Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode.
Is it legal to run off grid in the USA/
I might sound pessimistic, but what if you are having problems with your battery power storage ?
Who do call for help, it does happen ?
Battery Power storage will be part of the big energy mix in the future
This whole scenario of battery Power Storage and off grid electricity, is now going above my head? Tesla cars are now claiming that the Lithium-Ion battery unit, that drives their cars could be used to store solar energy for the average family home for a good three and a half days, (or should it be nights).
You see I can’t get my head around the fact that power that we would need to power the average home would be cheaper than the power supplied the grid. The total cost of solar panels or wind turbines combined with a large enough battery storage pack, that would adequately cope with all the power that was needed, without totally flattening the batteries and look after itself when the owners were away would surely outweigh the cost of mains electricity You would also need a backup diesel generator, to use as a back- up for your solar system should
you have any problems. It would be like having to pay your electric bill 20 years in advance?
I know that there are whole island populations that are now using a solar power electricity system that has a huge battery power storage system that fits into a 20 foot container. I think the system was set up by Saft a French battery company and the island is in the Caribbean group of islands and so can rely on a constant supply of sunshine, but the experts say that these systems can work across most of the world, using the sun that is available to them.
I am not sure if there are many other battery projects on the go but the way I see it as a layman, is that all the experts from all the countries are just going there one way, when what is needed is the getting together of heads and experimenting on housing developments that are nothing like the ones today. These developments would be away from the national grid and would be totally environmentally friendly using all the latest materials for insulation, (I see that here in the UK we are starting to revert back to straw as an insulation material).
I have seen something similar here in the UK, with the homes facing the right way (south) and totally insulated. This in my opinion is going the right way, but to go further, each development should have its own battery Power Storage system which connects all the homes together. The initial electricity will be powered by solar panels and if possible a wind turbine.
In my opinion the problem lies with the fact that everything is based on converting new systems from old, but I do not think this will work. You cannot just disconnect yourself from the grid because of many other issues, including where the old electric cables run, what if you wanted to sell the house, it will be mixing lots of old problems with new problems. I have solar panels fitted to my roof and think that they look fine but I know some people who hate the site of them and I won’t even go into wind-turbines.
I am just scratching the surface here. We need some good joined up thinking and we need to build proper working experimental housing developments using the latest technology and test it out over a number of years. When I hear Tesla talking about their car battery storing power for home owners it makes me cringe, it would probably capable of this but we should be talking collectively and build whole communities, using the latest methods and a collective battery storage system and not load of individuals using all sorts of mis-match battery storage systems that you can find instruction on how to do, on YouTube.
Most of our towns and cities will always be run off the national grids, for well into the future; our infrastructures are too old to cope with major changes.
There is no doubt in my mind that battery power will be the future, wherever it comes from, but we should get our heads together and build proper sustainable environmentally friendly housing using only the power of the elements, this would be the way forward and if you read this article and know of such experiments taking place, please let me know.
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