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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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 The problem with the Priuses, which affects models years 2010 to 2014, is that the car's inverter could overheat. CBS News, "Calif. dealer won't sell some Priuses, citing safety concerns," 5 Apr. 2018 Power generated from rooftop solar panels is routed to this inverter, where it is converted into AC current in Lisa Hecht’s East Boise home. Rocky Barker, idahostatesman, "Regulators OK Idaho Power's 1st step toward changing how it charges solar users | Idaho Statesman," 9 May 2018 To replace the inverter can cost up to $3,000 each. CBS News, "Calif. dealer won't sell some Priuses, citing safety concerns," 5 Apr. 2018 Long's husband, Marlin, suspects the car lost power because of an inverter failure. Ralph Vartabedian,, "Electrical defects cause Priuses to stall; Toyota may be bracing for a legal fight as safety worries grow," 23 Apr. 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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