In a Battery Future, what role will Generators play?

By February 18, 2021 February 19th, 2021 No Comments

As we have all heard, fossil fuels are being phased out. (Let’s not get into that mess yet) With this change, the influx of battery-operated devices will inevitably soar. Cars, Boats, Homes, even ATVs are all coming out with full electric options. With this comes the need to charge all these items. Where does that power come from? How can a Generator work in conjunction? Can batteries and fossil fuel play nicely? The answer is yes!

With groundbreaking inventions like the Tesla Powerwall® energy storage is getting better but even those are not yet widely available or affordable. So, in reality, we are far from being able to ditch the fossil fuel machines. But working together, they can make a great team. For example, the Powerwall®, charges using solar only, but if put in line with a Generator and an ATS, the Powerwall can act like a Battery backup. *“In an outage, Powerwall responds immediately and provides backup power before the generator can detect the outage. The generator is turned on only when the Powerwall has low charge, or if loads exceed Powerwall’s maximum output. When grid power returns, the generator will turn off and Powerwall can again charge from solar…” 

Examples like this will most surely grow greatly in numbers as our innovative spirits kick into gear. Things will get “greener”. Batteries, storage, and solar panels will improve, but let us not forget; It’s not about finding ONE solution to cure MANY issues but finding MANY solutions to work towards ONE goal. Sustainability. Fossil fuels are not the enemy and Batteries are not the cure.

These things have their place. Generators in particular are actually growing in need. One glaring example would be the grids in places like Southern California reaching their breaking points. Residents, farmers, ranchers, and many industries are getting squeezed on their power usage and at times even shutting the grid off. A battery backup system simply can’t handle that type of demand yet. And as a perfect example of my previous point, officials in S. Cal had gas fired power plants in place but they retired them prior to finding a better replacement.  As told by the Los Angeles Times ** “Some gas-fired power plants have retired, doomed by poor economics and state policies. And California has failed to replace those generators with clean-energy alternatives that can help keep the lights on after sundown, when solar farms go offline.” And the result was many residents and business owners of the state clambering for Generators.

So, can we ditch the fossil fuels and jump into battery powered everything. Not even close. Can we find better more efficient and green ways to use them together, absolutely.   

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-Steve Jobs