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Understanding Batteries

Trojan T105RE Battery

Understanding batteries and how we can use them in an off-grid or stand alone photovoltaic storage system is important for ensuring a long service life. Batteries convert chemical energy into electrical energy and vice versa, so deciding on what battery to use, or how many batteries you will need, depends on the power and capacity requirements of your solar energy application as well as what kind of deep-discharge and recharge cycling rate the batteries will be subjected to.


Solar Cooling

solar cooling

Solar cooling removes the need for refrigeration and air conditioning systems which can dramaticly increase electricity consumption and therefore greenhouse gas emissions. Solar cooling systems can save energy in comparison to conventional cooling technologies as their main design and operation uses solar energy. The advantage here is that any air conditioning and cooling requirements is at its highest when the solar irradiation is abundantly available so the cooling demand produced from solar energy is immediately used


Pico Solar Systems

pico solar light

Pico solar systems use small scale photovoltaic panels for lighting and battery charging applications. There are still many people around the world who have no access to an electricity grid connection or require a portable energy source for camping or RV’s so pico solar systems can help in provide the essential energy required to fill this gap. Pico solar systems of only a few watts have experienced significant development in the past few years, combining very efficient LED bulbs with sophisticated charge controllers and energy efficient storage batteries providing power for lighting, phone charging or powering a radio, etc.


Energy Storage

deep cycle battery

Energy Storage Please share/bookmark with: Energy Storage is the Key to a Renewable Energy Future Energy helps drive our modern world, by putting petrol in our cars, food in our stomachs, and batteries in our toys because nearly everything we use in our world needs energy of some form to make it happen and until we discovered the many uses of electricity, there wasn’t much need for Energy Storage. Back in the day our usage of energy was direct by