The Ovonic Battery Company (which is part of the same family as Uni-Solar) is currently gearing up for production of a battery used primarily in electric vehicle applications. This Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery boasts a fast recharge capability (up to 60% capacity in 15 minutes), ability to deliver high current without dropping cell voltage and most significantly these batteries weigh half as much as lead acid counterparts. We will continue to monitor these advances in battery technology and will add these to our product line when they become readily available and affordable.
Batteries may be installed inside a home if they are vented to the outside. When batteries are charging they give off hydrogen and other gases, which are explosive, corrosive, and foul smelling. To minimize the risk of fire, batteries must be in a vented compartment separate from any other electrical components.
If battery cables to the inverter are run in conduit, it is necessary to seal the conduit at the battery box to prevent gases from rising up the conduit and reaching the other electrical components. Even Gel cells, which are sealed, should be kept away from sources of flame, sparks and heat. Batteries should always be installed so children do not have access to them.
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