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Li battery boosts energy storage in PV systems

According to a joint research by the University of Southampton and REAPsystems Ltd, LiFePO4 batteries have the potential to improve the efficiency of solar power systems and help to reduce the costs of both their installation and upkeep.

“Lead acid batteries are traditionally the energy storage device used for most PV systems. However, as an energy storage device, lithium batteries, especially the LiFePO4 batteries we used, have more favourable characteristics,” stated Yue Wu, lead researcher, University of Southampton. The team also included Carlos Ponce de Leon, Tom Markvart and John Low, supervisors for the project.

Data was collected by connecting a lithium iron phosphate battery to a PV system attached to one of the university’s buildings, using a specifically designed battery management system supplied by REAPsystems.
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