Products & Equipment : Product Launches

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[Livermore, CA] Forward-looking equipment manufacturers such as SolarBOS are developing and certifying high-voltage equipment suitable for deployment in 1,500 V PV power plants as they become more prevalent in the US. SolarBOS recently introduced highly customizable disconnect combiners and recombiners that are ETL listed to UL 1741 for 1,500 Vdc applications. Customers can order the disconnect combiners with up to 36 input circuits and a NEMA 3R, 4 or 4X enclosure. Options include transient surge suppression and preterminated input conductors that are compatible with SolarBOS wire harness systems. The 1,500 Vdc recombiners are available with up to 16 input circuits and are also offered with a NEMA 3R, 4 or 4X enclosure. Options for the recombiners include zone-level monitoring, transient surge protection, integrated non–load-break or load-break disconnects and blown fuse indicators.

SolarBOS / 925.456.7744 / solarbos.com

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[Rocklin, CA] Engineered for low-slope rooftop applications, SMA America’s second-generation ReadyRack is a fully integrated, preassembled and prewired roof-mount rack that includes all balance-of-system components. The turnkey solution includes a Sunny Tripower TL-US inverter, an SMA Connection Unit (an eight-string combiner with disconnect), an ac disconnect switch, complete electrical bonding of all components and pre-installed EPDM foot pads for direct placement on the roof surface. The weight of the Ready Rack with all components preinstalled is 180 lbs. Designed for mounting within 10 feet of the PV array, the ReadyRack complies with the NEC 2014 section 690.12 rapid-shutdown requirements. The Sunny Tripower’s integrated dc AFCI ensures optimal safety and minimizes false-positive trips. SMA America offers five ReadyRack variants for compatibility with Sunny Tripower 12 kW–30 kW 3-phase string inverter models.

SMA America / 916.625.0870 / sma-america.com

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[Lawrence, MA] Adding to its existing line of 3-phase non-isolated string inverters for commercial and decentralized solar applications, Yaskawa–Solectria Solar has introduced 50 kW and 60 kW inverter models for 1,000 Vdc projects. The new PVI 50TL and PVI 60TL inverters feature 3 MPP trackers (300 Vdc–950 Vdc operating range, 540 Vdc–850 Vdc MPPT range) with five inputs per tracker, integrated ac and dc disconnects, and remote diagnostics and firmware upgrades. Options include an MC4 wiring box, shade cover and web-based monitoring. The PVI 50TL and PVI 60TL inverters employ integrated NEC 2014–compliant AFCI and rapid-shutdown functionality. The inverters are approved for mounting angles of 0°–90° (flat through vertical) and are covered by a standard 10-year warranty with optional 15- and 20-year extended service agreements.

Yaskawa–Solectria Solar / 978.683.9700 / solectria.com

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[Zamudio, Spain] Ingeteam has added a third model to its high-power 3-phase Ingecon Sun 3Play inverter line. The 40TL U M480 (40 kW) model joins the existing 18TL U M480 (18 kW) and 24TL U M480 (24 kW) inverters that Ingeteam developed for 1,000 Vdc large commercial, industrial and decentralized utility-scale PV installations. All three non-isolated 3-phase 480 Vac inverters feature two independent MPP trackers with 200 Vdc– 820 Vdc MPPT range, a CEC weighted efficiency of 98% and arc-fault circuit interruption functionality. Housed in a NEMA 4 enclosure, the 138-pound 40TL U M480 is approved for 0°–90° mounting. Ingeteam backs the Ingecon Sun 3Play inverter line with a 10-year warranty extendable up to 20 years.

Ingeteam / 408.524.2929 / ingeteam.com

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[Bethel, CT] With more than 230,000 solar plants monitored globally through nearly 1 million connected inverters generating over 10 GW of power, Solar-Log developed its technical solutions for grid feed-in and inverter power management for European self-consumption markets. All the company’s loggers (Solar-Log 300, 1200 and 2000) have power-management capabilities with the purchase and activation of a power-management software key and can provide feed-in control with the activation of power management when coupled with a consumption meter. By determining the instantaneous building load, Solar-Log can control grid feed-in based on a percentage of the total PV inverter power or in kW. In a zero grid export application, Solar-Log controls the inverters, allowing them to generate power to offset the building load but not export surplus energy to the grid.

