How Much Energy Could a Combined Solar and Storage System Produce in One Year?

The global energy system is undergoing a transition, as people are starting to see the advantages of renewable energy sources such as solar power and energy storage. Being at the forefront of this transition is PV Technology, leading the way in providing innovative and high-quality products that are able to combine solar energy with energy storage to form a reliable and sustainable source of electricity. This blog post will discuss one of their flagship products, the PV-Series 1.2/660W dual-axis tracker solar power system. The system comes with a built-in 60L container that stores enough energy to power a small house for a whole year! Furthermore, this post will detail how much energy that is, and how much you may actually need.

Key Facts About The Product

The PV-Series 1.2/660W dual-axis tracker solar power system is one of the latest additions to the PV Technology range, and the culmination of over 10 years of research and development. It is an elegant solution for people seeking a more affordable and compact option compared to traditional standalone solar systems. As the name suggests, this system tracks the movement of the sun throughout the year to capture the maximum amount of sunlight for energy generation, thus eliminating the need for any additional tracking devices.

This product is a tracker because it uses a gyroscope and accelerometer to measure the changes in elevation and azimuth (direction) of the sun throughout the year. When tracking, the device points itself directly at the sun. This is particularly beneficial for regions with intense sun exposure such as the desert and the Middle East where temperatures can soar well above 40°C (104°F). In those regions, using a fixed-tracking system may prove dangerous as the device could overheat and malfunction.

Solar power systems using the dual-axis tracking feature are more accurate and reliable than those that use fixed tracking because they allow the user to manually override the gyroscope’s (and thus the device’s) orientation towards the sun in case of error. This can minimise the amount of energy lost due to inefficiency, and ensure that the maximum amount of sunlight is always directed onto the panel for energy generation.

The Benefits Of A Tracker System

A standalone solar system without a trackers is only capable of generating electricity when the sun is directly above it. This is called the ‘tracking limit’. With a tracker, the potential to generate electricity is far greater as the device can effectively adjust its orientation to always point at the sun. As a result, the sun’s energy can be absorbed and stored for later use, even when the sun is not directly above the device in a direct-confrontation scenario. These systems are generally more expensive than their non-tracking counterparts, but the greater the potential for energy generation, the greater the pay-back period. In some cases, it can take a decade or more to make the investment in a solar power system pay for itself.

This is because photovoltaic (PV) cells degrade with time, meaning over time they produce less and less electricity as a result of solar radiation. The efficiency of the cell generally drops by 1% to 2% per year, causing the system to become progressively less efficient over time. To compensate for this, a tracker is able to adjust its angle of elevation according to the position of the sun throughout the year.

How Much Energy Could It Produce In One Year?

The amount of electricity generation that a solar power system is capable of providing is determined by many factors, one of which is the size of its array of photovoltaic (PV) cells. Larger arrays produce more electricity than smaller ones, up to a point. When it comes to the tracking-type solar systems, the bigger the array, the greater the potential for energy generation. One kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity is equal to 1,000 watts continuously for one hour. A 5 kW system will produce 5 kilowatts (5kW) continuous for one hour, giving the user a total of 6 kWh for the day. A 10 kW system will produce 10 kilowatts continuous (10kW), or 6 hours of continuous energy generation at a rate of 1,000 watts.

This is a very high rate of electricity generation, and with a little bit of maths (easy enough for a nerd like me), we can work out that the 10 kW system will provide sufficient energy to power a home of four people for a whole year. Tracking is critical for a device of this size, as it allows the user to tilt the array towards the sun to absorb more sunlight. This way, even in the event of bad weather conditions that limit conventional solar power system’s ability to generate electricity, the device will still be able to continue functioning. As the name suggests, a greater the potential for energy generation, the greater the amount of power the device is capable of providing. This is why the cost of these devices rises as the size increases, reaching a price point where it is practically cheaper to buy a ready-made house than to purchase and install the complete system yourself!

How Much Would It Cost To Run This System For A Year?

It is important to understand that the purchase price of a solar power system does not necessarily determine how much energy it is capable of generating. The amount of electricity a solar power system is capable of generating is affected by many factors, one of which is the amount of sunshine that falls on the device. This is why in some regions, such as Australia, the price for electricity can be extremely high, often costing more than the purchase price of the device itself! In those cases, if you live there and you are looking for an alternative to using fossil fuels, solar power may be a cost-effective and sustainable option. In other regions, such as North America, the cost of generating electricity from the sun is lower, making it more affordable and thus more attractive as an option for people seeking to generate electricity without relying on the mains grid.

Maintenance And Upkeep

It is an undeniable fact that solar power systems are more reliable and cost-effective when serviced and maintained by professional firms and individuals who have access to the proper facilities and equipment. For this reason, it is critical that you purchase a device that is manufactured with solid construction and good quality parts to minimize the risk of malfunctions due to age or improper use. Furthermore, it is recommended that you have the device serviced and maintained by a firm that specializes in solar power systems to take advantage of their expertise and experience in handling and maintaining these devices.

Solar Power In General

Inefficiency drives up the price of electricity generated from fossil fuels such as gas and coal. The greater the inefficiency of a generator, the greater the cost to the consumer. Inefficient generators generally operate at higher temperatures, which means they consume more fuel and produce more harmful exhaust gases as a by-product. When the price of fossil fuels rises, the profit margin of energy companies falls, threatening their very existence. Energy companies are well aware of this, which is why they are working hard to improve efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. Being at the forefront of this transition is PV Technology, and their goal is to provide sustainable and reliable solutions for areas that are facing energy shortages and are looking to diversify their fuel supplies.

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