PowerCap® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is a PowerCap®?
The PowerCap® is a home Electrical Energy Storage System that captures clean energy for later use. Working to protect your home in the event of a blackout, the PowerCap® detects grid behaviour and sheds or stores energy accordingly. Combine the PowerCap® with solar PV for continuous energy autonomy or with the grid to simply avoid peak tariff fees.
Unlike most batteries on the market today, the PowerCap® is made from natural graphene hybrid technology. Made with technology inspired by the Earth, PowerCap® technology delivers clean and reliable on-demand energy security.
How much storage/capacity does my home need?
The energy storage required to power your home is dependent on many variables including the size of your home, efficiency of appliances, occupants, energy usage habits, etc. To find out what PowerCap® system is right for your home, click here.
How much does a PowerCap® cost?
The price of a PowerCap® is dependent on the energy capacity required to power your home. Upon making a PowerCap® enquiry, a dedicated renewable energy specialist will analyse your energy usage patterns to recommend the perfect PowerCap® solution. To book a consult today, please register your interest on our contact page or call 1300 933 247.
Is the PowerCap® Recyclable?
Yes, PowerCap® is proud to share that all PowerCap® technology is recyclable and that the predominant energy storage components are biodegradable.
Can the PowerCap® recharge during a blackout?
Yes, as long as the sun is shining the PowerCap® can be charged and depleted at will to power all essential loads.
Can the PowerCap® power my home in a blackout?
Yes, a PowerCap® system can be configured to supply all or a portion of your home’s energy needs during a blackout period.
Why is Energy Storage Important?
As the amount of coal and oil on this Earth is surely depleting, alternate methods of energy generation, storage and backup must be developed and employed. By absorbing excess energy during grid surge periods and releasing power in times of need, the PowerCap® stabilizes the grid making it more accessible and functional. Energy storage is the surest protection during crisis periods such as natural disasters, grid surges and cyber-attacks.
How is Energy Storage Helpful to the Grid?
Energy storage is already working to support critical grid infrastructure through grid stabilisation, as more units come online this will only improve. Existing industrial and residential energy storage systems work in three ways to support power networks: Load Balance, Bridge Power and Power Quality Management. Load Balancing occurs when energy is shifted in accordance with demand, Bridging Powers works to ensure that power is available on a second-to-second basis and Power Quality Management is simply the control of voltage and frequency to prevent appliance or equipment damage. These three elements are crucial to maintaining a healthy and functional grid.
What is an Inverter?
A hybrid inverter is a key component of any home energy system. They work by converting the variable direct current (DC) produced by solar panels into usable 240V current (AC). Once converted, this electricity can then be used to power your home and appliances. The inverter then redirects any excess or unused energy back into the grid or your energy storage device for later use.
What is a Charge Cycle?
A charge cycle is the process of depleting and charging a battery. A ‘deep’ discharge’ occurs when a battery is completely depleted, and a ‘shallow discharge’ simply refers to a partial discharge. If a battery can perform more cycles, the battery will inevitably last longer. The reason the PowerCap® can achieve 20,000+ cycles is that its architecture is a hybridisation of electrostatic and electrochemical technology.
What is Direct Current? (DC Power)
Direct Current is a type of electric charge that only flows in one direction, hence the ‘direct’ name. While DC current is most often used to power commercial projects due to its high voltage nature, it’s also used to supply residential solar power from the photovoltaic panel (PV) to the switchboard.
What is Alternating Current? (AC Power)
Alternating Current describes an energy flow that alternates periodically. AC electricity is used to power most things due to its predictable nature.
What is a Virtual Power Network (VPN)?
A virtual power network is a group of energy generation and storage systems that collaborate to share and store energy. This technology is monitored virtually so that the induvial ‘power plants’ can be managed instantaneously.
Typically used in residential applications, homeowners with solar PV and battery storage can choose to connect to these systems to contribute to grid stability and obtain increased energy security. Volunteering the excess solar energy produced throughout the day to other homes within the local region helps to flatten the drastic fluctuations in energy tariff fees.
What does it mean to be energy self-sufficient?
Being energy self-sufficient means that a home produces enough energy to comfortably function without having to draw from the grid or a backup generator. This is most often achieved through rooftop solar panels and a local energy storage system. Many homes are switching to this lifestyle to reduce their energy bill and their impact on the environment; this energy configuration, however, is also very attractive to those living in remote areas where blackouts and weather-related power outages are frequent.
What is a Microgrid?
Like a Virtual Power Plant, a Microgrid is a community of people that wish to connect their energy generation and storage systems to achieve grid independence. The point of difference between a virtual power plant and a microgrid however is that a microgrid is decentralized and therefore can operate in complete autonomy. Best deployed in rural or remote areas, microgrids are the perfect solution for providing secure energy to sites where grid operators either will not or cannot supply.