SolarEdge Inverters - Smart Energy Solutions
Every hour, more energy is produced by the Sun than all of us in the world could use in a whole year — clean, limitless, free energy. SolarEdge helps you harvest this energy to power your home. Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, capture, and convert sunlight into clean DC (direct current) electricity. A solar inverter converts the DC electricity into grid compliant AC (alternating current) that powers your home.
Traditional PV Inverters
Traditional PV systems consist of PV modules wired together in a series, much like Christmas tree lights. If a single module underperforms for any reason (cloud-cover, dust or dirt for example), the rest of the modules on that string also underperform, reducing energy production across the whole string.
The SolarEdge PV Solution
In a SolarEdge installation, each PV module is connected to an intelligent electronic chip called a power optimizer. Power optimizers maximize solar energy production from each module separately and therefore reduce power losses. If an individual module underperforms, it won’t affect the performance of any of the other modules in the string. Every SolarEdge system further benefits from advanced monitoring that tracks and reports the performance of every module, and exceptional safety features. A suite of integrated smart energy solutions further maximize your energy production and energy savings.
Why Solar Edge ?
Here is a traditional inverter against a SolarEdge optimised system, whereas traditional inverters with shading occurred the panels on that string would all under perform but when using SolarEdge should shading occur one panel the other would not be effected, this in turn will increase your yield and generate a higher ROI.
- MPPT per entire string - all modules receive the same current, regardless of their individual MPP
- Weak modules reduce the performance of all modules in the string or are bypassed
- Power losses due to module mismatch
- MPPT per module - current & voltage adjusted per module
- Maximum power from each module individually
- 2%-25% more energy from the PV system
SolarEdge Safety & Monitoring Interface
The SolarEdge Safety & Monitoring Interface provides the benefits of module-level safety and monitoring for systems using a non-SolarEdge inverters.
The interface unit collects module performance data measured by each power optimizer and transmits the data to the SolarEdge monitoring server to allow for module-level and system-wide monitoring. It activates the SafeDC™ feature of the power optimizers, which automatically shuts down module DC voltage during AC power shutdown, for safe installation, maintenance and firefighting. This provides multiple advantages when adding SolarEdge power optimizers to existing installations. The Safety and Monitoring Interface can be added at any stage to an existing installation that has SolarEdge power optimizers.
The Safety and Monitoring Interface is compatible with a wide range of non-SolarEdge inverters, certified for outdoor installation and is easy to install.
- Module-level monitoring
- Module safety DC voltage for installer, maintenance and firefighter safety
- Mobile and web-based module performance monitoring
- Communication via RS232, RS485 or Ethernet
- IP65/NEMA 4 - Outdoor installation
Web-Based SolarEdge Monitoring Portal
The web-based SolarEdge monitoring portal provides enhanced PV performance monitoring and yield assurance through immediate fault detection and alerts at module level, string level and system level.
No hardware or wiring is required to transmit data from the power optimizers to the inverter: the monitoring sensors and transmitters are built into the SolarEdge power optimizer and solar inverter, and measurement data is transmitted over the regular power lines.