The battle of the batteries: Which storage solution is best for you?
Thursday, 26 Apr 2018

The continual advancements in battery technology are not only a win for the environment but also homeowners.

The battle of the batteries: Which storage solution is best for you?

With huge price reductions, government rebates and the current climate of the energy sector, where bills seem to be rising on a daily basis, the time to invest in renewable energy is now.

If you have read the benefits of solar batteries or the solar battery basics then you should have a decent understanding on how batteries work to power your home and develop an energy bill free and eco-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.

Through these great advancements in technology, we’ve been spoilt for choice between the size, quality and performance of our battery systems, but what type of battery system is the best choice in order to create the sustainable home of our dreams.

Here’s an easy comparison of your solar battery options:

Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are already a widely used storage solution for many solar-plus-battery solutions in Australia and across the world. Having been originally harnessed for use in your laptops and your mobile phones, lithium-ion technology has been repurposed to become a sustainable and effective resource for solar power storage.  

ADVANTAGES

DISADVANTAGES

(compared against lead-acid batteries)

  • Lighter weight
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Requires less space to operate
  • Less maintenance required because of its in-built battery management system
  • Longer life cycle and contains a greater depth of discharge
  • Higher storage and capacity

(compared against lead-acid batteries)

  • Cost is higher than its lead-acid counterpart
  • Limited recycling programs in Australia
  • Possible limitation in extreme temperature ranges

Lead-Acid Batteries

Having been around for far longer than lithium-ion battery technology, lead-acid batteries use similar technology to that of your car battery. Commonly used in remote, rural Australia where grid connectivity is excessively expensive, lead-acid battery technology is often a last resort for many people.  

ADVANTAGES

DISADVANTAGES

(compared to lithium-ion technology)

  • Moderately cheap
  • Well-understood battery system
  • Easy to acquire

(compared to lithium-ion technology)

  • Requires constant maintenance checks to perform at an acceptable standard
  • A limited amount of charge and discharge where less amount of energy stored can be effectively used
  • Can emit dangerous gases and leak hazardous waste if damaged or breaks down

Although lead-acid batteries tend to be cheaper, their price tends to reflect their performance and quality. With lithium-ion based battery technology at the forefront of renewable energy innovation, these batteries are much safer, perform better and leave a very minimal environmental footprint.  

Even though these batteries are a far better than a lead-acid based option, there are still wide margins in quality towards lithium-ion batteries in the solar market.

Specialising in LG Chem lithium-ion battery storage systems, the energy division at AICA pride themselves on quality, performance and reliability. Having invested a lot of time and effort into the development of battery technology, AICA can deliver the perfect solar solution for your home or business.

With a wide range of solar PV and battery systems, find out how we can help you create a renewable energy solution for you while eliminating your power bills at the same time.

Call our friendly team today on 1800 242 228.

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