According to SolarPowerWorld, Massachusetts-based KiloVault last week unveiled its new PLC series of pure lead carbon, sealed AGM, deep cycle batteries. Designed for optimum performance in Partial State of Charge (PSoC) applications, the PLC series is ideal for residential or light commercial off-grid, backup or self-consumption applications.
PLC batteries use a specially formulated carbon additive that enhances the battery’s energy density and life expectancy. High charge rates allow a PLC 2100 to go from 50% up to 90% state of charge in under an hour. The PLC series offers affordable and durable performance, with a cycle life of 3000 cycles at 50% depth-of-discharge. A PLC has a low self-discharge rate, with 2 year shelf life. All these factors contribute to a lower cost per kWh cycle over the life of the battery, when compared to similarly-performing lead-acid batteries.
Each 12-V PLC has a capacity of 2,160 Wh, and up to four units can be wired in parallel. PLC batteries can be used in 12-, 24-, or 48-V configurations, to be made compatible with any inverter.
The PLC 2100 has a wide operating temperature range, and can charge at temperatures between -4°F and 113°F, and discharge at an even greater range, from -40°F and 131°F. Because the PLC is an AGM battery, it does not require regular watering. No water to check means convenience and peace of mind.