Solar Power, is it Good Enough?

March 03, 2018

Solar Power and variable supply

How does solar power feature in our lives? In a world where we can access most things almost instantly, we take for granted the power it takes to have this availability.

From your smallest device to large venues being lit up like the illuminations at Blackpool, we use up energy with abandon. This week however, with the brutally cold weather gripping the UK, newspapers had an alarming message. The National Grid warned the country that they would not have enough gas to supply the people of the UK as imports had been affected by outages and plummeting temperatures.

Although consumers probably wouldn’t notice any disruptions to their usual domestic supply, there was however a significant risk to industrial supply.

Snow fall, thanks to the Beast from the East and storm Emma, have ensured homes across the UK have fired up their heating. Gas demand is at a 5 year high and the nations gas storage is at the lowest level since records began.

In a nutshell, the UK is dependent on gas so what is the answer? The current troubles have reopened the fracking debate, wind generated power discussions and of course, the popular solution of solar power.

But can solar power provide for a variable demand? John Goodenough thinks so…

At Energy Alliance, we agree with him and think we have found the answer.

Who is John Goodenough?

John Goodenough is a 95 year old academic who works from the University of Texas at Austin.

His work in the later half of the 1970’s led to the creation of the lithium-ion battery. His work, at time of writing, continues.

He stated, “We have to find a way in the very near future to be able to harvest energy from the sun, and to store it in batteries on a large scale.”

The problem has always been the storage of the power generated by solar panels. Demand for power has always been greater in the evenings. With increasing pressure for renewable energy, companies are competing for smarter ways to harness energy made during daylight hours.

At Energy Alliance, we agree with Mr Goodenough. If you own your solar panels, then using our SonnenBatterie finally allows you to store the energy you have made an investment to get. Isn’t it time you fully realised the value of that investment. And, because we strive to be one of the smartest energy advice teams in the UK, we selected the battery globally recognised as being one of the best and most reliable.

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If you would like to learn more about Mr John Goodenough please visit this BBC article for further reading.



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