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PV connectors can be mated with standard H4s in all AWGs

Posted: 06 Aug 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:connector  PV  Amphenol  TUV 1500V 

Amphenol Industrial Products Group launched PV connectors that can be mated with standard PV connectors, and are said to satisfy the requirements of three solar certification standards on the market, allowing the devices to be used globally.

The H4 UTX is available in all AWGs, from 14AWG to 8AWG, and can be mated with all existing H4 PV connectors and the typical PV industry standard connectors.

The merit of meeting these certifications—namely IEC50521 TUV 1500V, UL6703 1000V (Americas), and JET 1500V (Japan)—lies in that the connector may be used by all PV module manufacturers, installers, developers, electrical distributors, as well as inspectors, combiner box companies and engineering procurement construction (EPC) firms worldwide.

"The connector's efficient design keeps costs low and improves flexibility, since it can mate with all PV wire sizes," said Amphenol Industrial Products Group GM Martin Booker. "The added benefit of meeting three of the highest global certifications in the solar market truly makes the H4 UTX a single, cost-effective device for use worldwide."

A larger version of the connector, known as the H4 UTX-XL, can accommodate 8AWG PV wire, up to 2kV. True to the connectors' claim that they can be universally paired off, this larger version can mate with the H4 UTX as well as with all existing H4 connectors in all AWGs.

The connectors feature Amphenol's proprietary RADSOK technology to achieve higher current ratings and lower contact resistance, resulting in lower power losses.

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The H4 UTX connector boasts meeting the three highest certification standards including IEC50521 TUV 1500V, UL6703 1000V, and JET 1500V. Source: Amphenol

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