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These microinverters generate more solar power with a system that’s easy to design, simple to install, and safer for both installers and owners. Enphase’s microinverter technology delivers more kilowatt-hours daily, monthly and yearly—even through the partial shade of clouds, trees, or structural obstructions. Plus, it increases uptime by eliminating the single point of failure common to traditional inverters.
Solar system owners can now experience the benefits of SolarEdge technology which enables maximum power production through module-level power point tracking (MPPT), optimal roof space use courtesy of their constraint-free design and enhanced maintenance and accurate troubleshooting via module-level monitoring. Since 2010, SolarEdge has shipped approximately 3.8 Gigawatts (GW) of its DC optimized inverter systems which have been installed in solar PV systems in 100 countries.
SolarEdge solutions include inverters, power optimizers, storage solutions and a cloud-based monitoring platform. Their products are suitable for all solar market segments including residential, commercial and small utility-scale solar installations.
Their ‘hero’ product is a direct current (DC) optimized inverter system which maximizes power generation at the individual PV module level while lowering the cost of energy produced by the solar PV system. The SolarEdge system enables superior power harvesting and module management by deploying power optimizers to each PV module while maintaining a competitive system cost by keeping the alternating current (AC) inversion and grid interaction centralized using a simplified DC-AC inverter. This intelligent inverter solution has revolutionized the way power is harvested and managed in a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.
Batteries We Recommend
The Powerwall is the new ‘superstar’ of the solar energy world! It is a wall mounted, liquid thermal controlled unit weighing around 100kg – which is pretty impressive when compared to much heavier traditional deep cycle batteries. This unit is single and three-phase compatible, has a 7kWh capacity (6.4kWh usable) and a 3.3kW continuous/peak output capacity.
With this unit, multiple batteries may be installed together – up to 9 units for the 6.4kWh battery which would provide the average Australian household with more than two days power supply from battery storage alone.
Another benefit of the Tesla Powerwall is that it is ‘outdoor rated’ as its lithium-ion chemistry does not (unlike many on the market) deteriorate while operating at above 25°C or below 5°C.
While the Powerwall looks great and has a small footprint, it doesn’t include a solar inverter or an energy management system, so it needs to be paired with compatible technology if it’s being used to store and manage rooftop solar generation.
Enphase has a ‘plug and play’ modular lithium-ion phosphate 1.2kW battery which is more affordable than and arguably as effective as the Powerwall. Coupled with the cloud-based Enphase Energy Management System, the system is designed to help households to store and manage their rooftop solar energy supply and control their overall household energy use on a single platform.
It pairs seamlessly with Enphase micro inverters so it’s a far simpler installation process than a Powerwall and is also modular so it can be easily scaled if required. It runs two cycles per day for twice the value and faster payback and is extremely reliable utilising state of the art highly stable, lithium iron phosphate chemistry from Eliiy Power. There is no high-voltage DC in system and Enphase batteries have a minimum 10-year expected life.
LG Chem Residential Energy Storage Unit ( RESU) systems have a proven track record in Australia. LG Chem use Lithium-ion battery cells which are very thin and are manufactured in long ribbons. They employ a manufacturing method called lamination and stacking, where they cut the rolls of cells into sheets and stack them flat on top of each other. This eliminates dead space and minimizes distortion which increases efficiency and battery life.
There are now five LG Chem RESU systems to choose from with nominal capacities ranging from 3.3 to 9.8 kilowatt-hours. The three smaller RESU systems use 48 volt DC power and the bigger two use around 400 volts – similar to the Tesla Powerwall.
The two different voltages allows for a wide range of installation options including DC and AC coupling. The 48 volt RESUs have higher power than most comparable battery systems. They are warrantied to retain at least 60% of their nominal capacity for 10 years or until they have stored around 2,500 kilowatt-hours for each kilowatt-hour of nominal capacity (approximately 3,200 cycles).
These batteries compare extremely well against any other similarly rated storage solution in the market.
- Lighter and significantly more compact than any comparable battery.
- Can be used in an indoor or outdoor environment.
- Are maintenance free
- Suitable for on-grid or off-grid use.
- Extremely quiet – no cooling fan (rely on natural convection)
- Great Fire Safety Rating – LG claim theirs is the safest lithium-ion battery available.
- Extremely efficient – they have a high Nominal Battery Capacity (total amount of energy the battery can hold) – approximately 90% for the 48 volt RESU units and 95% for the two higher voltage units
- Plenty of Installation Options – All of the inverters Solar Mad recommends can be used with the 48 volt units. The smaller units can be installed without a compatible inverter by using a DC converter. This means they are suitable for almost any new or existing solar panel set up.
LG has been manufacturing electrical goods since 1958 and have one of most stringent quality control procedures when manufacturing their solar cells and solar modules.
LG has been in solar research since the mid 1980s. Module production started in 2009 and current capacity is 800MW with plans for Gigawatt capacity within the next 2 years. The manufacturing process is vertically integrated and this means that LG undertakes and controls every production stage from sourcing the silicon to manufacturing the cells and the modules. Overall over 500 quality control processes are being used to build the modules from scratch.
LG Electronics has many offices in over 100 countries including USA, Japan, China, India, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. In Australia they have offices in every mainland city and the Australian solar unit is based in Sydney.
LG has a network of authorized LG Solar Dealers around Australia dealing with LG solar directly. LG applies strict criteria for selecting their dealers including a code of conduct.
LG has its own state-of-the-art intensive testing photovoltaic testing laboratory certified by both TÜV* and UL** as testing under world class conditions. LG are the only solar manufacturer so far who has obtained this dual certification and their testing facilities are one of the world’s best.
In order to be sold in Australia solar modules have to be tested and pass the IEC standard tests once. LG solar panels are tested in their special testing lab not to general IEC standards, for most tests up to four (4) times the IEC standards, ensuring a very robust and long lasting solar module.
LG solar panels are manufactured in a fully automated manufacturing facility in Gumi, South Korea and come with a 12 year parts and labour product warranty and 25 year performance warranty held here in Australia by LG Electronics.
The LG NeON solar module range offers excellent performance from low light to peak sun. The new, premium NeON panels are LG’s most efficient solar panel, optimizing roof space and producing more electricity than standard mono-crystalline modules.
Choosing the premium and efficient NeON panels by LG can over the years save you money on your electricity bills and installation cost, when compared with standard panels. The NeON not only generates solid electricity output, but with their black anodised frame also win in stylish appearance. If you are seeking a premium solar product the LG NeON panels are for you. The LG NeON panels are available in a monster 300w size and in a few months we will even have 315W! And the best thing about them is they are they same size as a standard 250w solar panel! They are ideal if you a have a shortage of roof space and trying to extract maximum output.
* TÜV Rheinland Group. An international service group who document the safety and quality of new and existing products, systems and services. ** UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is an American worldwide safety consulting and certification company.
LG boasts more power… more savings… day after day… year after year.