Everything you need to know about commercial solar battery storage
Solar energy is one of the cleanest and most sustainable forms of energy around the globe. Electricity charges make for a very huge part of the operating costs of industries and firms. These costs can be largely avoided by a one-time investment in solar energy.
These solar panels work by capturing the incident light directly by the sun and converting them into electrical energy for powering appliances, machinery, and other purposes. It is a pretty well-known method used by many people across the globe. However, we are not going to talk about that in this article; what we’re going to talk about is slightly different. In this article, we’re going to talk about solar battery storage and everything there is to know about it from a general and a commercial point of view as well.
What is solar battery storage?
A solar energy system generally has 3-4 components. In some cases, one of these components is solar energy batteries or solar battery storage, as some prefer to call it. As we all know, the solar panel PV (photovoltaic) system works by using sunlight as a primary resource, and it converts that sunlight into usable electrical energy that powers our world. Sometimes the electrical energy output by the solar panel exceeds our usage, and that extra power is sent back to the solar grid. This is where solar batteries or solar battery storage comes in. As the name suggests, solar battery storage is a system or device or an arrangement developed for the purpose of storing the extra electrical energy generated by a solar panel that can be put to use in the near future. If some extra power is being generated, the inverter that is also an important part of the whole solar panel system will either load it, direct it back to the grid, or it will store that extra electrical energy in batteries. For a simple definition, solar battery storage can be called a device that is used to store and reserve the extra power generated by a solar panel for future purposes.
How does it work?
The first priority of a solar panel would be providing you with the electricity needs of your workplace. The extra produced energy might be stored for use later or might be sent back to the electricity grid (this is called net metering). However, the converse is also true. In the absence of sunlight, when your solar panel isn’t able to generate sufficient electricity, electricity is drawn from the same electricity grid to make up for the lesser power being generated by the solar panel. However, if there is a solar battery storage present, the need to draw power from the grid won’t be there anymore. The reason behind this is simple. In cases when there is plenty of sunlight available, the extra energy generated is stored in these batteries rather than directed to the grid. It is stored in AC/DC form depending on the type of battery present. In this way, in the case of low power generation, we can make use of the stored power rather than drawing it from the grid. Doing this will result in lesser electricity bills and is also a wise use of solar energy. It’s an old, simple yet innovative concept intended to save resources for their long life.
Charging and discharging batteries
As we all know, batteries need to be charged for usage. While our places use the AC current, most batteries out there need DC power for the purpose of charging themselves.
AC batteries are a bit different than the usual ones, as they accept the AC current as it is and then convert them into DC via an integrated inverter inside them and then use it for charging.
A commercial POV at solar battery storage
As mentioned earlier, using solar panels for power generation and storing the extra power generated can reduce the cost of electricity bills to a great extent. However, there can be other uses for the stored electricity as well. The stored power, besides being used for household purposes in the future, can also be used for business purposes. After all, it can be counted as producing energy of your own. In this way, using commercial battery storage opens a whole new part for potential opportunities.
Solar battery storage is an essential component of the whole solar panel system and has a potential commercial set of benefits with itself as well. We hope that you liked this article. We also hope that by now, you’ve got a better idea about solar battery storage, how they have the potential to impact our electricity bills, and how they can play a crucial role in the near future as well.