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Solar Market Outlook in Kenya

There is an ongoing debate in Kenya’s energy sector because of the growing shift towards solar energy. The leading electricity distributor in Kenya has cited a decrease in revenue as more consumers and businesses are shifting towards solar power.

The proponents of solar energy continue to champion the benefits of this renewable energy source and consumers are shifting to solar power generation, which continues to eat further into the traditional electric distributors’ profits. The high cost of electricity and taxes are the primary motivation to consider renewable energy as an alternative source. As of now, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority in Kenya has reported that solar energy accounts for 1% of the country’s current electricity mix. And yet, the country’s location in the equatorial zone means that it has high potential for solar energy. Solar is, therefore, looked at as a viable energy source and as part of the effort to achieve carbon emission goals. Despite having the highest exposure to the sun, Kenya is the most underdeveloped in terms of solar PV capacity. The wider adoption of solar energy will require education and training to succeed. 

Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Kenya

There is a lack of domestic suppliers and distributors of solar power equipment. They rely on the importation of these supplies from global and online suppliers and distributors. 

Top  Major Seaports & Logistics in Kenya

There are plenty of commercial ports in Kenya wherein solar equipment can be transported. Some of them include

  • the Port of Shimoni,
  • Kilindini Harbor,
  • Port Tudor,
  • Port Reitz, Port of Kiunga,
  • Port of Lamu,
  • Port of Mombasa, 
  • Port of Mbaraki.

Shunt Regulators

Wholesale Shunt Regulator for PV Systems

Essentially, a shunt regulator — also known as a shunt voltage regulator (aka. charge controller)— is a form of regulator where the regulating element shunts the current to ground. By maintaining a constant voltage across its terminals, it takes up the surplus current to maintain the voltage across the load.

In terms of the basic operation of a shunt regulator, the load is operated with a resistor in series with the voltage source and the shunt regulator in parallel with the load. In order to keep the voltage across the load constant, a level of current must be drawn through the series resistor to maintain the required voltage across the load. The load will take some, and the remaining current is drawn by the shunt voltage regulator.

The circuit is designed so that at maximum load current, the shunt regulator draws virtually no current, and at minimum load current, the shunt voltage regulator passes the full current. As a result, it can be seen that shunt regulators are inefficient because the maximum current is drawn from the source regardless of the load current, i.e. when there is no load current.

Because of the purpose of the shunt regulator, this device has been considered as an essential element within the linear power supply technology.

Zener Diode Shunt Charge Controller

One of the most common and simple forms of shunt regulator is the simple Zener diode regulator circuit.

Its mechanism is very straightforward. Once over its small minimum current, the Zener diode maintains an almost constant voltage across its terminals. The series resistor drops the voltage from the source to the Zener diode and loads. As the Zener diode maintains its voltage, any variations in load current do not affect the voltage across the Zener diode. It takes up the current variations required to ensure the correct drop across the series resistor. In this way, it shunts sufficient current to maintain the voltage across its terminals and hence the load.

In the shunt voltage regulator circuit, the Zener diode must be capable of dissipating the power from the maximum amount of current it can handle. This is most likely to be a little more than the maximum current supplied to the load as the Zener diode will need to pass all the current when the load current is zero. Therefore, the total maximum current that will be passed by the diode is the load current plus an allowance for current to maintain the reference voltage when the load is taking its maximum current.

It should also be noted that for the shunt regulator circuit, the series resistance is comprised of the series resistor value, plus any source resistance. In most cases, the value of the series resistor will dominate and the source resistance can be ignored — but this may not always be true.

Why Buy Wholesale Shunt Regulators for PV Systems from Us?

Our website lists all sorts of shunt regulators for PV systems from established and well-respected manufacturers and brands all over the world. As a result, you can expect that the shunt regulators that we offer are of the best variety. They are characterized by numerous remarkable features, such as higher efficiency, sturdy construction, and a longer lifespan. Therefore, all the shunt regulators that we offer will undoubtedly have the ability to fulfill all your solar power needs.

If you want to buy shunt regulators for PV systems at low wholesale prices, then go through our website to explore products with profitable deals. You can also choose to send in your query at [email protected]