OutBack Power, HiQ Solar expand deal to sell three-phase commercial string inverter

HiQ Outback Power

OutBack Power expanded its partnership with HiQ Solar to better serve current HiQ and ProHarvest customers, establish new markets and develop next generation products. Moving forward, all installer sales, EPC sales, and technical support activities will be managed by OutBack under the ProHarvest brand. HiQ Solar will focus on engineering and R&D efforts.

“The ProHarvest brand has been well received in the markets that OutBack serves which is why we are excited with the new structure of the expanded partnership,” said Brandon Provalenko, OutBack’s vice president of commercial operations. “This move allows us to leverage our sales and technical support expertise and introduce ProHarvest to a new set of customers while expanding the OutBack product line in a way that aligns with our strategy of providing a world-class customer experience.”

Since 2016 the companies have partnered to bring HiQ‘s plug and play TrueString 3-phase commercial solar inverters to the market, with OutBack selling the HiQ technology under the ProHarvest by OutBack Power brand.

“Over the past nine years HiQ has grown past the start-up stage and now has found a great partner to take us to the next level. Our goal is to get our technology into the hands of as many customers as possible, both in solar and solar plus storage,” said Rob Howard, HiQ Solar’s CEO.

Once dominated by large, but inflexible, central inverters, the trend today is to use many string inverters which are easier to install and provide system redundancy that protects against full system failure caused by failure of a single component. ProHarvest inverters combine the best of all worlds; economics of a large string inverter, with the array-mounting and form-factor of a microinverter. With this technology, installers have a “plug and play” system architecture to work with.

The ProHarvest line includes a 480 volt and 208 volt string inverters, AC splice box and communications gateway.

— Solar Builder magazine

New from CPS America: 1,500-volt inverters, communication interface, turn-key storage solution

CPS America

CPS America announced several updates to note within its product and service offering at Intersolar North America.

1500V 100kW and 125kW String Inverters.  Shipping now with UL certifications for customers in America, these inverters come in two architecture options: centralized or distributed array configurations. CPS provides two types of wire-boxes, each optimized for either architecture approach. The design flexibility enables customers to optimize the best arrangement for each project.

50-60kW Update to support 55kVA and 66kVA. With over 600 MW shipped in America, this is the most popular product for CPS in the U.S. The key is kVA capacity improvements that utilities are asking for without sacrificing real power output that generates project cashflow.

Data Communications and Controls – Flex Gateway. This is the new communications interface that CPS says will reduce service truck-rolls by enabling inverter diagnostics, remote firmware updates and unit operational settings such as power factor.

Chint Storage ESS Solution. Intersolar was the first chance to see the company’s 30 kW to 90 kWh turn-key storage offering. This is a modular solution focused on demand charge reduction, load-shifting and self-consumption that will include vertically integrated supply chain from Chint Group – proprietary lithium ion batteries and storage inverter made by CPS integrated into an ESS solution assembled in operations in the U.S.

Astronergy PV Panels. This Bloomberg Tier 1 Supplier has 2.5 GW capacity from factories worldwide which you can now buy along with CPS inverters from one supplier.

For more info on the newest inverters on the market download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine

New from CPS America: 1,500-volt inverters, communication interface, turn-key storage solution

CPS America

CPS America announced several updates to note within its product and service offering at Intersolar North America.

1500V 100kW and 125kW String Inverters.  Shipping now with UL certifications for customers in America, these inverters come in two architecture options: centralized or distributed array configurations. CPS provides two types of wire-boxes, each optimized for either architecture approach. The design flexibility enables customers to optimize the best arrangement for each project.

50-60kW Update to support 55kVA and 66kVA. With over 600 MW shipped in America, this is the most popular product for CPS in the U.S. The key is kVA capacity improvements that utilities are asking for without sacrificing real power output that generates project cashflow.

Data Communications and Controls – Flex Gateway. This is the new communications interface that CPS says will reduce service truck-rolls by enabling inverter diagnostics, remote firmware updates and unit operational settings such as power factor.

Chint Storage ESS Solution. Intersolar was the first chance to see the company’s 30 kW to 90 kWh turn-key storage offering. This is a modular solution focused on demand charge reduction, load-shifting and self-consumption that will include vertically integrated supply chain from Chint Group – proprietary lithium ion batteries and storage inverter made by CPS integrated into an ESS solution assembled in operations in the U.S.

Astronergy PV Panels. This Bloomberg Tier 1 Supplier has 2.5 GW capacity from factories worldwide which you can now buy along with CPS inverters from one supplier.

For more info on the newest inverters on the market download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine

Tigo revamps wireless communication approach in TS4 lineup with new device, architecture

Tigo Mesh

The software that allows each TS4 unit to act as a relay station for signals, Mesh extends the wireless range of communication up to 230ft (70m).

I admit it: I can’t keep up with all of the Tigo news these days. Here’s the latest two announcements (not including this partnership with Solectria), which complement one another: The new Tigo Access Point (TAP) and Mesh communication architecture.

TAP wireless communication

TAP is a new wireless device for communication between the Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA) universal data logger and the TS4 units. With TAP, Tigo wants to improve the data management of residential, commercial, and industrial solar systems by wirelessly communicating with smart modules.

Each TAP collects data from up to 300 TS4 units (~100 kW systems) or up to 600 modules using TS4-R-X-Duo (~160 kW systems). It also greatly improves safety with module-level deactivation for Rapid Shutdown. When paired with a CCA, the TAP provides unparalleled visibility into solar installations. Similar to the Tigo’s legacy Gateway product, the TAP is small in size with a wider range and increased module capacity.

