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Microinverters & Power optimisers

JinkoSolar introduces modules with ‘next generation’ power optimisation

October 17, 2016
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Panel manufacturer JinkoSolar claims to have solved the issue of partial shading of solar panels with its new line of JinkoMX modules, which use an advanced power optimisation technology called a ‘cell string optimiser’ by Maxim instead of conventional bypass diodes. Partial shading and the problem of the ‘weakest link’ With conventional solar PV systems […]

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Microinverters: Are they right for your solar system?

September 28, 2016
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As the name suggests, microinverters are small inverters for use in solar PV systems, usually installed at a ratio of one per solar panel. By contrast, most solar PV systems in Australia have a single, centralised inverter called a string inverter. What are the advantages of having a solar PV system that uses microinverters instead of […]

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Why Australia is fertile ground for home battery storage (Q&A with Enphase cofounder Raghu Belur – Part 3)

December 2, 2015
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Solar Choice: Enphase is known mainly for its world-leading microinverters. What spurred the company to get involved in the energy storage market, and why did it choose Australia as the launching ground for its AC Battery? Raghu Belur: If you notice, we are not called ‘Enphase Solar’ – we are called ‘Enphase Energy’. When industries […]

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Home solar in Australia: To grid or not to grid? (Q&A with Enphase cofounder Raghu Belur – Part 2)

December 2, 2015
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Solar Choice: Many Australian households talk about ‘going off-grid’. Could the Enphase system help them achieve this goal? What are your thoughts on this desire to cut ties with utilities / retailers? Raghu Belur: Technology exists today for people to go off grid if they wish. There’s solar PV, fossil fuel generators, storage, load management, […]

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The evolving role of the solar home on the electricity grid (Interview with Enphase cofounder Raghu Belur – Part 1)

December 2, 2015
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I had the opportunity to catch up with Enphase Energy co-founder Raghu Belur at Australian Utility Week following a panel discussion about distributed renewable energy integration in which he took part. The panel conversation focused heavily on forward-thinking approaches to the utility-customer relationship as enabled by distributed generation communication, control and generation technologies – both […]

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Sunvertec: An Aussie-made ‘distributed inverter’ designed to rival microinverters & string inverters alike

September 9, 2015
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A Perth-based engineering startup is looking to change the way that Australia – and the world – looks at solar inverters. Sunvertec, which announced itself to the world at the Solar 2015 conference in Melbourne earlier this year, says that it has developed a first-of-kind ‘distributed inverter’ system that promises both cost savings and industry-leading efficiencies. […]

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AC Solar Warehouse: Specialists in next-generation solar

July 8, 2015
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Formed in 2011, AC Solar Warehouse is a specialist wholesaler of AC solar products and a champion of the use of microinverters and microinverter-integrated solar modules in Australia. The company is Australia’s largest Enphase distributor, and its two co-founders each boast 30+ years of electrical and solar engineering experience between them. What is AC solar? […]

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BenQ Solar panels in Australia

December 23, 2014
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BenQ Solar is a division of Taiwan’s AU Optronics, one of the world’s leading makers of LCD displays. The company manufactures monocrystalline, polycrystalline & back-contact solar panels for residential, commercial and large-scale applications. A vertically integrated manufacturer, AU Optronics controls all aspects of BenQ Solar panels’ construction–from silicon ingot & wafer creation to solar cell fabrication […]

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Market for module-level power electronics set to grow five-fold in 2017

February 13, 2014
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Greentech Media Research (GTM) has recently released a report that predicts the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market to grow five-fold by 2017, singling out 2014 to be the landmark year for the explosive growth. Such module-level power electronics help in maximising the energy output of existing modules by reducing losses due to power mismatch in […]

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Solar modules set to get smarter in 2014

January 28, 2014
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While no one argues that investing in PV modules isn’t a smart move today, it won’t be long before we start asking if our modules are just as smart – with power optimisation, that is! The recent debut of Trina Solar’s ‘Trinasmart’ modules in the US marks the entry of the world’s second largest module […]

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ReneSola solar panels (& other products) in Australia

June 13, 2013
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Renesola is one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, as well as one of the leading suppliers to Australia. The company produces a range of affordable ‘quasi-monocrystalline’, monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels, as well as its own line of microinverters. The company will also soon be introducing its own string/central inverter solution, […]

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iEnergy microinverters in Australia

May 7, 2013
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iEnergy is a power optimisation and power conversion product manufacturer whose microinverters have been available on the Australian market since the end of 2012. Microinverters have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and iEnergy’s GT260 adds to the range of options available to households and businesses considering installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Enphase microinverters in Australia

March 23, 2013
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Enphase was the world’s first microinverter manufacturer, having pioneered the technology as a solution to some of the typical problems and inefficiencies that afflict solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Since its founding in 2006, Enphase has shipped millions of units globally, recently expanding its presence to Australia, where microinverters are steadily gaining notoriety and popularity amongst […]

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Tigo Energy: Power Maximizers for solar PV systems

March 4, 2013
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Tigo Energy provides power optimisation solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, allowing owners to get the most of their solar power systems. The company was formed in 2007 in Los Gatos, California by Silicon Valley innovators with the intention of developing solutions to several problems associated with the traditional interconnection of […]

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SolarEdge: Module-level DC-DC optimisers for solar PV systems

December 12, 2012
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One of the trickiest parts of maximising efficiency in a solar installation is dealing with variations in power output among panels and strings of panels in the same system. SolarEdge is a company that has developed a unique solution to the problem of irregularity in solar panel array output. It uses a solar system architecture that utilises per-module maximum […]

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ReneSola introduces new line of microinverters for the US market

September 12, 2012
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ReneSola, a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, has introduced a line of microinverters, according to a media statement from the company. The Micro RePlus microinverters are intended both for installation as stand-alone units or integration into solar panels at the factory. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for […]

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SolarBridge Technologies: Microinverters for AC solar panels

August 17, 2012
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SolarBridge Technologies is a US-based company whose mission is to facilitate uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) by reducing its complexity and improving its cost-efficiency, developing and manufacturing reliable, high-quality AC microinverters for integration with solar panels. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsNSW Solar […]

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Enecsys microinverters in Australia

April 3, 2012
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Enecsys microinverters are an innovative technology that offer a revolutionary approach to solar PV system design and installation. Instead of having a conventional, centralised solar inverter, Enecsys microinverters are attached directly to the back of solar panels, thereby avoiding one of the most common issues in conventional solar arrays: efficiency loss in an entire ‘string’ of […]

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