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Renewable Energy Terminology

Julie Mathey

Vocabulary terms

Battery Maintains the battery at the highest possible state of charge, provides user with required quantity of electricity, and protects battery from deep discharge
Off-Grid The process that produces electricity from sunlight
Charge Controller Installed system that is not connected to a utility network
Peak Power Network of energy transmission lines
Energy Payback Unit of energy
kWh Converts direct current into alternating current
Grid Energy storage device
Direct Current The smallest complete environmentally protected assembly of interconnected photovoltaic cells.
Photovoltaics The amount of electric power being consumed at any given moment
Module Amount of power output a PV module produces at standard test conditions
Inverter Electric current in which electrons are flowing in one direction only
Load Time required for any energy producing system or device to produce as much useful energy as was consumed in its manufacture and construction

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