Solar power is generated by capturing the energy from sunlight.
Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels, are installed on your rooftop. These panels are made up of lots of small units called solar cells.
Sunlight is made up of tiny particles called photons. When photons from the sunlight strike the solar cells, they excite the electrons within the cells, giving them a boost of energy.
These excited electrons create a flow which generates electricity in direct current (DC) form.
The inverter is used to convert the electricity into alternating current (AC) form, which makes it compatible with your home’s electrical system or the Grid.
The converted AC electricity is now ready to power your home or be sent back to the National Grid.
If you have a solar battery, you can store excess electricity to use during cloudy days or at night when the sun isn’t shining. This allows you to be more self-sufficient.
Electricity storage with a solar battery.
Solar panels generate a significant amount of energy and often more than can be used live. In this situation, a battery can be a game-changer, storing the solar electricity to be used when you need it such as at night.
- Gives you greater freedom from costly grid electricity
- Slash your energy expenses
- Protect our environment
Electricity storage: The most important facts in a nutshell.
- Energy Storage Basics: Electricity storage systems are designed to store electrical energy for later use. This stored electricity can be utilized when demand is high, or when renewable energy sources like wind and solar are not generating power.
- Reducing Reliance on the Grid: Electricity storage systems provide greater independence from the National Grid, reducing dependency on Grid-supplied electricity. This independence can help mitigate the impact of rising electricity prices and provide a reliable power source during Grid outages.
- Surplus Electricity: Electricity storage systems are most beneficial when there is a surplus of electricity being generated, such as during sunny days for solar systems or windy conditions for wind turbines. They store excess electricity for use during periods of low energy production.
- Lithium-Ion Storage: For solar energy systems, lithium-ion storage systems are often considered one of the best options, particularly those using lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries. These batteries are known for their reliability, long lifespan, and high energy density.
- Alternative Storage Methods: While lithium-ion batteries are common, other energy storage methods include electricity clouds (virtual power plants), hydrogen storage, and pumped storage power plants. However, each of these alternatives has its own unique disadvantages when compared to traditional battery storage, especially for small-scale PV systems.
- HomeSun Complete SolarService Package: We offer a comprehensive package for solar energy and storage solutions in the UK. This package includes installation, maintenance, repair, and insurance, all without any upfront acquisition costs.