Most people know what solar panels are used for, but not many people have heard of solar panel inverters. It is the same with knowing how solar panels actually work.
By better understanding how your new solar panels work, you will be able to recognise their benefits easier. You will also understand why it is important to install a good solar panel inverter into your system!
What Are Solar Panel Inverters Used For?
The primary function of one of these inverters is to switch DC (direct current) into AC (alternating current). This allows the electricity generated by your solar panels to be used within your household. Most household appliances, and the National Grid, run on AC electricity, but solar panel systems produce DC electricity.
To make the most out of your solar panel system, get an inverter!
These inverters are also useful in a safety aspect. They can help to protect your solar panel systems, as well as protecting National Grid engineers if there is a power cut.
The Types Of Solar Panel Inverters Available
There are actually a number of different types that you can get for your home:
Central Inverters – Larger scale systems, which can go up to around 4MW. Not intended for smaller home solar panel systems.
String Inverters – The standard inverter used for most home systems, though they can go up to around 1MW. They work with a chain (or ‘string’) or linked solar panels.
Power Optimisers – These inverters allow for the maximum possible output from each panel. They are more simple, and are less likely to go wrong than other inverter types.
Micro-Inverters – These are smaller inverters, designed to be individualised on each panel. They allow for easy control over each panel.
Hybrid Inverters – A combination of an inverter and a solar battery. Either DC or AC electricity can be stored, depending on your system.
Does High Voltage Count?
This question is trickier to answer, as it could be both yes, and no.
A higher voltage range is pointless for those with a smaller system – it only really matters if your system is large or connected via a current cable.
This is because the voltage drops when the current is too long. If your system is a long way away from your inverter, you may want to ask your provider to increase the voltage range.
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If you’re interested in getting a solar panel inverter for your home, and one of these styles caught your eye, then get in touch today!