Battery Systems are the Future of Solar
If you have been paying attention to the trends of the energy market, you have probably noticed that solar energy is finally becoming a viable form of energy production across the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association®, 2,387 megawatts of solar PV systems were installed in the second quarter of 2017, bringing the total solar energy production of the United States to 47.1 gigawatts. This is enough energy to power approximately 9.1 million homes in America and represents an 8 percent increase over the same quarter last year, with the industry expected to install an additional 12 gigawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2017. Hawaii alone has over 782.5 megawatts of solar capacity in place with plans to install another 994 megawatts worth of capacity over the next five years. In addition to being one of the leading states in solar energy production (13th overall), Hawaii is paving the way for home battery technology that is designed to store solar energy for later use. In today’s post, we are going to cover some facts about Blue Ion, the battery technology that we offer her at Sunetric. Keep reading below to learn more.
Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level
Batteries are not, by any means, a new technology. The first true battery, known then as a voltaic pile, was invented in 1800 by Alessandro Volta. These early batteries consisted of pairs of zinc and copper discs piled one on top of another and were separated by a layer of cloth or cardboard that had been soaked in brine in order to provide the electrolyte needs to make the battery function. From these early battery types, improvements were made in the materials used to hold the electrical charge, resulting in batteries that were much more efficient and able to hold a larger charge for longer periods of time. While the general idea behind Blue Ion batteries is the same as most batteries that are available on the market, the materials used to store energy has been refined to provide the best possible product possible. Below, we have listed a few of the features that help to set these batteries apart from other forms of energy storage.
- Safer Materials: Blue Ion batteries make use of ferrous phosphate in their design. Because of this, Blue Ion batteries require no rare minerals in their construction and are stable under the most challenging physical conditions. This commitment to safety means that homeowners can rest assured when installing this power storage system that they are not introducing a potential hazard into their home.
- Life Expectancy: One of the main challenges holding battery technology back is the projected lifespan that these energy storage solutions offer. As batteries are used, they naturally lose their ability to hold a full charge, resulting in decreased performance and value over the life of the battery. Because of the materials used in the design of Blue Ion batteries and the technology put in place to optimize charging cycles, these batteries are able to last up to 21 years before needing to be replaced.
- Durability: Compared to other battery systems on the market, Blue Ion batteries are able to offer a level of durability that is hard to beat. The materials used, in combination with the overall design of the battery, mean that you never have to worry about the battery failing you when you need it most.
- System Monitoring: One of the best features of Blue Ion battery systems is the fact that you can monitor the health of your system through a companion mobile app from anywhere that has an internet connection. This app details relevant information about the system including usage, production metrics, and charge status.
Learn More About Sunetrics Battery Systems Today
If you would like to learn more about the battery systems that we have available here at Sunetric, please visit our website today or get in touch with us by phone. With CGS systems quickly becoming the norm in Hawaii, it’s in your best interest to go with a solar installation company that is able to provide you with the best battery technology possible in order to make sure that you are getting the most out of your solar array.