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GreenergyStar 3rd Generation Grid Tie Inverter Grid Power III 600W

GreenergyStar 3rd Generation Grid Tie Inverter Grid Power III 600W

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gp3-600W

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Introduction

Of all the different kinds of renewable energy available today, solar and wind are the two most popular ones favored by homeowners due to their relatively easy implementation and wide range of suitable sites. However, these green energy sources do not come with a plug to connect to a wall socket (the grid). Even if they do, there are different parameters for each type of renewable energy and interconnecting with the grid would present a challenge.

Fortunately, grid-tie inverters have been invented to solve this interconnection problem. "What is grid-tie inverter?" you asked. A Grid-Tie Inverter is a device that that can transform 12V DC electricity (i.e.: Solar Panels, Wind Turbine, Battery Storage) into 120-240V AC power that can be directly injected into your utility's electricity network (the power grid). However, the down side is, most inverters available in the market today are in the high output (1000W ~ 5000W) category. Their prices range in the thousands and it is just too much of an upfront cost for anyone interested in green energy generation. In addition, because of the high output, a certified electrician will need to be hired to install the equipments and connect the cables

"But I am a small home owner. I would like to start small and test things out and perhaps expand my system in the future if I have the money. I would also like to DIY to cut down on cost and have a project that I would be proud to work on... isn't there an easier and more affordable way to do this?"

Yes, there is. With our latest developed micro grid-tie inverter Grid Power 3 feature the popular plug and play function, you will be connecting your renewable energy sources into the grid and join the green movement in no time. Start small. Think Big. A Greener future awaits.


What's New in the 3rd Generation?

So you ask, "What's new in this third generation?". Well, by reaching the 3rd generation, we have again improved the power output by incorporating Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technology to harvest more solar energy. The inverter has also utilized better surge protection components to shield against voltage spikes and energy surges. In addition, this inverter will work with our SolarWind Hybrid RX charge controller to allow wind energy input. Here are the high lights:

Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT):

What is Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)? MPPT is a techinque we implemented to get the maximum possible power from a solar panel. When trying to characterize the output of a solar panel mathematically, it can be represented by an IV-Curve (shown below). The equation for Power is P = IV. Where I is the Current, V is the Voltage, and P is the possible output Power. Each point on the curve is a possible combination for output power and our goal is to find the best combination to obtain maximum power.

In simple terms, we are trying to get the biggest rectangle to fit under this so called IV-Curve, the bigger rectangle we can fit, the more power we get. Below are graphs to help you understand the idea better. This is a comparison between inverters with and without MPPT on an 85W solar panel. Please note that different solar panels will have slightly different IV-Curves.

No Tracking Vs Tracking

Figure 1
No MPPT, with voltage fixed 17.5V
P = 17.5V x 4.6A = 80.5W

Figure 2
With MPPT, amount of current and voltage to draw are calculated
P = 17V x 4.95A = 84.15W

As we can see, Figure 2 is able to 84.15W with MPPT while in Figure 1, we can only get 80.5W. This is 4.5% increase in power output. Why do we care? Because solar panels are still quite expensive these days, and the increased power output will directly affect our return on investment (ROI). In addition, depending on weather, time of the day and amount of solar irradiation the panel receives, the IV curve will move along the Y-axis to reflect the possible increase / decrease in potential power output, and cause the maximum power point to shift along as well. Coming up are illustrations to visualize this idea.

IV-Curves Under different weather conditions

 

Figure 3.
Sunny, Clear Sky days in Summer
600 ~ 1000 W/m2

 

No MPPT

MPPT

Power

80.5W

84.15W

Color

Red & Yellow

Yellow& Green

Percent

N/A

+4.5%

 

Figure 4.
Scattered Clouds or Partly Cloudy days in Summer
300 ~ 600 W/m2

 

No MPPT

MPPT

Power

42.0W

46.4W

Color

Red & Yellow

Yellow& Green

Percent

N/A

+10.5%

 

Figure 5.
Cloudy or fog days, dawn or dusk in Summer
100 ~ 300 W/m2

 

No MPPT

MPPT

Power

5.25W

14.25W

Color

Red & Yellow

Yellow& Green

Percent

N/A

+171%

Figure 3 - 5 illustrate the power gain in different weather condition with MPPT compare to a non-tracking inverter that locks voltage at 17.5V. While 17.5V is randomly chosen, it does show what would happen in real life when there is not MPPT. Studies have shown, by making use of MPPT, there will be an average of 30% increase in power production. Since the maximum power point is a variable, we have implemented a tracking algorithm that utilizes the micro processing power of our inverter to calculate the optimum voltage and current to maximize our energy harvest.

Increased Power Rating:

In 2008, when we designed the first generation inverter, what we had in mind was an inexpensive device to allow the public to have a chance to test out renewable energy production and promote the green movement at an affordable price range. As people's environmental awareness increased over the years, the demand for bigger systems also increase. Therefore, once again, the power of this inverter has increased by 50% to 600W.

