Rooftops & Wrenches is where we talk about issues that are important to the average Joe or Jane in the backroom designing a PV system, or on the rooftop installing one. Features Brad Bassett and Brian Teitelbaum, AEE Solar's most experienced Application Engineers and Paul Dailey, who heads up product management for AEE.
Content for the show is driven by questions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or that come in as part of other AEE activities.
Episode 9: AC Coupling
Brian and Brad discuss AC Coupling, touching on it’s history, how it works, and common applications. Questions discussed in this episode: What exactly is AC Coupling and how did it come about? How is AC Coupling different than DC Coupling? When would an AC-coupled system be an advantage or a disadvantage? Which inverters would you recommend […]
Episode 8: Off-Grid System Design
Brian and Brad discuss Off-Grid System Design, touching on new battery technologies, different ways to string batteries, and the various applications for an off-grid system. Questions discussed in this episode: In terms of quality cost ratio, would you recommend lithium ion? Comparing to older technologies such as lead acid? Which parameter is the best parameter to […]
Episode 7: Off-Grid Wind
Brian, Brad and Paul discuss the ins and outs of adding a small wind turbine to your off-grid PV installation. We also take on questions from Brad’s recent webinar on the topic. Questions discussed in this episode: Is there an effective blade coating for preventing ice buildup? Assuming no ground obstructions (e.g., Arctic tundra), what is the minimum […]
Episode 6: Rapid Shutdown
Paul, Brian and Brad talk about solutions for complying with NEC 690.12 – the infamous Rapid Shutdown requirement. We also take on questions from Brad’s recent webinar on the topic. Questions discussed in this episode: Has Outback given you an idea on when you will start receiving the ICS+ RSS equipment? (See our YouTube channel for an overview from […]
Episode 5: Commercial PV Systems
Brian and Paul talk with AEE’s commercial-scale PV systems expert, Glenn Hall about recent trends and questions that came up during his recent webinar. Questions discussed in this episode: Does mounting string-inverters on the roof decrease energy production or inverter lifetime? Can AEE recommend an online tool for demand offsetting calculations? Have you seen/heard of […]
Bonus Content: Trade Show Trick-or-Treating at Intersolar
Paul and Brian talk with Magnus Albo from SolarEdge, Brian Lawrence from OutBack Power, Ryan Stankevitz from MidNite Solar and Nishant Sharma from Aquion Energy at the Intersolar North America show in San Francisco. Subjects covered range from new products to the growing grid-tie energy storage market. Podcast feed: http://aeesolar.com/feed/podcast Available on Stitcher and iTunes
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