Inverters

Trends and best practices for installing solar PV inverters. Coverage includes string inverters, central inverters, microinverters, DC optimizers, rapid shutdown and more.

KACO adds five new solar inverters between 87 and 150 kW

KACO adds five new solar inverters between 87 and 150 kW

November 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm 0 comments

KACO new energy has added five new C&I string inverters to its 1,500-volt product range with outputs between 87 and 150 kilowatts. All new inverters use semiconductor components made of silicon carbide. Since 1,500 Volt technology is an emerging trend in the solar roof sector, both inverters are also suitableRead More

SMA boosts grid services focus with EnergyHub partnership (launching first with Arizona Public Service)

SMA boosts grid services focus with EnergyHub partnership (launching first with Arizona Public Service)

November 12, 2019 at 3:45 pm 0 comments

SMA America is partnering with EnergyHub (provider of distributed energy resource solutions for utilities) to deliver valuable inverter management functionality to EnergyHub’s utility clients. This is a trend coming in the solar inverter space as DER is integrated more and more into utility planning. As many utilities face the challengeRead More

String inverter manufacturer Ginlong Solis has best financial quarter in its history

String inverter manufacturer Ginlong Solis has best financial quarter in its history

November 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm 0 comments

According to its third quarter financial report, Ginlong Technologies, manufacturer of the Solis string inverter, had its best quarter since its 2005 founding. The only publicly-traded company focused exclusively on PV string inverters, Ginlong recorded third quarter revenues of $52 million — more than it earned during 2014, 2015, andRead More

SunSpec Alliance is creating a Blockchain Work Group (here’s how you can be included)

SunSpec Alliance is creating a Blockchain Work Group (here’s how you can be included)

October 28, 2019 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

The SunSpec Alliance and members Doosan Gridtech, Kitu Systems, and Wivity announced the creation of the SunSpec Blockchain Work Group. The work group will create requirements and specifications for a decentralized application to protect the security credentials of Distributed Energy Resource (DER) systems such as solar PV systems and electricRead More

Enphase IQ 7A solar microinverters start shipping in November, can generate up to 14 percent more power

Enphase IQ 7A solar microinverters start shipping in November, can generate up to 14 percent more power

October 28, 2019 at 1:12 pm 0 comments

Enphase Energy says that the Enphase IQ 7A microinverter for high-power monofacial and bifacial solar modules will begin shipping to customers in North America in November 2019. The IQ 7A microinverter augments the lineup of seventh-generation Enphase microinverters with support for modules up to 450 W, targeting high-power residential andRead More

What to know about the simultaneous AC- and DC-coupling of a solar PV system

What to know about the simultaneous AC- and DC-coupling of a solar PV system

October 9, 2019 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Traditionally, DC-coupled systems were used mainly in small domestic and off-grid applications. Systems using a charger controller to control the power into the chemical storage, or battery bank, were also not typically used commercially. The DC input voltage into the charger controller was close to the nominal battery voltage inRead More

SolarEdge files three patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in China

SolarEdge files three patent infringement lawsuits against Huawei in China

October 7, 2019 at 10:05 am 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies has filed three lawsuits for patent infringement against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity. SolarEdge is evaluating filing additional actions to protect its patents. The lawsuits, filed in the Regional Courts of Jinan and Shenzhen in China, cite unauthorized use of patented technology, which is prohibited byRead More

ABB throws its hat in the energy storage ring, teaming with Humless’ Universal Energy Management system

ABB throws its hat in the energy storage ring, teaming with Humless’ Universal Energy Management system

September 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

ABB launched its Universal 10/4 Residential Storage System at SPI, which is powered by Humless’ groundbreaking 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM) and ABB’s UNO-DM-TL-PLUS line of residential inverters. ABB is billing this as an all-in-one ESS that intelligently manages the flow of electricity from any source for any use. ItRead More

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This Sol-Ark, SimpliPhi Power collaboration is a sneaky great solar + storage partnership

September 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm 0 comments

  SimpliPhi Power is collaborating with Sol-Ark (one of the best, up-and-coming solar + storage inverters on the market) on the latest evolution of its AccESS energy storage and management system. Combining SimpliPhi’s highly efficient energy storage with the Sol-Ark DC transformerless hybrid inverter creates operational efficiencies in size, weight,Read More

SolarEdge SPI updates: A slick 120-kW inverter design, an upgrade to its residential storage solution StorEdge

SolarEdge SPI updates: A slick 120-kW inverter design, an upgrade to its residential storage solution StorEdge

September 23, 2019 at 6:36 pm 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies is extending its commercial offering to improve the scalability of DC optimization in large PV installations. The company is also upgrading its residential StorEdge offering to enhance the flexibility and economics of solar storage systems. Yes, at Solar Power International, SolarEdge is previewing a new version of itsRead More