SolarEdge unveils next-gen optimizer, commercial inverters, residential solution at Intersolar Europe

SolarEdge Technologies is presenting its next-generation power optimizer, new large-capacity commercial inverters, and complete residential solution at Intersolar Europe.

On the cutting-edge of PV safety and module-level power electronics, SolarEdge is unveiling its new S-Series power optimizer, which is an Intersolar Award Finalist in the Photovoltaics category. The S-Series power optimizer has up to 40% higher power density, is 38% smaller, and introduces a new innovative safety feature that extends safety to the connector level. The new safety feature is designed to detect heat abnormalities and initiate shutdown before an arc occurs in order to prevent potential fires. The S-Series power optimizer is expected to be available in 2018.

SolarEdge S-Series Power Optimizer

Based on SolarEdge’s track record of optimizing commercial-scale PV systems, SolarEdge is extending its commercial offering with the launch of larger-capacity, three-phase inverters up to 100 kW. The new inverters enable reduced installation time and cost, while also providing smart energy management control.

Coordinating PV, storage, and home energy, the SolarEdge residential solution manages and monitors solar energy generation, electricity consumption, energy storage, and device control. The complete solution enables homeowners to increase self-consumption and energy independence. SolarEdge will show its portfolio of inverters for residential installations including the award-winning, single-phase HD-Wave inverter, the new three-phase E-Series inverter which is smaller, lighter, quieter, and more efficient than the previous generation, and a new compact residential solution for 4-8 panels.

SolarEdge New Commercial Inverter

“Dedicated to making solar systems smarter, SolarEdge continues to lead the industry in developing innovative technologies that help to make PV more economic around the world,” stated Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy.

Listed as a finalist for the EES (Electrical Energy Storage) Award, SolarEdge’s StorEdge inverter is one of the only solutions currently available on the market that combines the management of PV, storage for both on-grid and backup power, and home energy management into a single inverter. The StorEdge inverter with backup power is already available in select markets.

Q&A with SolarEdge about new StorEdge storage system

 

— Solar Builder magazine

Schneider Electric signs big agreement with Neoen, spanning three continents

Schneider Electric inverters

Neoen, the premier French independent power producer and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, have signed a 750 MW Conext SmartGen multi-year framework agreement on three continents. The scope includes: conversion stations composed of 1,500-V inverters, medium voltage switchgear, transformers and complete monitoring and control system, as well as lifecycle maintenance services.

Neoen and Schneider Electric welcome this collaboration as a major joint initiative in providing more affordable and reliable clean energy.

Neoen decided to enter a framework agreement to secure electrical design, launch grid impact studies at an early stage in the development process, and leverage volumes. “We selected Schneider Electric after a global competitive process based on the best LCOE. Having worked with Schneider Electric on the Cestas 300 MW project we were pleased with Schneider Electrics’ level of involvement, responsive service team, and track record of their high performing operating plant solutions,” explained Xavier Barbaro, CEO of Neoen.

“With a global footprint and long-term commitment in Solar, Schneider Electric delivers projects and long-term service contracts for solar power plants worldwide in an efficient way, which will continue to benefit international solar businesses such as Neoen. We decided to set-up a dedicated service team to support Neoen and their EPC partners to increase reactivity and support in this very dynamic market,” said Robert Immele, Solar Business CEO at Schneider Electric.

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

— Solar Builder magazine

Fronius hosting solar inverter service training at headquarters in June

Servicing a Fronius inverter

String inverter manufacturer Fronius updated its hands-on installer qualification trainings, which now include system design, product applications and communications, while still covering service and onsite warranty repairs. After completing the trainings, installers are certified Fronius Service Providers (FSPs), offering high quality solar installations and field-service.

Fronius Service Providers offer high-quality installations and trusted service, with an image of quality by being Fronius certified and branded. Solar shoppers or system owners can find certified installers easily on the Fronius Solar.web Online Installer Search. As a further incentive for installers, Fronius provides FSP exclusive events and webinars throughout the year.

RELATED: Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

Fronius believes that field-serviceability of inverters is critical to making solar more reliable and more sustainable. The FSP program eliminates the need for inverter exchanges. Fronius Service Providers are able to service inverters on site. Troubleshooting and repair can be done in one site visit, cutting the number of truck-rolls in half and guaranteeing maximum system uptime as well as satisfied system owners.

The new FSP qualification trainings take place in June at the Fronius USA headquarters in Portage, IN. The trainings include an opportunity to meet with Fronius’ entire staff from Marketing to Technical Support. These are the dates and covered topics:

  • June 6: Fronius Residential Solutions Training
  • June 7: Fronius Installation & Best Practices Training
  • June 8: Fronius Commercial Solutions Training

Register via email at pv-training-usa@fronius.com or at the Fronius website.

