Do you have an emergency backup power source?
For homes to consider, there are three types of backup power options. Portable generators are the cheapest, but their utility in powering homes is limited. Home standby generators (HSB) are permanent, automatic, run on natural gas or propane, and can power any size home. Solar and Storage systems use batteries and are now capable of powering complete homes for the first time.
Types Of Backup Power Options
Solar Power + Storage
A solar array with battery storage delivers the most solar power choices and up-to-date technology to the modern home or company.
Batteries store energy from one or more power sources, such as solar arrays, backup generators, wind turbines, and even the electric utility, for future use.
The most power is generated on sunny days. Power output is reduced when it is partly cloudy or overcast. The inverter either stores the array's energy in batteries or transforms it for usage by the home or business. Fully charged batteries enable the inverter to add electricity directly from the solar array to the electrical system, reducing grid power consumption.
A well-designed solar + battery storage system can even power a home or company during a power outage or blackout.
Batteries are energy storage devices that use chemicals to absorb and release energy on demand. The most prevalent battery chemistry used to store electricity is lithium-ion.
When batteries are combined with renewable energy output, energy can be stored during low demand and released (or dispatched) at periods of peak need.
Batteries, unlike many other energy storage and generation sources, are particularly significant because they offer flexibility. They can respond faster than additional energy storage or generation technologies. By switching on and off in fractions of a second, they can help preserve grid stability. That makes them a great emergency power option.
Of all the tried-and-true technologies, an automatic standby generator is the best option for covering all the bases. They can start and run in any weather conditions, including hurricanes. Natural gas or propane allows them to operate for extended periods after natural disasters or blackouts. With proper care and maintenance, a constant fuel supply keeps the generator working for weeks, night or day.
Propane installations necessitate an adequately sized storage tank and delivery plans for outages lasting more than one or two weeks. Diesel generators have built-in tanks that can provide up to three days' run time. Extra onsite storage can extend the run time.
Portable Power Stations
Portable power stations, also called battery-powered inverter generators or portable batteries, are clean backup power sources with no direct emissions from the battery. They often only have enough capacity to power a few small appliances for a short period (see table below).
You can use a 120V AC outlet or a USB port to connect a portable power station to the appliance.
Charging can be accomplished by inserting the portable power station into the wall before a scheduled PG&E power outage or, in the case of some devices, by connecting to a compatible portable solar panel.
Top 5 Backup Power Options For Your Home Electrical System
- Solar Panels with Inverter ·
- Portable Generators ·
- Standby Generators
- Battery Backup ·
- Wind Turbines.
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