Heart Transverter’s New Smart Grid Inverter Improves Demand Response Times

by | Apr 26, 2012

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Heart Transverter has commercially released its HT 2000 bidirectional smart grid inverter charger. Called a Transverter, this device incorporates a bidirectional inverter charger which can act as a grid-tie inverter for solar installations, a DC to DC converter and as static DC – AC inverter for operation off energy stored in batteries. Heart Transverter says the Transverter technology provides improved demand response times and the integration of networked energy storage and renewable energy into the utility grid.

Its topology also allows the unit to act as a zero-switchover time, uninterruptible power supply for connected loads. The inverter can be configured to operate off traditional lead acid batteries, as well as Lithium Ion and other advanced battery technologies, according to the company.

The demand response function in the Transverter is unique in that it can be used both for supplementing the grid from stored energy and for managing interruptible loads, the company says. By definition, demand response is a response to demand from the grid to either supplement energy to the grid or reduce load. The response time in traditional demand response scenarios is typically 30 minutes to two hours. The Transverter can do both with response times on the order of 17 milliseconds or one wave shape. The company points out that this high speed response can mean the difference between a power outage in a grid sector or maintaining normal service.

Other Transverter functions include:
–Bidirectional grid-tie inverter
–Energy management
–Power factor compensation
–Uninterruptible power supply
–Solar charge controller with MPPT
–Data logging and communications

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