LIFOS claims long-life solar benefits
1 February 2023
LIFOS is to launch a solar PV battery system designed to help the hire and construction industries transition to a diesel-free and low-carbon future.
The company, which was established in 2021 to specialise in such technology, says its new Fort is a new hybrid and renewable energy system that can significantly reduce the cost and emissions of using a diesel generator on site. When working in residential or urban areas, noise also is reduced due to the decrease in diesel generator run time.
The product will be launched at the Executive Hire Show on 8 and 9 February. Three models with capacities of 12kWh, 23kWh and 35kWh will be displayed, with further options scheduled for released during the coming year.
The machine has 18 solar panels delivering 3.4kW of green power and which can be quickly deployed either by using the fitted solar panel kickstand or an optional container roof-mounting kit for attachment to a site welfare unit.
The Fort comes with a five-year warranty with an option to join the LIFOS 7-Year-Switch programme, which the company says allows customers to upgrade critical components at the end of year seven, so the battery is operating like new. LIFOS says this extends the life expectancy of the unit to 15 years or more.
In addition, the manufacturer has designed the LiQ battery management software system to remotely control, monitor and report data from the Fort. It can provide information on diesel usage, CO2 savings and solar power generation for easier ESG reporting.
Adrian Williams, CEO of LIFOS, said: “We are very excited about the potential of these new products. The environmental and operational benefits, and the five-year warranty have great appeal but I think the biggest interest from the industry will be focused on the financial upsides and lifetime cost savings associated with new Fort range.
"A major component of this is our new-life, battery cell replacement programme. It will enable hire companies to re-think how they price and finance our products. It will mean a faster deployment of batteries across the industry, helping to reduce diesel usage, reduce carbon and reduce costs.”