Photovoltaics 2017-07-25T11:25:38+00:00

PHOTOVOLTAICS

Photovoltaic (PV) is the name for the conversion of solar energy into direct current electricity.

photovoltaic system employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells to supply usable solar power. Power generation from solar PV has long been seen as a clean and sustainable energy technology which draws upon the planet’s most plentiful and widely distributed renewable energy source – the sun. The direct conversion of sunlight to electricity occurs without any moving parts or environmental emissions during operation.

Through our association with Kathea Energy we have access to the SolarEdge and Tesla Powerwall range of products.

Solar Edge

SolarEdge Technology provides its customers with a unique way of harvesting more electricity, allowing for a simpler and safer installation and exceptional reliability with standard warranties of 12 years, upgradable to 25 years on the inverters.

SolarEdge developed the DC optimized inverter solution by splitting the traditional inverter functionality into two. The power optimizer that maximizes energy production for each module and a simplified inverter that is only responsible for DC-AC inversion and grid management.

StorEdge™

With load shedding required to stabilize South Africa’s electric grid, storage solutions provide backup power during grid interruption for backed-up loads, in addition to increasing self-consumption.

The SolarEdge solar energy system can be coupled with SolarEdge’s StorEdge™ for a complete solar energy and storage solution. With StorEdge™, you only need a single inverter to manage and monitor solar energy generation, energy consumption, and energy storage. This system design not only reduces system costs, but is more energy efficient.

TWO APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

Backup Power

StorEdge can automatically provide backup power to pre-selected household loads during grid interruptions. A combination of PV and battery is used to power important loads such as the refrigerator, TV, lights and AC outlets, day or night.

Optimising Self-Consumption

The StorEdge solution can also be used to increase energy independence for homeowners, by utilising a battery to store power and supply power as needed. To optimise self-consumption, the batter is automatically charged and discharged to meet consumption needs and reduce the amount of power purchased from the grid.

MAXIMISING THE HOMEOWNER’S SOLAR INVESTMENT

The StorEdge system is full of benefits for the installer and homeowner alike.

More Energy

  • Power optimisers increase rooftop energy harvest
  • PV power is stored directly in the battery
  • DC coupled battery solution allows high system efficiency
  • No additional conversions from AC to DC and back to AC

Simple Design & Installation

  • A single inverter for PV, storage and backup power
  • Outdoor installation allows flexibility in battery location
  • No special wires are required – utilises the same PV cables

Full Visibility & Easy Maintenance

  • Monitor the battery status, PV production, and self-consumption data
  • Smarter energy consumption to reduce electricity bills
  • Monitor battery energy levels and remaining hours of backup power
  • Remote access to inverter/battery software

Enhanced Safety

  • PV array and battery voltage reduced to a safe voltage automatically upon AC shut down when not in backup mode
  • Complies with VDE 2100-712
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