By Kelly Pickerel, Solar Power World
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Audio/video solution designer Peerless-AV has partnered with battery manufacturer Blue Planet Energy to develop the Blue Ion LX — a patent-pending, grid-optional energy solution that brings a wide range of sustainable energy options to power critical infrastructure and businesses.Through a rugged, custom enclosure manufactured by Peerless-AV, Blue Planet Energy’s lithium-iron-phosphate battery system, and an integrated site controller, the companies are bringing together premium technologies to provide reliable energy for resilience projects that are built independent of, or in conjunction with, the utility grid. These include applications where energy is absolutely critical, like emergency services and healthcare facilities, or prohibitively high-cost, such as regions with expensive utility rate structures or where business continuity during grid outages is imperative.
“Because energy is such a critical element of modern life, we focus on bringing the broadest range of energy options to individuals and communities seeking more resilient and clean energy infrastructure,” stated Michael Menendez, head of product development at Blue Planet Energy. “Peerless-AV’s stellar team, as well as their ability to quickly manufacture custom solutions at scale right here in the USA, make collaborating with them inspiring and effortless. What we created together transforms clean energy to an on-demand resource that makes grid-free commercial operations a reality.”The Blue Ion LXHV grid-optional energy solution enclosure is built to withstand and thrive in the toughest situations possible. Features of the solution include a fire-safe battery chemistry and built-in battery management system; an integrated site controller accessible via an industry-leading touchscreen on the enclosure or an app; a tunable cooling system and eco-friendly reusable and washable air filter; and easy serviceability features like the industry’s first zero displacement door hinge and removable top service entrance.“We are honored to be partnering with Blue Planet Energy to create an impactful solution that offers life-saving energy and encourages sustainability,” said Nick Belcore, Executive Vice President, Peerless-AV. “As resilience experts, Blue Planet Energy consistently provides resilience options to communities where this is a need, as can be seen in the tremendous effort the company recently put forth in Puerto Rico. We are proud to partner with a company like Blue Planet Energy and are eager to help spread their mission.”The Blue Ion LXHV is a 125-kW/128-kWh system that is easily expandable in 32-kWh increments to 2+ MWh, with a 21-year life expectancy (8,000 cycles). The system also includes a pre-tested and pre-configured battery inverter and flexible microgrid control software allowing for optional integration with generators, renewables, or the grid. Blue Planet Energy solutions are available in various locations around the world, with installations in California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and beyond.