Solar Batteries

Solar batteries work by converting the AC energy being produced by solar panels and storing it as DC power for later use. In few cases, solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher your battery’s capacity, the larger the solar panel system it can charge.

When a solar battery is installed as part of a home solar energy system, it can actually store the extra energy that the solar panels produce instead of feeding it back into the electricity grid. With solar batteries your ability to use the electricity generated by your solar panels on a day-to-day basis is maximized. The times when you are in need of more electricity than your solar panels are able to produce during later in the day or at nighttime, you can use the solar energy you have stored in the solar batteries.

Whether or not you’ll save more money by installing a solar storage system depends how your electric utility company charges its customers. However, some electric utility companies are changing their rates in ways that make solar batteries a smart investment for homeowners.

Solar batteries can still cost more than most standard diesel generators, but they can provide backup power without producing greenhouse gas emissions. If you have a typical solar panel system, you will still lose power during a power outage because of how your panels are connected to the electric grid. Although, if you add a solar battery to your system, your home can run off of the solar energy you have stored in the event that the grid goes down.

In many cases the hydrogen and oxygen that escape from the battery does so through the cap. Some of this may condense on the top of the battery. This fluid is electrically conductive and slightly acidic. Since it’s electrically conductive and on top of the battery, it can create a small conductive path between one battery post and the other. This fluid will act like a small load that is always turned on and looks like a thin, shiny film of water.

Since it is acidic clean it using normal household baking soda. It is usually recommended to just pour a thin layer of baking soda straight out of the box onto the top of the battery. As the baking soda neutralizes the acid you’ll see it fizz. Instead of using straight baking soda, many people use a solution of 100 grams of baking soda per liter of water or 4 ounces per pint.

It is important that you don’t get any baking soda inside the cells of the battery since it neutralizes acid. Also, you should wear gloves when you do this. Ones made of PVC are good and found in most kitchen gloves.

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