Megawatts… Now, why would I start with that? Because megawatts are what is needed in the grid tied world. It is time for the left wing environmental wacko’s to figure this out. The batteries for my home system store WATTS, not megawatts. OK, maybe my batteries will hold almost 40KWhr, but my nightly battery use is around 3KWhr. That 3000 watts is 3/1000 of a megawatt. Think about this for a minute. I have about $4000 worth of batteries. If you want to back up megawatts, you need BILLIONS of dollars worth of batteries. Now we are starting to get to the truth. Our existing power plants are our battery storage for when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing when you use alternative energy for generation. In Korea they have been experimenting with using batteries…
OOPS… These Lithium Ion batteries everybody is talking about are not what they claim. 522 systems in Korea have been shut down after 22 fires. There has also been a fire in Arizona, but do you hear the news talking about it? Try this one:
It is estimated that this fire cost the US taxpayers over 2 BILLION dollars and ended in the entire program being scrapped. Again, they won’t blame the Lithium Ion batteries and try to say it was controls or procedures. Oh really?
Our news media is ignoring the truth because it does not fit into their left wing bias. They are trying to say that improper charging and monitoring are to blame. Sure, let’s rely on complicated electronics to prevent fires… What could possibly go wrong? Go wrong, go wrong, go wrong… The truth is that they do burn and the environmental aspects of mining and refining of Lithium are also frightening. We have Tesla telling people to hang these things on their houses. This is insanity. It would be like hanging gasoline tanks on your house and relying on electronic control systems to keep them safe. Sure, everything is fine until something goes wrong… Then what? Musk says that gas tanks in cars are more dangerous than his batteries, but do they self combust while the cars are parked? Google “Tesla fires” and then try “Wind turbine fires”. OOPS You might also look for recycling of batteries. There are videos of what happens when a Lithium Ion battery is crushed after some unknowing fool puts it in a recycling conveyor.
Now in 2021 a Lithium factory in China that supplies Tesla blew up in a giant fireball. The news is claiming only one person died… Bullshit. Look here:
They are not telling us the truth… Really? The truth is that fire departments are scared to death of Lithium Ion batteries and they are very dangerous. The good old proven lead acid battery is safe and the EPA is now saying that 99% are recycled. It is the biggest success story of the 20th century.
There is hope for the future, but I don’t think we will ever be using batteries in mega scale applications. If you are unhappy with your electrical bill today, how will you feel after it goes up 1000%, when you are freezing to death or your food is spoiling because some environmentalists convinced your state to ban fossil fuel generating plants with no alternative in place? That is exactly what has been going on in California, so don’t say it can’t happen. The following link will show you what may be coming, Silicon-Joule bipolar technology, but it won’t solve the cost issue for megawatt sized systems. I didn’t show this until I knew these have actually been produced and they are in beta testing of small batteries. We might be seeing larger batteries for off grid homes in the coming year. One thing I know for certain is that Crown will not release something until it has been thoroughly tested, unlike so many other manufacturers today.
By the way, my Crown batteries are now over three years old and still working as new. Generator time is up this winter to over 30 hours due to cloudy conditions, but snow has been just about non-existent. The news reports about Montana snow records were about the mountains only 100 miles away, but we live in the “banana belt” of Montana. The generator has not been run for over a month as of March 1 and the days are getting longer. I may just drain the gas out of it soon and put it away for the summer.
Now go back and reread my 2019 page “Nothing Changes”. I had to add some things to address the stupid reactions I was getting. Off grid life really should be called battery powered life and you must have a brain to be successful at it. I can’t help people who are brain challenged.