Management of Power optimizers

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Management of Power optimizers

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See Power Optimizers for generalities.

The power optimizer definition and behavior are specific for each technology  (and each manufacturer).

Therefore there is no general database, but only a list of available devices. The specifications are defined by the Manufacturers, and are not modifiable. You cannot add a new device by yourself.  

After checking  "Uses Optimizers" in the System design dialog, you will get a  List of  all available devices. The optimizers suited for your pre-defined PV module will appear in green.

You can get the Optimizer's specifications within the Optimizer's dialog, which is only available by the button  "Open"  after having chosen to use an optimizer.

This dialog proposes:

Main parameters :The parameters as defined in the database. Their nature and values are specific for each technology.
Input modules: Shows the limits (Voltage, Current, Power) for the connected  PV module. In some cases you can specify here to connect several modules in series or parallel on one optimizer input.

Output I/V behaviour:  The behavior is very specific to each technology. This pedagogic tool tries to explains the principles, by showing the I/V or P/V input and output curves in diverse situations.

This explains different kinds of mismatch, and the electrical shading  of modules and sub-modules  (you can modify the number of shaded sub-modules in each module).
As an example, it shows the effect of adding 4 optimizers in series.
Efficiency profile:The optimizers are not quite perfect; they suffer of a little inefficiency as specified here. The efficiency may be dependent on the "optimizing ratio"  (current "buck ratio" or voltage).
Sizes:Usual page for sizes and comments. Pay attention to specificities for the use of some of these optimizers (suitability, compatibility, etc)