Real Goods 81.6kWh SimpliPhi Lithium Battery Upgrade



hi I'm Shaun Schaefer owner and founder of real goods trading company down in Hoppen California at the solar Living Center company I started 40 years ago this year and I'm here today to tell you a little bit about my brand new simplified batteries in my power system and my renewable energy home out here at Sun Hawk farms choosing the right battery system was really the heart of the renewable energy system here at Sun Hawk we've lived here for about 20 years we have a large main house we have eight acres of vineyard and 14 acres of olives and we have about four living structures in two water pumps a hot tub and now I have a Tesla which I charge off the renewable energy system choosing the batteries was critically important for eighteen years we had some flooded lead-acid batteries which did their job for eighteen years longer than you'd expect them but there was a lot of maintenance had to remember to water them every month had to remember to clean the terminals every year you know had to put on the gloves and bring out the baking soda and all the work that entails with lead acid batteries we wanted to keep on top of the latest in technologies and when when lithium iron phosphate batteries came out there are obviously a number of them on the market and we looked at them all very seriously compared them all what's critical to compare is the number of cycles you get the lifetime of the battery the warranty and of course very importantly the price per kilowatt hour of the boundry over time now it's interesting there's been a lot of talk out there these days about the power wall and when you look at the power wall yeah it's an interesting technology but you're paying for a lot of the Elon Musk hype about what these batteries are all about when you look at an objective basis you're actually paying like 44 and 45 cents for those batteries overtime compared with these simplified lithium iron phosphate batteries where your pain is like 11 cents so it's a quarter of the price of a power-law just to avoid that PR charge that you're getting for buying you know unless latest product now the simplified came out better than all the other batteries we've looked at I mean out back mate I can read exactly the kilowatt hours I've drawn out of my solar buts come out of my solar system what's coming in through my hydro system and let's come in through the inverters and what goes out in all those different areas I can look at each day and see exactly how much I've used and how much I've generated so it's a great system to see exactly where you are but it's very gratifying to wake up first thing in the morning after that hot tub has run all night kept a 105 degrees the test was charged up and find out my batteries are still at 80% these batteries and maintenance free never be any water to change you can take them down from 100% to 0% without harming the batteries whatsoever these batteries have a 10,000 cycle life if you do like I do one cycle a day that's 27 years of use out of these batteries I'll be 105 years old before I have to replace these which we'll see we'll see who laughs well that's so these lead acid batteries 144 kilowatt hours of storage of our new batteries the new ones here have about 81 kilowatt hours for the sergeant total read capacity but with let acid the only one I use about 35% the top 35% power on a daily basis otherwise you start to start to decrease the longevity so if we were to before to use 35% of the capacity on a daily basis these would be 50 kilowatt hours of storage the two banks we have here these guys on the end because it use 80% of their power on a daily basis we wind up with about sixty five kilowatt hours kilowatt hours of storage so the old ones 50 kilowatt hour storage the new ones 65 kilowatt hours of storage so you know we've actually decrease the overall rated capacity of our battery bank we're actually having more usable on a daily basis so those we're wiring all these batteries since they each need to have their own circuit it's also important to make it so that the cable links are all the same the farthest battery has the same cable length is the newett visit the nearest battery so it kinda had to create some loops here the process is zip tying those making them a little bit neater there's kind of a lot of cable to deal with there but you know the importance of having it so they all get the same charge voltage is same amount of resistance each battery is worth it each of the batteries gets an individual breaker that I'll run in parallel if there is ever to be a problem with in any one battery shutoff you can have all the rest of system working he asked me the best battery on the market today for just about all renewable energy uses is the simplified battery

9 thoughts on “Real Goods 81.6kWh SimpliPhi Lithium Battery Upgrade

  1. I have 70kwh of tesla modules and they take up about the same amount of space as your dc combiner panels lol

  2. Think I will stay with my Trojan 12v 200ah batteries. I can get 2 48v 200ah strings plus shipping for less then the price of 1 of these batteries.

  3. Where can you buy the battery system that you have what website or a phone number that would help out thank you Mike

  4. Since each battery has an 80A dc breaker ,why would you need to have another DC circuit breaker for each battery on the panel on the left side ?

  5. Wow that’s one expensive hot tub battery bank, lol. I also would like to see a second video showing the inverters and CC setup if possible

  6. The cabling requirements seem a little excessive. Are there any plans for a simplifi combiner? I guess the combiner could have been in the middle but dang, fine stranded is high..

    Nice video. Looking forward to using more lithium and seeing more lithium installed.

    Would love to see the rest of the power roof.

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