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OBP unveils new ‘workhorse of batteries’ at SPI Convention

Ability to withstand frequent partial discharges and provide dramatically longer cycle life sets it apart from other energy storage options


BELLINGHAM, WA –OutBack Power will announce the introduction of the EnergyCell Nano-Carbon battery lineat this year’s Solar Power International Convention. This exciting new EnergyCell offering advances battery technology to a new category for customers requiring an energy storage solution that’s primary purpose is to accept frequent and partial charges and discharge cycles.


This new advanced technology battery is a game changer. It’s a strong, resilient battery that’s built to be a workhorse", -- said Ray Barbee, Director of North American Sales for OutBack Power. "If you want energy storage specifically designed for the day-to-day abuse many grid-tied and off-grid systems need, this is it.


EnergyCell Nano-Carbon batteries advance the technological gap between lead-acid and advanced energy storage in several important and unique ways:

  • Nano-Carbon is ideal in applications where a full refresh charge isn’t possible, such as GridZero or support applications, or where limited sun-hours are present.
  • Maintaining battery capacity in a 30-80 percent state of charge can maximize overall cycle life by up to 44 percent versus a traditional VRLA deep cycle battery.
  • Nano-Carbon offers 95 percent round-trip efficiency, allowing for the more efficient charging and discharging needed in today’s technologically advanced energy storage systems.
  • Nano-Carbon offers all the benefits of a VRLA-AGM with safety and maintenance free convenience while providing greater cycle life associated with some advanced chemistry batteries.

The Nano-Carbon has an enhanced negative active material (NAM) formulation which makes it more than just a carbon additive. The high surface area carbon is a specially formulated additive for improving the NAM in lead-acid batteries. Carbon increases conductivity and adds additional capacitance to the battery. Nano-Carbon improves charge efficiency and allows partial state of charge (PSoC) operation with improved deep discharge recovery.


OutBack’s new EnergyCell Nano-Carbon battery is an exciting advancement for our customers and will help our installers stay one step ahead of their competition", -- said Barbee.


OutBack Power is a member of The Alpha Group, a group of independent companies that design and manufacture a wide range of power solutions, from advanced intelligent UPS systems to standby and renewable energy products. From leading the construction of a 100 MW solar farm under construction in North Carolina (U.S.) to supplying off-grid solar systems for the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique, the combined expertise of the Alpha Group leverages more than 40 years of power technology and innovation.


OutBack Power Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, is the leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications. Founded in 2001 to pioneer power conversion technologies considered de facto standards today, and with an emphasis on product performance and reliability, OutBack has established itself as the product of choice in harsh environmental conditions and applications where product reliability is paramount. Whether the application is village microgrids in Africa, rural electrification projects in Latin America, remote off-grid cabins in Alaska, or a suburban home in Southern California, OutBack Power Technologies has set the bar for delivering advanced power conversion electronics.


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