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More often than not, the energy need of a business outweigh the needs of a single family home. As such, battery storage is even more powerful for business owners, as it could make all the difference in grid energy prices, and can provide key backup in cases of a power outage, preventing lost business time. Batteries are also greatly useful in all kinds of energy grid projects, from solar farms to wind farms, and everything in between. There exist several types of batteries available for commercial energy storage, depending on needs and cost factors.
Lithium Ion batteries an increasingly common and increasingly cheap form of energy storage. Typically, they have a useful life of about ten years and a warranty of about 5 years.
Solanta typically offers the brands LG and Enphase to home solar customers. LG’s ESS battery is a powerful DC system coupled directly with new solar installations that can smartly switch from charging to discharging to protect you from high grid prices or blackouts. Enphase’s system is a highly compatible AC system that is coupled between preexisting inverters and electrical panels, and is smaller and safer than any other system. Enphase’s batteries are also compatible with their Enlighten monitoring software, so you can change all manner of storage settings right from your computer or phone, alongside the control you already have over your solar system. Other brands include sonnen, Tesla, and SimpliPhi.
Lead Acid batteries are one of the most common battery types worldwide. They are typically found in automobiles, and can also be used in residential energy storage. These batteries tend to have a short shelf life, and can be damaged if they lose too much of their charge (though this can be mitigated with a deep cycle model).
Manufacturers of these batteries for residential storage include Surette, Crown, and SimpliPhi.
Vanadium Flow batteries are a newer type of battery that boasts a much longer life than Lithium Ion counterparts (20 years as opposed to ~10). In addition to this, they also allow for larger storage. While a typical lithium ion battery has a capacity of about 1.2kWh, a Vanadium Flow battery can have up to 30kWh in a residential unit, though a more common range is about 6.2kWh. Vanadium Flow batteries also ease the main safety concern of flammability with other battery types, since the electrolyte solution the battery utilizes is more than 50% water.
Brands that produce these batteries include StorEn Technologies and VoltStorage. This technology is much more common at the business or grid storage scale than it is for in-home. As the tech is relatively new, it is high in costs. Vanadium Flow is, however, worth keeping an eye on as time goes on and the products develop.