Just wondering if it's a problem with weight, the attic is not converted just your standard wool/wood joists and chipboard I placed down in the middle for storage.
If I put 180kg worth of batteries on the boards/joists, will it be able to handle that or will I expect them in the bedrooms shortly after?
The hell are you doing up there, why so much power ?
20kwh is not that much.
And well 🤬 if these numbers are correct:
I think they are 2x4s.
Can you attach any brackets to the walls for support?
They are server rack batteries so they don't have brackets.
But I was thinking that, what kind of heavy duty "shelf" rails are out there that I might be able to use?
I understand that, but I meant some kind of standard steel bracket to support, rather than placing them on the floor. What dimensions are the batteries?
481*535*140mm times four of them.
Yeah that's what I am looking for now and the only thing that I found is air conditioning unit wall brackets that hold up to 200kg which might do the job.
Think I will go for these, they seem to be doing the job, 600mm length
Might even go triple arm instead of two to spread the weight even more.
Hi SD_DRACULA I was having the same thoughts this week about the weight of batteries on the roof joists. Are you going with Pylontech server rack batteries? If so there maybe custom racks out there which can mount
this website seams to load slwly however there's cached version of the racks page
Maybe you could source something like that and then have cantilever arms installed under it to give some extra support
Wouldn't the simplest option be to build a little platform on top of the joists to spread the weight? Put the platform joists perpendicular to the ceiling joists and place the battery rack in the middle
FWIW I've two water tanks in the attic which probably weigh over 200kg when full and they're supported in the same way
I'd be nervous of the temperature changes and impact on the batteries, more than the weight issue. Ask any EV driver, heat is a killer of battery life and cold impacts capacity. Attics go through great temperature fluctuations
I do like the look of those pylontech wall racks, and the batteries do look almost exactly like the pylons (dyness) but I doubt it will beat the 50 euro for the cantilever arms.
I am pretty sure if I spread the load like @the_amazing_raisin it will fine also, my installer concurred and he made a valid point, while they were working on the system there, two of them would weigh more than 180kg and I didn't see them fall through to the bedrooms 😂
In any case this is probably temporary until I shift the whole PV system to my shed so I can do the attic (maybe with a flat roof so I can convert N roof to S and add more panels 😁)
Not too worried about that, it's well insulated and had a battery for one year in there without issue.
Lifepo4 optimum temps are 20-50c anyway and they are rated to go down as far 0c which the attic never reaches.
I do wonder if you actually need space between each battery rack or just sitting on top of each other is fine, 9 times out of 10 that's the way I see them in YT, etc, just stacked on top.
Each arm rated 243kg so I "should" be ok in theory 😁
While I haven't done it yet, I was also planning on putting a DIY 20kwh pack into the attic, over a supporting wall, cross the joists to spread load, osb on that, and finally a sheet of fireboard over the osb.
While fireboard doesn't seem necessary with LiFePO4, the installers did put 2 layers under the PureDrive, so may as well use it rather than dump it...
There a 60 gallon water tank up there for a long time already, done similarly.
Will the wall support it? 😉
Yeah it should do, they're not hollow blocks.
Will still put 3 short table legs under the end bits because I am that paranoid.