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This week we are reviewing industrial sourcing activities for Inverter, especially solar inverters, which has been a popular topic of discussion in the tech news lately.
The search for inverters on the Thomasnet.com platform is up 172% year-on-year and is currently 88% above the average for the fourth quarter of 2020.
While inverters can be used for a variety of industrial applications, solar inverters specifically have received a lot of attention recently. Just last week, Tesla announced the launch of its own solar inverter.
Many inverter manufacturers later consider the possibility of developing charging and power supply systems for electric vehicles after mastering their own research and development for inverters. However, Tesla is unique in that it approaches that development process in the opposite direction – by bringing an electric vehicle to market and then creating a solar power system, followed by a Tesla branded solar inverter.
The inverter is said to offer 97.5% efficiency, which is slightly less than other leading solar inverters currently on the market. However, Tesla's version outperforms the competition in one area: the number of Maximum Power Point Trackers, or MPPTs. With four MPPTs, the Tesla Solar Inverter offers the user two more trackers than the industry standard for a model under 10 kilowatts, which is intended to optimize system performance.
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