How does temperature affect your solar battery?
When you install your own solar battery, you may think about how to maintain and keep it work normally. These days are so hot that some homeowners worry about their solar battery. Because the higher the surrounding temperature is, the harder the batteries need to work.
Temperature affects everything living or non-living. Since solar batteries operate on chemical processes, temperature affects them seriously. Temperature affects battery performance in two ways. The standard capacity rating of a battery is based on each cell having an electrolyte temperature of 25ºC (77ºF). Temperatures below the nominal 25ºC (77ºF) reduce the battery’s effective capacity and lengthen the time to restore the battery to full charge. Temperatures above 25ºC (77ºF) will slightly increase capacity but also will increase self-discharge and shorten battery life. Although the capacity of a battery will increase as temperatures rise, any cycle life loss due to operating at higher temperatures is not recoverable.
When the temperature is too high, the surrounding insulation and protection around the battery may break down or melt. You may notice these from the battery: bulging, bubbling, emitting gas, sparks or even flames. If it really happens, please quickly remove the battery connection to your home or grid. It may be dangerous.
Therefore, homeowners with solar battery storage should learn to take care of their solar batteries and keep them cool in the hot summer.
Keeping the solar battery indoors
Keeping the battery indoors will help insulate against harshness of temperature changes outside. One of the ideal locations would probably be in your garage. Please avoid installing your solar battery in locations exposed to direct sunlight. This may affect the overall battery performance shorten the battery life.
In addition, keep the solar battery indoors will help against other weather elements as well as birds wanting to start a nest above the battery.
Batteries also need ventilation
Batteries need a decent amount of ventilation, but you don’t need to go overboard. Almost all manufacturers will ask for a location with good ventilation. If your battery is located outdoors, then you do not need to worry too much about ventilation. If it is installed indoors, then you should probably not put too many things in front of it. For example, installing it inside another cupboard. Also, do not forget to keep the solar battery away from debris.
Keep the battery away from heat producing appliances
You ought to probably put the battery away from other appliances in your home that tends to create heat. This could be your heater, hot water tank, pool heater etc. You would ideally want to reduce the temperature to around 15 degrees. The closer it is to this temperature, the better your solar battery will run.
The above talk about the temperature’s effect on solar battery and how to protect them from high temperature in summer. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep them work normally.