Overview

What is the Electriq PowerPod?

PowerPod is a rechargeable home battery and home energy management solution that stores energy from solar or the grid and uses it to help lower energy costs and provide back up power in case of power outages. With a built-in inverter, the PowerPod can be retrofitted into a current solar system, be part of a brand new solar system, or can be a stand alone system. The PowerPod’s home energy management system helps to reduce energy costs, and allows users to control and monitor the PowerPod from anywhere in the world. When new software updates get released the PowerPod is automatically updated with the new features and functionality.

What can I use PowerPod for?

PowerPod can be used for a variety of applications, including:

  • Self-Powering your Home
  • With PowerPod you can use more of your solar by storing the excess energy and using it at night, which roughly doubles the amount of solar energy that directly powers your home.
  • Backup Power
  • PowerPod provides seamless backup power in the event of a utility power outage. In a longer outage, PowerPod can recharge from your solar power system. If necessary, you can even run your home from solar and PowerPod indefinitely.
  • Home Energy Monitoring
  • Home Energy Management
  • You can monitor your solar, PowerPod and home energy use in real time with the Electriq Power mobile app.
  • Time-of-Use Load Shifting
  • If your utility offers a time-of-use rate plan, PowerPod can charge when rates are low and use that energy during expensive times to reduce your electricity bill.
How can I control PowerPod?

With the PowerPod mobile app and web based dashboard, you can customize how much battery is available for backup power and select different modes, which allow you to choose how you use your battery’s energy use. Additional control features will continue to become available with over the air updates.

Can PowerPod work without Internet?

PowerPod needs an Internet connection (over wired Ethernet or your home Wi-Fi) or a cellular connection to receive software updates and to communicate with the Electriq Power mobile app/web app for energy monitoring. A reliable connection is required to provide new product features over time. If its connection is temporarily lost, PowerPod can continue to operate with its most recent settings, but it should not be installed in a location without Internet or cellular service.

Solar Integration

Can I add a PowerPod to my existing solar system?

Yes, the PowerPod can be integrated with your existing solar system using our AC-Coupled model. The PowerPod is compatible with most solar inverters.

Can I use PowerPod for a new solar system?

Yes, the PowerPod can be used without the need for an additional string or micro-inverters with our DC-Coupled model.

During a power outage, can my solar recharge PowerPod?

Yes, the PowerPod is able to keep a home solar system running during a power outage and to recharge the batteries during extended outages. When more solar is being produced than can be used or stored, PowerPod is able to curtail the solar system and turn it back on when the energy can be used again.

How large a PV system can I connect with one PowerPod?

For our DC-coupled model, you can connect up to 6.5 kw DC of solar per inverter. You can connect up to 3 inverters together for a total of 19.5 kw of solar. To ensure reliable operation during grid outages, 1 AC-coupled PowerPod can be paired with up to 5 kW AC of solar included in the backup circuit.

Can PowerPod go off-grid?

If you are in a remote area without access to grid power, the PowerPod and solar can offer an off-grid solution. The PowerPod can also pair with a 7.6kW AC generator with autostart capabilities to provide additional resiliency.

Generator Integration

How would PowerPod be installed with a backup generator?

The PowerPod has a generator autostart kit that can be purchased for an additional $325.00 that allows the generator to plug directly into the PowerPod.

How does PowerPod work with an existing backup generator?

In an outage, the PowerPod uses energy being produced by solar or from the battery as a primary source of power for the home. As energy from the battery starts to reach low levels, the PowerPod will automatically start the generator to recharge the battery and provide power to the home until the solar is able to start providing power or until grid power returns.

Can my generator charge PowerPod?

Yes, if the generator has an autostart function and provides 7.6kW AC of power.

Does PowerPod work with existing battery systems?

The PowerPod does not currently have the ability to work with existing battery systems and will most likely not in the future.

I have a wind turbine/hydro turbine. Can I charge PowerPod with it?

The PowerPod can integrate with a wind turbine/hydro turbine if the power output is less the 5.5kW AC or 6.5kW DC.

Installations

What are the different components that make up a PowerPod system?

The PowerPod Consists of three critical components: The Electriq Battery, the Electriq Inverter, and the Electriq Micro-Controller. The Electriq Micro-Controller provides energy management, metering and monitoring functions for PowerPod. The Electriq Micro-Controller also includes communication functions for up to 3 Electriq Inverters (16.5kW AC Back up Power) and 10 Electriq Batteries (100kWh), and receives over-the-air updates for the system.

