Intersolar Europe, HOD HASHARON, ISRAEL: SolarEdge Technologies introduces its latest generation of innovative solutions for Distributed Solar Power Harvesting at Intersolar Europe, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry.
SolarEdge will present the first commercially available modules with embedded power optimization, add-on Power Optimizers for 350W modules and highly efficient 8kW, 12kW and 15kW three-phase-inverters, that expand the current range of PowerBoxes and inverters.
Additionally, an automatic solution for electrocution prevention and fire safety, as well as a full package of monitoring & design software tools will be introduced at Intersolar Europe. To see all innovations visit our booth #322 in hall B4.
PowerBox power optimizers for a wider range of applications
SolarEdge PowerBoxes are power optimizers performing Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) and monitoring on a module-level to enable constraint-free design, improved maintenance and safety, and up to 25 percent more energy from residential and commercial PV systems.
SolarEdge PowerBoxes are now embedded directly into solar modules, manufactured by SolarEdge partners. Module-embedded PowerBoxes further simplify the installation process of the SolarEdge system: these modules are installed just like standard ones, but include all the SolarEdge benefits.
In addition, SolarEdge expanded the range of its Add-on PowerBoxes to support modules of up to 350Wp. AOB350 PowerBoxes are available from leading distributors worldwide, to be connected by installers and integrators to almost any c-Si module up to 350W.
A new L-shaped mounting bracket is now available to support PowerBox mounting that is co-planar with the roof, in sloped roofs and BIPV façade applications.
New inverters for small- and large-scale installations
SolarEdge multi-string PV inverters are responsible for DC/AC conversion, while the PowerBoxes perform the MPPT. The inverter, specifically designed to work with power optimizers, is highly reliable and efficient, with European and CEC weighted efficiencies of over 97 percent.
The range of inverters so far included 3.3-6kW single-phase inverters and a 10kW three-phase inverter. SolarEdge now announces its new three-phase solar inverters, including 8kW, 12kW and in the US also 15kW inverters. This wide range of inverters ensures that residential, medium-scale and commercial installations can all benefit from SolarEdge advantages.
Complete PV safety solution to prevent fire and electrocution hazards
Traditional PV systems pose a risk of electrocution to installers and firefighters, mainly because string DC voltage stays hazardous as long as the panels are exposed to sunlight. The SolarEdge innovative system provides the industry’s first fully automated solution for electrocution prevention and fire safety.
This exceptional PV safety solution is built-in to the PowerBoxes and requires no added hardware, cost, or manual operation. To eliminate risk of electrocution at times of installation, maintenance and firefighting, PowerBoxes shut down each PV module’s DC voltage as long as the inverter is deactivated or AC power is disconnected. The PowerBoxes will also shut down the modules immediately when electric arcs or high temperatures are detected to prevent fire.
Extended module-Level monitoring capabilities
The SolarEdge solution includes module-level PV monitoring. Performance of individual modules is continuously measured by their respective PowerBox and transmitted over existing power lines, so no added wiring is required.
The web-based solar monitoring software automatically analyzes and alerts on underperforming modules, underperforming strings, faults and safety events, and visually pinpoints affected modules on a site layout map.
SolarEdge introduces a new iPhone monitoring application for monitoring the PV system on the go. Installers and maintenance personnel can easily view site status and module-performance in the field, and quickly locate faulty modules on-site, even in large PV arrays.
A wide range of communication accessories is also introduced to make the SolarEdge monitoring solution available for all customers. These accessories include a communication interface for non-SolarEdge inverters, allowing installation of the SolarEdge PowerBoxes and monitoring solution with many commercially available inverters.
GSM modems are also offered, to enable monitoring installations where Ethernet cable connection to the inverter is unavailable. An internal wireless ZigBee transceiver can be added to the inverter, allowing wireless communication between multiple inverters on the site.
Installer tools for even simpler design and installation
To complement the end-to-end solar power harvesting solution, SolarEdge is now offering a set of software tools for installers and end customers. The tools include a Site Design Tool which enables quick and easy string sizing and layout designing, taking into consideration module type, peak power, geographic location, etc.
The SolarEdge Configuration Tool assists installers in customization of the SolarEdge PV inverter and provides complete installation verification feedback on-site, at the module-level. The Site Commissioning Tool is a barcode scanner application that makes the creating of automatic site layout maps for the monitoring portal easier than ever.