Solar-Log / 203.702.7189 / solar-log-america.com

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[Herzliya Pituach, Israel] After successfully fielding initial StorEdge installations in late 2015, SolarEdge officially announced the commercial release of its dc-coupled energy storage solution in January. Compatible with high-voltage lithium-ion home battery products, such as Tesla’s Powerwall, the StorEdge platform can support backup power, self-consumption and other energy management applications. In a time-of-use regime, for instance, the single-inverter system can prioritize energy consumption from the grid during off-peak rate periods and later use stored solar energy to lower grid-energy consumption during on-peak periods. The backup power function allows homeowners to store and use PV-generated energy during grid outages. The StorEdge solution is based around SolarEdge’s existing technology, which includes non-isolated string inverters, dc-to-dc optimizers and module-level monitoring.

SolarEdge / 510.498.3200 / solaredge.us

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[San Jose, CA] Innovative Solar designed its rapid-shutdown product family to fully comply with NEC Section 690.12. The system not only controls PV source-circuit conductors at the array, but also discharges inverter capacitors in less than 10 seconds. The platform is inverter agnostic, supporting both grounded and ungrounded systems, and certified to the UL 1741 product safety standard. The rapid-shutdown box is available in either a polycarbonate enclosure or a SolaDeck enclosure (pictured here). The 2- or 4-channel models support up to 4 or 8 strings, respectively. Innovative Solar delivers a 24 V power supply with all units and offers an optional emergency stop switch.

Innovative Solar / 408.914.8321 / innovativesolarinc.com

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[Rocklin, CA]    SMA is reinventing its residential product line—starting with the SunnyBoy 5.0-US and 6.0-US power class—to meet evolving utility requirements and offer enhanced features to system installers and solar customers. The redesigned models offer comprehensive grid-management capabilities that meet utility-mandated smart inverter requirements in any market, including Hawaii and California. The new products feature an integrated dc disconnect, which expedites inventory control and field installation. The inverters also have an onboard web server and wireless LAN that can interface directly with a smartphone, tablet or notebook, streamlining system commissioning. The enhanced Secure Power Supply option is capable of supplying up to 2,000 W of opportunity power (up from 1,500 W). Weighing in at 57 pounds, the SunnyBoy 5.0-US and 6.0-US inverters have a CEC-rated efficiency of 97% at 240 Vac. Both products offer three independent MPP trackers and accept one string input per MPPT channel.

SMA America / 916.625.0870 /
sma-america.com 

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[Almelo, Netherlands] Sensata Technologies designed the Magnum Energy MicroGT 500 inverter with energy storage in mind. These microinverters can communicate seamlessly with Magnum Energy’s battery-based inverters in an ac-coupled application. This integrated approach allows the ac-coupled system to optimize battery charging based on state of charge. The system’s tapered charging is better for a battery than binary (on or off) bulk charging with traditional microinverters and noncommunicating battery-based inverters, since it allows the charger to follow the battery manufacturer’s recommended charging specifications. Each MicroGT 500 has two independent MPPT inputs for two PV modules, which allows for module-level monitoring via the complimentary communication interface. Though the MicroGT 500 is optimized for ac-coupled applications, it also supports grid-direct utility-interactive applications.

Sensata Technologies / 425.353.8833 / sensata.com

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[Los Angeles] In late 2015, sonnen began shipping its residential plug-and-play energy storage system, sonnenBatterie eco, to US dealers. Each unit carries a 10,000-cycle or 10-year warranty and integrates lithium-ion phosphate battery modules (4–16 kWh), an inverter (3–8 kW), data monitoring and control equipment within a NEMA 12 enclosure. Software allows the smart storage platform to support a variety of energy storage applications, including backup power, zero-export and rate arbitrage (energy time-shift). The company recently announced its distribution partnerships with SolarWorld and PetersenDean, and noted that it is working with Spruce Finance on a financing product. The sonnenBatterie eco meets the Hawaiian Electric Company’s advanced energy storage requirements and is approved for California’s Self-Generation Program.

sonnen / 310.853.2404 / sonnen-batterie.com

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