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Understanding Solar Energy Solutions Including Fronius Inverters

In recent years with an increased focus on environmental sustainability, an influx in research, development and implementation of renewable energy sources has resulted. Of the many renewable energy options within Australia, solar energy is the most powerful and can be utilised in domestic housing to reduce electricity bill costs. Among the many popular renewable solar energy solutions, Sol Distribution Fronius inverters remain a strong player.

Once installed, solar energy systems have very low maintenance costs. The major downside being its dependence on clear sunny weather and a reduction in electricity production during winter months. With that being said, sunny Australia is one of the best places in the world to install solar panels, hence its popularity. These panels can also use a lot of space taking up a large area. However, ideally positioned roofs with great sun cover can be perfect installation spots. As technology continues to develop, increased use in this energy solution will also rise.

 

In any solar energy power system, the panels transmit direct current (DC) output from photovoltaic cells to an electrical device (referred to as the load of the circuit), sometimes a Fronius inverter, to transform DC power into a higher alternating current (AC) output voltage for electrical use in your home. Systems with quality photovoltaic cells will output at high efficiency levels. They are a great quiet option when compared to a generator.

On the other hand, a converter typically changes AC power to DC power. Converters are not typically used in domestic appliance use because household appliances are designed to work off normal AC power sockets with inbuilt transformers that can either increase or decrease the voltage.

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Many appliances, especially in mobile caravans or on-road motor homes, work off 12-volt DC power. Hence, these appliances can typically run without the need for a Fronius inverter or similar apparatus. But the majority of appliances we use, especially at home require 240 volts of AC current.

Fronius inverters are a leading renewable energy industry standard solution. The company itself has a long origin story starting in 1945 in a small Austrian town. Since then, the company has pivoted from the batteries it once manufactured to the quality electric systems it now creates.

The company has established an Australian office based in Melbourne. They not only provide great quality customer service and technical assistance, but also offer product demonstrations and training courses. Each Fronius inverter comes with a five-year product warranty free of charge. Registering your product on their website can get you another five years of additional warranty.

 

As with installing any important system, installation should always be performed by a qualified electrical installer. To avoid damaging components, Fronius inverters should always be hard-mounted on a wall or at least safely secured somewhere away from water and other harsh weather environments.

A Fronius inverter is typically a fan cooled system which can be rather noisy. Consequently, installing the system away from living areas is ideal. Despite this, Fronius inverters have continued to increase in popularity among both domestic and commercial solar installations. A location with good air-flow regularly blowing on the unit will reduce the load on the cooling fan and can improve efficiency. Furthermore, Fronius inverters look much neater with a smaller form factor given it has an integrated solar DC isolator box removing the need for an external isolator box.

 

With an increased presence in smart technology, sophisticated Wi-Fi monitoring is possible on these systems with a manufacture produced digital web app accessible via android or iOS devices and desktop web browsers. From the dashboard, a smart meter is viewable monitoring the energy generation and consumption.