Compatibility with GreenergyStar SolarWind Hybrid RX Charge Controller:

Want to grid-tie a wind system? Then it is time to get a charge controller. The GreenergyStar SolarWind Hybrid RX is designed to work with our grid-tie inverters for solar and wind applications. It offers the protection needed by inverters against volatile storms and unstable inputs. Compatible with solar panels, 12V AC / DC wind turbines, Southwest Windpower's Air-X, 403, 303 and SunForce's 600W wind turbines.

Enhanced Safety:

In this generation, we have utilized better surge protection components to shield against potential energy surges during connection or disconnection to the grid. Voltage spikes in night time or stormy weathers are eliminated with higher grade electronics. The circuit board has been completely redesigned to accommodate to the UL 1741 Standard and the status of our UL application is currently pending.

 


New Features:

  1. Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) - optimize power output
  2. 50% enhanced in power output compare to second generation inverters
  3. Unique and intuitive LED display design to reflect power output rate
  4. Allow MORE types of power source to be connected with SolarWind Hybrid RX Charge Controller (ie: Air-X, 12V battery, and etc.)

General Features:

  1. Grid-tied - sell green energy back to the utility at a premium rate
  2. Plug and Play design, simple and easy. No hard-wiring or rewiring of existing electronics
  3. Automatic 110V - 220V AC voltage switch
  4. Island Protection: Inverter will shut down during black outs.
  5. Synchronize with grid and generates pure Sine Wave
  6. Reverse polarity protection
  7. Stackable (connect in parallel for higher output)
  8. Maximum input power: 600W (rated at 16.6V and 36A)
  9. System Voltage: 12V Nominal (see input / output sections for range)
  10. 2x External 30A fuse for easy maintenance
  11. Internal diode to prevent reverse current to solar panels or wind turbine at night
  12. High quality finned aluminum casing to protect internal electronics and act as heat sink to dissipate heat
  13. Microprocessor based control electronics to regulate input and output



Installation: 

  1. Connects directly to Nominal 12V Solar Panels
  2. Nominal 12V AC or DC wind turbine installations with battery will require respective charge controllers and dump loads.
  3. Recommend using the GreenergyStar SolarWind Hybrid RX charge controller to monitor charging and discharging
  4. Connect the included cable to the inverter, and then connect the other end to a wall socket.
Warning!
Reverse polarity in input will blow fuse and possibly damage the inverter.
Damages caused by reverse polarity is not covered by the warranty


Output Specifications: 

  Model
GP3
 

Maximum AC Output Power

600W

 

AC Voltage Range

100V ~ 260V Auto Switching

 

Frequency

45Hz ~ 65Hz

 

Over current protection

Yes, firmware controlled

 

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)

<5%

 

Power Factor

0.99

 

Anti Island Protection

Yes, Inverter will disconnect from grid during black out

 

Output Current Waveform

Pure Sine Wave



Input Specifications:

 

Starting Voltage

12.8V

 

Drop out Voltage

10.5V

 

Operating Voltage Range

10.5V ~ 30V

 

Standby Voltage

8V ~ 10.49V

 

Shut Down Voltage

<8V

 

Withstand voltage

48V (anything above will damage inverter)

 

Maximum Input Current

38A

 

Over current protection

60A Fuse

 

Reverse Polarity Protection

Above 60A will blow fuse. Under 60A will heat up internal electronics. Disconnect immediately do avoid damage

 

Stand-by power consumption

<1W



Mechanical Specifications:

  Operating temperature range
-20'C - 65'C
  Weight
1.17kg
2.6lb
  Dimension (L x W x H)
19.3 x 16.5 x 5.4 cm
7.5" x 6.5" x 2.1"
  Mounting
Wall Mount at base
  AC Cable Length
1.5m
  Cooling
Convection cooled with fan
  Casing
High quality finned aluminum to act as heat sink for fast heat dissipation
  Display
6 Green, 1 Orange and 1 Red LED


What are included:

  1. 1X Grid Power 3 grid-tie inverter
  2. 1X 1.5m North America Standard AC Cable
  3. Instruction manual



Warranty:

We will warrant this unit against any manufacture defects or workmanship for 1 year from the date of purchase. This limited warranty specifically excludes damage caused by improper installation, accident, misuse, abuse, improper storage, or any unauthorized disassembly, repair, or modification.This warranty is not transferable. In the event of a claim against this warranty, the seller's obligation, and the claimant's sole remedy, shall be replacement of the product, repair, or refund of the original purchase price excluding any shipping and handling fees. All shipping and handling fees going both ways are responsible by the buyer.

NO OPERATING COST
GENERATES ELECTRICITY FROM THE ABUNDANT RESOURCE - SOLAR & WIND