An Analysis of Malaysia’s solar market performance
Malaysia, one of the fastest-growing economies in South East Asia, is ranked 12th in the ease of doing business index. Has this elevated ranking had an impact on the country’s overall solar market performance? Well, Malaysia’s installed solar capacity stood at approximately 996 Megawatts at the end of 2020. This capacity is relatively low vis-à-vis the country’s actual solar production and supply potential.
However, studies show that Malaysia’s solar market is likely to grow fourfold due to increasing investor interest. So, it is safe to say the ease of doing business in Malaysia is beneficial to its solar market. Actually, a report by Fitch Solutions, a leading solar sector research organization, predicts that the country’s solar capacity is most likely to increase by 4 Gigawatts in the next ten years. This means that there are vast prospects for solar installers or professionals interested in the Malaysian solar market.
Malaysia’s capacity to supply solar equipment to solar installers and professionals
Any solar installer or professional can attest that accessing quality and affordable solar equipment is the key to any project’s success. This is why we must look at Malaysia’s solar equipment production and distribution capacity. Does the country have any solar equipment producers and distributors? Well, the response to this query is yes.
There are several producers and distributors of different solar equipment categories in Malaysia’s nascent solar market. You can also choose to export any solar equipment that may not be locally available. The country boasts of eight government-administered ports through which we can deliver various solar equipment to you.
It is also essential to remember that there is no shortage of logistical support infrastructure in Malaysia. So, you don’t have to bother yourself concerning how to safely transport your equipment from the port to the project site. The sole thing you need to do is visit our inquiry page and request a quote for the equipment you need.
Flooded Lead Acid Battery
When you switch to solar energy, particularly to solar photovoltaic systems, you will be dealing with different types of solar batteries. The battery is one of the main components of a solar PV system that you should take a deeper understanding of. However, understanding and differentiating these solar batteries might be confusing to some, especially for those who are only new to the solar energy community.
For today’s article, we will explain how important it is to understand the basics of solar batteries and highlighting one of the common solar battery types, which is the flooded lead-acid battery.
What is Flooded Lead-Acid Battery?
A flooded lead-acid battery is the most common type of deep cycle solar battery in the market compared to a sealed lead-acid battery and other lead-acid batteries. These lead-acid batteries are sometimes called “wet cell” lead-acid batteries and have been on the market for many decades. They are also the least expensive solar storage battery upfront next to Lithium-ion solar batteries, which are the most cost-effective ones.
Flooded lead-acid batteries and sealed lead-acid batteries are always being compared with one another due to their almost same performance, depth of discharge abilities, warranty, and cycle life. The largest difference between the two lead-acid battery types is their battery maintenance.
How Do Flooded Lead-Acid Batteries Differ From Other Lead-acid Batteries?
For a flooded lead-acid battery, you need to add water so often for their maintenance, you also have to perform periodic equalization needs. The specific gravity of the electrolyte also needs to be measured frequently with a hydrometer.
Another factor that makes a flooded battery differ from other batteries is that it can off-gas hydrogen in particular battery charging conditions. Since it can off-gas hydrogen, you need to vent the battery needing to release all the accumulated fumes. On the other hand, a sealed lead-acid battery does not require any high maintenance nor not require battery venting, making its spot next to a flooded lead-acid battery and popular to solar users who don’t want to deal with battery high maintenance. However, a sealed lead-acid battery due to the inability to maintain the battery, may not perform at its maximum levels, making the flooded lead-acid battery remain the most ideal solar battery.
Flooded Lead-Acid Battery Maintenance
While the flooded lead-acid battery is the most common and economic solar battery on the market, it will only reach its expected lifespan if you know how to maintain them properly. These lead-acid batteries usually contain an electrolyte that can freely move inside the battery encasement. When it is being charged, its battery acid and lead plates usually react to store electricity. Thus, they are meant to be placed upright so that the electrolyte will not leak out of the caps on top. Also, you must check the levels monthly and topped them off with distilled water to reach their longest possible lifespan.
Is it Worth it to Buy for a Solar PV System?
Aside from its durability, performance, and depth of discharge abilities, using flooded lead-acid deep cycle batteries for your solar energy storage will save you from hefty costs. Among the other lead-acid battery, they are the most cost-effective battery with the lowest cost per amp-hour and cost per kWh cycle. With all of the mentioned advantages of a flooded lead-acid battery, it is surely worth buying for your solar PV system.