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CE Certificate for ECO-Hybrid Inverter SNA3-5K
By admin on 15 September 2021

Luxpower ECO-Hybrid inverter SNA3-5K  gets CE certificate. For more info, please contact info@luxpowertek.com

5kw solar system applications
By admin on 17 August 2021

If you want to install a 5KW solar system, you should know if it can support your household loads and how much power it can produce one day.

How much power does a 5kw solar system produce per day?

The 5kw solar system is a system that converts solar energy from the sun into electricity taking advantage of the photoelectric effect. For example, 16 solar panels with each unit 330W can make the power of 5280W or 5kw in reasonable sunlight. The more solar panels, the more power they produce.

How many kWh does a 5kw solar system produce?

A 5kw solar system will produce around 20kw for one day to support the applications.

In fact, a 5kW solar system will produce 5000 watts (5kw) DC power per hour during peak periods. Please note that install your solar panels facing the south direction to make the most use of the solar energy.

In general, the normal hours of sunlight are 8 am to 5 pm with the peak time being 10 am – 2 pm, which is the time that solar panels can produce the most solar energy.

AC coupled inverter: grid-tie energy storage solution
By admin on 17 August 2021

Nowadays, the application of energy storage systems is more and more widespread, especially in recent years, the frequent occurrence of natural disasters and the destruction of the public power grid, having the energy storage system becomes no more than unimportant.

When you want your solar system with battery storage function, it is time to add an AC coupled system and an AC coupled inverter plays a vital role in the grid-tie energy storage system.

What is AC coupled?

AC Coupling is a way in which a solar panel system is interacting with energy storage or battery system. AC coupled system requires two inverters: a common grid-tied solar inverter and a battery-based inverter i.e. AC coupled inverter.

Advantages of AC coupled system:

  •    ★ One of the biggest advantages of AC coupled storage is that it retrofits an existing solar on-grid system to a typical grid-tie energy storage system.
  •    ★ No waste of resources because it keeps the existing solar system and doesn’t need to get rid of the existing equipment and start over.
  •    ★ Easy installation. You just add an AC coupled inverter and battery bank into your solar grid-tie system.

What is an AC-coupled PV system?

It’s adding an AC coupled inverter and battery bank to your existing PV system to retrofit into an energy storage system.

How does AC coupling work

When the sunshine is sufficient enough, the power your existing solar panels generate will be used for home loads. Then, the rest electricity will be stored in the battery bank by AC coupled inverter. If there is excessive power, it will be feedback into the grid to increase the self-consumption rate and reduce the energy bill. 

 

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When the grid is an outage, AC coupled inverter will discharge the battery to support the important loads.

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Yes, AC coupled inverter plays an important role in the on-grid energy storage system. And what are the advantages of the AC coupled inverter?

    ☆High performance. It’s the efficiency of charge or discharges with high-frequency isolation up to 96%, current of a battery up to 70A, power of the grid up to 3600W.

   ☆Enhance UPS. When the grid is shut down, the AC coupled inverter starts the UPS function seamless switching within 0.01s with stronger back-up output, and while in parallel, it’s up to 36kW capacity.

   ☆Easy to use. It has 5 schedulable working modes, easy to install and set.

   ☆Remote monitoring and maintenance. It has Intelligent Monitor System, which can realize remote monitoring and upgrade.

How does an AC coupled work?

For explaining how an AC coupled works, there are the list of 5 working modes of an AC coupled inverter below.

AC coupled inverter 5 working modes:

Mode 1: Default mode

The power of solar panels generated is first used to the household load, the rest to charge the battery, excessive feedback into the grid to get the compensation. The priority: loads> battery>grid. This mode applies during the day when the sunlight is enough and solar panels' power is sufficient.

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Mode 2: Discharge mode

When the sunset in the afternoon, the PV power is not sufficient enough, then the AC coupled inverter discharges the battery to be used to the home load. This model reduces the amount of electricity taken from the grid and saves bills.

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Mode 3: UPS mode

This mode main works in the case of a blackout of the grid. When the grid fails, immediately, the AC coupled inverter discharges the battery power to the important household load using uninterrupted power supply technology which will guarantee the power supply stability and continuity of important loads before you have enabled the UPS function to activate the working mode in adance. When the grid is on, the UPS mode is automatically shut down and continues the previous working mode. 

