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Hybrid inverters vs Solar only inverters

Inverter Comparison:

There are ‘Solar-specific inverters and ‘Hybrid’ (bi-directional, multi-powered) inverters.

What are strengths and weaknesses of each of these, in regard to the role they play in a energy market ?

Solar Only inverters are designed to only works with Solar energy, and commonly only one DC input power source!

Hybrid inverters on the other hand are bi-directional and give the option to manage power from several sources, like Solar, Wind, Aqua (DC) input & Generator and state Grid power (AC).

Hybrid inverters are now the standard purchase choice, even if Battery's are yet to be integrated, as they make it a simple plug & play install when ready.   Where a Gen-Set was commonly used to Blackout-proof a premises, the Automatic Generator Start (AGS) function in a Hybrid inverter, may only need to be used after extended periods of bad weather, and as all power from Gen-Set is sent directly into a Hybrid inverter, it performs two functions, firstly it power your premises and at the same time the excess energy Charges your batteries, and thus usually only needs operated for short periods, as our Hybrid inverters utilise the built-in Charge Control circuit that can be set to float charge or rapidly charge the Batteries to a pre-set level, then the Gen-Set will automatically be switch off, once the Battery bank reaches the pre-set level you set.

So, if you already have a Solar Array and looking to upgrade your power independence by adding Battery storage, "Solar Only inverters" are fairly useless, unless you purchase an additional AC Converter, whilst you can install separate standalone equipment like BMS (battery management system), MPPT (maximum power point tracking) and possibly an Automatic Generator Starter (AGS), it is obviously better & simpler to install a Hybrid inverter, with all those features incorporated, rather than purchasing several separated items, each drawing power !

After many years of over-charging by the deceptive "electricity retailers", the storing of solar and other energy like Wind in batteries, is rapidly becoming mainstream, largely due to the low cost of Solar & Battery Storage technology evolving to become almost a self funded investment!

Every home that has battery storage will need a Hybrid inverter to first convert solar energy straight to 240v, with excess power being automatically sent to the battery's, then after sun set the stored energy is converted back into 240V AC electricity as needed.

So, the decision on what Hybrid inverter you use, needs to be looked at, we feel an inverter that can utilise different input voltages will better suit an investor that wants to diversify the way they harvest &/or manufacture there energy.

We strongly recommend you purchase the largest Battery your budget/finances can afford, where an Inverter is the heart of a micro grid, that simply converts your DC voltage into 240V, in either single or three phase, where it is simpler to add Solar panels to increase your harvesting anytime in the future.

Without a doubt Battery's are the Foundation stone of any independent power system, allowing you to create the best true independent and self sufficient Micro-Power-Grid possible!

NB: Purchasing a higher kW inverter allows you to increase peak power demand at anytime without complications, in Australia a 5kW inverter is commonly the maximum allowed size when exporting into the state grid, for a rebate for un-used power !

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