Solar Inverters News

New Enphase microinverter for high-power solar panels will begin shipping in November
Enphase Energy announced 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 and commercial solar applications.
Oct 28, 2019 // Inverters, Enphase Energy, microinverters, bifacial, solar modules, Badri Kothandaraman, Wayne Irwin, Jim Straeter, Carlos Martinez
Is Eskom turning to solar?
The South African utility has issued a 20-strong tender for 50 kW solar inverters and mounting structures, to be used in four power plants. Although it is unclear whether the tender marks the energy company’s first step into solar energy, the procurement follows the recent publication of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan. Eskom is reportedly developing a renewables-linked large scale storage project which may explain the need for inverters.
Oct 28, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, Inverters, tender, Africa, Chris Ahlfeldt, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, K.W. Miller
Delta launches new string inverter
The Taiwanese manufacturer said the 77 kVA, three-phase device is ideal for solar parks and commercial rooftops. The inverter, which has six maximum power point trackers, is said to have an efficiency of 98.8%.
Oct 25, 2019 // Inverters, Taiwan, Delta
SMA: Sustainability and profitability are not mutually exclusive
In the run up to our Greenwashing vs. verifiable sustainability webinar, the CEO of pv magazine’s UP initiative partner SMA Solar Technology, Jürgen Reinert, talks about what the inverter manufacturer is doing to prove its sustainability credentials.
Oct 15, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, Germany, Europe, sma solar technology, Jürgen Reinert
7X Energy stockpiles 2GWac of inverters to make most of closing ITC window
Solar and storage developer 7X Energy has spent more than US$100 million to stockpile 2GWac of Power Electronics inverters in order to take advantage of the full investment tax credit (ITC) before it starts to taper next year.
Oct 10, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, USA, SunPower, Inverters, North America, 7x energy, power electronics, hannon armstrong sustainable infrastructure capital, Clay Butler
Supermarket rooftop brings commercial solar – and silicon carbide inverters – to Norway
The sizeable rooftop array will feature latest-generation inverters. The project planners claim using 1500 V technology on a commercial rooftop allowed them to drive down costs 10-15%.
Oct 9, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, Rooftop PV, Europe, rooftop PV, Kaco, Siemens, Norway, Trine Kopstad Berenten
Bill for replacement inverters and other solar maintenance could hit $9.4bn by 2024
This year will see strong growth for the global PV market, to 114 GW, and that pattern will continue in the years ahead, according to analyst Wood Mackenzie. a report has highlighted soaring inverter replacement costs for PV project owners as a side-effect of the solar success story.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, USA, India, Wood Mackenzie, China, Asia, North America, Leila Garcia da Fonseca
Ingeteam unveils new 1500 V string inverter
The Spanish manufacturer said the new three-phase device may reach a power output of 160 kWac in a single 75kg unit. The inverter features 1500 Vdc technology and is said to be able to reach a power output of 161 kW (AC) in a single 75kg unit.
Oct 8, 2019 // Inverters, Spain, Europe, Ingeteam
Solar inverter replacement market to reach 21GW by the end of 2019 - Wood Mackenzie
According to market research firm, Wood Mackenzie, PV inverters nearing ‘end of life’ replacement are expected to total 21GW by the end of 2019.
Oct 8, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Inverters, Wood Mackenzie, pv power plants, investment, sungrow power supply co, sma solar technology
Huawei facing another three Solaredge lawsuits
Inverter manufacturer Solaredge has filed three additional patent infringement lawsuits against its competitor, Huawei, in China. This comes after three similar legal actions against Huawei that had been undertaken by Solaredge in Germany last summer. While Huawei has decided not to comment on the matter, the Chinese manufacturer revealed that it had filed three patent litigation claims against Solaredge at a Chinese court this May.
Oct 7, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, Germany, China, Europe, Asia, SolarEdge, Israel, Jabil Circuit (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd.
Why Solar Energy Stocks Are Dropping Like a Rock
Investors are afraid of solar energy right now, but the long-term prospects of the industry are improving.
Oct 2, 2019 // Inverters, USA, SunPower, China, First Solar, Enphase Energy, Europe, JinkoSolar, Asia, solaredge technologies, North America
Solaredge launches smart modules with integrated power optimizer in Europe
For its new offer, the Israeli inverter maker is using modules provided by a Tier 1 manufacturer. The products have a 12-year warranty and 25-year performance guarantee.
Sep 27, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Inverters, Rooftop PV, JA Solar, Europe, SolarEdge, inverter, rooftop PV, monocrystalline PERC, Axitec, Axsun, Luxor, Kyoto Solar, DMEGC
SMA: We can’t be credible if we’re not sustainable
Credibility comes not just from offering products that generate clean electricity, but also from the way in which those products are manufactured, says SMA Solar Technology CEO Jürgen Reinert. Here, transparency and sustainability are key. That’s why one of the world’s largest PV inverter producers has partnered with pv magazine’s UP sustainability initiative. In the following Q&A, Reinert lays out what SMA is doing to step UP its green game.
Sep 16, 2019 // Technology, Manufacturing News, Inverters, Opinions, Germany, Europe, SMA
Swiss scientists identify causes of defects in silicon carbides for power electronics
Carbon clusters of a few nanometers in size could be responsible for the defects affecting the thermal stability of SiCs. The defective carbon accumulations arise during the oxidation of silicon carbide to silicon dioxide under high temperatures
Sep 13, 2019 // Technology, Inverters, Europe, Switzerland, carbon, Dipanwita Dutta
ABB and Fimer respond to UK criticism of products and customer service
The inverter businesses have responded to the letter published by the UK Solar Trade Association which was critical of the former’s products and customer service record.
Sep 11, 2019 // Inverters, ABB, UK, Europe, Fimer, Mr Chris Hewett, Filippo Carzaniga