Solar Battery Systems Taking Care of All Your Solar Battery Storage Needs
Are you one of the thousands of Australians who have installed a solar system at your home or business, or are you considering the benefits of a solar installation? If so you may wonder whether a solar battery system is worth the investment.
For years Australians have steered away from solar battery storage, but price reductions and improved technology are changing this. Now you can buy a solar storage system for less than at any time in history. New technology batteries last longer, require little to no maintenance and take very little space.
How does solar battery storage work?
Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and send it to the inverter that converts the sun’s DC energy to the AC energy your appliances need to operate. If you don’t have a solar battery system, you’ll sell your excess energy onto the electricity grid and use grid-provided electricity when the sun doesn’t shine.
Solar batteries store excess energy for use on cloudy days and at night. With a big enough system, you can run your home for the most part off the grid. If you run out of home battery capacity, you revert to the grid.
What do solar batteries cost?
Types of solar battery:
- Sleek and discreet – an ev charging system requires little space
- Durable – whether indoor or outdoor, the system is weather resistant and built to last
- Energy efficient – solar is the cheapest way to fuel a car and save money and the environment.
- Higher self-consumption – the more solar energy you use the more you save rather than feeding excess onto the grid at reduced prices, use it yourself and save money.
Types of solar battery
Battery storage is rapidly becoming more advanced with many residents in Australia now willing to make the investment. Today there are three types of solar batteries.
Using similar technology as a smartphone and laptop battery, Lithium-ion batteries are the most commonly used batteries in Australian homes today. First released in 2015, lithium-ion batteries have become hugely popular since modular systems like the Tesla Powerwall hit the market. Lithium-ion batteries have several advantages over other battery types.
- They can be discharged to as much as 90% of their capacity.
- They offer thousands of charge cycles.
- They are suitable in most ambient conditions.
Used in motor vehicles, lead acid technology has been around for decades. It is well-known and efficient. Lead-acid batteries are inexpensive and easy to dispose of. However, they are large and heavy, requiring a lot more space than a lithium-ion battery. They are slow to charge, and high temperatures can shorten their life cycle.
The newest battery technology on the market, these are the most expensive batteries. They are mostly used on large commercial installations. A flow battery can be fully discharged without damage. It will last as long as lithium-ion but won’t tolerate low temperatures, and will need regular maintenance that will take it out of service.
Choosing the battery size
Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The electricity your household uses over 24 hours should help you determine what size battery you need. You should also measure how much electricity your family uses in the evening when energy use is at its highest. Most families can manage with a battery storage system between 6kWhs and 10kWhs.
In the ever-evolving world of solar battery technology, the Tesla Powerwall stands as a game-changer. This innovative battery system, the Powerwall, has captured the imagination of homeowners and businesses alike, providing a sleek and highly efficient solution to energy storage needs. The Tesla Powerwall, released in tandem with the rise of lithium-ion battery technology, has quickly gained popularity for its exceptional performance and reliability.
The Powerwall, like other lithium-ion batteries, offers a remarkable depth of discharge, allowing you to utilize up to 80% to 90% of its capacity without degrading its performance. Its modular design ensures scalability, making it adaptable to various energy requirements. Moreover, it boasts an impressive lifespan, providing thousands of charge cycles to keep your energy storage sustainable for years to come.
Tesla’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of renewable energy technology has not only made the Powerwall a household name but has also helped transform the way we harness and utilise solar power. With its cutting-edge design and exceptional capabilities, the Tesla Powerwall is setting new standards for solar battery storage, offering an exciting and efficient option for those looking to maximise their solar energy investment.
Depth of discharge is the energy you can use without degrading your battery. You must maintain a percentage of power in most batteries to avoid damage. You can use 50% to 60% of the capacity of lead-acid batteries and 80% to 90% of lithium-ion batteries. A flow battery is 100% usable.
The battery capacity or size can be split into nominal and usable capacity. The latter discounts the depth of discharge
There are two battery power measure
- Peak power – The maximum energy the solar battery can deliver at once. The battery can only deliver peak power for a short duration
- Continuous power – the amount of power the battery can deliver while charged
Battery longevity is affected by three factors
- Discharge depth – how much of the battery you can use before you damage it
- Temperature – battery storage must operate in a relatively moderate temperature range
- Cyclic life – measured by the number of charge and discharge cycles
Most solar batteries should last for ten years or more. Most batteries carry a ten-year warranty
Solar system battery benefits
Australians are discovering the benefits of solar power storage after their gold coast solar installations. Though several states in Australia offer a subsidy for batteries, Queensland is not one of them. You can still benefit from the solar panel subsidy and start paying off your system with energy savings. Here’s how you can benefit from solar storage for home energy.
- Reduce your carbon footprint with eco-friendly solar
- Save energy costs
- Reduce your grid dependence and avoid the risk of blackouts, especially if you live in one of the areas that suffer a frequent loss of energy
Let’s discuss your solar car needs
Start your move to clean energy today. Call us at Universe Solar. We’ll help you plan your solar power installation along with a charging station designed for your electric vehicle. We offer services at a competitive price.