The medical centre was to be refurbished and part of the upgrade was to install a PV system with battery storage. The difficulty was allocating the space for battery storage that was safe for patients as well as staff. As is usual in a medical centre space is a premium and is used for medical related purposes as a priority.
A space was identified under the stairwell as the only realistic place to house the batteries and inverters. This limited the type of battery storage due to both space and safety requirements. Continue reading “Medical Centre – Commercial Case Study using SoNick batteries”
There are many things to take into account when looking at an energy storage battery for your home or business. These include what you want your energy storage battery to do as well as its safety, performance, operating temperature and end of life recyclability.
Unfortunately many people only look at the initial purchase cost of batteries and this is what they use to compare different batteries. This doesn’t take into account what a battery may cost them over its lifetime or the cost to the environment of both the battery’s manufacture and end of life disposal. To make a realistic comparison of a battery’s cost you need to consider it’s full “cradle to grave” impact on all areas, including its safety during operation and it’s environmental impact. Continue reading “Battery capacity depends on user needs”
Energy storage batteries come in a variety of different sizes and weights and each have different characteristics. Here is a comparison of some of the most common batteries currently available in Australia with comparisons of size for a similar sized 20kWh system. You can see from this image that size is not necessarily a good indication of the power that is available to be used in a battery installation. Some batteries have much better energy density than others with the FIAMM SoNick battery having the best energy density of all, although some of the newer lithium ion batteries also have a very good energy density..
If you have a lot of suitable space to store your battery this may not be relevant but if you are limited in space you may want to consider one of the more energy dense batteries. If there is a possibility of moving house you may want to take into account the battery size as well as its weight if you want to move it with you. Continue reading “What is your Energy Storage Battery Size?”
Different battery technologies are different weights as well as different sizes. This may be relevant depending on where you want to store your energy storage batteries.
Energy storage batteries come in a variety of different sizes and weights and each have different characteristics. In the above graphic several batteries are a similar weight, however you may need a number of batteries to provide the same output power which could increase the installation size and weight considerably.
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Safety – No fire or explosion risk
There is no possibility of thermal runaway because of the SoNick battery characteristics and its chemistry is basically a non-flammable common salt. Lithium ion batteries can catch fire if they get too hot. They must be kept air conditioned at all times (which adds to running costs). You can’t put water on a lithium ion fire or the battery will explode. Fire brigade currently have no means to extinguish a lithium ion battery fire.
No gas emissions
Lead acid batteries, in particular give off hydrogen and must be kept in a fireproof enclosure that will prevent any sparks from igniting the batteries. This also applies to lithium ion to a lesser extent. Redflow has the risk of a chemical spill (toxic bromine) although this is low. Continue reading “Why use a SoNick or heated salt Battery?”
John with the FIAMM SoNick battery on the back of the ute.
There aren’t really any other batteries that can be transported so they can be displayed this easily, as most other batteries are either too heavy, too big or too dangerous to transport.
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John describing some of the features of our Sodium Nickel Chloride battery at a recent display.
This was a local sustainability group that already had a degree of knowledge of alternative energy solutions and the SoNick battery met with a lot of interest.
Amongst other things, people were impressed with the very high embodied energy contained in the small footprint of the battery with 10 Kw in a battery of only 55 cm x 50 cm x 32 cm.
Although this battery id the premium size for the domestic market that wants to become energy independent the sodium nickel technology is also available in smaller capacities and sizes for people that would just like to offset some of their power.
Continue reading “High Embodied Energy of SoNick battery”
Linda describing the high energy density, which is one of the superior features of our Sodium Nickel Chloride battery at a display at the East Gippsland 2016 farm day at the Bairnsdale.
At 9.6kW in a battery that is only 55 cm x 50 cm x 32 cm, the FIAMM SoNick battery has one of the best energy densities of all current batteries available in Australia. Continue reading “Linda discussing Sodium Nickel battery at Bairnsdale”
Energy storage batteries come in a variety of different sizes and weights and each have different characteristics. If you have a lot of suitable space to store your battery this may not be relevant but if you are limited in space you may want to consider one of the smaller batteries.
Here is a comparison of some of the most common batteries currently available in Australia with comparisons of size for a similar sized 22kWh system.
If there is a possibility of moving house you will need take into account the battery size as well as its weight if you want to move it with you. Continue reading “What is your Battery Size?”