Going off-grid used to mean making compromises. But a new technology -- the microgrid -- marries the best of grid-tied and off-grid systems and saves money.
Your battery's performance and life span can be affected by a number of factors. Following best practices for battery maintenance and avoiding bad habits can ensure a long and useful life for a battery. Battery DOD has a greater impact on a battery than you may think. Here's what you need to know about battery depth of discharge:
Marketing brochures and sales pitches can only tell us so much about a solar energy system company. But a few simple questions can eliminate costly mistakes – and help you discover which battery companies are worth trusting your business to.
Nobody wants to start the spring boating season with a dead battery. It’s time-consuming and expensive – and let’s face it, you’d rather spend that time on the water. One of the best things you can do for your battery is making sure it is properly stored during the coldest months of the year. Correct battery winter storage can be the difference come springtime! Follow this simple checklist to winterize your boat batteries – and be sure they’re ready for a great spring startup:
It's no secret—cold weather can kill batteries by slashing both lifespan and capacity. Even the highest-quality batteries can suffer during the freezing winter months. But you can protect yourself from the "Winter Battery Blues” and get more life and performance from your solar batteries by following these tips.
In the mid-2000s, only 1 in 10 Afghans had electricity. And Central Afghanistan’s Bamyan province was left with a crippled infrastructure that couldn’t even power schools and hospitals. Now, there’s hope: the 1MW Bamyan Renewable Energy Project (BREP), Central Asia’s largest off-grid power system utilizing renewable energy batteries.
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Maintenance requirements vary by battery technology and may include cleaning battery terminals, checking and adjusting fluid levels, checking cell voltage, and equalizing batteries. Your battery manufacturer will share their recommendations. And with a few simple steps, you can avoid costly battery failures and technician visits -- and make maintenance easy, simple, and fun.
Flooded lead acid batteries are designed for long life and high performance – as long as users follow a watering plan. Battery watering doesn't have to be complicated! In fact, it can actually be a simple process if you follow these basic battery watering rules.