Here are 3 Types Of Solar Batteries Available In Kenya
Finding the right solar batteries to go with your solar installation in Kenya can be a challenge.
Especially when it comes to making a choice between quality or price.
If price is a driving factor when considering solar batteries,
Then it’s good to remember the quote by Warren Buffet “ Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”
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3 Types of Solar Batteries Available in Kenya by Technology
Lithium Ferrous Phosphate Battery
The lithium iron phosphate battery (LiFePO battery) or LFP battery (lithium ferrophosphate), is a type of lithium-ion battery
Using LiFePO as the cathode material (on a battery this is the positive side),
And a graphitic carbon electrode with a metallic backing as the anode.
Because of low cost, low toxicity, well-defined performance, long-term stability, etc.
LiFePO is finding a number of roles in vehicle use, utility scale stationary applications, and backup power.
Lead Carbon Battery
Lead-carbon batteries are an advanced Valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) battery
Which use a common lead positive plate (anode) and a carbon composite negative plate (cathode).
The carbon acts as a sort of ‘supercapacitor’ which allows faster charging and discharging,
Plus prolonged life at partial state of charge.
Much like the common Gel sealed batteries, lead-carbon batteries are also sealed
And typically use a gel electrolyte for improved safety and low maintenance.
Lead Acid Battery
Despite being toxic, lead acid batteries are cheap, convenient and they work for many battery power applications.
They are probably best known for their use in vehicles where they supply the power for everything from starting, to the electronics and much more.
However, Lead acid batteries fail after a few years use lifespan typically 300 – 500 cycles and cannot always be used in a variety of orientations.
They are a corrosive electrolyte (can cause burns to people and corrosion on metalwork), not environmentally friendly,
needs disposing of with care, not suitable for fast charging,
And must be stored in charged state once electrolyte introduced
In addition to a low charging efficiency of around 70%.
Below is a visual comparison of messy toxic lead acid batteries vs a more efficient non toxic lithium iron phosphate battery like Simpliphi
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