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Mode 4: AC charge mode

This mode is the priority of the battery. The battery can be charged by the grid power by enable relevant functions and make the right settings according to the real demands on the AC charge function via LCD operation, monitoring website or the APP.

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Mode 5: Force time mode

In this mode, no matter PV inverter output energy is sufficient or not, the AC coupled inverter charges or discharges the power from or to the grid and time&power&SOC the limit can be set flexibly via LCD operation, monitoring website, or APP. This mode suits situation where the price difference is big. The user can set the charging and discharging time and priority of energy use under “Force time mode”. The user can also choose whether to charge the battery using grid power if the regulations permitted.

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If you want to know more about the AC coupled inverter, please go to the website AC coupled inverteror contact us at info@luxpowertek.com.

How to connect solar panels to the inverter?
By admin on 17 August 2021

When you have solar panels, your primary concern is to make the best use of them. As we all know, solar energy generated by the PV panels is better to not use directly but to go through the solar power inverter. So, it’s important to make the correct connection between solar panels and the solar inverter. This page will help you solve the question of how do I connect the solar panels to the inverter.

1. Which wiring connection is better?

As we know, the ways of solar panels connection are in series and in parallel. But which connection is better for solar panel systems? Let us make a comparison.

Feature In Series  In Parallel
Advantages Increasing voltages and the same current Increasing currents and the same voltage
A single wire to the grid One of the panel broken and the rest panels work well
Disadvantages One of the panel broken and all panels work failure Multiple wires to the grid

With the way of connection in series, the most outstanding feature is that it can increase the voltages of the whole solar system and keep the same current, while no need bigger cable to the grid. But when one of the panels gets wrong, the solar panel system will collapse unless you fix it or update a panel.

However solar panel wiring in parallel connection can keep the voltage contain and increase the current. And when one of the panels works badly, the solar panel system can still go properly function but just the power will go down. The disadvantage of parallel wiring is to need multiple wires when connecting into the grid.

In fact, to balance voltage and amperage for your solar array to perform at the best, many electrical applications use solar panel wiring not just in series or in parallel, but a hybrid of both in series and in parallel connection. The number of series panels depends on the voltage of the load, and the number of parallel panels depends on the power of the load. But also need to meet the solar power inverter’s condition of normal operation at the same time.

2. Can I connect the solar panel directly to the inverter?

Yes, solar panels can be directly connected to the inverter instead of the charge controller. A proper and good quality solar power inverter is an essential part of your photovoltaic arrays. It’s an important bridge of solar panel connection to the battery and to the grid. The solar power inverter has four special functions:

1) It can average the voltage fluctuations of the solar panels and output a steady charging voltage

2) It can prevent battery overcharging and prevent backflow.

3) It can convert the DC current from the solar panels into AC current to support domestic appliances and export to the grid.

4) It has the function of monitoring the photovoltaic panels, the battery, the grid, and your loads with maximum power point tracking and anti-islanding protection.

The solar system connection diagram is below.

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3. How to connect the solar panel to the solar power inverter?

About the solar panel connection to inverter wiring steps, let me show you the luxpower hybrid inverter because the PV connection of luxpower hybrid inverter is the same as a traditional on-grid solar inverter(string inverter).

* When connected solar panels to the inverter, take notice that:

1) Before connecting the PV, please use the muti-meter to measure the PV array voltage to verify if the PV array is working normally, if not, please fix the PV array to normally working states before connection.

2) Inspect the PV+ and PV- output of the PV string, make sure the positive and negative poles of PV and inverter will be correctly connected.

3) When your PV panel's ambient temperature could possibly be lower than 0°, then please check the PV array voltage up the ceiling, and if you are not sure please ask your system or panel provider for further assistance. As when the temperature is extremely low the PV panel voltage will increase by a certain percentage.

* Solar panel wiring steps:

Step 1: Turn off or disconnect the PV switch(DC switch). Then keep this switch always open during the connection.

Step 2: Assemble the PV connector

1) Strip 6-8 mm insulation from the cable end.

2) Assemble the cable ends to crimp contacts.

