KACO designs 1,500-volt string inverter, the blueplanet 125 TL3

KACO new energy updated its Pan-American product portfolio at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. The Company’s featured product is the blueplanet 125 TL3, a 1500V string inverter solution designed specifically for KACO new energy’s robust client portfolio of leading utility-scale developers and EPCs.

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“As a compliment to the fully integrated power stations with centralized inverters being built in Texas by KACO for large utility-scale applications the blueplanet 125 TL3 1500V enables the global trend towards decentralized architectures for smaller-scale utility projects,” said Eduardo Casilda, Senior Director of Sales and Business Development for KACO new energy Inc.

“The idea of course being to both lower equipment costs as well as O&M costs while remaining flexible in design, minimizing risks and keeping installation and maintenance simple for projects owners, developers and contractors,” he added.

Another focus of the Company’s exhibit at Solar Power International, is the complete residential, commercial and utility-scale portfolio offered in the Latin American PV market. 2017 is a significant growth year for the Company’s market share in Central and South America, which includes milestones such as supplying Latin America’s largest rooftop installation.

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This year, KACO new energy also grew its brand in the rapidly expanding Mexican photovoltaic market, with the country’s top distributors now all supplying KACO as a preferred inverter solution.

In July, the Company launched the blueplanet 29.0 TL3 INT LV (“29.0 Series”), an inverter with lower AC output voltage developed for the Company’s rapidly expanding Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sales channels in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“Our strategic placement of the Americas manufacturing and service hub in San Antonio, Texas continues to yield positive results and enables us to achieve unmatched flexibility, customization and regionalization of our solutions and operational platform,” said Casilda.

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New stuff from Tigo: three Duo covers, partnership with SMA

Tigo, a pioneer of the smart modular Flex MLPE platform, is always announcing new products and partnerships. Here are the latest:

Three new Duo covers

Tigo MLPE

These three new “Duo” covers are  add-on / retrofit solutions for its TS4 platform:

  • TS4-R-O-Duo (Optimization),
  • TS4-R-S-Duo (Safety), and
  • TS4-R-M-Duo (Monitoring).

The TS4-R-X-Duo brings smart module functionality to standard PV modules, adds smart features to new PV installations and upgrades underperforming PV assets. With UHD-Core technology and expanded specifications, the Duo supports two PV modules connected in series with a combined power of up to 700W and a combined voltage of up to 90V.

With a universal base and a range of covers containing flexible module-level power electronics (Flex MLPE), Tigo’s Duo increases freedom of choice when selecting features for a particular project and budget. All three Duo covers work with any inverter and any module within its electrical specifications.

Partnership with SMA

Tigo and SMA are joining forces to deliver total compliance with the newly released SunSpec Alliance specifications regarding Rapid Shutdown adoption for PV plants. SunSpec Alliance, certifier of PV components and communication standards, has defined the specifications of the powerline-based PV transmitter signal covering varying installation types and regions.

Tigo and SMA’s partnership brings the first transmitter and receiver offering that represents interoperability between the inverter and the PV module’s MLPE. SMA’s full line of US string inverters will be supporting the new SunSpec standard to fulfill the tightened module-level requirements in National Electric Code (NEC) 2017, becoming mandatory in January 2019. Tigo will expand its current offering to include a SunSpec Rapid Shutdown and add this capability to its TS4 Flex MLPE product line. The new addition is 100% compatible and certified by about 40 PV module suppliers currently using the TS4 platform – including Trina Solar, Itek, and Sunpreme. The new offering is also available for add-on or retrofit applications.

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Sungrow’s 1,500-volt central inverter receives UL 1741-SA certification

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Sungrow’s 1,500Vdc turnkey station, the SG2500U, received its UL 1741-SA certification, a stringent grid interconnection requirement which will be required for North American projects in the near future, making it the first central inverter to receive do so.

The containerized 2.5-MW SG2500U, Sungrow’s leading 1500-V central inverter product, features high efficiency, energy-saving operation, and the ability to function in extreme environmental conditions with little to no loss in efficiency, almost always hitting its mark at 98.8% efficiency regardless of humidity, temperature, and other variables. The product is also designed for simplified logistics and easy O&M. These features of SG2500U help it generate greater ROI for utility-scale PV plants.

The SG2500U will be on display at the Solar Power International show in Las Vegas at Booth #3226.

