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Invertek in solar energy research

20 November 2013

Variable speed drives (VSDs) from Welshpool-based Invertek Drives are helping Italian academics to create a new generation of solar energy systems with much greater flexibility and efficiency thanks to the control capabilities of the Optidrive E2 Single Phase drive.

Researchers at the Solar Tech laboratory, housed at the Department of Energy at Italy’s largest technical university, Politecnico di Milano, are undertaking pioneering experimental work to identify how developing the use of solar energy could help address some of the complex problems currently affecting the global energy sector.

Optidrive E2 single phase drives have been installed in a key project which is testing solar energy conversion systems under real conditions and developing prototypes for use in residential applications. The results of this research could have significant implications on ever increasing household energy bills.

Invertek’s Optidrive E2 Single Phase Output inverter is uniquely designed for use with single phase permanent split capacitor (PSC) or shaded pole motors, giving precise speed control and superior efficiency compared to other single phase motor speed control solutions. This is of key interest in solar power applications, where the focus is to maximise energy efficiency and make best use of the available solar energy under all operating conditions.