Battery Storage

Preparing for a Power Cut

By |2019-11-18T18:15:15+00:00November 18th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Off Grid, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Powerwall, Sofar Solar, Solar, Solar and Battery, Tesla, Victron, Wildfires|

When recently I was notified of an upcoming planned power cut I decided to look into the best ways to get prepared. Until recent years it was uncommon to experience power cuts of any significant duration in Western countries, but that situation is starting to change. A big driver, of course, is climate change with

Repeated Power Shutoffs Spur Homeowners To Install Backup Batteries

By |2019-11-11T13:22:25+00:00November 16th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — After multiple power shutoffs and the looming threat of more to come, some Bay Area property owners have had enough and are exploring ways of getting themselves off the power grid. One power option is using home battery storage that is recharged by solar panels. “Our calls are up five

My Experience of a Sustained Power Cut

By |2019-11-18T12:24:59+00:00November 15th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Power Cut, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Pylontech, Solar, Solar and Battery, Victron|

Earlier this week our home had a long power cut and I recorded my experience in a video, included below. The first we knew it was going to happen was when we received a letter a few weeks ago from our local grid network company, Western Power. The title was "We need to temporarily interrupt

Power shutoffs cause a battery boom in California

By |2019-11-11T13:12:34+00:00November 14th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

Contractors across California are seeing greater demand for battery storage than ever before in response to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs. With the threat of blackouts on the 10-year horizon, customers have decided to take their power into their own hands. As has been well documented, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun Public

Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas

By |2019-11-11T12:59:53+00:00November 12th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

The global energy transition is happening faster than the models predicted, according to a report released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute, thanks to massive investments in the advanced-battery technology ecosystem. Previous and planned investments total $150 billion through 2023, RMI calculates—the equivalent of every person in the world chipping in $20. In the first

California offers extra solar, storage incentives after wildfires and shut-offs

By |2019-11-11T12:49:57+00:00November 11th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

Communities most likely to be affected by both the effects of and the response to devastating wildfires which have wreaked havoc on California will be given extra incentive to install solar-plus-storage at their properties. In addition to the impact of the fires themselves, the latter part of this year saw utility PG&E, already facing bankruptcy

Setting Economy 7 Times on Your PowerBanx (Victron) Home Battery Storage System

By |2019-11-11T11:40:13+00:00November 10th, 2019|Battery Storage, Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Islanding, Power Generation, PowerBanx, Solar, Solar and Battery|

I have previously described how to set overnight charging times (for Economy 7 or similar tariffs) on our most popular PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Sofar; here I'm going to cover the same process for PowerBanx systems which use an inverter made by Victron. These inverters are more expensive but have the

Rechargeable world: Nobel Prize recognises lithium’s role in a fossil fuel-free society

By |2019-11-04T12:50:34+00:00November 8th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery|

Earlier this month, John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino were, of course, jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, as co-creators of the lithium-ion battery and therefore “a rechargeable world”. The Nobel Foundation recognised not only the role of lightweight, portable battery technology for mobile phones, laptops and latterly electric vehicles, but also

The Brains Behind our Renewable Technology

By |2019-11-08T10:32:12+00:00November 8th, 2019|Blog, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

I very much enjoyed a recent episode of the The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, in which Professor Saiful Islam of Bath University, talks to Jim Al-Khalili about his life and work studying the materials that make renewable energy possible. Professor Islam has accelerated the use of computer modelling of the behaviours of solids. Among

More than 100GW of solar, wind and storage needed to meet net zero ambitions

By |2019-11-04T12:43:15+00:00November 7th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery, Wind|

Solar power, along with wind and storage capacity, will have to greatly increase if the UK is to meet its net zero emissions by 2050 goal, according to analysis by Aurora Energy Research. Aurora’s research presupposes capacity increases of more than 100GW of solar and wind, rising from 33GW today to more than 140GW in

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