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

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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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GCL showcased black silicon, PERC and diamond wiring PV modules at SPI

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GCL-SI attended Solar Power International Exhibition (GCL System)

GCL System Integration Technology, a subsidiary of GCL, has been developing solar modules that utilize new technologies, specifically black silicon, PERC and diamond wiring. At SPI, the company showcased its latest products, including the Black Silicon 5 Busbar (5BB), Multi-Busbar (MBB) and Double-glass modules. The solar modules with these new technologies are all in a 72-cell format in each configuration.

“To differentiate from other solar energy companies, GCL-SI is able to provide high performance modules at a competitive price to the U.S. market due to the great advantage from integrated industrial chain of the GCL group,” explains Dong Shuguang, Executive President. “GCL-SI also offers design, product, service, finance, and operations as a whole.”

He further described that after their opening of a factory in Vietnam, the company is now able to provide 600 MW high-efficiency PERC modules to meet the requirements of the American market.

GCL-SI’s black silicon and PERC solar modules are based on multi-crystalline silicon. Dong adds that GCL-SI will maintain its focus on developing modules using multi-crystalline silicon, while continually researching more innovative ways to integrate black silicon, PERC and diamond wiring. The results will lead to lower costs and increase the efficiency of solar modules. If people are able to harness the full potential of the multi-crystalline material, that would ultimately contribute to broader adoption of solar energy by lowering the LCOE.

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LG, SolarEdge release smart module collaboration at Solar Power International

At Solar Power International, SolarEdge Technologies and LG Electronics debuted a joint smart module targeting the high-end residential and commercial PV rooftop markets in North America. The first collaboration from the two industry staples will be one of the most power-dense rooftop offerings on the market. It includes both add-on and embedded power optimizer options for both commercial and residential systems.

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“The PV industry is moving rapidly toward module-level power optimization to meet the cost, safety and performance requirements of the market. Adding the SolarEdge solution to our product portfolio will help us better serve our customers,” stated Stephen Hahm, Vice President and Head of LG Electronics USA’s Energy Solutions Business. “We put utmost priority on listening to the market and delivering the strongest products and partnerships to our customers.”

“This joint offering represents a powerful step towards SolarEdge’s vision of all PV systems benefitting from module-level optimization,” stated Peter Mathews, SolarEdge’s North America General Manager. “Joining forces with a market leader like LG further solidifies the leading role of power optimizers in the MLPE sector.”

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The package combines SolarEdge’s inverters with LG’s NeON R modules (with module efficiency up to 21.1%), P370 and P800 power optimizers for residential and commercial installations respectively, as well as free module-level monitoring. Benefits include no power clipping, increased efficiency, flexible array design and a multitude of racking options.

LG’s NeON R series offer an industry-leading 25-year complete coverage warranty, giving homeowners a hassle-free asset for the lifetime of the system. With enhanced design aesthetics, the modules feature a back contact technology. The residential version is compatible with SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverters, StorEdge solution, and Inverter-Integrated EV chargers. The module-level monitoring can be easily connected through hardwired internet or a cellular network. The solution complies with the latest safety standards, such as NEC 2017, and smart-inverter protocols, for example Rule 21.

The LG NeON R modules with add-on power optimizers are available now, and the smart module will be introduced at a later date.

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Details on new solar fixed tilt, tracker Pro packages from SunLink

SunLink Corp. is offering new packages for its GeoPro fixed tilt and TechTrack Distributed single axis tracker products. The goal is to provide EPCs and developers with increased product pricing transparency and greater customization to meet the unique needs of the full spectrum of solar projects.

“Today’s sophisticated solar customers are looking for a solutions partner that can provide increased value on a growing diversity of solar projects,” said Kate Trono, vice president of products at SunLink. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution that can effectively be applied to every project. The new GeoPro and TechTrack Distributed product packages empower customers with choice and flexibility by delivering highly engineered products bundled with value-added services and technology that maximize their investment on every project in their portfolio.”

New GeoPro Product Packages

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Key benefits of the GeoPro product include:

  • Foundation flexibility for soils of all types with W-Posts, Groundscrews, Helical Piles, cast in place ballast, or a hybrid of solutions
  • Terrain following to minimize site grading at an industry-leading 20% East-West
  • Ability to co-locate with TechTrack Distributed to optimize a site’s energy density on projects with varying levels of complexity. One engineering team for seamless layout and uniform application of consistent standards and geotech testing, saving time and money

GeoPro will now come in two product packages:

  • Standard Package which includes world-class engineering, stamped structural packages, and project management support to ensure success on every size project
  • Speed Package which bolsters the standard package with the inclusion of components specially designed for maximum adjustability, and delivery of ready-to-install, pre-assembled parts. Perfect for projects where installation efficiency is the top priority.

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New TechTrack Distributed Product Packages

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  • Intelligent operating modes optimize performance for ever-changing environmental conditions including wind, snow and flood
  • The proprietary Dynamic Stabilization feature efficiently redistributes loads, allowing the tracker system to handle extreme wind with less steel, fewer foundations and lower cost
  • The Virtual Pivot creates 120-degree accurate tracking to maximize generation potential while eliminating dead space and enabling superior terrain following
  • ETL certification to UL 2703 and UL 3703 standards
  • Foundation counts and section size counts are consistently the lowest in the industry, reducing steel costs and on-site sequencing headaches

TechTrack Distributed will now be sold in two product packages:

  • Standard Package which includes world-class engineering and project management support to ensure success on every size project, as well as commissioning support with tracker status reports from VERTEX
  •  Pro Package provides additional topographic grade following foundation analysis to minimize steel overages and ensure install tolerances; a certified commissioning team for faster interconnection and ongoing access to actionable system performance data via VERTEX

SunLink’s intelligent tracker control and performance monitoring platform VERTEX increases uptime confidence and enables more efficient O&M. VERTEX subscriptions can also be layered onto any TechTrack Distributed product package.

VERTEX provides real-time data for insights into a tracker’s tilt and its impact to energy generation, fueling the intelligent control system that auto-adjusts the tracker to wind, snow and O&M modes of operation. Beginning in 2018, TechTrack with VERTEX will reduce the cost of O&M and improve project outcomes by putting superior O&M and analytics tools in the hands of our customers.

Comprehensive Services and Support

In addition to the GeoPro and TechTrack Distributed product packages, customers may also choose to layer on Cold Weather, PowerCare geotechnical, installation or O&M services to allow them to focus on their core business while taking on more commercial and utility-scale projects. Coming into its third year, SunLink’s signature PowerCare program optimizes system design, expedites commercial and small utility completion rates and ensures the lowest tracker maintenance costs in the industry.

Here’s a handy iBook overview of the new product packages if  you’d like more info.

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