The Drillimation Solar Panel Project: Battery Backup?

It has been over six months since the solar panels at Drillimation Systems were installed. Since then and after one long winter, we were able to generate some significant energy that drastically lowered our electricity bill.

Does having solar panels protect you from outages? Unless you have what the title suggests, no. Most solar panels are not designed to work during a power failure. If they did, you would end up sending electricity back into the power grid which can give electricians a hard time trying to make repairs. Ever since the panels were installed, I could count how many power failures we’ve had up until that point on one hand. They both happened during the winter and early this spring, as noted in the tweets below:

So, are we ready to have get a battery backup? Well, one of these will run you roughly $10,000. There are a number of brands, including one by Tesla branded as Powerwall. How do they work? The prerequisite for this is solar panels. The battery backup is rechargeable through these panels, meaning when the grid fails the power at Drillimation stays on for the duration of the outage.

Most battery backups are nowadays compact and easy to install, and complement most building layouts. When the weather forecasts sunny weather, the solar energy projected by the sun is absorbed by the panels and stored into the backup. The stored energy is then used to power the home at night, during overcast weather, or even an outage. The process is repeated each day. Pretty straightforward.

We are currently in discussions on when the backup will be installed. These backups are not cheap, so if you want to contribute to the project, I recommend making a donation, or purchasing any of the Chuhou Joutai games on Steam.


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