New challenges for photovoltaic grid-connected inverters

Published: March 1, 2011

By Dr. Vicente Salas, Associate Professor, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

As PV power generation adoption becomes more widely adopted globally, the grid-connected inverter market looks set to take its rightful role as a critically important element of solar installations. The grid-connected inverter market will deliver power quality and the stability of the electricity networks in order to ensure a stable and reliable grid operation. In order to keep up with these developments, network operators will release new grid codes to monitor the increased uptake, to which manufacturers must adhere. An additional obstacle for the inverter manufacturers is the wide range of requirements and norms that vary from country to country and, in many cases, even from utility to utility. This article presents a review of the new challenges facing grid-connected PV inverters in the light of these new developments.

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