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Design Considerations for Battery Backup Systems

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This item is part of the Special Issue - 07/2020 - Energy Storage, click here for more

Solar and battery backup systems are the ideal antidote to the triple threat of high evening electric rates (over $0.50/kwh), frequent power failures (some of which are deliberate shut-offs), and our increasing dependence on electricity for the necessities of life (food, phones and fun).

Several established companies — including Tesla, LG-Chem, SolarEdge and Enphase — have developed excellent solar and storage systems for homeowners. These systems are great, but they must be designed properly so that they meet both the power (watts) and energy (kwh) needs of a home during an extended blackout.

Please join us on this week’s Energy Show Podcast as we talk about the evolution of battery storage technology, how solar and batteries work together, the technical limitations of storage systems, and the critical software and hardware components that factor into design considerations for battery backup systems that will reliably keep your lights on and your fridge cold.

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Matt Chester on Jul 20, 2020

It still feels like we're quite early in this technological process and for most people having the residential battery backup might not add up-- but it was only a few years ago when that was the case for EVs and the unaffordable Teslas and now we're seeing new models all the time at more and more attainable price points. Will be great to see residential storage follow that same trajectory!

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Jim Stack on Jul 27, 2020

Yes Energy storage with long lasting non toxic advanced batteries is good for homes, business and the GRID. I have working in land line ,wireless and Satellite communications companies for over 40 years. They all had battery backup with large generators. A few companies even paid them to switch to and test their back up during hours of need. That prevented Brown outs and other high usage problems. Eveb cellular sites all have battery backup. As these companies replace their old lead acid batteries with advanced lithium it will be a welcome change. 

   As Electric vehicle makers offer V2G Vehicle to GRID and Home it will be another welcome change. They can reduce Peak Loads and cover outages with their back up energy in the vehicles. Buses and other large vehicles can do the same on an EVen larger scale. This can really pay off for EVeryone. 

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Thank Barry for the Post!

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