Converting to solar energy is an important first step toward using the unlimited energy of the sun to break our dependence on fossil fuels and pollutants. Although using solar power can save money on energy bills in the long run, it can be expensive to implement, not to mention the various things you have to learn in order to properly maintain your system once you have made your purchase. Along with solar panels, the solar cell battery will prove to be one of the most important parts of that purchase.
Solar panels absorb sunlight and convert the energy into electricity by using the photovoltaic effect, meaning that as photons pass through the solar cells, they release electrons and this electricity is then stored in your solar cell battery for later use. It is important to make sure you get a solar cell battery with sufficient capacity to meet your storage needs.
A solar cell battery is designed to be charged and discharged of most of its capacity frequently, as opposed to a starter battery, such as a solar car battery, which delivers a sudden high current for cranking the engine up. Starter batteries are designed to discharge frequently, but only a small amount of its capacity. Another difference between the solar cell battery and the starter battery is its construction.
The solar cell battery is a deep cycle lead-acid battery and has thicker lead plates to resist corrosion from repeated charging and discharging. These types of batteries are designed to be discharged fifty to eighty percent of capacity, depending on manufacturer and construction, so check the specifications on your solar cell battery to make sure you’re not inadvertently damaging it.
In theory, these solar batteries can be discharged down to twenty percent, but to ensure your batteries last a long time, fifty percent is a good depth of discharge to aim for. There is a correlation between the battery’s depth of discharge and how often it will tolerate the charge/discharge cycle. Overdo it and you may find yourself buying a new solar cell battery sooner than you’d otherwise need to.
One more environment helping fact about the solar cell battery is that most of the components can be recycled. Since most of the deep cycle batteries on the market are lead-acid batteries, almost everything: the lead plates, the plastic casing, sulfuric acid and metals used in the construction are completely recyclable. The only thing that can’t be recycled is the paper that wraps the plates. Because of the exposure to the acid, the fibers can’t be rewoven for reuse.
Making the switch to solar energy will help save you money, as well as help, save the environment from additional waste. Since the batteries are even recyclable, there is a greater reason to make use of this energy technology. It is a nearly closed manufacturing industry, with new batteries constructed from old parts.
How many other industries can make the same claim as the solar cell battery industry in keeping waste to a minimum?
The Build Solar Team
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