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What is the difference between an inverter and a hybrid inverter

An inverter is an electrical device that converts direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity. Inverters are commonly used in renewable energy systems, such as solar power systems, to convert the DC power generated by solar panels into AC power that can be used to power homes and buildings.

A hybrid inverter, on the other hand, is a type of inverter that is designed to work with both renewable energy sources, such as solar power, and traditional energy sources, such as the utility grid. A hybrid inverter is essentially a combination of an inverter, a charge controller, and a grid-tie function.

The main difference between an inverter and a hybrid inverter is that a hybrid inverter can work with both renewable and traditional energy sources, while an inverter can only work with renewable energy sources.

Some of the features that a hybrid inverter may have are:

Energy storage capability: to store excess energy generated by the renewable sources for later use.
Grid-tie function: to connect the system to the utility grid and sell excess energy back to the grid.
Automatic switching: to switch between renewable and traditional energy sources as needed.
Monitoring and control: to monitor and control the system through a mobile app or web portal.
Hybrid inverters are ideal for homes or buildings that are looking to use both renewable and traditional energy sources, and want to have the option of storing and selling excess energy. They can provide more flexibility and reliability than traditional inverters, as they can automatically switch between different energy sources to ensure a steady supply of electricity.