Inverters: A Pivotal Role in PV Generated Electricity

Peter Hacke, Jack Flicker, Ramanathan Thiagarajan, Daniel Clemens, Sergiu Spataru

Research output: NRELPresentation


This presentation discusses the pivotal role inverters play in PV generated electricity. Topics include: the inverter as the center of the system--increasingly becoming the brain, with more features and capabilities (hybrid systems, safety, islanding, monitoring, etc.); increasing inverter-based generated electricity associated with many renewable energy sources; increased dependence for grid support and forming capability; communication within the grid and security increasingly required; increasing complexity leads to more chances to fail; as in most PV segments, there is cost reduction pressure, which makes it more challenging to keep the reliability high.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2021), 6-10 September 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5K00-80991


  • inverter
  • photovoltaics
  • reliability
  • security


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