Performance evaluation of 2.4kVA grid-tie inverter

  • Sunday F. Iyere
  • Francis I. Anyasi Ambrose Alli University
  • Idim A. Idim Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Warri
  • Emmanuel Ekwueme Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Keywords: Current, Grid-tie inverter, Renewable energy system, Solar energy, Solar power system, Voltage

Abstract

This paper is focused on experimenting the overall performance of a 2.4kVA direct solar power supply system. The overall aim is to implement a solar power supply system without a battery back-up in order to minimize cost. The objectives include measuring the performance of grid-tie inverter, determine its period of operation under load conditions, to make the use of batteries optional in solar power supply system and minimize initial cost of installation. Various tests (variable load, fixed load and no-load) were carried out for the purpose of analysis. A dual trace digital storage oscilloscope was used to monitor the output waveform of the inverter to observe possible harmonic distortion on the waveform. The inverter takes its input power directly from the solar modules (panels) through the maximum power point tracker (MPPT) charge controller. Each category of test was conducted for at least three days of different weather conditions, to determine how variation in the sun’s intensity (irradiance) affects the operation of the inverter and its output power. Test results show that the inverter performs its function during the day apart from the early hours in the morning and later in the evening of each day, and the loads were powered successfully during the period of test.  The output waveform as observed from the oscilloscope is not purely sinusoidal; it is rather a modified sine wave.

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Published
2020-11-30
How to Cite
Iyere, S. F., Anyasi, F. I., Idim, I. A., & Ekwueme , E. (2020). Performance evaluation of 2.4kVA grid-tie inverter. Journal of Electrical, Control and Telecommunication Research, 2, 42-51. https://doi.org/10.37121/jectr.vol2.134
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Research Articles