3) Lead the cable through the cable gland, then insert it into the corresponding insulator until it snaps into place, then tighten the cable gland.

Step 3: Install the PV connector

When verified the PV connector is tight, align the 2 half connectors and mate them together by hands until ‘click’ is felt or heard.

If you want to know more about the inverter, please contact us at info@luxpowertek.com.

How to connect solar panels to battery?
By admin on 17 August 2021

With the popularization of solar power, more and more people are willing to buy photovoltaic panels and use solar energy as a new type of energy. We know that the solar panels are DC current output and the batteries are DC current input in energy storage solar systems, so you can’t help but wonder can I connect solar panels directly to battery? This section will tell you the answer and give you the solar panel connected to the battery diagram.

1.How to set up solar panels?

2.How to connect solar panels?

3.Can I connect solar panels directly to battery?

4.How to connect solar panels to battery?

1. How to set up solar panels?

When you purchase the photovoltaic panels you need, you have to do two things:

  • * Finding an installer

The tools you need for installation: scaffolding, removal of the existing roof and other roofing works, internal wiring works, sorting out a connection agreement with the energy supplier, electrical connection work, and a generation meter.

Before installation, there is something you need to know about affecting solar panel efficiency 4 factors.

4 factors affecting the efficiency of solar panels:

1) Location, Angle, and Direction: To get more sunlight and the maximum efficiency, south-facing and 34° roof title angle is the best position according to Stanford University.

2) The size of solar panels: The solar panel system is proportional to your power needs. The more energy you need, the bigger the solar panels, the more electricity.

3) Roof suitability: When considering solar panels for your roof, whether the roof is strong enough to support the weight of the solar systems or if the roof is large enough to have solar panels on also need to access.

4) Maintenance: Solar panels maintenance is simple and the cost is almost free. What you can do yourself is ensure your panels are clean at all times.

  • * Apply for permission

Some areas don’t need to apply for permission for most domestic solar panel installations like In England, Scotland, and Wales. But in some cases, you need to do it first, for example, if your panels protrude more than 200mm from your roof.

2. How to connect solar panels?

It’s not difficult to connect the solar panels together. In general, there are three ways to connect, depending on your home's electricity requirements.

  • 1)In series

If you want to increase the total voltage for the whole solar system, you can use this type of connecting solar panels together in series. That is to say, their current is the same, and the total voltage is the sum of the output voltages of all the panels.

The total current: 3A

The total voltage: 12*3=36V

 

When three same panels are connected in series, their current doesn't change, but the total output voltage of the array is three times that of one panel as shown in series wiring.

  • 2)In parallel

As solar panels in series, if you want to increase the total current for the whole solar system, you can use this type of connecting solar panels together in parallel. That is to say, their output voltage is the same, and the total current is the sum of the output currents of all the panels.

The total current: 3*3=9A

The total voltage: 12V

When three same panels are connected in parallel, their voltage doesn't change, but the total output current of the array is three times that of one panel as shown in parallel wiring.

  • 3)In both series and parallel combinations

Combining the advantages of the above two connection methods, if you want to increase the total current and voltage for a solar system, you can use this type of connecting solar panels together in both series and parallel.

The total current: 3+3=6A

The total voltage: 6+6=12V

Please note that, if you want to connect in this way, you have to make sure that you meet the series wiring and parallel wiring conditions, which are the same current in series and the same voltage in parallel.

Maybe you will ask which wiring is the best way? In theory, it depends on your inverter you will use. And you'll find the answer to this page" Which wiring connection is better?".

3. Can I connect solar panels directly to battery?

If you want to connect the solar panels directly to a bank of batteries, it may work in theory.

But I don't recommend it for two reasons.

1) It may cause the battery to overcharge.

For example, when the photovoltaic panel output voltage must be the same as the battery voltage, it can be charged. A standard 12V solar panel that can be charged a 12V battery can produce an output voltage of more than 12V even 20V at full sun. In this case, the potential difference will be generated and more current will flow into the battery, resulting in the phenomenon of overcharging the battery and reducing the service life of the battery.

2)It may cause current backflow from the battery.

At night, there is almost no voltage and current generated by the photovoltaic panels. Then the battery will discharge and the current will flow back into the solar panels, causing waste energy.

