PV solar panels and battery storage
“Being at the cutting edge of technological advancements means installing PV solar panels with various add-on’s such as PV-to hot water converters, battery storage and even electric vehicles.”
Previously, installing photovoltaic panels on your home meant claiming just the feed-in tariff for exporting your surplus electricity for financial reward.
That cutting edge has become much sharper.
Can you still claim the feed-in tariff if I get a battery system for my PV?
These DC coupled storage technologies basically allow the homeowner to ‘store’ the electrons that they’re solar panels produce for later use, generally in the evenings. This is an important turning point for vastly reducing ‘imported’ power requirements and thus reducing dependency on the status quo.
As existing PV owners will already know, electrons are like cats. They go wherever the food or demand is best. A battery storage unit is automatically charged and discharged to meet your consumption needs and reduce the amount of electricity purchased from the traditional grid.
Electrons go wherever is required within its local environment. So, yes, you can still claim the export tariff (Fit scheme) if you install a battery storage device and it will run side-by-side with your existing PV set-up.
An inverter is available for both PV and the battery storage that can be installed in external locations that give much greater flexibility with installations. If there is an emergency power outage, a combination of PV power and stored battery power is used to power devices such as the refrigerator, TV, lights and AC outlets, day or night.
For the most part, your daytime electricity requirements will be served-up by the solar panels themselves. Any surplus electricity will then be directed to an interface that manages your battery storage units input and output automatically.
Once the battery is fully-charged the surplus will automatically feed outward to the National Grid and you’re feed-in tariff rewards will resume as normal.
This technology really is scary stuff if you’re in the business of selling gas and electricity.
The future of powering domestic households will be based upon a self-generating model. At the age of today’s average £1,200 energy costs and rising, a tipping point in people’s mind will be reached when PV’s wide range of benefits is more widely known.
Real cutting edge stuff, but the needs and desires of people to unshackle themselves from the increasingly shortsighted traditional energy system is gaining momentum daily. Not just here, but worldwide.
Now your really solar savvy.
EV’s charged with photovoltaics
What’s magical about PV to battery storage is that this technology can also be used for your transportation needs too. The growth of worldwide PV uptake is now growing hand-in-hand with EV (electric vehicle) adoption rates too.
An EV is basically a battery storage device with wheels, thus the same rules apply to EV charging as it does to domestic battery storage devices.
“Making hay while the sun shines” has a new and more modern significance in the age of solar panels. In fact, this is a real game-changing technology because one of the issues that put people off adopting solar panels was that fact they only worked in daylight.
Today, you can use your solar-generated power to heat hot water using PV to hot water converters, also store electricity using battery storage and charge the car with over 200 miles worth of charge. Astonishing benefits, especially when you consider the three decades worth of lifespan that comes with photovoltaic panels too.
These advances in clean energy technologies are part of a wider transformation toward a smarter use of energy and less dependence for consumers on a centralised and subsidised system. Today’s battery storage capabilities are not just for storage, but additionally monitor the battery status, PV production, and self-consumption data over days, month and even years.
This data can be used to optimize your energy consumption and thus further reduce dependence on the National Grid, which consistently raise prices year-on-year. Simple changes to lifestyle and awareness of your energy consumption seems to come as standard with those who adopt solar panels and the savings that follow.
With further technological progress in the pipeline by all the major car manufacturers, it’s plausible that EV’s of the future will be used as household battery storage units too.
This ‘two way’ import/export model rolled out nationally and globally will have a real positive change to our current one hundred year old electricity network and this movement is happening today.
This is real game-changing stuff and whether you’re an existing savvy PV owner or just dipping your toes into the benefits of solar panels, you’ll find that battery storage is a next step towards a ‘free’ energy goal.
"Feel the pride."Stuart Lovatt June 29, 2016
Founder of Heat My Home.