Module-level electronics are being integrated into panels by OEMs more and more to streamline installations and reduce costs. At Intersolar 2017, the solar industry’s newest power couple announced its debut: LG and Enphase.
Meet LG’s NeON 2 ACe – an AC module that combines LG’s NeON 2 technology with Enphase’s IQ6+ microinverter.
“This changes the basic architecture of an install – the goal is to see the inverter go away and to go plug-and-play,” LG noted at the press event. “This also makes warehousing easier by reducing part count.”
- With this setup, you are able to connect the AC modules without an additional trunk cable, which minimizes cable complexity on the roof.
- Minimize installation time by reducing connecting work. The DC connection and operation are tested during manufacturing.
- In view of environment, water-proof capability of the junction box has been improved with an IP 68 Rating
- Beyond the physical enhancements, the NeON 2 ACe provides an integrated web-based solution. Monitor power generation through the internet, anywhere and anytime and utilize an automatic problem diagnosis function.
- With LG AC Module mobile app, it’s possible to set up all monitoring configuration steps. A gateway automatically detects and registers AC module through Broadband PLC line once it is connected to powerline.
- Along with ease of installation, going all low voltage AC means a safer installation too as well as automatically complying with NEC 2014/2017, Rule 21(CA), Rule 14H(HI), UL 1741SA.
— Solar Builder magazine