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Choosing the Perfect Battery for Your Home: Expert Insights from Element47

When it comes to solar batteries, the choice you make is a long-term investment that can significantly impact your home's energy efficiency. At Element47, we've compiled expert advice to help you navigate this decision-making process with confidence.

SENEC Batteries at DeHavilland Apartments connected to Powerledger P2P trading within the embedded network. This is an operational example of batteries in use and save 30% of peoples powerbill for no upfront cost.
SENEC Batteries at DeHavilland Apartments connected to Powerledger P2P trading within the embedded network

Introducing Andrew Haning, Element47's Chief Technology Officer: Andrew Haning, our CTO at Element47, sheds light on key considerations for selecting the right battery solution for your home.

Adding Battery to Existing Solar: Wondering if your home's existing solar system can accommodate a battery? Absolutely! If you already have solar, your home is equipped with an inverter. This device converts solar electricity into the usable power your home requires. According to Haning, "You have the choice to install a hybrid inverter or retain your existing inverter and integrate a battery inverter. The latter is a popular option due to simpler approvals and potential cost savings."

Battery for Non-Solar Homes: If your home doesn't have solar panels, Haning advises opting for a hybrid inverter. This choice streamlines your setup, consolidating it into a single inverter box. This versatile hybrid inverter can manage both solar panel inputs and battery charging, utilising power from the sun or the electricity grid.

Determining Backup Needs: How much backup power do you need during a blackout? Haning suggests assessing whether you require a full backup for your entire home or just partial backup for essential circuits. The latter is often practical, ensuring critical areas like the kitchen, lights, and select power outlets remain operational.

Right-Sizing Your Battery: To find the right battery, evaluate your electricity consumption and surplus generated by your solar system. A battery too large may struggle to charge fully, while one too small may lead to excess power sent back to the grid. Haning advises aligning the battery's size with your energy environment.

Leading Brands in Focus: Element47 Solar offers an array of reputable brands. Haning highlights LG Storage, renowned for its range of sizes and trusted reputation. Tesla Powerwalls stand out for their versatility, catering to homes with or without existing solar. Other options span from Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic to notable battery manufacturers like BYD. SENEC Home v3 and Alpha ESS batteries are an excellent hybrid options with varying levels of storage and at least 10 year warranties. SENEC's warrenty is extendable to 20 years. While the Zenaji Aeon has a 20-year product warranty, warranted 22,000 cycle life @ greater than 80% Retention.

The Future of Energy:

Virtual Power Plants (VPPs): As Australians adopt rooftop solar and batteries, the concept of Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) emerges. Element47's Virtual Power Plant, named Silver, links batteries and assets across locations to create a unified power station. Silver empowers customers to contribute to a cleaner energy future and reap the benefits of this evolving energy landscape.

Ready for the Next Step? At Element47, we're dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about your home's energy future. Our expert team is ready to guide you through the journey of finding the perfect battery solution that aligns with your needs, aspirations, and the rapidly changing energy landscape. Take the next step with us today!

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