Nowadays, every other business and household is becoming eco-conscious, the need to use renewable energy sources for generating electricity is obvious. And installing solar PCUs and inverters is one the easiest ways to meet your power requirements while being an ecologically conscious citizen. Most hospitals, schools, industries, petrol pumps, banks and homes are able to realize the enormous potential of solar energy. Come let’s understand the difference between solar inverter and solar PCU.
What is a Solar Inverter?
A solar inverter is among the most critical components of any solar energy system. It facilitates the conversion of direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC) to produce electricity for usage in a wide range of domestic, business, and industrial applications. From televisions to refrigerators and even major technical equipment, solar inverters can power them all.
In addition to being environmentally sustainable, they also help track the entire solar system’s efficiency and provide the analytical data needed to detect and repair any technological faults. Users can also use the excess stored energy in batteries with inverters.
In the case of a solar inverter, solar energy charges the battery during the day, and in the absence of sunlight, the main grids charge the battery. During a power cut, the energy stored in the battery will come to your rescue and help you continue your lives smoothly. Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s look at what a solar PCU (Power Conditioning Unit) is.
What is a Solar PCU?
Sounds like the same thing, doesn’t it? Well, not really. While a solar PCU is similar to a solar inverter, there are a few differences. In a solar PCU, solar charging takes priority during the day. The Solar PCU controls the priority and optimally selects the source of charging. It comes with user selectable energy saver mode which allows the user to select the priority and save the bill. It also selects the source of AC output to be either from the Solar or inverter or the grid. In the Energy Saver Mode priority is given to Solar, the battery is charged first and also supports the inverter to power the appliances. Once the solar energy stops, the PCU starts consuming the stored energy from the battery. Once the stored energy is used to a particular level, the inverter switches to grid. The main focus here is to save the electricity bill cost.
In a solar PCU, solar energy takes precedence, and only in the absence of solar energy is power from the mains used. Solar PCUs are designed with the intent to gain maximum benefits from the sun and therefore reduce energy costs.
Benefits of a Alfa Solar PCU:
Can Run without a Solar Panel
You can power a solar PCU with or without a solar panel. You can either use it as a standard inverter without needing to bother about using solar power. And whenever you feel solar power would be more beneficial, all you need to do is install a solar panel.
Easy to Install and Economical
Solar PCUs are easy to install, affordable, and can also help reduce your electricity bills. It thus ensures that the user gets double the benefit.
Compared to a solar inverter, the solar PCU can run with or without Grid Power. The Solar PCUs can be used without connection with Grid. So, while inverters can be used only with Grid, PCUs work with grid too.
In-depth Information Display
When using a solar inverter, you will have limited access to information. Whereas, when it comes to a solar PCU, you have access to detailed information such as charging status, remedial actions required, load level, battery level, etc.
So, if you are looking for an economical and viable solar inverter, a solar PCU is the right choice for you. With the growing demand for ecologically sound solutions in India and reduced dependence on grids, installing a solar PCU is a move in the right direction.
UTL Solar has an advanced range of ALFA+ Solar PCU that is mainly used in Hospitals, schools, industries, petrol pumps, banks, and also homes. PCU means Power Conditioning Unit, is an integrated unit consisting of grid charger, inverter, MPPT solar charger. Alfa + solar PCU continuously monitors battery and solar voltage as well as grid and output voltage with their current.
MPPT based solar charge controller extracts the maximum power from the solar panel whereby it increases the efficiency of the system. In Alfa+ Solar PCU MPPT charger has multi stage charging which maintains the battery charging voltage such that it increases the life of the solar battery.
PCUs have become more intelligent and cost saving, with time the charge controllers advanced to MPPT (maximum power point tracking) technology that produces 3-3.5 units of electricity throughout the day with 1 kW solar panel.
Now let’s talk about rMPPT that’s the latest and most advanced technology when it comes to solar inverters. rMPPT is more advanced than MPPT. It produces up to 30% more electricity than MPPT. With rMPPT technology we can produce 4-5 units from 1kw Solar Panel. UTL Solar has patent rights over this technology.
That’s why UTL SOLAR is a company that sells the best solar PCUs and inverters.
UTL rMPPT Solar PCU will generate up to 30% more electricity and also will show it Everyday till 31 March 2025.
PCU means Power Conditioning Unit which uses solar power energy in first priority and grid (government electricity) in second priority to charge the solar batteries. Since usage of power from the grid in Alfa+ Solar PCU is secondary, grid power is only used when solar energy isn’t present and battery voltage level reduces to 11.5V/Battery (Default 11.5V, Configurable). Grid power is also needed when solar power generation is less and battery voltage is reduced to 11.5V/Battery (Default 11.5V, Configurable).
