Solar Inverters: The Green Heart of the Solar Powered Home
This entry was posted on September 27, 2012.
A solar power system in the home or workplace is made up of numerous essential components, all of which work seamlessly together to provide a clean energy solution. The solar inverter is widely considered the heart of the system; just as a healthy heart is essential to the functioning of the human body, so the solar inverter is a fundamental part of any solar powered system.
What is a Solar Inverter?
Basically, the inverter is a device that converts the Direct Current (DC) generated by alternative power sources, such as solar panels or wind turbines, into Alternating Current (AC) for use in the home or office.
Which Type of Solar Inverter is Best for You?
Solar inverters can be divided into two main categories, namely:
- Modified Sinewave Inverter: This is a basic solar inverter suitable for smaller and simpler systems. Modified inverters can be used only in the case of appliances not requiring a smooth current, namely kitchen appliances and lights.
- Pure Sinewave Inverter: This is a more widely used inverter capable of providing Alternating Current to any appliance with a screen, such as televisions and PCs.
Pure sinewave inverters are the more suitable choice for a home or office space, while modified sinewave inverters have their limitations and are more suitable for applications in warehouses or storage facilities. Investing in a high quality solar inverter that is strong enough to power your entire household or office will allow you to expand your building’s solar power system in the years to come, just as a healthy heart helps the human body to grow and develop over the years.
There are numerous different types of pure sinewave inverters available, namely:
- Stand-Alone Inverters: Best suited to homes in isolated or remote locations where the Eskom grid is unavailable.
- Grid-Tie Inverters: Also known as grid-interactive inverters. These are used where an electrical grid is available, as they feed the AC into the grid. They can not be used as stand-alone systems, and are designed to shut down in the case of a power failure; therefore these solar inverters are widely used to supplement the power of a home with renewable energy.
- Battery Backup Inverters: These inverters can draw on a battery to effectively supply Alternating Current during power cuts; a highly convenient alternative energy solution.
Which Solar Inverters can You Find at Sustainable.co.za?
Sustainable.co.za stocks a wide selection of solar inverters from the following reliable manufacturers:
Visit our online store or contact us to find out more about our range of market-leading solar inverters.