With the gradually rising costs of power and awareness surrounding the topic of global warming, off grid power systems have become the hot topic of discussion all over the United Kingdom. With the advancement in technology, off grid power systems have evolved to such an extent over the last decade that experts now believe that renewable energy is the future.
Off-grid energy systems can be used to power homes, events, and construction sites, which all demand a fair share of power. If you are excited about generating your energy without causing harm to the environment or are left to wonder how much your bills will cost one year from now, you should take a closer look at off grid power systems.
Below, we will discuss the range of different off grid power systems that you can use for your home, construction site, or event.
Are you looking to switch away from the power grid and find a more eco-friendly and affordable mode of generating electricity? There are various types of energy systems you can install to generate green energy without polluting the environment. You need to consider several factors, such as location, budget, the amount of energy you need, and other requirements. Below are some of the most common and popular off grid power systems for the standard UK home.
Did you know that approximately 40% of all wind energy in Europe blows over the UK? This statistic alone puts our country in an ideal position to make the most out of the wind that blows over the UK. Because of that, wind turbine systems can become a great source of power to light up all the lights and electrical appliances within the average UK household.
Domestic turbines for use at home can range from 400W to 100kW. These can meet your requirements depending on your property’s size, the amount of electricity you need, and your home’s energy efficiency. There are three main types of turbine systems in the market for domestic use:
Roof-mounted systems are easy and cheap to install. As these turbines will be installed on your roof, they will come in direct contact with the force of the wind and will generate electricity around the clock for your property.
These turbines need to get into contact with the necessary wind force to generate electricity and feed it straight to the property. As these turbines are generally quite small, it is unlikely that they will generate a whole lot of electricity to power up every appliance and light in your home.
Standalone turbines also referred to as pole-mounted or free-standing turbines, are most effective when mounted on an elevated area away from turbulence and obstructions. They generate more power than roof-mounted turbines but are not ideal for urban areas since they are likely to summon planning permission objections.
Micro Domestic Turbine
These are mainly used to charge battery banks with electricity. If you use batteries as a backup power plan, you will need a power inverter to convert the AC electricity to DC.
DC and AC Solar Systems
DC and AC solar systems are hybrid power solutions that mix two types of off-grid power systems: DC solar and AC solar systems. In this power system, solar panels generate power and feed it to the charger control, which then feeds it to the batteries. You need to install a fuse box to provide the DC power directly to the grid to power your DC items.
Another feed will come from the batteries to the power inverter to provide AC to your electronic appliances. This hybrid system produces both AC and DC to properties and devices that use AC power. It is ideal for holiday homes, cabins, and remote offices. It is also possible for you to choose to go for the AC or DC power systems separately:
DC Solar Systems
These mainly run at either 12V or 24V, which is influenced by your type of battery setup. DC Solar Systems are ideal for use when low voltage power is required for bulb lighting and other low energy requirements. A DC solar system uses the solar panel to generate energy, connections to provide power, and a charge to charge your batteries. The energy gets fed directly from the batteries through a fuse box to your grid.
AC Solar Systems
They generate energy the same way as a DC system but use a power inverter to convert the battery’s DC power to AC. It is popular among many homeowners since most appliances at home can only use AC power.
Hybrid Wind and Solar Systems
Hybrid wind and solar is a system that uses two renewable sources for reliable energy generation. It consists of a solar panel array and a wind turbine for energy input. This system delivers reliable energy even when the wind is too light or the exposure to light is minimal.
Both the turbine and solar panels have their own controller to feed the batteries with power. The batteries are then connected to the grid through an inverter to provide ready-to-use energy.
It is the more expensive off-grid power system, but it shares the load between wind and sunlight, which will generate you a whole lot more energy. Besides that, it also offers a broader generation potential in environments with less reliable weather conditions. These hybrid systems are mainly installed in remote offices, cabins, and homes in less populated areas.
When choosing an off-grid energy solution for your home, remember that you cannot simply install wind turbines in your backyard. Your location is one of the most important factors you always need to consider.
Wind turbines are suitable for homes with large farms and vast land. One of the best things about these systems is that they are flexible. You can configure a solution for your current exact requirements and combine technologies to cater to new needs and outcomes.
Powering Events and Construction Sites
In the large majority of cases, events and construction sites will not have direct access to the power grid, meaning they need an alternative source of power. Previously, most event managers and construction site contractors have made use of diesel-based power generators to fulfil their needs for power.
Today, there are better, quieter, cheaper, and more eco-friendly alternatives. Here are some great alternatives for providing power to your event or construction site.
Containerized Hybrid System
Containerized hybrid systems are self-contained units supplied by companies mainly for the use in events and construction sites. These systems are secure, tamper-proof and can come with an automatic generator as a backup. Containerized power systems can be delivered to the required location and set up in minutes.
Hybrid generators such as the Hussh Pod is a compact power system that is also ideal for construction sites. A site will need lighting for the actual work done and cabin lighting as construction goes on. A hybrid system is cost-effective and environmentally friendly. It helps companies cut costs and avoid unwanted carbon footprint.
Remote off-grid energy systems are ideal for their silent generation of energy, low maintenance and self-monitoring, easy installation, and substantial cost savings for the long term. The two systems above are reliable and can be scaled to deliver energy according to your requirements. They can produce enough power through the day and night to cater for all the needs of a construction site and event.
Moving away fully or partially from electricity providers that we know today is one step into the inevitable future. Whether you choose wind turbines or solar panels as your preferred mode of power generation, you will notice a significant return on your investment in the long run.
Besides that, they are not only more affordable in the long run but are also a lot more eco-friendly, which is why the world is moving into renewable energy in the next few decades.
Get in touch to find out how we can help you with a hybrid power system that will save you money and reduce your carbon foot print.