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Customized PV inverter improves energy harvests

Posted: 10 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PV inverter? solar cell? photovoltaic?

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. (AE) has released its latest Solaron product, a 500kW, utility-scale, transformerless, grid-tie photovoltaic (PV) inverter. Expanding the Solaron series beyond commercial and small-scale utility installations, the 500kW solar inverter has a 97.5 percent California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency rating (pending).

The AE Solaron products, services and accessories integrate the AE Integrated Data System (IDS) that offers instant access to Solaron data anywhere and anytime, along with the AE SafeGuard customizable service program. These solutions are part of the Solaron optimized balance-of-system architecture, which proactively maximizes system uptime, power generation and inverter shelf-life.

Created for utility-scale installations, the Solaron 500kW inverter carries a transformerless, grid-tie design, converting raw DC power from solar cell arrays to high-quality AC-grid electricity. A wide maximum power point tracking window provides day-long power processing, and both local and remote communications and control are always present via AE's Solaron IDS.

At the same time, the new inverter is believed to deliver a faster return-on-investment from installation until the decades of energy harvests. The company said before installation is completed, integrators save tens of thousands of dollars per panel section because the multiple Solaron inverters can be routed into a single, medium-voltage station. In production, Solaron efficiencies help power producers to get higher energy harvests over an inverter's lifetime, providing more favorable landed cost-per-kilowatt-hour ratios than before, according to the company.

AE offers different services from installation assistance to long-term warranties and maintenance programs.

- EE Times

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