A Battery Of Options: New Article On Off The Grid News Describes Best Batteries To Supplement Alternative Energy Systems

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A new article on Off The Grid News, The Absolute Best Batteries For Off-Grid Energy Systems, describes some of the best batteries to support alternative energy systems. Listing several options, it also offers pros and cons for each to allow determination of the best battery for specific systems.

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Lead-acid batteries are desirable because they are relatively inexpensive, don’t weigh a ton, and have a consistency in quality and performance that makes them ideal for battery banks that include multiple batteries arranged in sequence and parallel sets.

As alternative energy sources have become increasingly popular in the last few years, people have begun noticing the drawbacks that result from cloudy days for solar panels, still days for windmills, and low water levels for hydropower (http://greenliving.nationalgeographic.com/solar-energy-benefits-drawbacks-2259.html). To compensate for this, many homes have begun using battery banks to store power that may then be used as an additional alternative source. A new article on Off The Grid News, The Absolute Best Batteries For Off-Grid Energy Systems, discusses the many benefits and options available to create the best battery banks.

Though early alternative-energy systems were forced to use car batteries to store extra energy, this was never a good option as those batteries were not designed for that sort of continuous use and burned out quickly. A better solution was found in the deep-cycle lead-acid battery which was ideally suited to this as it holds a substantial charge which can be drawn on continuously with little strain. The author further comments, “Lead-acid batteries are desirable because they are relatively inexpensive, don’t weigh a ton, and have a consistency in quality and performance that makes them ideal for battery banks that include multiple batteries arranged in sequence and parallel sets.” Furthermore, even though the batteries described in this article must be adapted for this use, the increased interest in alternative energy may be enough to soon start the manufacture of batteries designed for home use.

The author describes several types of batteries easily adapted to this purpose, including golf cart batteries, L16 batteries, and industrial batteries. These are all flooded lead-acid (FLA) batteries, which means that “the currents they produce are conducted through a liquid electrolyte that must be replenished regularly.” Sealed lead-acid batteries (SLA) require less maintenance, but have two faults: they are sensitive to charge levels and so can be easily damaged by over or undercharging and they are twice as expensive as industrial batteries, yet last only half as long. The author comments, “at least for now they are not the most cost-effective option for those who want to power their homes entirely through the use of renewable energy.”

As renewable energy sources become less expensive and continue to grow in popularity, knowing about all the options for energy storage is important. This easy-to-read article provides clear, concise information about the options available for the battery banks necessary for powering homes with clean, alternative energy.

Off The Grid News is an independent organization devoted to providing practical information about living today and in light of the challenges of the future. The news team looks for the truth beneath the facts of the top news stories and how they will affect your life.

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