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Best hybrid inverter

Top 10 “Hybrid” Solar Inverters which connect to both solar panel and energy storage 

A grid tied inverter is one which (only) connects to solar panel and converts energy for household. It has no provision for energy storage and cannot work when there is a power failure. A hybrid inverter can work with an energy storage battery even when there is a power failure. To read about types of inverters read our blog here

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Grid Tied solar inverter – cannot connect to energy storage. Grid type can do max solar power self consumption of 40% -50%
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Hybrid inverter – can connect to both, solar panel and battery

Here is a list of highly recommended Hybrid Type inverter series, based on thousands of reviews, evaluation of Bill of Material and PathToGreenHomes expert opinion.  

Brand  Series What we like about this model …  Installer near you
 Fronius 3Φ (3-5)kW  SYMO HYBRID  Smart Heat Pump, EV Charger, weather data intergration, SunSpec  Protocol. Send Enquiry
 Fronius 1Φ (3-6)kW  PRIMO GEN24 PLUS Smart Heat Pump, EV Charger, weather data intergration, SunSpec Protocol. Send Enquiry
KACO 3Φ  10kW  Blueplanet Hybrid   Smart Heat Pump, weather data intergration. Send Enquiry
Enphase  3Φ/1Φ (0.24-0.64)kW  IQ8  Smart Heat Pump, Wireless connection, EV Charger, Smart Inverter. Send Enquiry
Solar Edge  1Φ (3-10)kW  Energy Hub  Smart Heat Pump, Wireless connection, EV Charger, Weather Data Integration. Send Enquiry
Solar Edge 1Φ (3-11)kW  Energy Hub US Smart Heat Pump, Wireless connection, EV Charger, Weather Data Integration. Send Enquiry
Fimer 3Φ (4-9)kW  Power TRIO Smart Heat Pump, EV Charger, SunSpec Protocol.Send Enquiry
Fimer 1Φ (4-5)kW  REACT 2  Smart Heat Pump, EV Charger, SunSpec Protocol.Send Enquiry
E3/DC 3Φ 5kW  S10 MINI   Smart Heat Pump, EV Charger, weather data intergration. Send Enquiry
E3/DC 3Φ 12kW  S10 X  Smart Heat Pump, EV Charger, weather data intergration. Send Enquiry
Neoom 3Φ (6-10)kW  KJUUBE LIGHT   Smart Heat Pump Send Enquiry
Neoom 3Φ (6-10)kW  KJUUBE    Smart Heat Pump .Send Enquiry
Sungrow 3Φ (5-10)kW  SH-RT    Smart Heat Pump, weather data intergration.Send Enquiry
Huawei1Φ (2-5)kW SUN2000LSmart Heat Pump, weather data intergration.Send Enquiry
Growatt1Φ (3-6)kW SPHEV Charger, weather data intergration.Send Enquiry

Hybrid inverter models are popular in countries where the home owner requires solar panels and an intelligent energy storage system. Intelligent because for maximizing self consumption ( day+night solar), time of day operation ( to avoid those ugly $15c+ evening peak tariffs) and curtails household peak shaving (high instantaneous household peak load invites penalty).

Note: This article has recommendation for inverter models where you won’t go wrong. For specific solar inverter features like EV, heat pump or grid forming look at other articles in the blog section of PathToGreenHomes.com or use our SUGGEST| COMPARE section.

Recommending specific brands to customers for purchase, like Top 10 Brands of inverter manufacturers is over simplistic and inaccurate. Each inverter brand manufacturer 5-10 different series, widely varying, on both functionality and quality. The difference in functionality is so glaring that Path To Green Homes was created. We recommend specific “Series” and “Models” based on exhaustive research over 1000s of points.    

High and Low Voltage battery, A long term Choice

Hybrid storage inverters come in both low voltage (LV) like 48V and high voltage (HV) systems of 200V-400V+ depending on battery configuration.

A low voltage (48V) system is suitable when the backup needs to be 1-2 hours (<5kWhr battery capacity). Beyond 5kWhr battery , the advantage of a high voltage battery system is lower power loss , higher efficiency and relative ease of adding more battery modules in future. The technology of High Voltage battery is more advanced with specialty polymers , special design to avoid creep distance and long life.

Plan now : You may need to add more batteries later

When household load increases, like with the addition such as an EV you may need to add more storage. In case of low voltage batteries ( 48V) , it maybe possible to add later more battery modules by paralleling of battery. But the inverter , you choose today , must be capable of adding more batteries in parallel in the future without purchasing a 3rd party paralleling device. Such paralleling feature is supported only by a very few models.

2.54kWhr -basic BlockAdd Series ( 3-8) —> use 6 nos15.24kWhrInstaller near you
2.54kWhr – basic blockAdd Parallel ( 1-6) —> use 6 nos15.24kWhrSend Enquiry
A high voltage inverter system is preferred due to ease of future battery capacity additions.

Unaddressed Safety issue

There have been many high profile fires in residential home based battery system in Europe even in famous brands. Regardless of the Root cause , In Hybrid inverters its highly recommended to have fuse at battery terminals (not just slow acting MCB) for higher safety. As per PathtoGreenHomes NOT many hybrid manufacturers are providing in built fuse so we suggest use an internal / external fuse. You may use PathtoGreenHomes website compare section to identify models which have in built fuse.

Integrated hybrid inverter and Battery

The battery can be supplied along with the hybrid inverter, in a nice integrated tower (ask IP55 rated indoor unit). Alternately, the home owner can purchase hybrid inverter and a 3rd party compatible Lithium Ion battery separately. Key word being compatible. If Battery is not compatible with inverter , it may lead to fire. The advantage of an integrated solution are higher especially when combined with a wireless solution to manage loads , as in our wireless blog.

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