Solar generators are a simple, innovative way to harness the power of the sun to generate electricity which can be used for a range of purpose in any location. But how does a solar generator work? Read on for Diesel Generation Australia’s guide to understanding solar generators.
What is a Solar Generator?
In general, a solar generator is made up of four main components: solar panels, a battery, an inverter, and a charge controller. These components work together to generate electricity and to make the system portable.
Solar panels turn sunlight into electricity which is then stored in a battery. Panels are made up of multiple cells which harness sunlight and operate even when sunlight is diffused and indirect. There are many different panels available on the market, each with their own unique advantages, and using the right kind of panel for a generator is critical for efficient functioning of the system.
The energy absorbed by the panels is stored in batteries which are made of either lead-acid, lithium ion, nickel-cadmium, or flow batteries. The size of the battery will determine how much power your generator can store.
Charge controllers are a critical part of solar generators when low wattage panels are involved. A charge controller is installed between the panels and battery unit and regulates the power going into the battery by limiting the amount and rate of charge. This helps preserve the life of your solar batteries.
Solar inverters are responsible for converting DC output collected by solar panels into AC output which is what most appliances require. They draw energy from the solar panel unit and send it to your devices for use.
Wide Range of Solar Power Generators for Residential Use
Contact the team at Diesel Generation Australia for sustainable, efficient solar power generators which easily operate light towers in outdoor locations and camping sites. We provide high quality power backup solutions for commercial and residential clients across Tasmania, including powering your LED light tower.