This article is in the Control Zone of the App.
From the Control of OpenSolar, access your list of batteries by selecting Design & Hardware > Batteries . From here you can search for a battery, edit existing batteries, or create a new one. We will see each of these processes below.
To look-up existing batteries in our component database, simply click on the + Add From Database input box and type in the model of battery that you are looking for.
If you are entering in a new battery model, or a custom model which is not likely to appear in our database then you have the ability to create your own custom battery by entering in the specifications manually.
To do this, select + Add From Database > Create Your Own option when creating the battery and then enter in the specifications in each of the fields shown.
- Code - this how the component will appear in the studio list.
- Manufacturer - the manufacturer of the component.
- Total Energy - the capacity of the battery in kWh.
- End of Life Capacity (0-1) - capacity of the battery at the end of its life on a scale of 0 to 1.
- Max Continuous Power (W) - the maximum power continuous that the battery can handle while charging.
- Aging Factor (0-1) - the effect of the aging of the battery on a scale from 0 to 1. Use 1 if not known.
- Depth of Discharge (0-1) - how deeply the battery discharges on a scale of 0 to 1.
- Total Warranted kWh (1 Cycle/Day) - the warrantied kWh, assuming 1 cycle per day.
- Roundtrip Efficiency (0-1) - the effect that efficiency losses has on the battery on a scale of 0 to 1.
- Nominal Voltage (V) - the voltage of the battery in Volts.
- COGS per unit - used for calculating system prices if Markup pricing is selected.
- Price Adjustment per Unit (Inc Tax) - this field gives you the ability to add a price adjustment (inclusive of tax) to the Price per Watt and Price Per Watt By Size pricing schemes.
- Product Warranty - the product warranty of the battery.
- Additional Parts Warranty (years) - additional parts warranty of the battery in years.
Once you have finished entering in the details for your new battery type, click .
This will then take you back to your list of batteries in Control where you can create more or edit ones you have already created by clicking on .