Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell (alkaline or lithium) batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools. (University of Illinois at Urbana, 2021) These batteries can have a second life with proper disposal.
Tips on handling batteries:
1.Do not put batteries in your blue bin […]
Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries have many features that make them superior to other battery technologies. They are lightweight and versatile. They have a long lifespan and a fast recharge rate. They can also withstand cold, heat, collision, and mishandling during charging and discharging without risk of combustion.
But are lithium iron phosphate […]
A tree that fell due to the weight of ice in Troy, New York. Image: Wikipedia
Keeping your power on when things go bump in the night.
As global warming increases and sea levels rise, natural disasters are also expected to increase. Only about one fifth of U.S. and Canadian […]
Commercial grid-tie array at Rek-Lis Brewing in Bethlehem NH. Photos Darren O’Meara.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had different effects on different industries. Some industries have been hit hard, and others found the time exceptionally profitable. We wanted to get a good idea of what is happening for the solar industry, […]
Recommends New Federal Policy, Support for Low- and Moderate-Income Communities, and New Finance Tools
Montpelier, VT – Clean Energy Group (CEG), a national nonprofit organization that has worked on multiple battery storage issues over the last several years, has proposed a comprehensive series of new policy actions the federal government could take to accelerate […]
In Hinesburg, VT, 24 LG panels enjoy clear-blue summer skies to power the home and charge the Fortress back-up-energy-storage system. Photos courtesy of Green Mountain Solar.
Regular readers of Green Energy Times might have read “Battery Storage Choices Grow with Fortress Power,” an article that was […]
Fortress Power eVault 18.5 installation. Courtesy photos.
In the past, flooded lead-acid (FLA) batteries have been the first choice for those living off-grid. Although they have historically been the backbone of remote electrification, these batteries come with tradeoffs. Off-gassing, equalization charge, hydrometer readings are concepts that off-grid homeowners have come to grudgingly […]
Cryogenic energy storage system. Image: Highview Power.
Two energy companies announced that they will co-develop a highly unusual energy-storage project in Vermont. It will be the first commercial cryogenic energy-storage system in the United States. It will use air that has been cooled to the point of being […]
Comparing Total Cost of Ownership
Craig Quentin, Applications Engineer, RELiON Battery
Compared to lead-acid batteries, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries offer users practical advantages such as lighter weight and hands-off operation. These batteries also have longer lifetimes which makes for far less frequent battery replacements and service calls.
But many first-time buyers of LiFePO4 batteries […]
The lead-acid battery bank consisted of 24-2V batteries. All photos: N.R. Mallery
As Bob Dylan wrote, “The times they are a changin’…”. The change is now. Battery storage, on or off the grid today has produced a real game-changer. And my off-the-grid experience proves it.
In the beginning, I […]