Is it possible to put your entire home on a UPS?
When I used to manage my company's datacenter, we had the entire datacenter connected to an online UPS.
The UPS had a bank of batteries and was fed street power. The servers ran off of the batteries.
Our servers were protected from the dirty street power. Of course, if street power dropped the servers still ran off of battery power.
Wondering if I could insert a UPS between the power company's meter and also the breaker box.
Oh, and if the batteries on the UPS were full, say, because they were being charged by solar panels, could the UPS push excess power back to the utility for sweet sweet net metering goodness.
This would check almost all of the boxes
1. be able to lower your energy bill with solar panels through grid-tie
2. get a credit back with net metering if you have an energy surplus
3. run off of the batteries if you lose utility power
4. bonus! provide clean power to all of your appliances. e.g. protection from brownouts
Shouldn't this work?
October 11th, 2017 7:16pm
Yeah of course this is possible and it works.
Just install a battery bank for solar, and recharge off the mains.
Bank and install costs will run from $10k to $50k depending on your needs.
The batteries don't last forever, so plan on a full swap around every 5-7 years or so.
October 11th, 2017 7:22pm
Don't you need some kind of controller somewhere that decides that the batteries are full, let's start sending power back to the utility?
October 11th, 2017 7:28pm
That's not a UPS dipshit.
October 11th, 2017 10:39pm
October 11th, 2017 10:43pm
>That's not a UPS dipshit.
Of course not. The label clearly says battery for cynical market differentiation purposes.
October 11th, 2017 10:45pm
Only an ultraviolet level geek demands perfectly shaped waveforms and voltage control down to 2% on his house electric. I'm not saying it isn't cool, but Powerwall is probably the most accessible version of this.
October 11th, 2017 11:26pm
Get a bicycle, hook it up to generator, pedal all day, ??????, profit
October 11th, 2017 11:57pm
Energy companies are not fond of such an arrangement, because they will get energy offered when they themselves will have a surplus, and must deliver when everybody needs it.
In NL and Germany these arrangements have been subsidized by the government, but now those regulations are coming to an end.
The battery stuff is meant so you don't have to sell when nobody wants it.
This problem with solar/wind energy not only exists for individuals, but for complete energy companies and whole nations.
Is that feasible? What could you run with the battery storage from one hour's pedalling? Boil a kettle? Heat a day's worth of hot water?
October 12th, 2017 1:03am
re bicycle and generator
October 12th, 2017 1:03am
You can generate a disappointingly small amount of energy with your own body.
You could charge up the battery for your e-bike.
October 12th, 2017 8:48am
> Only an ultraviolet level geek demands perfectly shaped waveforms and voltage control down to 2% on his house electric. I'm not saying it isn't cool, but Powerwall is probably the most accessible version of this.
It strikes me as strange that people put together almost all of the same components used in a commercial datacenter when building solar power setups but fall very short, feature-wise.
October 12th, 2017 12:03pm
Powerwall doesn't isolate your home from street power.
Powerwall has a noticeable service interruption (3-5 seconds of blackout) when it kicks to off-grid.
Like, come on brah.
October 12th, 2017 12:05pm
October 12th, 2017 4:30pm
Thanks for the top of the brainstem feedback guys!
October 12th, 2017 7:20pm