DC Microgrids and Nickel-Iron batteries
I am really impressed with the concept of NOT having an AC inverter with homestead electrical microgrids. I recently learned that the term "microgrid" refers to the small electrical systems found on homesteads and small villages that are independent of the mega-energy-grid. There are some very strong arguments for keeping a homestead's solar energy in its original DC form and for using super rugged nickel-iron batteries to store that energy. I have no first-hand experience with either DC microgrids or nickel-iron batteries, but I recommend LivingEnergyLights.com for an excellent presentation of these concepts.
Living Energy Lights is a project of Living Energy Farm in Louisa, VA. Living Energy Farm is an off-grid intentional community of nine adults and three children living on 127 acres of woods, fields and orchards. They grow most of their own food, along with organic seed for income, and offer durable solar products that empower the transition away from fossil fuels and mega-grid power. Their mission is to develop and promote technologies that make renewable energy truly sustainable and accessible to everyone.
Grateful for this post. A wonderful find!!! I too have been meditating on generating my our power. I will be studying this in greater depth. I'll let all know what I wind up doing.