Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and Pika Energy introduced a significant upgrade to the Harbor Smart Battery portfolio with the Harbor Plus Smart Battery, now the solar industry's most powerful and efficient smart battery with 17.1 kilowatt hours (kWh) of capacity and real power output of up to 10 kilowatts (kW). Additionally, the Harbor Plus Smart Battery now delivers 21 percent more energy and 30 percent more peak power than the next leading home smart-battery solution,1 enabling homeowners to extend solar power longevity, better manage energy around peak-rate periods and withstand off-grid scenarios at a more cost-effective price per kWh of storage.
Panasonic and Pika Energy first co-developed the Harbor portfolio of residential smart batteries in 2017, and less than a year later, the companies are introducing upgraded capacity with the premium Harbor Plus as well as the entry-level Harbor Flex to deploy more power, efficiency and capability than any other solar smart batteries available on the market.1
"The solar industry faces the reality of certain maximum energy density, pushing the market to deliver innovative and disruptive solar solutions to a quickly growing consumer base," said Dan Silver, vice president, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. "We are excited to once again partner with Pika Energy to deliver an industry-leading solution in the Harbor Plus Smart Battery, outpacing competitors to expand solar power capacity and capability, ultimately providing customers with freedom from grid dependence."
The solar-ready Harbor Plus Smart Battery is powered by six Panasonic Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) battery modules connected in series for built-in redundancy. This robust design coupled with 17.1 kWh of usable energy and up to 10 kW of power can support homeowners for long-term grid outage and off-grid scenarios, and can also power heavy equipment such as well pumps and air conditioning units.
Paired with the Pika Energy Island – an award-winning single-inverter solution for grid-tied and off-grid solar-plus-storage – the Harbor Plus Smart Battery offers solar system owners enhanced and expanded features, including:
"With this energy capacity upgrade, the Harbor Smart Battery is now firmly cemented as the industry's performance leader," said Kristen Helsel, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Pika Energy. "No other residential smart battery solution can match the power, efficiency and capability that Pika and Panasonic offer with the Harbor Plus Smart Battery, and the Pika Energy Island platform."
The Harbor Plus and Flex Smart Batteries are now available through a national network of distributors in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and Canada. When used in conjunction with the Pika Energy Island and Panasonic solar modules HIT, installers can offer homeowners a premium, industry-leading solar-plus-storage solution.1
1. The Harbor Plus Smart Battery has an energy capacity of 17.1kWh and can supply >10kW for 5 minutes.
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