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Alencon Systems debuts simplified DC to DC power conversion units with new BOX platform

Alencon Systems debuts simplified DC to DC power conversion units with new BOX platform

May 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

The DC:DC power conversion innovators at Alencon Systems LLC have unveiled their latest creations this week: the BOSS BOX and the SPOT BOX. These are scalable, centralized units of DC:DC power conversion built on Alencon’s galvanically isolated, bi-directional and uni-directional platforms (got all that?). Inside ‘the BOX’ The BOX platform (BatteryRead More

Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel

Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel

May 12, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

While homes today are plugging in an assortment of connected devices, appliances, electronics and energy upgrades such as solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers, the standard electrical panel hasn’t been improved in nearly a century. Span is one strong contender looking to change that. Led by executives and lead engineersRead More

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HellermannTyton adds bifacial module wire management insight to solar tracker white paper

May 11, 2020 at 10:52 am 0 comments

HellermannTyton’s Wire Management for Single Axis Trackers white paper has been updated to include extensive commentary on bifacial modules as well as modules with split J boxes. The publication provides industry insights and guidance on best practices for installers, site owners and MROs. “As the utility scale solar market evolves,Read More

Solar Distancing: Sizing a storage system based on an energy bill

Solar Distancing: Sizing a storage system based on an energy bill

April 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

Sizing out a PV system is somewhat simple. Sizing the storage element to pair with it is much more nuanced and complex depending on whether the battery is just for backup (and how much back up) or for daily cycling (or both!) and what the ROI would be based onRead More

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

March 19, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

  As multiple data collection shows, DC cabling is 1% of the total project cost, but it is also the number one source of technical failures in PV projects and greatly affects the LCOE and safety of your project. Stäubli would like to share our 20 years of experience inRead More

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

March 18, 2020 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

With the provisions of National Electrical Code (NEC) 2017 article 690.12 now being applied in over 30 states and growing (and which we re-examined this week), many suppliers and contractors are struggling to determine which Rapid Shutdown Devices (RSD) on the market are compliant and compatible with the modules andRead More

Peak Protection: Right-size overcurrent protection to ensure equipment reliability

Peak Protection: Right-size overcurrent protection to ensure equipment reliability

March 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

The use of solar string inverters impacts AC collection systems across commercial, industrial and utility-scale solar PV projects. If peak solar project operating conditions are ignored when sizing the AC collection system, it can lead to equipment overheating, nuisance tripping, system failure and reduced power generation. Adding complexity to theRead More

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Beyond code: The effects of cost cutting in racking, modules on wire management

March 16, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

When we talk about wire management and the code, it is easy to meet the basics of the NEC: neat and orderly, secured every 2 to 4 feet, proper bend radius, among others. But meeting the basics of the NEC tells a completely different story than having and executing aRead More

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A Breath of Free Air: Let’s talk about above-grade cable management for large ground mounts

March 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar is the new “cash crop” for landowners who have had land for agricultural uses for generations, but now cannot yield traditional crops due to topsoil degradation. This type of site often consists of a few inches of topsoil below grade and afterwards a mix of shale rock, bedrock andRead More

Specs for a new line of NEMA 4X, non-metallic enclosures from Fibox

Specs for a new line of NEMA 4X, non-metallic enclosures from Fibox

March 2, 2020 at 10:39 am Comments are Disabled

Aptly named, the TEMPO series from Fibox keeps up with the pulse of today’s market to provide a convenient and speedy enclosing solution for controls and components.  The large cover offers ample real estate for printing, labels or switches. The water tight box keeps components dry and dust free, thanksRead More