Power inverters are designed to change a frequency of Direct Current (AC) to a frequency of Alternating Current (AC). The devices have several residential and industrial applications, some of which result in significant energy savings. One of the best ways to achieve energy savings with power inverters is to use them to convert solar energy into usable electricity for a building.

Converting Solar Energy

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels produce direct current. Because many cutting edge technologies are designed to receive alternating current, converting the DC from the panels into AC is often necessary for keeping the machinery in a building operating smoothly. Digital technology is one example of a technology that typically requires alternating current to run properly.

If technology that requires AC receives DC instead, one of two things generally occurs: the equipment displays a high level of harmonic distortion, which signals that it is operating inefficiently; or the equipment fails to operate altogether. In either case, using a power inverter to supply AC instead of DC typically resolves the problem and restores proper operation.

Commercial Grade Applications

Power inverters are rated for different types of applications, and identifying the right rating is essential for choosing an inverter that performs as expected. One of the most helpful rating systems for choosing inverters and other electricity conduction equipment is the Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) rating system, which Bell Labs introduced in the 1970’s.

NEBS equipment is certified at one of three levels: level one, which applies to equipment that meets the personnel and safety requirements of GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE; level 2, which meets the operating requirements of a specific environment, such as a data center; and level three, which meets all the requirements of GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE.

Need Help Choosing an Inverter?

If so, Exeltech is the company to call. For over 20 years, we’ve supplied inverters to companies around the world. In addition to being NEBS certified, our equipment is also TUV – TL9000 certified and comes with a Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) certificate of compliance. For more information, call us today at (800) 886-4683), or click here to use our contact form.