Maximize The Solar Output By The Maximising Method
Investing in a solar panel is a huge decision, and it makes sense to have it work efficiently for a long time, and give the best ROI, along with maximum output. Why wouldn’t anyone want their solar panel or their PV system to work well and produce as much energy as possible? So, after a lot of research & experimenting, the technique of ‘maximising’ has been put to use by many people to improve the efficiency & to ensure that you get the most out of your solar panel system.
What Exactly Is The Maximising Technique?
Maximising is a technique wherein solar panels or the PV arrays which have the capacity to generate relatively more power than the maximum output capacity of the inverter, are installed. The solar panels are paired with a powerful inverter, and the resultant output will be more electricity, but within the voltage parameters of the inverter. By this technique, the array-to-inverter ratio is increased, which ensures better power output.
The Mechanism Of The Maximising Technique
Most of the solar panels do not produce a complete 100% output of their nominal capacity. When the sun is at a high on a bright summer afternoon, the solar panels will still produce only up to 80% of its output capacity and, even less on a sunny day during the other seasons. And this could reduce even further over the years as the lifespan of the solar panels decreases. So, it is essential to understand how the solar arrays work, especially during the daytime and throughout the year.
Apart from these seasonal differences, there are many other factors that influence the output capacity of the solar panel systems. They include – the shade falling on the solar panels, the dust falling on the solar panels, the atmospheric humidity levels, everyday temperatures, the roof orientation & its pitch, etc., the maximum output of the solar panels using the STC system, and other such related factors. It has been found that the presence of cables, dust, and other such degrading materials may affect the efficiency of the solar panels, and so the systems that are installed on the normal home rooftops do not work up to their full capacity.
Maximising Your Solar Output
One fact about the solar panels is that they use the sun’s light to generate DC electricity, which gets converted to AC electricity by the inverter. Another fact is that a regular solar panel will produce around 60% - 80% of the output only. Since you are making a huge investment by installing the solar panels, it is essential that their capacity is increased so that the solar panel system will make up for the output shortfall. So, if you are planning on pairing a 5 kW solar panel array with a 5kW inverter, it is advisable to maximize it by pairing it with a 6 kW panel instead of 5 kW worth of panels, so that the energy harnessing power of your panels can be maximized.
Reports say that good quality inverters are capable of absorbing more DC power than the maximum output capacity of the AC if worked on correctly. When these inverters are used to maximise the solar panels, the voltage output will be increased and, the amount of DC current traveling through the solar array will be decreased. This phenomenon does not allow the power output to exceed the maximum AC level, above which the inverter is not designed to handle. The inverter works by allowing a little more power from the solar panels and makes up for the conversion loss inside the inverter.
Maximising your inverter could be of great help, especially for households that have different roof orientations for the solar panels. Also, if you have TOU tariffs, you can control the electricity producing periods by extending it during the times when the sunlight is at its high, and generate more power. At FutureSolarUSA, you can apply for a suitable service or product, and avail free installation services. With the prices of the solar panels going down, FutureSolarUSA works with providers who provide one of the most affordable solar panels in the USA.