Solar PV Technology Providers (Inverters & Optimisers)

what are inverters/optimisers?

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Inverters and Optimisers add functionality, usability and the ability to monitor performance and panel health to your pv system.

our chosen technology providers

inverters

A solar inverter is a critical component in a solar power system, converting the direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity. This conversion is essential because AC is the type of electricity used by most home appliances and the grid. In addition to conversion, solar inverters also manage the system’s performance, maximize power output, and ensure safety by detecting faults. They come in various types, including string inverters, microinverters, and hybrid inverters, each suited to different system sizes and requirements.

optimisers

A solar optimiser is a device used in solar power systems to maximise the efficiency of each solar panel individually. It adjusts the voltage and current output of each panel to ensure it operates at its peak performance, regardless of shading or mismatches among panels. This optimisation improves the overall energy production of the system. Solar optimisers are particularly useful in installations where panels face different directions or are subject to shading. They are installed alongside each panel and work in conjunction with a central inverter, combining the benefits of microinverters and traditional string inverter systems.

Which technology is right for you and your business?

Choosing between SolarEdge and Solis depends on the specific requirements of the solar installation, including budget, site conditions, and the importance of maximising energy yield versus upfront cost considerations.

SolarEdge

Technological Approach:

SolarEdge is renowned for its power optimizer technology, which is integrated into a system that includes inverters specifically designed to work with these optimizers. Their solution allows for panel-level optimization, meaning each solar panel’s performance can be maximized independently of the others. This is particularly advantageous in scenarios where panels are partially shaded or oriented in different directions.

Product Range:

SolarEdge offers a wide range of inverters and power optimizers that cater to residential, commercial, and large-scale solar installations. Their inverters are generally part of a system that includes power optimizers, enabling advanced monitoring and management capabilities for each solar panel.

Key Benefits:

The main advantages of SolarEdge systems are enhanced energy yield due to panel-level optimization, improved system uptime, and detailed monitoring of each panel’s performance. This can lead to more efficient use of solar arrays in varied conditions.

Solis

Technological Approach:

Solis focuses on producing a wide range of string inverters for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. While not primarily focused on panel-level optimization like SolarEdge, Solis inverters are known for their reliability, efficiency, and competitive pricing.

Product Range:

Solis’s product lineup is centered around string inverters, which connect a series of solar panels together in a “string”. These inverters are designed to convert the DC output of the solar string to usable AC power. Solis offers both single-phase and three-phase inverters to accommodate different types of installations.

Key Benefits:

The strengths of Solis inverters lie in their simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and reliability. They are a popular choice for installations where panel-level optimization is not necessary, or the additional cost of optimizers cannot be justified

Factual Differences

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Last Updated: 07/05/2024

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