Equipment and products that enable us to use renewable energy instead of fossil fuels and conventional electricity are highly beneficial. Examples include solar thermal systems, solar electric (photovoltaic) systems, and wind turbines. Other power generation equipment, such as fuel cells and some energy storage systems (like batteries) are included here because they help us accommodate varied energy sources so that we may eventually move beyond fossil-fuel dependence.
Solectria manufactures a line of high-efficiency DC-to-AC inverters for residential and commercial PV power applications, especially grid-connected systems. The products cover systems from 12-500kW and can include an optional internet-connected data logger and monitoring system. Solectria also manufactures inverters for connected or 'mini-grid' distributed generation with input from fuel cells, batteries, ICE, or heat engines. Solectria also provides engineering services and custom products for any 1-500kW distributed generation system.
GreenSpec lists inverters that convert the direct-current (DC) power produced by renewable energy systems into alternating-current (AC) power needed for most conventional appliances, and for feeding site-generated electricity into the power grid.
GreenSpec also lists power-conditioning equipment, controllers, batteries, and mounting equipment, as well as tracking systems that follow the path of the sun to maximize the amount of light hitting photovoltaic collectors.
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