Given the recent technological advancements in photovoltaic cells, solar power has seen dramatic growth not just in commercial applications, but also in generating electrical power for homes. But its not just the photovoltaic cells in the solar panels that are important in generating electricity. Something called a solar inverter is critical in providing sun-powered green energy for us to plug in to.
Solar Inverter Technology
Wholesale solar inverters are used to convert the power captured by solar panels into usable power. When photovoltaic technology captures electrons in solar panels they are in the form of direct current (DC) electricity. But to be used in electricity in the home, the direct current needs to be inverted into alternating current (AC) electricity. That’s the job of wholesale solar inverters. As the direct current electrons are sent to these solar inverters where they are changed over into AC electricity, which is the form of electricity that powers everything in your home.
In a solar panel application for a home or business, a solar inverter mounts to the side of the house or commercial building. The energy from the solar panels captured on the roof travel through lines where the energy is received into the solar inverter. In a way, the solar inverter is the brain of the solar power system with thousands of watts flowing through it into the house or business.
In large commercial application the DC electricity flows into the solar inverter, or group of solar inverters, and then flows out as AC electricity and into storage units for later use. The high-tech equipment inside the inverter must be protected from harsh weather from snow to rain, to extreme cold and heat, as well as humidity, so the inverters are covered in a hard, protective shell. Many solar inverters include online monitoring and smart control features.
Different Types of Solar Inverters
Several types of wholesale solar inverters are used in a solar power system. String solar inverters are used in commercial and industrial applications where power demands are greatest. This technology involves stringing specialized solar inverters together in a series. This allows the system to work together to collect, process, and direct power. Hybrid inverters are a newer generation of solar inverters that combines the inversion of DC electricity into AC electricity as well as battery storage in one unit. Initially, these inverters were very expensive, but as demand for this dual capacity has increased, prices have dropped.
Specialty solar inverters have been created for particular applications. Off-grid solar inverters operate as stand-alone power systems in remote locations such as a monitoring station in the desert. These solar inverters integrate with batteries for storage capability. Micro solar inverters are small inverters that attach directly to a small bank of solar panels. These are common for lighted street signs or traffic lights.