Published Date : Mar 30, 2016
Worldwide, government energy agencies and energy companies are grappling with issues of clean energy production so as to provide a sustainable energy solution for the long-run. This is related to harnessing sources of clean energy and storing this energy for later use. In this context, microinverters and batteries are regarded as the next breakthrough in residential and commercial photovoltaic based systems. Microinverters facilitate the utilization of each panel in a solar energy set-up in order to trap maximum clean energy for homes and businesses.
Microinverters are viable from a design perspective as well. Due to the small size and compactness of microinverters, their design configuration matches a single module or panel installation solar energy set-up, which in turn takes care of difficulties that are associated with small roof accommodations. Microinverters also offer advantage of their operability solely from DC to AC and also offer the flexibility to adjust the panel installation in more than one direction.
In photovoltaic systems, batteries serve as energy backup devices and are used at night time or other times when the intensity of solar energy is not strong enough to produce electricity. For photovoltaic systems, mainly lead acid batteries are employed due to their recycling ability, low cost, and safety factors. However, lithium-ion batteries are finding a way in photovoltaic systems due to increased energy storage requirements. Lithium-ion batteries are also characterized with compactness, longer life, and fewer maintenance requirements.
In spite of the many uses, the use of microinverters and batteries is challenged due to certain constraints. These are high cost of installation of devices and restriction on their energy production and energy storage capabilities. To address this, energy companies such as Enphase Energy and Vine Fresh are in the making of large scale projects with a capacity range from 2.30MW to 3.1 MW.
The microinverters and batteries market is in expansion mode due to increasing installation of commercial size photovoltaic systems to cater to the rampant industrialization in emerging economies.