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Details on APsystems’ advanced microinverter (300 VA peak output power per channel)

APsystems introduces the YC600, a dual-module, utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology and Rule 21 grid support functionality at Solar Power International in Las Vegas. See at booth #1745.

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The first of its kind, the YC600 was designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhanced capability and meet the latest grid compliance standards, including UL 1741 SA requirements for California Rule 21 as well as voltage and frequency ride through and RPC for European and Australian DER requirements.

Offering an unprecedented 300VA peak output power per channel, the YC600 works with 60 and 72-cell PV modules and offers dual, independent MPPT per panel. The unit operates within a wider MPPT voltage range than competing brands for a greater energy harvest and boasts a durable, NEMA 6/IP67, powder-coated aluminum enclosure, bucking today’s trend of plastic casings.

“Integrating smart grid-interactive capability, reactive power control and Rule 21 support functionality into a dual-module microinverter while still maintaining independent MPPT per channel is a groundbreaking achievement in microinverter technology,” said Olivier Jacques, executive vice president, USA and EMEA. “We’ve significantly raised the bar with this product.”

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The YC600 builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, simplifying installation and reducing logistics costs. The unit features both integrated ground and DC connectors for fast, hassle-free installation and maintains inherent compliance to NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown code requirements. An integrated ZigBee antenna offers broadband communication over a mesh network for fast, accurate data monitoring.

“The demands on today’s power conversion systems require that manufacturers not only bring cutting-edge concepts into existence, but also include the complex capabilities of successful previous generations, all while accommodating both current and new compliance standards,” said Dr. Yuhao Luo, APsystems’ chief technology officer. “The YC600 includes dozens of new and advanced features and functions that outclass competing products. And then we added free monitoring.”

The new microinverter will launch in the U.S. market mid-Q4.

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Delta debuts new residential solar inverter, all-in-one energy storage solution

Delta sent word about two new products for the residential solar market that it will be showing off next week at Solar Power International.

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E-Series for Residential Solar Power Backup Applications

Based on Delta’s transformer-less (TL) solar inverter series, the residential E-Series consists of the E6, E8 and E10 models, which have maximum output power levels of 6,000 VA, 8,000 VA and 10,000 VA. The E-Series is compatible with both DC and AC coupled for high- and low-voltage batteries, as well as standalone applications.

With the ability to support a wide variety battery backup systems and predefined energy management applications, the E-Series increases the ROI of a homeowner’s entire solar system. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility, as well as a user-friendly human machine interface (HMI), the E-Series supports cloud-based data collecting, provides transparency into system operations, and is capable of performing remote firmware upgrades, reducing the need for on-site support visits. From the outset, simple wiring creates a stress-free installation experience that only takes 15 minutes from start to finish, including system configuration.

Designed in compliance with UL 1741SA testing to fulfill HECO and California Rule 21 conditions, the E Series is able to effectively operate in the smart grid environment. The E series also offers a high accuracy, integrated optional revenue grade meter (RGM) that complies with ANSI standards.

Delta All-in-One Residential Energy Storage Solution

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Developed to help homeowners achieve grid independence, Delta’s all-in-one energy storage solution consists of a 7-kW hybrid inverter E7U; external battery cabinet equipped with a high capacity BX_6.0 6kWh lithium-ion battery; R4 smart monitor and control system; and power meter. The solution is designed to fulfill real-time energy demand and energy storage requirements of a home. PV energy can power household loads, charge the battery, or feed into the grid automatically based on pre-setting. As a result, homeowners can capitalize on optimal power output from their PV systems.

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The E7U hybrid inverter integrates seamlessly with the BX6.0 battery — creating a compact, flexible solution that can be detached as needed. It features three Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), standalone functions and a high charging efficiency of up to 97 percent, sending DC power from the PV system directly to the batteries without additional power conversion, also supporting the power flow from grid to battery. Delta E7U is also equipped with a revenue grade meter (RGM) that complies with ANSI standards. Both E7U and BX6.0 are outdoor rated.

Delta R4 monitor system provides users with an easy-to-use monitor interface for power generation, consumption, and battery management. The power meter measures energy flow and displays data on the 7″ touch smart monitor, used to control the system operation modes and optimize the power usage throughout the day and night. Pairing with Delta Solar Cloud Service, homeowners can access data through their computers or mobile devices remotely, and receive warning and alarm information via email notification.

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