The term plug-and-play was created by the IT area to define devices that do not require complicated installation for their operation. In other words, the device is already easily available for use after its installation.
The expression has expanded to other sectors of the market and today we have several pieces of equipment present in our lives that are plug-and-play – home appliances and small appliances are a good example of how these devices work.
Plug-and-Play in the photovoltaic market
In the solar energy market, with the expansion of off-grid systems using batteries, plug-and-play equipment is already starting to be commercialized, as is the case of the POWERDEPOT H-5 48V LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) solar battery ) by Dyness, which together with other components allows adapting an existing photovoltaic system for use with batteries, being compatible with several inverter manufacturers such as Sungrow, Growatt and Goodwe.
To learn more about how to adapt an existing photovoltaic system for use with batteries, visit here .
Below we can see the Dyness plug-and-play battery and its characteristics:
Higher usable energy ratio, less self-consumption
1/3 weight capacity equivalent to lead-acid battery
Plug and play, quick installation, up to 4 units in parallel
Wide temperature range -20 C -50 C
Contains no toxic heavy metals or caustic materials
Plug-and-play off-grid kit
A plug-and-play off-grid photovoltaic system can be purchased without the need for complicated projects, with easy installation and already configured, just connecting the cables for its operation. However, attention must be paid to the characteristics of the system, which must be defined according to each need.
Below we present a plug-and-play off-grid photovoltaic generator kit with estimated monthly generation of 156 kWh/month (maximum daily use of 5.23 kWh), considered for battery sizing 80% discharge and application suggestion based on in solar index of 4 kWh/m².
The table below illustrates an example of the amount of equipment that can be used with the kit presented.
The kit consists of:
4 female MC4 connectors
4 male MC4 connectors
1 string box with 2 inputs and 2 outputs / 1000 V
1 bank of Dyness Powerdepot lithium batteries
4 photovoltaic panels of 460 W
100 meters of DC cable
1 off-grid inverter
The off-grid plug-and-play options make it an excellent choice for places where connection to the mains is not possible.
The plug-and-play off-grid is already widespread outside Brazil, where it is possible to buy photovoltaic kits in department stores and even supermarkets. In Brazil, plug-and-play off-grid equipment options, such as Dyness batteries, are beginning to appear and gain space to contribute to the expansion of off-grid systems.
Below we can see some installations that have the Dyness PowerDepot battery, which can be used in both off-grid and hybrid systems. The battery is compact, has IP65 protection and a nominal voltage of 48 V, with an operating voltage of 42~54 V and under normal conditions it supports up to 6,000 cycles.