Some dirty old coal fired power stations have been shut down in Australia. Not a bad thing in my opinion. A smarter system will take over. But our Late Friend had been spooked by tabloid newspaper warnings of blackouts, rather like some Americans bought up big on tinned food and water when Obama was elected. The end is nigh.
Unwell as he was and from his hospital bed, he bought a $10,000 home battery. The Black Widow didn't think it was a good idea but did not stop it, and so, the day after our Late Friend's funeral, the battery was installed.
The Black Widow showed us an app on his phone. It monitors the system and was really interesting. The solar panels generate electricity and now charge the battery. Once the battery is fully charged, the system switches over to putting power into the
The system will be brilliant in warmer weather, with aside from feeding into the grid, there will not be any drawing of power. The battery will fully charge during the day and partly discharge in the evening.
Still, I am not sure that I agree with this widespread decentralisation of the generation of electricity, especially in Australia where there is plenty of sun and wind that could be harnessed by power companies, if only the government would cut loose from its love of coal (big local and overseas business profits).