Why battery storage is becoming essential for backup in emergencies

There have been three significant incidents across Australia that have reminded us that grid network electricity is never something we can take for granted.

We have recently seen the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges lashed by severe storms that have caused widespread damage and taken out major network and NBN infrastructure. Phone coverage is limited, and electricity was cut in large areas that extended into Emerald, Montrose, Belgrave and Croydon.

It was the latest sign of Mother Nature flexing her muscles, something we will see more of if climate change caused by our emissions is not addressed.

Further south in Tasmania, these kinds of storms are almost a way of life for some residents. One local, who has lived in both cyclone-prone North Queensland and storm-ravaged Tasmania, took to social media to express their frustration this week.

“Since moving to Tassie I have dealt with devastating cyclonic storm cells every year (no power, and whatever else) but no one seems to care. These are storms that would be considered cyclones in the north, but happen regularly in the south,” they posted.

It isn’t just the weather that causes outages – sometimes, things go wrong. In Queensland, 500,000 people were recently left without electricity when there was a significant turbine failure at the Callide C station in Gladstone.

If a car runs into a power pole, if an animal crawls into a transformer or even just in the case of inclement weather, the current network is prone to failure. In years gone by, it meant breaking out the candles and sucking it up. But you don’t have to suffer through outages anymore.

Modern battery backup solutions provide energy when the network can’t 

Using batteries like the Tesla PowerWall, you can store energy up for a rainy day. Depending on the brand and the model, you can generally save enough energy to last a week if you only use it at night or for 24 hours of constant running power. Installing more batteries means you can power your home or business for longer when the network is down.

While you connect these batteries to your home, whether you have solar panels on your roof or not, they are best used in conjunction with rooftop systems as you can charge them up for free. That means that not only do you have a reliable backup solution, you can also continue to use free solar energy at night time.

Energy Matters stocks three major battery storage devices, including the Tesla PowerWall 2, Sonnen batteries and Enphase batteries. The PowerWall 2 is a cobalt-based lithium battery, while the other two brands are lithium-iron-phosphate. All three are highly reputable, low profile and will provide you with the backup you need in any location.

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