Off Grid System Estimate & Maintenance
Congratulations! If you are reading this, you have figured out a way to get out from under the thumb of public utilities and produce your own sustainable energy—by going off-grid. Your choice to reduce your carbon footprint has also allowed you to assert your independence and avoid reliance on fossil fuels. However, have you ever thought about the environmental impact created by the batteries you throw away?
For this reason, Solar Energy Systems offers a Solar Maintenance Program that places extra focus on maintaining the life and maximizing the output of your off-grid battery resources.
A battery as a life cycle that looks something like this. In light of that, here are 5 ways our Off-grid Solar Maintenance Program can save your battery.
1. Keeping corrosion away. It's very important not to let corrosion set in on your battery terminals. If corrosion sets in, your solar panels will randomly fail to harvest solar rays due to electrical contact being lost between the battery and cable—thus reducing the pace of your solar payoff.
2. Ensure the batteries don’t dry out. During use—and especially on overcharge—the water in the electrolyte splits into hydrogen and oxygen. The battery begins to gas, which results in water loss. This water loss can be replaced—however, it leads to an eventual dryout and decline in capacity. Thus, you'll need to spend money on a new battery sooner than expected.
3. Make sure they are equalized. An equalizing charge is nothing more than forced overcharge. It removes sulfation that may have formed during low-charge conditions. Applying an equalizing charge every six months or after 20 cycles brings all cells to similar levels by increasing the voltage to 2.50 V/cell, or 10% higher than the recommended charge voltage. Thus, prolonging the life of your battery and saving you a trip to your local battery core recycling center.
4. Charging at Maximum Capacity. Sulfation occurs when a lead acid battery is deprived of a full charge. Solar cells and wind turbines do not always provide sufficient charge and lead acid banks succumb to sulfation. If a battery is serviced early, sulfation can often be corrected, thus allowing you to add life to your battery.
5. Replace When Needed. Permanent sulfation sets in when the battery has been in a low state of charge for weeks or months. At this stage, no form of restoration is possible. Thus, helping you identify the problem ahead of time allows you to avoid an impending fall of energy.
The bottom line is that a proper off-grid solar maintenance program will prolong the life of your batteries and your solar energy system will work much better. Contact us today to learn more.