Batteries for Solar Energy Storage: From Old Standards to New Breakthroughs

Batteries for Solar Energy Storage: From Old Standards to New Breakthroughs

Batteries are becoming critically important to residential solar panel systems. Battery systems protect against power outages, provide economic protection to changes in state net metering policies, and increase the personal satisfaction of independence that comes from living “off the grid.” The addition of a battery storage system provides solar energy customers with several benefits. However, these come at a price. Just like any other purchase, their inclusion merits a cost-benefit analysis of the consumer.…

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Solar Power Battery Packs - Are They Feasible?

Solar Power Battery Packs - Are They Feasible?

People are always surprised when we tell them that grid-tied solar electric systems turn off in case of a utility power outage. If a distributed generation system sends out power to the grid in case of a utility failure, the term is referred to as “Islanding”. Islanding can be dangerous for utility workers, who may not realize that a circuit is still producing power on the grid. For this safety reason, distributed generators like solar electric systems must detect islanding and immediately stop producing power; this is referred to as “anti-islanding”…

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