The great invention of solar panels is truly transforming the way we receive power. How does round-the-clock hot water without the hassle of storing pricey batteries or units sound?
Solar power has now become a reality and the dwindling cost of this technology has resulted in many households getting more solar panels, using the system of hot water as effectively as the battery.
Rapid technological advancements have made solar power the alternative of choice for many households, they even help homeowners save money.
When using solar panels for power, only half of the produced power is used by households while the rest is bounced back to the main electricity grid. This helps save power which could be used by someone else. Additionally, households are now being paid an amount with regards to the power exported towards the grid. While the tariff has been a bit scaled back now, the tariff gives households a great incentive to use solar-generated power freely.
While expensive battery systems were the only choice for power saving, new monitoring devices are a much cheaper option which are being noticed by the mainstream public.
These devices cost $790 and make the most of ‘big data’, allowing people to easily stream music, post pictures and search for GPS direction while they cut off power bills.
As per the sustainability expert of Curtin University, Dev Tayal;
“Big data allows households to optimize their energy use and allows people to have more control of what electricity they use from the solar panels, As electricity prices rise and as some of the more generous rebates and feed-in tariffs wind back, we’re only going to see an increased uptake of smart intelligent devices.”
The Use of Devices by the Households
There are many households that are now learning the mechanics of big data by using various devices such as Paladin for hot water. These devices collect a large amount of data through consistent monitoring of the electricity network. Once the device makes a sound estimate of the electricity requirement and hot water temperature, it then diverts the excess power to the system of hot water –one of the most power consuming devices in a household. Eventually, the surplus energy is again fed back into the electricity grid.
While the system has already been successfully trialed in New Zealand, there is also great potential in Australia for Paladin in terms of the fall in feeding tariffs and rising prices of power.
“It can divert — in a 50th of a second — power back to the hot water system watt for watt, it does not need to wait for the solar to match the size of the hot water element. Other products were doing a similar thing but weren’t turning the hot water element off so then all of a sudden power was being drawn from the grid, and that’s just defeating the whole exercise, whereas Paladin is monitoring both ways.” says the director for Paladin Solar Australia, Mark Robinson.
Following the invention of solar panels, there are now devices being used to heat a pool and charge electric cars. With this, we can say for sure that there are many surprises involving solar panels that are yet to come.