Enphase simplifies, beefs up Combiner+ for its IQ microinverter system

Enphase Energy continues to build out its IQ platform with the IQ Combiner+ with Enphase IQ Envoy. The IQ Combiner+ consolidates residential solar interconnection equipment into a single enclosure and streamlines PV and storage installations by providing a consistent, pre-wired solution for residential applications.

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What’s different about it?

The IQ Combiner+ allows for larger systems (up to 15.3 kWac), provides the option for four circuits and now features swappable breakers. To keep Enphase systems connected with control and analytics platforms, the IQ Combiner+ comes with an Enphase IQ Envoy, and is available with all key communications technology options, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular. The IQ Combiner+ also features production metering, with the option to include consumption monitoring for plug-and-play storage, as well as the option for Enphase Q Aggregator installation.

— Solar Builder magazine

Enphase simplifies, beefs up Combiner+ for its IQ microinverter system

Enphase Energy continues to build out its IQ platform with the IQ Combiner+ with Enphase IQ Envoy. The IQ Combiner+ consolidates residential solar interconnection equipment into a single enclosure and streamlines PV and storage installations by providing a consistent, pre-wired solution for residential applications.

enphase IQ combiner plus

What’s different about it?

The IQ Combiner+ allows for larger systems (up to 15.3 kWac), provides the option for four circuits and now features swappable breakers. To keep Enphase systems connected with control and analytics platforms, the IQ Combiner+ comes with an Enphase IQ Envoy, and is available with all key communications technology options, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular. The IQ Combiner+ also features production metering, with the option to include consumption monitoring for plug-and-play storage, as well as the option for Enphase Q Aggregator installation.

— Solar Builder magazine

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.

— Solar Builder magazine

APsystems to debut ‘most advanced’ microinverter at SPI next week

Included in our massive SPI Preview Showcase is news that APsystems will unveil the YC600, a dual-module, smart grid and Rule 21 compliant microinverter.

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The company says the YC600 includes groundbreaking design in microinverter technology and offers the highest peak output power, faster transmission speed and more modules allowed per string than comparable microinverters. A wider MPPT voltage range will result in a greater energy harvest for homeowners.

The first of its kind, the YC600 is designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhanced capability and meet the latest grid compliance standards while providing an unprecedented level of power with dual, independent MPPT per channel. The unit also builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, simplifying installation and reducing logistics costs.

The new microinverter will debut at the APsystems booth #1745.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar microinverter market to increase 15 percent over next decade

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The global solar microinverters market is expected to witness a CAGR of 15.3% and reach nearly $2 billion by 2026 according to the Global Solar Micro Inverters Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2026.

The increasing awareness toward the benefits of energy storage devices and enhanced regulatory structures have increased their penetration in the global market. Based on system type, the stand-alone segment is expected to be the largest segment of the global solar microinverters market during the forecast period. The residential segment was the largest market for solar microinverters during 2012 – 2015. The segment is estimated to be the largest market during the forecast period.

The appeal of microinverters, of course, allow power conversion at individual modules or panels, so the performance of solar PV cells are not jeopardized when one or more panels are shaded. Microinverters monitor the performance of each solar panel individually while string inverters also exhibits the performance of each string.

Growing awareness towards the use of renewable energy sources across the world have led to the large-scale adoption of solar installations. The report expects this to escalate the demand for solar microinverters during the forecast period. Additionally, the enhancement in the solar power capacity and the growing electricity needs in these countries have further strengthened the market growth in the residential sector.

Solar microinverters are used in utilities, and residential and commercial sectors. The increasing government incentives and improved renewable energy expenditure has led to increase in demand for micro inverters in residential PV installations in the U.S., Japan, China and India.

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

Trends

The key trend observed in the solar microinverters market is the growing focus towards integrated module systems, also known as AC modules. In the recent years, companies such as Enphase Energy, Inc., Solar World, Northern Electric and Power (NEP) and ETSolar Group (ET Solar) have been increasingly focusing on developing innovative and high performance integrated module systems, also known as AC modules, to meet the increasing electricity demands of customers in the global market.

Growth Drivers

The factors driving the growth of the solar microinverters market are:

  1. Increasing consumer preference towards greater efficiency of solar power systems,
  2. Rising electricity demand,
  3. Increasing government investments and tariffs on photovoltaic technology and
  4. Growing applications in the residential sector.

Additionally, the drop in microinverter prices along with various government initiatives have resulted in higher adoption of PV installations across the globe. Such trends are expected to propel the demand for microinverters during the forecast period.

Growth Restraints

Higher capital expenditure and significant rise in power optimizers are the major factors that are expected to hamper the growth of global solar microinverters market. Microinverters replace large parts of a central inverter, which makes them costlier as compared to other traditional inverters. Additionally, the installation of micro inverters requires the installation of a communication bus, which would further add up to the final costs.

Moreover, similar usage of power optimizers and microinverters could pose a threat to the growth in the solar microinverters market during the forecast period. The application of power optimizers as an alternative to microinverters is expected to have adverse ripple effects on the solar microinverters market.

The “Global Solar Micro Inverters Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2026” report is available for purchase over at Research and Markets.

— Solar Builder magazine