Solar Articles

  • Chilicon
This article will discuss the advantages of using microinverters with AC coupling for residential, single-phase applications. The two leading microinverter manufacturers in the U.S. market include...
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9/19/2018
  • MPPT Algorithm
  1. Constant Voltage   Constant voltage maximum power point tracking was one of the first ever created algorithms and has the most limitations. Constant voltage MPPT simply measures the ambient...
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9/13/2017
  • MPPT Charge Controllers
Selecting an efficient and properly designed charge controller is key to the longevity and efficiency of your entire battery-based photovoltaic (PV) system. By optimizing the power coming in from...
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6/4/2015
  • Block diagrams present an organized visual representation
The design of PV systems can be fairly simple as well as extremely complex.  No matter how difficult or easy, it is important to document the design process.  Doing so will help flush out issues...
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5/21/2015
  • AC-Coupling Design
One of the main considerations to AC-coupling design is the ratio between the Grid-Tie inverter (GTI) and the Battery-Based inverter (BBI).  Why? There are conditions that might occur when the site...
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12/9/2014
  •  AC or DC Coupled
It seems like a small amount of confusion exists about photovoltaic systems utilizing battery backup features.  What’s the confusion?  DC and AC-coupled systems are many times referred to as the same...
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11/28/2014
  • Choosing the Right MPPT Solar Charge Controller
Inverter and Charge Controller - a delicate balance  In an Off-Grid or Hybrid (Grid-tied, with battery back-up) PV system, the Inverter is generally the heart of the system. Inverter size is...
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7/13/2012
  • Battery Life and Performance Factors
There are multiple factors that significantly affect the life of a battery. I'll try to summarize the major issues related to battery performance: 1- Cyclic life The battery life is mainly determined...
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12/3/2010
The charge controller is a regulator which limits the rate of current that goes to and from the battery pack. Charge controllers are essential to prevent overcharging or completely draining a battery...
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7/7/2010