Battery storage basics

Battery Storage

Everyone is talking about the launch of Tesla’s new Powerwall home battery storage system. In fact it’s not yet available in the UK. The good news is we offer solutions which are readily available and rival the Tesla battery system in terms of control, power and rechargeability.We have installed systems that allow customers to maximise their own use of generated electricity to come nearly completely off grid for large periods of the year.
We’ve compiled this key guide to making sure you understand battery storage.  

 

What is it?

Energy generation via solar photovoltaic panels is becoming more and more engrained into the fabric of modern society. Unfortunately it is estimated that only half of energy generated by these P.V systems is used by the generating household. This is due to peak generation times commonly occurring when no-one is home to take advantage of the energy produced, with the energy not used being exported back into the grid. As such, the idea behind battery storage works by reducing a household’s dependence on extracting energy from the grid by storing this excess energy on-site, most commonly in a lithium ion or lead-acid battery in DC form.

 

 

How it works?

Battery storage enables a household to make the most out of energy generated by their solar PV system. The concept is simple: during daylight hours energy generated by the PV system which is not being consumed by household appliances is stored in a battery instead of being exported back into the grid. This energy is then released when household demand is high and light levels are low such as early morning and evenings to save you drawing energy from the grid. Only when there is not enough energy generated by the photovoltaic panels or stored in the battery is energy imported from the grid. This, alongside the included energy monitoring systems, as can be seen below help reduce the carbon footprint of a household and reduce electricity bills.

 

Benefits

  • Prioritises load and battery storage over export to the grid
  • Reduces household electricity bills
  • Can enable you to be off grid in the event of a power cut (with certain battery systems only)
  • Reduces the carbon footprint of a household

What about the future?

In the future battery storage will be everywhere. As the technology develops battery storage will get more and more efficient and create a lower dependence on the grid. Energy Jump is fully trained to install battery storage solutions, which can be retrofitted to existing solar PV systems, or installed alongside a new installation. If you want to be a pioneer of this energy revolution get in contact today.