost performance, and improve safety. Year after year SimpliPhi continues to raise the bar."

"We've again increased our capacity across our commercial, residential and mobile power solutions. It's all part of our commitment to accelerating global energy storage deployments to ensure that every person worldwide has the ability to generate their own power, store it, and take it with them, on their terms," Von Burg said.

SimpliPhi points out that its product improvements come just in time to respond to a backup power emergency in the company's home state of California.

A dangerous mixture of extreme drought in the region and damaged transmission lines have prompted the top three utilities operating in the state, PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E to implement "Public Safety Power Shutoffs" (PSPS). The PSPS are in areas that the California Public Utitilies Commission (CPUC) designated "High-Fire-Threat Districts."

These potentially dangerous areas are where a combination of extreme drought, new vegetation from recent rain and increasingly violent winds threaten the integrity of utility infrastructure.

About 11 million people and thousands of businesses within these "high-fire-threat districts" risk having power outages for hours or days through the the summer and fall. These outages demand a quick deployment of emergency power measures.

In support of this statewide attempt to construct customer-sited capacity and resilience, SimpliPhi is discounting its improved, higher capacity PHI batteries and integrated systems to California home and business owners. The company has also begun offering drop-shipping anywhere in California, or local pick up from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oxnard.

"PSPS caught California by surprise, and as a California company whose operations and employees are personally affected by these utility blackouts, we've introduced our 'Energize California' initiative to do all we can to get back-up energy storage solutions into the hands of Californians who need them as quickly and affordably as possible," added Von Burg.