Solar installers are welcome to register for either all days of training or for a specific day. Course registrants are to arrange their own travel. The cost of the course includes the training, literature, swag, meals, and a portion of this can be used as a credit towards an FSP kit. The kit is a collection of the most common inverter spare parts. This kit is highly recommended, as it allows the installer to fully utilize the benefits of the FSP program.

— Solar Builder magazine

APsystems names new EVP of US, EMEA

APsystems, a leader in advanced microinverter technology for the solar PV industry, just named Olivier Jacques Executive Vice President, USA & EMEA. Jacques is based in Lyon, France, and most recently served as APsystems Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He will report to Dr. Zhi-Min Ling, Co-founder, President & CEO of APsystems worldwide.

APsystems“APsystems globalization and scale have increased dramatically under Olivier Jacques’ leadership,” said Dr. Ling. “His appointment to EVP of USA and EMEA opens up new horizons for product portfolio development, go-to-market strategies, and the MLPE innovation for which APsystems is known worldwide.”

RELATED: APsystems to donate $1 for every microinverter it sells to Extend the Day charity 

Jacques will be a featured speaker at the upcoming GTM Solar Summit, May 16-18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He will appear at the forum “Residential Inverters – Differentiating in a Maturing Market,” at 2 p.m. May 17. See www.greentechmedia.com for information.

“I am delighted to lead APsystems’ next stage of growth across USA and EMEA, two of the most developed PV regions in the world,” Jacques said. “Synergies are becoming more and more evident as the fast-growing PV industry is maturing. We are observing convergence today with tomorrow’s winning business models, system sophistication and customer expectations. In this context, I believe APsystems is now ideally positioned within this dynamic.”

Olivier boasts more than 25 years of experience in industrial, automation, energy and high-tech industries. Prior to joining APsystems in October 2015, he served as Managing Director, EMEA for Enphase Energy. There, he developed the microinverter market in Europe from scratch, achieving leading share positions in key European solar regions.

Olivier previously served as Managing Director for international companies including Norgren (IMI group), a leading industrial automation and fluid control company, where he spurred growth despite an economic recession.

As Managing Director and HVAC-R Southern Europe Director at Danfoss Drives, Jacques increased revenues, created sales channels, launched a new product platform and repositioned the company as a value-added solutions provider.

He has also held senior executive positions as International Sales & Marketing and Managing Director at major companies ranging from WATTS Industries (fluid control and HVAC), Schlumberger (water, gas and thermal energy) and Samsung Electronics (launching their HVAC business).

— Solar Builder magazine

On the scene: New solar installation products we saw at the California Solar Power Expo

We attended the California Solar Expo in San Diego last week. Here’s a rundown of some of the notable new solar products we spotted around the trade show floor.

S5 standing seam

S-5! is known for its rigorous testing and compliance standards for mounting solar on standing seam metal roofs. Its latest update on the module here (which you probably can’t see) is a better wire management solution than the disc they had been using, after customer feedback indicated it wasn’t wide enough for every application. The update here completely addresses that concern.

Coming soon, you can look out for a solar installation calculator on the S-5! site.

Pegasus

Pegasus Solar is introducing a new tile replacement solution that they say will remove the need for cutting tile while still fitting a wide variety of tile sizes. Key to the design is the attachment sitting on the ridge of the replacement instead of the valley, which keeps it clearer from water that would be funneling through the valley.

Solar connections

Solar Connections is promoting its Solar Connection Kit. Tested to UL 2703, the kit’s cable management disc allows for cables to be top loaded and sit securely. Push-Lock Technology secures the disc to the standing seam base clamp without extra nuts and bolts. Installation is made easy with Silver Bullet set screws that have a rounded bullet tip to maximize strength without digging in and damaging paint or piercing the seam.

CED Greentech

More to come on this, because it isn’t ready yet, but be on the lookout for a new website from CED Greentech.

Snapnrack mounting

SnapNrack is all about aesthetics. Well, they do more than that, but a lot of their latest products do give a sleeker look to a rooftop array while still being functional. The look, specifically is the black skirt with no end cap required.

solar roof hooks

Solarroofhook, known for its direct attach and tile hook solutions, has an updated flashing product. Unlike its previous solution that could bend, this one is stiff, which is something its customers were asking for.

APsystems

APSystems is coming out with a trunk cable version of its microinverters for those who couldn’t get into the daisy chain installation.

Energy toolbase

Energy Toolbase packed the demo stage with attendees who wanted to hear more about its new energy storage software. Energy Toolbase might be the most robust tool out there for behind the meter data and PV system modeling and proposal generation, and its new energy storage component is going to be just as robust. We will have more coverage on this posted soon.

Unirac

Unirac was promoting the shorter rows and greater energy density its rooftop mounting solution makes possible. Oh, and the company recently bumped up its warranty to 25 years.

If you are looking for more product info, check out our 2017 Inverters Buyer’s Guide.

— Solar Builder magazine