Channel 4’s “Blackout”
Only in July, Ofgem warned that the risk of blackouts in 2015 had risen to one in four if energy demand continues at its current level. But many of the problems caused by a power failure could at least be alleviated by using off-grid solar PV battery systems. ANTARIS SOLAR’s eKiss (short for “energy – Keep it simple and safe”), for example, is a “plug and play” solar battery system that can supply AC power to household or business appliances, providing protection from power cuts and independence from the grid. The electricity comes either directly from the solar panels or from the batteries. This makes the eKiss the perfect back-up system, replacing mains supply with solar energy in case of a blackout.
The eKiss can power everyday consumer appliances such as radios, fridges, kettles, small space heaters, microwave ovens, mobile phones, laptops etc. The size of the system installation depends on how often and how long the appliances are required, e.g. whether they are run on a daily basis or just once a week.
ANTARIS SOLAR’s eKiss is small and easy to install, with an inverter load up to 2,400 W. A front panel display showing comprehensive data and system information, including input/output voltage, battery and PV voltage, load percentage and charging current.
Each eKiss system consists of three components:
- the polycrystalline ANTARIS SOLAR PV modules;
-batteries to store the solar energy.
- the eKiss controller box, containing the inverters that convert the electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC);
As a modular system, the eKiss can be configured to fit individual needs. Depending on the required size, the eKiss has between six and sixteen maintenance-
The six batteries that come with the small version of the eKiss could, when fully loaded, power one hob of a stove (1.5 kW) for c. 1.5 hours, a radio (between 20W and 50W, depending on size) for several days, a fridge for about a week, or a TV set (between 100W and 300W) for about 24 hours, or a computer for about 7 hours, respectively.
The larger version of the eKiss comes with 16 batteries, which could power one hob of a stove for about 5 hours, a fridge for a fortnight, a radio for a week, a TV set for up to 72 hours, or a computer for c.20 hours. Both versions could charge a mobile phone (5W) within 2 - 3 hours. (http://#_ftn1)
The eKiss costs between £2,999 (for the system with 3 solar PV modules and 6 batteries) and £5,999 (for the system with 15 solar PV modules and 16 batteries), plus installation costs, if necessary. Once the eKiss is installed, all it requires to generate and store electricity is daylight.
Andrew Moore, ANTARIS SOLAR’s International Sales Director, said: “Off-grid solar battery systems are extremely useful during power cuts. They are a great way to store the electricity they generate, which can then be used as and when required, which is a great way of protecting businesses and consumers from power supply interruptions which could affect income generation, safety and security.”
The eKiss is assembled in Germany and is designed to be robust and long lasting. Quality testing has been carried out by the German TEC Institute for Technical Innovation (www.tec-institut.de/
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About ANTARIS SOLAR (http://www.antaris-
ANTARIS SOLAR is a leading provider of cutting edge solar technology, offering the full range of PV products such as its own series of photovoltaic panels inverters, racking systems, and balance of system components. Intense quality management, fast and flexible logistics as well as outstanding warranties make ANTARIS SOLAR a preferred partner for ambitious large scale PV installations. ANTARIS SOLAR is represented in the major European countries, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, India and Pakistan. The PV specialist is part of the German GOEDE Group (www.goede.com)