In the relentless pursuit of cost-efficient, clean, and sustainable sources of energy, nothing has as much potential as the sun. The good news is that solar experts across the globe are developing and improving technologies that are making a solar-powered world look more and more possible and Solar Inverter plays an important role in it.
Inverters are not just limited to convert DC to AC power. They have to precisely do it to synchronize with the Voltage & Frequency of the grid by taking its reference. Also, in a Solar PV System, inverters are basically those which can fail first. It is not unusual to see even a top-quality inverter fail within a few months or years of installation. It is the inverter’s duty to not power up until it detects the rated AC voltage and frequency for a specified time period.
But this is not the only job for an inverter, it must deal with the environmental/climatic changes like irradiation and temperature. These factors are directly linked to the power output of the system and the inverter has to determine the optimum voltage and current to produce max power.
Based on the system size and technology, the inverters can be further classified as:
1. Micro-Inverter: Smallest of all, can be found behind/beneath the Solar module. No combiner box required hence no DC loss. Expensive than String Inverters.
2. String Inverter: Flexible, capable, and dominant inverters ruling many solar projects. Easy to commission and maintain.
3. Central inverter: Are huge and centralized, especially used in larger utility-scale projects. Maintenance is tedious and always need expert technicians in case of any error.
Some other point to consider while choosing the right inverter for your solar plant:
- Warranty Period
- Data Monitoring
An inverter is the brain of a solar PV system as it provides ground fault protection and stats about the overall performance of the system. Even if any single panel becomes faulty, chances are, an inverter will detect it. Inverters also play a huge role in the efficiency of a solar system.
We prefer to deploy a high-quality inverter over other components even in a low-budget project. Along with quality maintenance, this will ensure long term running of the PV plant. An efficient inverter minimizes these losses; the more efficient your inverter, the fewer cells are required to generate the power you need, reducing the overall cost of the entire system.
Solar PV design and installation is the most flexible stage of the solar process because every solar array site is unique. It is very important that installers choose the proper panels, inverters, racking system, and electrical routing for the particular job to ensure the longevity of the solar system. Luckily, professional installers like Staten Solar, are well versed in our craft and possess the adequate experience to suggest our customers choose the right products. Staten Solar is here to answer all your solar plant related questions. Call us today!