Inverters and eBOS

Technology trends and installation and servicing advice for solar PV string inverters, central inverters, microinverters and DC optimizers.

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SMA hits 10 GW installed capacity in North America

SMA hits 10 GW installed capacity in North America

November 10, 2016 at 12:53 pm Comments are Disabled

SMA has increased its installed inverter capacity in North America by 33 percent in less than a year to reach 10 GW. SMA credits the success to its product portfolio, which spans from large turnkey solutions for utility power plants and three-phase inverter technology with energy management function to fully optimizedRead More

APsystems’ YC500i microinverter now certified for installs in Los Angeles

APsystems’ YC500i microinverter now certified for installs in Los Angeles

November 8, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

APsystems sent word that its YC500i microinverter with EnergyMax has been certified for use in the Los Angeles market. General Approval under the City of Los Angeles’ rigorous certification process was announced by the Department of Building and Safety, following testing by the Los Angeles City Electrical Testing Laboratory. GeneralRead More

IHS: Microinverter, PV optimizer market shifting more to AC, smart module integrations

IHS: Microinverter, PV optimizer market shifting more to AC, smart module integrations

November 8, 2016 at 8:58 am Comments are Disabled

The business model of microinverter and power optimizer suppliers is set to shift from standalone units to integrated systems, such as Smart and AC modules, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit. The annual IHS Technology PV Microinverter and Power Optimizer Report examines market size, pricing and vendorRead More

Fronius launches smart meter for solar systems

Fronius launches smart meter for solar systems

November 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm 1 comment

String inverter manufacturer Fronius launched a new accessory for its inverters: The Fronius Smart Meter. This new solution offers dynamic feed-in management and energy consumption monitoring. An increasing number of grid operators set feed-in limits for grid-connected solar systems. With the Fronius Smart Meter and the inverter’s dynamic power reductionRead More

Alencon Systems debuting new version of its DC-DC optimizer

Alencon Systems debuting new version of its DC-DC optimizer

November 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm Comments are Disabled

Alencon Systems LLC will showcase its newest generation of its DC-DC optimizer at the PV Operations & Maintenance USA conference Dec. 6 and 7 in San Francisco. Alencon’s String Power Optimizer, the SPOT, is a powerful and versatile DC-DC optimizer for large commercial and utility scale applications. The latest version ofRead More

What to see from Fronius at Solar Power PV Conference & Expo Chicago

What to see from Fronius at Solar Power PV Conference & Expo Chicago

October 28, 2016 at 7:21 am Comments are Disabled

Are you headed to the Solar Power PV Conference & Expo in Chicago? If so, you may want to stop by the booth of Indiana-based inverter manufacturer Fronius. In 2012, Fronius moved its U.S. headquarters to Portage, Ind., and grown its local presence ever since, including a 400,000 sq. ft.Read More

JLM Energy orders 4 MW of Ideal Power conversion systems

JLM Energy orders 4 MW of Ideal Power conversion systems

October 26, 2016 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Ideal Power Inc. just signed a Master Purchase Agreement with JLM Energy to supply its 30-kW and 125-kW power conversion systems for JLM Energy’s portfolio of commercial battery energy storage systems and microgrid projects. The agreement includes an initial purchase order for 4 MW of products to be delivered over theRead More

Yaskawa-Solectria offers rebate on residential inverters this fall through its distribution partners

Yaskawa-Solectria offers rebate on residential inverters this fall through its distribution partners

October 25, 2016 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Looking to offer a little bit of savings to your customers? Yaskawa-Solectria sent word that it is offering $25 rebates on its lineup of residential inverters, when purchased through its distribution partners, as part of its autumn sale. Those include: • PVI 3800TL • PVI 5200TL • PVI 6600TL •Read More

Ideal Power completed prototypes for its innovative B-TRAN semiconductor

Ideal Power completed prototypes for its innovative B-TRAN semiconductor

October 21, 2016 at 7:46 am Comments are Disabled

Ideal Power Inc. is an innovator of power conversion technologies and just announced that its semiconductor foundry partner has successfully completed prototypes of its Bi-Directional Bi-Polar Junction TRANsistor (B-TRAN). We dove into the unique properties of its B-TRAN semiconductor when it was first introduced. Ideal Power holds over 20 patents onRead More

TimberRock explains 3 achievements of new energy storage platform REH-FLEX

TimberRock explains 3 achievements of new energy storage platform REH-FLEX

October 20, 2016 at 12:11 pm Comments are Disabled

TimberRock Energy Solutions, the R&D and product development subsidiary of TimberRock Advanced Energy,  announced a new energy storage platform called REH-FLEX. Although solar panels, electric vehicles and battery storage are transforming the electrical grid into a bi-directional energy network, the inverters used to move energy in-between these resources and theRead More