How to Solar Power Your Home #7 - Grid Tie v Micro Inverter v Power Optimizer v Charge Controller

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A discussion about different solar power inverter technologies:
Grid Tie vs Micro Inverter vs Power Optimizer (DC Optimizers) vs Charge Controller

Some interesting references to read more about these and how the different manufacturers implement these technologies:

Micro, String And Central Inverters:
http://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-energy/inverters/micro-string-central-inverters.php

DC-DC Optimizers: The future of module level power management?
http://www.altestore.com/blog/2013/05/dc-dc-optimizers-the-future-of-module-level-power-management/

Optimizing optimizers, Tigo vs. SolarEdge:
http://matter2energy.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/optimizing-optimizers-tigo-vs-solaredge/

http://www.sma-america.com/en_US/products/grid-tied-inverters/sunny-boy/sunny-boy-240-us.html

http://www.solaredge.us/groups/us/powerbox-power-optimizer

http://www.aurora-energy.com/solar-power-optimizer/

Use conditions and efficiency measurements for DC optimizers:
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/59214.pdf

Tigo Energy 300W Solar Panel Maximizer DC Optimizer:
http://www.gogreensolar.com/products/tigo-energy-300w-solar-panel-maximizer-dc-optimizer?gclid=CKan2cHR4r4CFcU-MgodJAoAaw

Enphase Envoy Gateway:
http://enphase.com/eu/files/2012/12/Envoy_Install_EN.pdf

Enphase M250 Microinverter:
http://enphase.com/global/files/M250_DS_EN_60Hz.pdf

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