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Solar inverter targets utility-scale installations

Posted: 10 Oct 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Solaron  solar inverter  power generation  AC-grid electricity 

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Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. has unveiled its latest Solaron offering, a 500kW, utility-scale, transformerless, grid-tie photovoltaic (PV) inverter. Extending the Solaron portfolio beyond commercial and small-scale utility installations, the 500kW solar inverter achieves a 97.5 per cent California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency rating (pending).

The AE Solaron suite of products, services and accessories include the AE Integrated Data System that provides instant access to Solaron data from anywhere at anytime and the AE SafeGuard customisable service program. These solutions are part of the Solaron optimised balance-of-system architecture, which can proactively maximise system uptime, power generation and inverter life.

Designed for utility-scale installations, the Solaron 500kW inverter features 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 ensures day-long power processing, and both local and remote communications and control are always available via AE's Solaron IDS.

In addition, the new inverter is said to deliver a faster return-on-investment from installation through to decades of energy harvests. Before installation is complete, integrators can save tens of thousands of dollars per panel section because multiple Solaron inverters can be routed into a single, medium-voltage station, said Advanced Energy. In operation, Solaron efficiencies enable power producers to achieve higher energy harvests over an inverter's lifetime, resulting in more favourable landed cost-per-kilowatt-hour ratios than was possible until now, according to the company.

-EE Times





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