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What is a solar inverter?

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Inverters are one of the most important devices in a solar system. It is a device that converts the direct current (DC) electricity produced by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity used by the grid. In direct current, electricity maintains a constant voltage in one direction. In alternating current, current flows in both directions in a circuit as the voltage changes from positive to negative. Inverters are just one example of a class of devices known as power electronics that regulate the flow of electricity.



Fundamentally, an inverter does the DC to AC conversion by switching the direction of the DC input back and forth very quickly. As a result, the DC input becomes an AC output. Additionally, filters and other electronics can be used to generate a voltage that varies into a clean, repeating sine wave that can be injected into the grid. A sine wave is the shape or pattern in which voltage changes over time and is a pattern of electricity that the grid can use without damaging electrical equipment that is designed to operate at certain frequencies and voltages.



The first inverters were born in the 19th century and were mechanical. For example, a rotating electrical machine would be used to continuously change whether a DC power source is connected forward or reverse. Today, we make electrical switches out of transistors, which are solid-state devices with no moving parts. Transistors are made of semiconductor materials such as silicon or gallium arsenide. They respond to external electrical signals to control current flow.



If you have a home solar system, your inverter may perform several functions. In addition to converting solar energy to AC power, it can monitor systems and provide a portal to communicate with computer networks.



Premier Cable has supplied customized solar panel cables and solar inverter cables to residential, industrial and RV/marine customers since 2003. We want to be your go-to solar panel cables supplier.



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