inverter

noun
in·​vert·​er | \in-ˈvər-tər \

Definition of inverter 

1 : one that inverts

2 : a device for converting direct current into alternating current

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The system has two inverters, which convert the direct current (DC) output from the photovoltaic panels into appliance-friendly alternating current (AC) power. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Homes Where Families Go Off the Grid," 27 Sep. 2018 Because the power is essentially filtered through the inverter (AC to DC and back to AC), the sine wave is clean and constant. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How the Honda EU2200i Generator Is Getting Me Through Hurricane Florence," 17 Sep. 2018 The SmartFlower is a kinetic all-in-one system, with the inverter, monitor, and batteries housed in the cabinet of the unit. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Flower-shaped solar panel now sold in the U.S.," 11 Sep. 2018 Smart inverters: Another upcoming report looks at recent advances in inverters, the widgets that control PV at the module and string (i.e., string of panels) level. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018 Two fans keep air flowing, extra insulation traps in heat during extreme cold, and a central command center controls the mechanicals, hot water, 200 watts of solar, 2,000-watt inverter, and the Espar hydronic diesel heater. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 Borkowski said the site will have a landscaped buffer and the inverter, which produces about 65 decibels of noise at its source, will be 1,000 feet from the nearest home, and quieter than the traffic on Route 50. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County residents weigh in on proposed solar farms," 14 June 2018 What’s more, much of that rooftop solar cannot be tracked or controlled by the utility (particular smart inverters are required to link a system to the larger grid), so the net effect could be a shakier grid, at least in the short-term. David Roberts, Vox, "California will require solar panels on all new homes. That’s not necessarily a good thing.," 15 May 2018 Either way, the temperature inside the inverter can rise rapidly. The Economist, "Do electric cars dream of software fixes?," 22 Apr. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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