Installing solar panels and battery storage are just some of the growing number of solutions as part of the concerted efforts to bring down dependency on non-renewable energy. Recent reports suggest that the price of these solar panels and battery storage in the market has started to drop for many different reasons.
Do you know which battery storage you should choose? While solar installers normally handle these types of concerns and present it to you for approval, making your own determination helps you understand the value of your money. Here are some factors you need to consider according to Iron Edison.
Amount of Energy Needed
Before buying a solar panel and storage battery, the first thing do is to determine the average amount of energy consumed by your family per day. In this way, you can easily determine how many solar panels and the battery storage, as well as the capacity of each unit, needs to be installed to support your daily need plus some margin.
According to experts, batteries can only reach its full capacity after many discharge/charge cycles which usually takes more than 100. Speaking of capacity, it is just one of the determinants when choosing the right storage battery. There are other factors that you should consider, such as the amount of voltage it could load in the electrical system and the battery’s cycle life expectancy.
Types of Storage Material
There are different materials used to create batteries. The battery that is made of Lithium-ion is the most common storage technology used nowadays. Lithium-ion batteries are used in mobile devices, rechargeable power tools, electronic vehicles, and solar energy storage because of the property that allows it to deliver more cycles during its life expectancy.
Batteries made of lead-acid have been used for decades now and is greatly cheaper than lithium-ion. Managing batteries made of nickel-cadmium is a lot easier and gives longer life. Meanwhile, flow battery technology is getting more popular as it offers the longest duration of storage, easy to dispose of, but more importantly, no cycling limitation.