Batteries - the future is now!

Battery storage has been used for decades with stand alone and off-grid power systems but it is set to grow exponentially in popularity for grid connected solar systems as well.

For commercial premises, batteries are an effective means of not only reducing total electricity consumption, but also for ‘peak shaving’.  The electricity tariffs for large commercial customers often have extremely high demand charges where spikes in electricity usage increase the electricity cost for the entire billing period.  A well designed battery system can be very effective at reducing peak demand charges.

There are many batteries suitable for commercial applications including LG and Ecoult, depending on the size required.  Batteries can generally be added to an existing solar power system, the amount of work required and cost involved depending upon the equipment currently installed.

There are many different types of batteries. Two of the most common and well known are the traditional Lead Acid and the newer technology Lithium-Ion batteries

Lead Acid batteries are traditionally used for off-grid solar power systems as they are more cost effective than Lithium Ion batteries.  The trade-off is that they are generally big and heavy and take up a significant amount of space. Wet cell Lead Acid batteries require stringent regular maintenance which can be onerous. Lead Acid batteries are considered to be safer than Lithium-Ion.

Lithium-Ion batteries are rapidly gaining popularity as they have a great advantage of being much lighter and smaller in comparison to Lead Acid batteries. The trade-off is in the pricing where Lithium-Ion are more expensive.

Take a look at the Battery information sheet

Designing and installing battery solutions is complex and must be carried out by suitably accredited professionals. Speak to Electrical Sensations to discuss how batteries can benefit your business.

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