“The new TAP was developed in response to the growing demand for reliable Rapid Shutdown solutions,” says Zvi Alon, Chairman & CEO at Tigo. “Our main goals were to improve visibility, simplify installation and ensure safety in a communication device that can now individually collect data from hundreds of smart modules. Tigo’s commercial and industrial project partners with large PV systems especially benefit from this cost-competitive solution in time for NEC 2017 to take effect.”

The Tigo system has three components. First, the TAP which wirelessly communicates with the smart modules and is hardwired to the CCA via an RS485 cable. Second, the smart PV modules that are equipped with integrated (TS4-X), retrofitted/add-on (TS4-R-X), or retrofitted/add-on for 2 modules (TS4-R-X-Duo). Third, the CCA which collects data from all PV system components – including modules, inverters, revenue-grade meter, etc. – and sends system information to the cloud.

Mesh

Mesh is a new communication architecture to simplify the solar design process and accelerate commissioning steps. With Mesh and TAP, customers eliminate the need to address any roof obstruction or orientation constraint. The software that allows each TS4 unit to act as a relay station for signals, Mesh extends the wireless range of communication up to 230ft (70m). Mesh also allows data collection from up to 300 TS4 units (~100kW systems) using a single TAP or from up to 900 TS4 units (~300kW systems) using a single CCA. Most importantly, Mesh supports multiple communication paths between TS4 units to minimize packet loss, improve data integrity, and increase reliability at high speed.

“Mesh is the groundbreaking communication technology that makes Tigo’s TS4 Platform and communication accessories the most flexible, cost-effective, and robust solution for solar arrays around the world,” says Maxym Makhota, VP of Software Development at Tigo. “We are thrilled to roll out this software simultaneously with the new TAP so our customers can build and maintain efficient systems with as few costs as necessary.”

Mesh must be paired with Tigo’s CCA, TAP (or legacy Gateway), and UHD-Core TS4 units – integrated (TS4), retrofitted/add-on (TS4-R), or retrofitted for 2 modules (TS4-R-Duo).

For more info on the newest inverters on the market download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine

From small to large-scale solar + storage: Delta debuts Battery Energy Storage Skid, turnkey residential solution

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Delta debuted its Battery Energy Storage Skid (BESS) Solution for industrial and commercial applications, as well as upgrades to its residential energy product portfolio at Intersolar North America 2018. Delta’s pre-engineered BESS is a fully integrated battery storage system with PCS scalable from 125 kW to 500 kW, energy storage up to 2 MWh, and capable of adapting to the various energy, power and performance requirements of commercial energy users, including peak shaving, optimized load management, self-consumption and optimization of renewable energy sources. For the residential sector, Delta’s energy storage solution brings together the company’s leading E-series inverters along with top-of-the-line batteries to create an all-in-one turnkey solution that can be installed seamlessly in as few as 15 minutes.

“The shift to greater reliance on renewable energy, in combination with growing applications for battery power and microgrid-compatible solutions, has made power consumption more complex and dynamic than ever,” said M.S. Huang, president of Delta Electronics (Americas). “It’s critical that energy users have the infrastructure in place to adapt to long-term trends, and fluctuating daily energy demands, easily and quickly. Our BESS helps to fulfill this need for the industrial and commercial sectors, providing customers with an end-to-end solution, while our residential products continue to empower homeowners to take control of their energy consumption.”

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Battery Energy Storage Skid Solution

Flexible in its design and able to scale up to a capacity of PCS 500kW/ESS 2MWh, Delta’s BESS provides an ideal solution for various power, capacity and cycle life needs. Developed for outdoor applications, the system is rugged and durable, with a compact and modular skid-mounted design based on industry standards for cabinet solutions. The format ensures that this investment is protected against harsh environmental conditions and continues to operate at maximum performance even in extreme temperatures.

The solution offers a variety of application advantages for users, including optimization of self-consumption from renewable and combined heat and power (CHP) systems. With Delta’s BESS, users can also capitalize on a range of grid services, including frequency regulation, renewables smoothing and power quality improvement, as well as facilitate demand charge management and time-of-use optimization. For those integrating electric vehicle (EV) charging stations into their facilities, Delta’s BESS can also provide charge management. Additionally, the solution can serve as a backup power supply, ensuring continuous operation in the event of grid power outages.

The BESS system consists of three main components: (1) Delta’s battery inverter unit (PCS – power conditioning system); (2) the Delta-BESS-DC solution, which includes its battery modules, battery management system, switchgear and active cooling in one unit; and (3) an AC panel to recombine the AC output of multiple inverters. All components are factory-assembled and tested, reducing installation time and costs normally associated with field assembly.

Residential Energy Storage

Using Delta’s residential energy storage system, homeowners can easily monitor and manage their energy output and consumption, enhancing the value of energy production from PV panels, reducing overall energy costs and even creating savings. The solution is composed of battery technology; and Delta’s E-series hybrid inverters, capable of power backup applications, AC- and DC-coupled energy storage, and microgrid or dark start operations. Designed with ease-of-use in mind, Delta’s home energy solution comes equipped with 15 minute installation through mobile app, One Click service through mobile devices, cloud-based monitoring, auto grid selection, auto PV input detection and “Over-The-Air” software upgrades.

For more info on the newest inverters on the market download our free 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

— Solar Builder magazine