Although the single phase inverter remains the most common type of model on the market for domestic consumers, there is a new system for residents that they can take advantage of.
The 3 phase inverter is a means of integrating the alternating current (AC) across the network or grid in an even distribution for 3 phases of current.
This is incredibly beneficial for those households who can enjoy a 3 phase connection to the local network, but many of those benefits are not well known from the outset.
We will analyse the key selling points that these brands provide for domestic solar systems.
More Connections = More Power
For single residents and families living in small townhouses, there might not be a great demand for a 3 phase inverter to be installed. However, for others who are running a pool, a sauna, running an electrical car, heater or simply have multiple powered products operating simultaneously, this is a connection that pulls more power from the network. This is a type of demand that will be fundamental for warehouses, hotels and vicinities where this high demand will be continual, but it can also apply to a variety of households who cannot afford to be as frugal with their energy consumption.
Lower Dropout Rates Voltage Issues
A single phase operation is a one and done model where a single interruption causes an entire breakdown in the system. Particularly for farmers, individuals living with disabilities and ailments, the elderly and others that rely on their power supply for life and death situations, this is a genuine hazard. The 3 phase inverter won’t experience the same issues as the even nature of the AC power generation is split between the 3 core elements. It is a product that has almost been exclusively designed to address problems with voltage issues and the dropout rates are tangibly lower as a result.
Improving The Solar System Lifespan
The even nature of the output and distribution of energy from the 3 phase inverter alleviates the pressure that is placed on the solar system. This is a benefit that can boost the lifespan of the panels over a number of years. The improvement is also attributed to another direct benefit that we will discuss.
Sending More Power Back To The Grid
The capacity to offset additional power generated by the solar panels is yet another key selling point that the 3 phase inverter provides local constituents. Studies have indicated that up to 300% to 600% more energy is capable of being sent back to the network, alleviating the pressure of storage capacity on the domestic system and offering incentives and buyback options for residents all at once.
Capacity to Upgrade or Downgrade
There is a degree of flexibility when it comes to the installation of a 3 phase inverter. Some local constituents will invest in the item in the expectation that a new connection will be acquired from council and this allows them to be future proofed for that upcoming event. Other providers will allow their clients to make switches to various single phase or microinverters when the time is necessary, giving them greater control over their energy output in the process.
Local installers and solar system providers are best placed to discuss the benefits and logistics of utilising a 3 phase inverter. This is an investment that can only be sourced in the event of a 3 phase network connection, but if this is a fact that is present, it will be valuable in the long-term to make the switch away from single phase.