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Preserving the Life of Solar Power Inverter

Utilities increasingly require that the inverters which connect solar power and other distributed generation systems to the grid be capable of injecting reactive power to help maintain the stability of the grid. However, producing reactive power increases the thermal stress on inverters, which has the potential to reduce their lifespans.

University of Pittsburgh researchers use Ansys simulation software to electronically and thermally characterize inverters before the prototype stage so that designers can make better decisions in the early phases of the product development process.