What does the PowerPod system look like with all the additional equipment installed?

The PowerPod installation includes at least one PowerPod battery and PowerPod Inverter, and standard electrical hardware such as switchboards, conduit, junction boxes, or electrical disconnects as required by your particular installation and local electrical codes. In some cases, conduit and other electrical hardware can be hidden within the wall for an additional cost.

What does a multiple PowerPod installation look like?

Multiple PowerPods can be mounted as single side-by-side units on a wall, or on the floor. Additional PowerPod Batteries and PowerPod Inverters can be added to provide scalability on either the energy or power, respectively. When mounted side-by-side on a wall, PowerPod units must have sufficient clearance on each side for electrical connections and proper ventilation.

What are the environmental requirements for a PowerPod installation?

The PowerPod is rated for installation indoors, but will soon be rated for outdoor installation (April 2019), and can operate within a wide range of temperatures, from -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F). At the high and low ends of this temperature range, the PowerPod will limit charge or discharge power based on battery cell temperature to improve battery lifespan. To optimize performance, avoid installing the PowerPod in locations exposed to direct sunlight or subject to sustained high or low temperatures. However, we recommend that the PowerPod be installed in a temperature controlled climate such as a garage or a basement for optimal performance and lifetime.

While humidity and rain do not pose a risk, the PowerPod should not be installed in locations subject to flooding or near water sources such as downspouts, faucets or sprinkler systems. In order to maintain proper ventilation, the PowerPod should be kept clear of debris such as leaves and dense brush, and of accumulated snow.

Functionality

How does Backup work?

In the event of a utility power outage, the PowerPod immediately disconnects the home’s critical load electrical system from the utility and restores power to the home. Whereas a traditional solar system typically shuts down during a grid outage to prevent any power from going back into the grid, because the PowerPod Gateway manages the grid connection, solar can continue to operate. the PowerPod is able to coordinate its charge and discharge based on home usage and solar production, while curtailing solar production when necessary.

How does Self-Consumption mode work?

In Self-Consumption mode, the PowerPod charges from the excess solar energy generated during the day, and discharges to power your home at night.

When solar is producing more power than the home is using, the PowerPod captures and stores that energy. When the home is consuming more energy than solar is providing, the PowerPod discharges enough energy to offset the home usage. If solar is producing more than the PowerPod can store, or the home needs more than the PowerPod can provide, the remainder is automatically exported or imported from the grid respectively.

How does Time-of-Use mode work?

The PowerPod is able to store grid and solar energy when rates are lower, and discharge that energy to offset your usage when rates are higher. The PowerPod prioritizes charging from solar energy instead of the grid in order to meet the requirements outlined by the Federal Incentive Tax Credit, which states that the battery must be charged by solar in order to apply the 30% tax credit on solar and storage purchases. Using the Electriq Power mobile or web-based app, homeowners are able to customize a charge/discharge schedule based on the utility’s Time-of-Use rate plan.

How does Peak-Shaving mode work?

In areas like Arizona where there are residential demand charge rate structure, the PowerPod is able to store grid and solar energy when rates are lower, and discharge that energy before a demand charge tariff is applicable. (Available mid 2019)

How can I monitor the PowerPod’s operation?

As long as the PowerPod is connected to the Internet, homeowners can use the Electriq Power mobile app to monitor home energy system in real time and view energy usage history. During a grid outage, Internet is often still available with the PowerPod and homeowners are able to view the PowerPod’s status. If the Internet connection is lost, the PowerPod will continue to operate with its most recent settings, but will not be able to monitor operation or change settings until connectivity is restored.

Can the PowerPod charge from the grid?

Yes, the PowerPod can charge from the grid. However, if the PowerPod is charged from the grid instead of solar, it will negate the ability to receive the Federal Investment Tax Credit, which is a 30% credit. When PowerPod’s state of charge is below its backup reserve or when it is in Backup-only mode, it can charge from the grid.

Can the PowerPod charge an EV?

Yes, the Powerpod can provide stored solar energy to an EV through your home electrical panel. However, there is no direct connection between the PowerPod and the EV wall connector. It is not recommended that an EV charger be connected to the critical load panel, either.

