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Overview: Solar Power in the United Kingdom

Solar power represented only a very small part of electricity production in the United Kingdom (U.K.) until the 2010s when it increased greatly. The sudden and rapid increase of solar power can be attributed to the fact that most of the new installations in that decade were subsidized with a feed-in tariff (FIT), as well as the fact that the cost of photovoltaic panels was — and has been — rapidly falling.

As of 2019, the installed capacity in the U.K. has been over 13 GW. With the 72 MW (DC), Shotwick Solar Farm is the largest solar project in the U.K., but its peak generation was only less than 10 GW. Since panels have a capacity factor of around 10% in the U.K. climate, the average annual generation is roughly the installed capacity multiplied by 1000 hours, being slightly under 13 TWh in 2018 which is somewhat under 4% of the U.K. electricity consumption.

Power Transformers

What is a Power Transformer for a Solar Plant?

Power Transformers are devices used for transferring power from one line to another. Transformers use electromagnetic induction to induce the current from the primary coil to the secondary coil. Irrespective of the source of electricity, transformers are either step up or step down.

 

How is a Power Transformer used with a Solar Plant?

In a Solar Plant, the transformers get used in two points in the whole circuit. At the transmission, level to step up or step down the power. And in the solar inverters to step down the voltage to change the DC to AC.

 

Types of Power Transformer for Solar Plant

There are two types of Solar Power transformers.

  • Step up Power Transformer: The DC from the solar panels gets a step up from the transformer to match the power rating for domestic use.
  • Solar Inverter Transformer: The second application is the solar inverter. When the current is generated in the solar panels, it is a direct current or DC. To make it usable for households, solar inverters convert this DC to AC.

 

How does a Power Transformer for a Solar Plant work?

A transformer has a metallic core with coils on two sides. In Solar Transformers, the number of primary windings is more than the secondary windings. 

Due to electromagnetic induction, the current from the primary coil gets transferred to the secondary coil. The current gets stepped up due to the secondary windings.

Solar Transformer ratings have units Volt-amperes

 

List of top manufacturers of Power Transformer for Solar Plant 

One of the most famous names in Power Transformers for Solar Plants is Hitachi. Few other manufacturers and distributors are

  • GEC Durham Industries
  • Pacific Transformer
  • Niagara Power Transformer
  • MGM Transformer Company
  • Bright Manufacturing
  • QEED
  • VTC/GT
  • Triad Magnetics
  • eGauge Systems
  • Alfa Transformer
  • Olsun Electrics