Definition: Inverter

From Open Energy Information



A device that converts direct current electricity to alternating current either for stand-alone systems or to supply power to an electricity grid.[1]

Wikipedia Definition

A power inverter, or inverter, is an electronic device or circuitry that changes direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC).The input voltage, output voltage and frequency, and overall power handling depend on the design of the specific device or circuitry. The inverter does not produce any power; the power is provided by the DC source.A power inverter can be entirely electronic or may be a combination of mechanical effects (such as a rotary apparatus) and electronic circuitry. Static inverters do not use moving parts in the conversion process.

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