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Hybrid inverters vs Solar only inverters

What are the differences, in regard to the role they play in a energy market ?

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

Solar Only inverters are designed to Only works with converting Solar DC energy into 240V for consumption or export into the state grid!

Hybrid inverters on the other hand are bi-directional and give the option to manage energy from several sources like Solar, Wind, Aqua, as well as some have the choice to use energy from a Generator and finally allow State Grid power to be connected if required.

Hybrid inverters are now the standard purchase choice, even if Battery's are not yet integrated, as if/when you decide to install batteries it is a simple plug & play install.

Where a Generator is used to Blackout-proof a premises, the Automatic Generator Start (AGS) function in some Hybrid inverters will start & stop the generator if the State Grid goes down, if you have batteries installed, commonly the Generator would only need to be used after extended periods of bad weather, and all energy generated is first sent into the Hybrid inverter, it performs two functions, firstly it powers your premises and at the same time the excess energy Charges your batteries, that is a double win situation, as usually a generator will only needs operated for short periods, as our Hybrid inverters utilise the built-in Charge Control circuit that can be programmed to float or rapidly charge the Batteries to a pre-set level, then the Generator 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 energy independence by adding Battery storage, "Solar Only inverters" are fairly useless, unless you purchase additional equipment like 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 additional energy !

After many years of the deceptively named "electricity retailers" over-charging for energy, the storing of Solar, Wind & Aqua Energy in batteries is rapidly becoming mainstream, largely due to the low cost of Solar & Battery Storage technology evolving to commonly becoming a 3~6year self funded investment!

Every home with battery storage will need a Hybrid inverter to first convert any normally unused/wasted energy automatically be sent to your battery's, then after sun-set your stored energy is converted back into 240V AC for consumption as needed.

If you are going to purchase Batteries, we strongly recommend you purchase the largest Battery bank your budget/finances can afford, as an Inverter is the heart of a micro grid, that simply converts your battery DC voltage into 240V, in either single or three phase, remembering it is simpler to add additional Solar panels to increase your harvesting anytime in the future, than increase your energy storage capacity.

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

NB: We recommend a 3kW be the smallest inverter to purchase or higher, as that will cover most residential energy demands, in Australia a 5kW inverter is commonly the maximum size allowed when exporting into the state grid for a feed-in rebate, unless authorised by your local distribution company.

 

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