After the solar panels, the solar inverter is the next most important component of a solar energy system. This is the part that converts low voltage DC to high voltage AC and vice versa.
Without an inverter, your solar energy system would only be able to run direct current appliances, and that would be a complicated situation to be in. Most appliances aren’t designed to run only on DC power, and those that are usually cost more than AC equivalents.
Fortunately we do have inverter technology to help us avoid the need for buying DC appliances, but it is important to be aware that not all inverters are the same. In fact some inverters are clearly superior, some are clearly inferior, and there is a large group that exists somewhere between the extremes.
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What you want to get, if you can afford it, is an inverter from the superior group of inverters. The trick to it is that if you want the best performance and safety from your solar energy system, you can’t afford not to have a superior inverter.
The quality of your inverter will make a bigger difference than you may expect. If you choose an inverter that is not really up to the job, it will make your entire system less efficient, less safe, and less profitable.
Luckily you can get all the advice you need about solar inverters from the expert solar energy consultants at SolarKraft. If there’s anything we don’t know, it’s not worth knowing. We’re the most thorough and knowledgeable solar product suppliers in Australia.
Understanding solar inverter technology
Inverters are quite simple devices. To invert something simply means to flip it upside down. Transformers change voltage levels and inverters change current type.
Both devices are very useful and important, but transformers are rarely employed in solar power systems. Solar inverters, however, are a very common part of a solar energy system.
They are not found in every type of solar energy system because not all systems need inverted current. Inverters are absolutely necessary if you plan to run AC appliances or if you plan to sell energy to the grid.
If you only need to run DC appliances and you aren’t selling energy, then you won’t need an inverter. If you’re wondering what happens if you use two inverters, that’s pretty simple, too. They cancel each other out, and some energy gets wasted in the process.
That’s because some of the electric energy gets converted to heat energy inside the inverter, and most inverters have some kind of display panel that uses some the electric energy as well.
There’s an exception, however. In certain types of solar energy systems, it’s possible to have an inverter attached to each solar panel. This is an advanced configuration that is rarely seen in home solar power systems. When it is used, energy is converted to AC the moment it leaves the solar panel. The more normal situation is for energy from all the solar panels to pass through a single inverter.
While there can be some advantages to that multiple inverter approach, it’s also more expensive to do, which is at least one reason why most people don’t.
Whatever you decide to do, you’ll get the best prices and the best advice from SolarKraft.
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