As we grow more and more dependent on natural sources, we also deplete them to a certain degree, whether we as a global community feel those effects (or not). Folks though have been lucky enough to learn about the great products lined up from manufacturing today and there has been a great surge of customer friendly (easy to understand) and environmentally conservative (waste less energy) alternative fuel sources.
One of these fuel sources is the ever touted or talked about solar panel and its recent brother that has come to life as an upgrade, the solar battery. In this article, we go hook up an overview on how do solar batteries work, in the short term and the long term.
The solar battery is not so much of a rip off of the solar panel so much as it is a handy piece of a tool to use when you need to switch sources of energy or as a backup source of energy.
A solar panel converts energy but solar battery stores that energy for even later uses. Given this, they are complementary (some would say, very mutual) to each other. In fact, some people would say that they are so complementary that you cannot really have one without the other.
Check out below some observations to compare and contrast these items:
– The panel converts energy from the sun and switches that energy (through an inverter) unto the electric panel of your house, all for your use.
– The solar panel would need an inverter and a base where you can mount the panels to collect energy (usually this is on the roof).
– This is how a typical solar energy panel mechanism works as an alternative fuel source.
Solar (Panel) Battery
– The batteries work at a more concentrated level of sophistication.
– The input energy of the solar panels goes into the battery instead of your own inverter. This is because the solar batteries already have a form of inverter inside them.
– The really nifty if you have a solar battery with a higher energy capacity. This means that the more energy a battery can hold, the more you can use the solar energy that the panels collect at a given space and time.
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That is pretty much their similarities and differences and how they (both) overall work. Not so much a very different set of systems to work with, but, again, wonderful sets of complementary items that are greater than the sum of their parts. That said, you could stand for buying them both if the financial requirements are well placed.
If that is an option for you, this can help cut down your electric bill costs, provide you with a cool dynamic of energy balance and even ideas on how to further use the solar panel (battery) system.
Below, we go into a little more detail on the perspectives of using solar panels and solar batteries as a go-to alternative home living energy source for your everyday needs.
How Do Solar Batteries Differ From Solar Panels
Aside from one is a panel and the other one is a battery, they have some other differences. The solar panel, while effective as a converter of energy, will not really do so much else as it needs an inverter for it to be useable energy (it is a separate buy). It also depends on the relationship with your current power grid and how you get power.
As beautiful as these panels are, they are usually not enough for sustainable use for the household (unless you are like, you know, a monk or something). So, in some other time, you are usually referring to your given power grid for your regular use of energy.
A solar battery works in a similar but dissimilar way if you take into account certain details of how they are designed. A solar battery has its own converter which means it is primed to store energy from both solar or by other means of energy.
This is particularly helpful when there is no sun available and you need an alternative source of energy right then and there. With this, you can even argue that a solar battery is, perhaps, a better investment given that both panel and battery are expensive compared to other forms.
That said, should you just go with solar batteries?
If finances are of concern, then that may be the right choice. Given this reason, many believe that their complementary aspects far outweigh the financial prospect that both a solar panel and a solar battery have.
How Do Solar Batteries Change Flow Dynamics
Despite the ideal of solar panel and solar batteries working together, solar batteries have been getting more and more attention because of two things:
1. Solar batteries have a flexible system of storing solar energy and converting energy and taking energy from other sources as a traditional battery would.
2. They can be the blueprint for mass production and diversifying the battery system coming from alternative sources like water energy (from hydro pumps) and turbine energy (windmill).
The first factor is well documented and is a practical reason why manufacturers (or you the customer) might want to invest in a more customizable, flexible and compact system like solar batteries. (Need more information about solar battery storage system for homeowner?)
But, it is the second factor, more than anything, that may change the dynamic by which overall energy management (or flow) can be perceived. One can imagine that in a few years time, solar (or hydro or turbine) batteries will be in vogue and will warrant a great number of products that will meet supply and demand.
There is a ceiling when it comes to how much you can store energy from the sun (as the sun does go down) but with a flexible battery, those limits can slowly be increased or perhaps even shattered as it is not hard to imagine a system of continuous energy recycling to be formed from this.
This started out as a low-key, “how do solar batteries work?” kind of question and it wound up having a science fiction fantasy cliffhanger. Hope you enjoyed it!
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