PHD Powerhouse – Fiamm Batteries

FIAMM Batteries are brilliant for telecommunication, UPS, solar systems and for battery back-up.

Because FIAMM batteries have been around for many decades, this range of sturdy batteries boasts being the stalwarts in the battery industry.

The company, which has mass-produced robust batteries since as far back as 1942, is based in Italy and manufactures world-class batteries for a wide range of applications that will take care of uninterruptible power supplies as well as producing batteries for numerous DC systems.

Additionally, FIAMM has footprints in other locations including France, the USA, Czech Republic, China, Brazil and Switzerland, which in itself should say something of the high quality of these batteries.

There are sales and technical branches right across the globe of which about 70% of the turnover of FIAMM comes from the far corners of the world.

With an obligation to continue researching and developing, combined with a passion and resourcefulness for innovation and technological solutions, in line with car makers’ specifications, FIAMM prides itself as a forerunner in the battery industry, and has a strong reputation in terms of product invention and industrious processes.

Needless to say, FIAMM enjoys a worldwide distribution and commercial network for car batteries.

With a guarantee of a long cycling life, these batteries are brilliant in telecom applications; a range of all-purpose batteries specifically created and designed to achieve optimal performance across the board and to protect critical equipment and processes against dips and surges from the power utility.


Using Clean Energy – Renewable Resources

Renewable resources are natural resources that are utilised at a slower rate than they are generated (renewable meaning that it can be used time and again).

These include living reserves such as fish and forests which could last for time immemorial provided they are not over-exploited. Other renewable resources include the wind, water and sun which all assist in generating clean energy, producing minuscule amounts of greenhouse gases once they are put into operation, if any at all, and is commonly referred to as being “clean”.

The challenge is finding ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions when dirty energy sources are used to make power and develop the clean energy industry so it supplies more and more of the energy we use.

Governments are exploring numerous ways to apply these renewable resources to meet the growing needs and demands of electricity.

An innovative method of using power without using fossil fuels such as coal is to use wind power, solar power, and hydroelectricity. Environmental organisations and many other institutions as well as individuals are supporting this form of power generation as it could solve a myriad problems, plus it is a considered to be a good source of clean energy.

South Africa boasts having some of the highest levels of sunshine in the world, and little has been done to make use of its power to generate electricity in the past.

This is beginning to change as in the future it is predicted that more than 2, 5 % of the world’s electricity needs will be provided for by solar energy by the year 2025.


Hydroelectricity, using water as a source of clean energy, is also in practice – a good example being The Three Gorges Dam in China which is the largest functioning hydroelectric power plant worldwide, boasting a reservoir of 600 km in length.

There are Three Types of Domestic Solar Systems to Choose From

Did you know that there are three different types of domestic solar power systems to choose from? You are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting from the wide range of offerings, and for many of us, it all depends on how confident you are regarding going off the grid.

The three types of domestic solar power systems include grid inter-tied, grid inter-tied with a battery backup system, and systems that operate 100% off the grid.

All three systems refer to how they interact with or without traditional electricity obtained from the grid.

There are pros and cons with all three systems.

  •         Grid inter-tied residential solar power systems:

This solar system is directly connected to your residence as well as to your conventional electricity power supplier.

Grid inter-tied systems permit homeowners to obtain power from the utility grid and are able to switch or alternate between grid and solar in a seamless fashion.

The main advantage of the grid inter-tied solar powered system is the capability of pairing the system production and home power requirements perfectly; when the solar system is not producing sufficient power to run the home, power can be drawn directly from the grid.

  •         Grid inter-tied residential solar power systems with battery back-up

The grid inter-tied solar power system is connected to the grid but has a battery back-up system for in case, which really boils down to the system balancing the production of power, whilst protecting the system against any dips and spikes or black-outs and brown-outs from the grid.

  •         Off the grid solar power systems

Off the grid solar power systems are 100% independent and operate self-sufficiently from the utility grid.

This system, however, is dependent on battery power which plays and integral part in the operation of off the grid solar systems, and is especially necessary during periods of extreme production of power and when there is a heightened demand for power.

For all three types of domestic solar power systems it might be advisable to consult with your installer and supplier to find out which one of the three best suits your individual needs and requirements best.