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There are an increasing number of battery systems available to the household and commercial consumer. These batteries can take many forms the most common are:

Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA):

  • AGM (Absorbent Glass Matt) are still the most common.
  • Gel batteries where the acid is held in a gel form.

Lithium Ion batteries take many forms and have to have the correct battery management system (BMS) programmed for each specific manufacturers battery type. However, with the advent of the highly published introduction of the Tesla Powerwall (above) for example, the era of the VRLA dominance is being challenged. Part of this challenge has been to get the inverter manufacturers to talk directly to the big Lithium Ion battery producing companies and get them to load the correct software into their inverters. With the introduction of the LG Chem and Tesla Lithium Ion batteries, that cooperation is rapidly evolving.