Solar Edge is one of the leading companies when it comes to renewable energy solutions. The business was founded back in 2006 and has dedicated their time and money to providing the industry with innovative new technologies. They strive to increase efficiency by providing products that increase energy output. This is done through module level Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT). Their products are available in both commercial and domestic locations.
What is MPPT?
Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) allows each module to be tracked as well as flexible design installation with various tilts, orientations and module types in the same string. Solar Edge Inverters and power optimisers automatically maintain a fixed string voltage which allows the installers flexibility with various string lengths to help design the ideal PV system.
PV Inverter Information
The PV inverter is an essential piece of equipment when it comes to utilising solar energy. A PV inverter converts electricity that is generated from the PV device or module (direct current or DC) into electricity that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network (alternating current or AC).
Solar Edge provides a DC-AC PV inverter which is designed to work alongside their Power Optimiser products. However, the PV inverter is only responsible for the DC to AC conversion, as the MPPT and voltage management are managed separately for each module by the power optimiser. This means that is it less complicated and more reliable/cost effective. The PV inverter comes with a 12-year warranty that can be extended to 20-25 years. Included in the functionality of the Solar Edge PV Inverter is the DC-optimised inverter, managing system energy.
PV Inverter Key Features
- Specifically designed to work with Solar Edge Power Optimiser
- 2kW to 6kW range
- 99% weighted efficiency (33%-50% fewer losses than the market standard)
- Small, lightweight and easy to install at <10kg
- Up to 155% oversizing allowed
- High reliability due to lower heat dissipation
- Standard 12-year warranty (extendable to 20 or 25 years)
- Built-in module-level monitoring receiver
- Communication to the internet via Ethernet or wireless connectivity (using Wi-Fi, ZigBee® or GSM plug-ins)
- Manages PV production, battery storage and smart energy products
- IP65/NEMA 3R – Suitable for outdoor and indoor installations
The Advantages of Using Solar Edge Products
Solar Edge is one of the top suppliers of parts and products for PV systems throughout the world. They are believed to be the second best manufactures of inverters on the planet. This shows that Solar Edge is an innovative, respected company that can be trusted. We have worked first-hand with their products and can vouch for their quality and reliability.
Solar Edge products – installed by Solar Panels Scotland – can output an impressive amount of energy that can go unaffected by even the most overcast of days. This is achieved because each panel outputs power separately. If one or more panels are covered by shade, the whole system will still work at a near maximum output.
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Innovative Home Technology
Solar Edge has recently launched a technology in Australia that lets you run energy appliances even when you are not at the property where the appliance is secured. This is done by using a mobile app, allowing you to turn on air conditioning, programme hot water systems and under-floor heating. This turns your system into a completely energy efficient household. While this service is not yet available in the UK, it shows off the company’s innovative side.
Solar Edge gives homeowners flexibility with solar panel installation that allows you to place solar panels across multiple roofs. This can be done from different angles and directions which are all attached to the same string. The system allows for up to 45 panels on one string. Because of this, costs can be heavily reduced due to savings on installation.
Points of Failure
If there is ever the uncommon event of something failing with one of your Solar Edge panels then the rest of your system will remain unaffected and should remain fully operational. Meaning that during any service or warranty checks, you will avoid too much system downtime and allow you to continue to generate power.
Solar Panels Scotland for Installation Services
If you are interested in having Solar Edge systems installed in your domestic or commercial property please contact us today to speak to one of our installation experts.