Compact Battery solutions – A guideNovember 23, 2017
In the recent times with increased mobility, technology has been evolving rapidly to meet everyone needs. During this process, each of us relies on power to make use of these appliances or devices that ease our daily tasks. As power or fuel generation is limited due to various factors and meeting demands of every individual or household is a challenge, it couldn’t help many of them who live in remote regions. Because of this issue, most of them are looking for compact power solutions to provide continuous power supply anywhere in the world.
With growing global footprint on the carbon emissions, everyone is adopting solar technology as an alternative to fuel or DC for generating power in their households.
Portable battery systems can help to store the required power received from various sources like DC, solar, fuel, wind and so on. This stored power can be utilised as a source of power when needed.
In portable battery systems, there are various elements used. For years, nickel-cadmium have been the leading element used in all portable equipment from wireless to mobile communications. Lead Acid, lithium-ion has emerged over the years and had been the competitors to gain the market so far.But due to benefits of Lithium-ion which is performing better and longevity of these batteries had made them as leaders in batteries history.
Following are few of the elements which are currently being used in batteries that are available in the market.
1) Lead Acid Batteries
2) Lithium-Ion Batteries
3) Lithium LiFe (lithium iron phosphate) Batteries
With many chemistry combinations of batteries available in the market, it is difficult to choose which one to adopt.
Honestly, there isn’t any particular way of analysing based on chemical compositions since most of them don’t understand its chemical reactions. The only way we can estimate or compare these batteries is with following factors.
- Weight of the Portable battery systems
- Efficiency and performance
- Discharge capacity
- Voltage requirements
- Cost and Environmental consequences
Lead and Lithium-Ion based batteries are mostly found in all the portable battery systems which are available across the country. Among these two, Lithium-Ion is said to be the leader which is ahead due to their lightweight properties, the efficiency of charging capacity and easy to handle features.
With Lithium based batteries there is a caution while using them as its chemical reaction when exposed to various elements are highly unpredictable in nature. For Example, if Lithium batteries are overcharged, it leads battery set itself on fire since lithium element can burn hot and fast which is hazardous in nature.
This has restricted in making huge batteries based on Lithium in the market. But in the recent times, there has been a breakthrough with the new formula which is developed by mixing Lithium-ion with iron and phosphate which is called as LiFe (Lithium Iron Phosphate). It proved to be safer than Lithium Oxide. Since then, LiFe has been a breakthrough in batteries industry and gaining the market at a rapid pace.
Few organisations are using LiFe technology as their sustainable solution in their battery storage systems to give maximum performance and benefits where one can experience the power on the go.