Updated: Jun 24, 2021
Is there a better way to secure your energy needs this winter than with a massive 24kW inverter and 28kW-hours of battery backup solar system?
One of our clients Kevin, was very happy with his new 28kW-hour battery capacity installation, especially as his installation was completed in time before the latest round of load shedding kicked in. Kevin has two 48V 14kW Eneframe battery banks in parallel (8 batteries = 28Kw-hours total), 24kW of inverter output, and over 13kW of solar panels. This system will not only meet his consumption needs but also allow him to feed access power back into the grid once all legislative processes have been completed.
Why move to solar
Winter is a critical time in South Africa in terms of power consumption. We tend to use more electricity during the winter months because of the increased usage of heating appliances. Although we can be smarter with our energy usage, we cannot escape the dreaded load shedding periods where we will be without any appliance to keep us warm. Unless of course like Kevin, you have a good solar and back up energy system.
Solar energy is readily accessible in South Africa. In fact, South Africa has one of the highest solar radiation levels (4.5 - 6.5kWh/m2 per day) in the world. This basically means that South Africa is one of the countries that get the most sunlight during the year in the world. Exciting right? Well if this doesn't get you excited hang in there... Let's put it this way, a solar system (panels, charge controllers, wiring, inverters, solar batteries etc..) is an investment and if there was ever a better place to get the most return on this investment, South Africa would be among your best bets. This is evidenced by the sheer volume of investments, large and small, being directed towards solar power in South Africa during the last 10 years.
As mentioned, a solar system typically includes a combination of solar panels, charge controllers, wiring, inverters and batteries to store the excess power. When deciding to invest in a solar system you typically want a system that will not only give you peace of mind but that will last you long enough for you to reap the rewards of your investment. Each individual component of a solar system should be managed and maintained well for the system to last for well over 10 years. However, with our intelligent remote management system we take the hassle out of managing and maintaining your battery. You can rest assured that your batteries are monitored in real time to ensure they perform at their peak and is in good health. We put all our batteries through rigorous stress testing to ensure they meet our clients expectations.
We are constantly working hard to improve our batteries to position them as not only as the best solar batteries in South Africa but globally as well. We have been adding great new features to our batteries to give you greater control over your usage power usage. Some of the new futures include a smart shunt that displays the power consumption running through your batteries. All our batteries now come standard with an exposed relay port where the user can built an external circuit using data from the battery. For example the user can have a fan turn on when the temperature of the battery reaches a specific value or use the data from the battery as a remote switch to turn an appliance on or off. We have also added intelligent pre-emptive balancing, which learns the balancing patterns of each battery on a daily basis and prevents some cells in a battery from being overbalanced.
More to follow
Our wireless CAN bus is currently in active development . This feature will enable our batteries to wirelessly communicate and share real time detailed data with the inverter. The battery will also be able to instruct the inverter to charge or discharge based on a set of variables, and meet the needs of some of our larger commercial clients. We will post an update soon!