Backup Power

During a power outage, how long will the PowerPod last?

An average home uses approximately 20 kWh of energy per day. A small home may use as little as 10 kWh and a large home may use 40 kWh or more per day. the PowerPod, at its base level, provides 13.4 kWh of energy for backup power. You can use the Electriq Power mobile app to monitor usage and conserve power to extend backup coverage for a day or more. Additionally, when the PowerPod is paired with solar it can continue to recharge and has the potential to run your home indefinitely.

During a power outage, how quickly does the PowerPod restore power to my home?

The PowerPod can detect an outage, disconnect from the grid and bring power back to your home in a fraction of a second. Lights may flicker, but digital clocks will not be reset. Unlike backup generators, the PowerPod can keep your appliances running without interruption.

How many appliances can I back up with a single PowerPod? What loads will require multiple PowerPods to back up?

Each PowerPod can provide up to 5.5 kW of continuous power, and can be scaled to 11 kW and even 16.5 kW with additional PowerPods. Homeowners can back up any number of appliances, so long as their combined power usage does not exceed the total power rating of your PowerPod configuration. To see what sizing fits your needs, please visit our back up home calculator here.

During a utility power outage, how do I extend the amount of time my home can run on the PowerPod?

The best way to extend your usage of the PowerPod during an outage is to limit the energy consumption of your home. You can do this by monitoring your use of non-essential or energy-hungry appliances like air conditioners, plasma TVs, hairdryers, and hot tubs.

What happens if I overload the system's backup capabilities?

If you exceed the PowerPod’s power (5 kW each) or energy (13.4 kWh each) capabilities, it will safely shut down similar to your home circuit breaker. We’ve taken precautions to make sure this does not happen by working closely with our installer network to ensure that the PowerPod is not overloaded when installing the system. If energy is depleted, and the grid has not yet returned, the PowerPod will automatically restart when the sun begins to rise the next day.

The PowerPod App

How do I download and set up the Electriq Power mobile app?

The Electriq Power app is available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. You can download the Electriq Power mobile app from your regular app store on your device.

During the commissioning process, you will receive a welcome email that will prompt you to create an account from which you can login.

What is the Real-time Power Flow display?

Power Flow shows real time power generated from your solar system, stored/discharged by the PowerPod, used by your home, and exported/imported from the grid. It can be accessed from the the PowerPod’s home screen. You will have real-time visibility into your home energy system.

How do I see energy usage history?

From the Real-time Power Flow display, select the timeline, to access the graph page, which shows historical power and energy usage. From there you can select ‘Today’ to change the time period and access more data.

How can I change the PowerPod’s operating mode?

From the PowerPod’s home screen, homeowners can select between 4 different modes: Affordability (25% back up reserve), Sustainability (50% backup reserve), Resiliency (75% back up reserve), and Custom, which allows you to customize the depth of discharge from the PowerPod. The PowerPod’s software will optimize for cost savings with the available energy available in a self consumption mode.

Is there a website where I can monitor the PowerPod from my desktop computer?

Yes, all of the same information is available in the Electriq Power web app. Please visit dashboard.electriqpower.com

Why is the PowerPod not charging?

When installed with PV, the PowerPod is designed to charge from solar energy. If your solar system is not yet operational, the PowerPod will not be able to charge. If your solar system is operational and you are in Self-Consumption Mode, the PowerPod will charge with any excess solar that your home doesn’t immediately use. Smaller solar systems sometimes do not produce more than your home is currently using.

Why does the Electriq Power mobile app show power flows/values that appear inaccurate?

Power flow shows the instantaneous flow of power of your home energy system. On a typical day a combination of solar, grid, and the PowerPod may be powering your home. Solar energy may flow to the grid when your home does not need it and the PowerPod is full. When charging the PowerPod to its backup reserve level or in Backup-only mode, solar power will flow directly from solar to the PowerPod while grid energy is drawn for the home.

Ownership

What are the terms of the PowerPod warranty?

PowerPod comes with a 10-year unlimited cycle warranty with guaranteed energy retention level when used in Self-Powered or Backup mode. The warranty is available here.

Where can I find the PowerPod specifications?

You can find the specifications for PowerPod here.

Where can I find the PowerPods Installation Manual?

Please contact us for the PowerPod Installation Manual.

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