by Kevin Samson
February 13, 2015
Aquion S-Line Battery Stacks
are ~2.4 kWh systems at 48V
Elon Musk made
headlines this week announcing his plan to develop
battery technology for home energy use.
Tesla's mega factory will soon be churning out their super efficient
lithium-ion battery packs for homes. The battery pack will
reportedly be sold independently as well as being coupled with
Musk's decentralized green
energy company Solar City.
Even if you don't have solar panels or a way to charge home battery
banks, they can still pay for themselves quite quickly. Most
electric companies charge a much lower rate at off-peak hours - as
little as a third of the peak rate.
So you can charge your battery
pack when the rates are cheapest, and use that stored energy when
the rates are highest.
Imagine saving two-thirds on your current electric bill. Most
households would save a few thousand dollars a year. Battery banks
would likely pay for themselves very quickly just using this method
alone. Add in a generator, solar panels, or wind mills to charge
them and decentralized off-grid electricity seems quite practical.
Tesla's venture is at least six months
away, I wondered what current options exist; and Tesla may have some
manufactures its proprietary Aqueous Hybrid Ion batteries to provide
affordable off-grid power storage. These
eco-friendly batteries are made with saltwater, cost less and
last up to ten times longer than traditional batteries currently
used in solar home systems, and are already linked together in a
bank for optimum charging speeds and easy installation.
Check out how they're made in the video below:
How an AHI Battery is Made