ALFA+ Solar PCU rMPPT Price
|Solar PCU Model Name||MRP (Inclusive of all Taxes)||Sale Price (Inclusive of all Taxes)|
|Alfa+ 1KVA 24V||Rs. 24,484.00.00||Rs. 22,747.00|
|Alfa+ 2KVA 48V||Rs. 37,789.00||Rs. 35,112.00|
|Alfa+ 3KVA 48V||Rs. 51,397.00||Rs. 47,757.00|
|Alfa+ 5KVA 48V||Rs. 74,077.00||Rs. 68,833.00|
|Alfa+ 5KVA 96V||Rs. 74,077.00||Rs. 68,833.00|
|Alfa+ 7.5KVA 96V||Rs. 1,01,304.00||Rs. 85,942.00|
|Alfa+ 7.5KVA 120V||Rs. 1,01,304.00||Rs. 85,942.00|
|Alfa+ 10KVA 120V||Rs. 1,51,200.00||Rs. 1,40,502.00|
|Alfa+ 10KVA 180V||Rs. 1,51,200.00||Rs. 1,40,502.00|
|Alfa+ 15KVA 240V||Rs. 2,38,583.00||Rs. 2,21,700.00|
- ↓ 3%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 1kVA/24V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 23%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 5kVA/48V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 17%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 3kVA/48V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 22%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 5kVA/96V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 7%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 2kVA/48V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 9%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 7.5kVA/120V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 31%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 10kVA/120V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 22%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 7.5kVA/96V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 35%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 15kVA/240V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
- ↓ 35%
Alfa+ Solar PCU 10kVA/180V(Inclusive of all Taxes)Add to cart
Unique Features of Alfa Solar PCU
Battery Selection Mode
In UTL’s Alfa+ Solar PCU you have a great feature that is battery selection mode. By this we can select any type of battery as per requirement i.e. flat plate/tubular/SMF/Lead acid Battery and can set charging voltage and charging current as per requirement.
Operating Mode Selection
- PCU Mode – Priority Solar →Battery → Grid
- Smart Mode -Priority Solar → Grid → Battery
- Hybrid Mode – Priority for load Grid →Solar → Battery, Priority for battery charging Solar Energy → Grid
LCD Display with Energy Meter and Data Logging (optional)
UTL Alfa+ Solar PCU is also available with an LCD display. This is an optional feature that can be availed by the customer for better user interface. When the customer opts for this feature, an energy meter and data logging facilities are also provided to the customer, which help the user to access information about the present and past status of the PCU functionality.
Pure Sine Wave
The output of the UTL’s Alfa+ Solar PCU is pure sine wave and it operates your appliances friendly.
User configurable by LCD
- User friendly calibration settings:-
- You can change the below settings of Alfa+ Solar PCU by itself like
- Configurable Grid Reconnect Setting
- Configurable Battery Low cut Setting
- Configurable Grid low cut/High cut setting
User friendly operational settings
- No load shutdown – Enable/Disable.
- Grid charging – Enable/Disable.
- IT Load – Enable/Disable.
- DSPic Based Pure Sine Wave Design.
- Inbuilt rMPPT Charge Controller.
- Maximum Preference to Solar Energy.
- USB Based Communication.
- 30 Days Data Logs Inbuilt
- AC and DC Energy Meter Inbuilt.
- GSM/GPRS Based Remote Monitoring and controlling.
- Robust Design for 20 years product life.
- 2 years to 5 years of warranty.
- Reverse AC Voltage Protection.
- User friendly and easily accessible LCD Display with all AC & DC Parameter Configurable by Display Switches and Digital LCD (20X4).
- User Friendly Control: – Output Voltage, Charging Voltage – SPV/ Grid, Charging Current – SPV/Grid, Grid Reconnect, Battery Low.
- Priority based working modes – Smart/PCU/Hybrid (for saving energy and money).
- NLSD, Alfa+ Solar PCU Grid Charging, IT Load – Enable/Disable by LCD.
UTL Solar takes pride in serving prestigious organizations like airtel, PVR cinemas, Bharat Petroleum, Air India, Voltas Limited, State Bank Of India, Indian Railways, KFC who have upgraded to solar power. So, as explained, if you are planning to install solar PCU, UTL Solar’s Alpha+ PCU is a great choice.