Normally we connect a charge controller between the photovoltaic panels and the battery. However many home users have used solar inverters for the replacement of charge controller, which is more powerful than charge controller and easier to use. And I use luxpower solar inverter as a reference here. For detailed recommendations, please see” How to choose the best solar inverters for home?”.

4.How to connect solar panels to battery?

Solar panel connected to battery wiring diagram

The three wiring modes of the solar panels have been mentioned above. Next, according to the wiring diagram, we can see that the positive terminal of the PV panel is connected with the positive terminal of the inverter, and vice versa for negative terminals.

The battery is connected to the battery terminals of the inverter (same as PV panel wiring, the positive terminal of the battery is connected to the positive terminal of the charge inverter and vice versa for negative terminals).

The solar panels, batteries, and solar inverters have made up an energy storage system. During the day, the solar panels generate solar energy to supply the loads, and the battery is fully charged, and at night the battery is discharged to supply the loads. In this way, people can reduce long-term energy costs while minimizing their carbon footprint.

If you have any confusion, please contact us at info@luxpowertek.com.

What is the best solar panel system for your house?
By admin on 17 August 2021

The increase in the efficiency and the reduction in costs of solar panel systems have made more and more homeowners choose to install residential solar panel systems to reduce long-term energy costs while minimizing their carbon footprint. 

A solar system is inevitable without solar panels, solar inverters, and batteries. About solar inverters and batteries, there is some related recommendation.  

This article is intended as a reference when you choose solar panels, something that you need to know.

1. What is a solar panel?

2.How do solar panels work?

3.How efficient is a solar panel?

4. How long do solar panels last?

5. How many solar panels are needed to power a house?

6. How much do solar panels cost?

1. What is a solar panel?

A solar panel is a device that converts solar radiation into electric energy directly or indirectly by means of photoelectric effect or photochemical effect by absorbing sunlight. Compared with ordinary batteries and rechargeable batteries, solar cells are more energy-saving and environmentally friendly green products, which have the advantages of permanence, cleanliness, and flexibility. Solar panels have a long life, which can be invested once and used for a long time as long as the sun exists.

2.How do solar panels work?

A solar panel is a semiconductor photodiode that converts solar energy directly into electric energy. When the sun shines on the photodiode, it will turn the sun’s light energy into electrical energy to generate an electric current.

3.How efficient is a solar panel?

The main material of most solar panels is "silicon", generally monocrystalline silicon and polysilicon. The solar panel's efficiency is related to its material. The efficiency of monocrystalline silicon is more than polysilicon, usually 15% up to 24% and the highest. In practice, these are 4 factors that affect the efficiency of solar panels.

Do you know solar panels are efficient when it snows? More electricity can be produced because the white color of the snow actually reflects sunlight. Of course, the solar panels need to be cleared off first in order for the system to work well, otherwise, it will reduce their efficiency. And there are 4 factors that affected the efficiency of solar panels. 

4. How long do solar panels last?

Generally, the service life of a good solar panel can reach 25 years. However, with the influence of the environment, the materials of solar panels will age along with time. Under normal circumstances, the power will be attenuated by 30% after 20 years, and by 70% after 25 years.

5. How many solar panels are needed to power a house?

The number of solar panels depends on your electricity consumption to a great extent, also related to sun hours, efficiency, and roof size.

First, you need to estimate your current electricity needs, by reviewing electricity bills to determine electricity needs each month of the year.

Then, you need to consider unplanned changes. For example, you're going to add new appliances to your home or you will buy an electric vehicle. Those are all under consideration.

Last, professionals will provide the best solution based on your electricity needs, the location of your home, and the roof's capacity.

A 1kW solar panel system would require approximately 4 solar panels with a 250W power output for common applications, and a 3kW solar panel system would require approximately 12 solar panels.

6. How much do solar panels cost?

The quantity determines the costs of solar panels, however, your home requirements determine the number of photovoltaic panels. In general, the more your electricity consumption, the more expensive the solar panel system but the more you save on your bills, as the shown figure below. According to the survey, the average solar panel system costs £5,000 to £10,000, as a reference for choosing solar panel systems.

Average Solar Panel Costs in the UK