A hybrid solar inverter is a combination of a solar inverter and a battery inverter into a single device that intelligently manages power from solar panels, solar cells, and the utility grid at the same time. A traditional solar grid-tied inverter converts the direct current (DC) electricity produced by the photovoltaic (PV) system to the alternating current (AC) electricity that powers your home, which also allows excess generation to be diverted to the utility grid.
Hybrid solar inverters have some significant advantages over other grid-tied inverter systems such as micro-inverters.
Advantages of hybrid solar inverter
- Aerodynamic design
If you're adding a battery backup system to an existing solar PV system, you'll need to buy not only the battery pack itself and possibly a new inverter, but also a battery charger controller and maybe a performance monitoring system. These are extra hardware that takes up a lot of space - the cost adds up. Many hybrid inverter systems integrate performance monitoring, charge control, and bidirectional AC DC inverter functionality into a compact package that is more affordable.
- Smart Inverter/Charger Function
Hybrid inverters have built-in charge controllers that detect when it is best to supply power to the batteries from the grid (or solar panels). Several models can be programmed to allow load shifting and peak shaving. This means you can use your battery when the cost of grid electricity is highest and charge your battery when the cost of grid electricity is lowest - saving you a lot of money in the process.
- Mobile Application Cloud Monitoring
We're in the digital age, which means we can do a lot of cool things with our phones, not just talk.
Many hybrid inverters have the ability to send your system performance data to a company-branded portal in the cloud. There, you can log into the app to see how your system is performing, and get notified when and if your system isn't performing as well as it should.
Hybrid inverters also typically have configurable modes that can set your system to vacation or standby mode via an app. These ensure you make the most of the energy your solar panel produces, even when you're not on site.
- DC coupled option
Some hybrid inverters are designed with higher efficiency in mind. Whenever you have to convert AC to DC or back again, you lose some power due to conversion losses. There are many hybrid solar inverters that are DC coupled, meaning they take DC power from the solar panels and feed it directly into the batteries without converting it to AC and back in the process. This ensures you get the most value out of the electricity your solar panels produce in your battery backup system.
Hybrid solar inverters are a great option for those who care about the environment. It meets your needs without polluting nature. Additionally, it addresses major issues associated with renewable energy equipment. Most of the time, it delivers solid power.