Canadian Solar has introduced the ‘ResidentialAC’ module to its ‘Intelligrated’ Power product family, at Solar Power International 2012. Intelligrated Power integrates solar module electronics into the module to significantly reduce the cost of system design and installation. ResidentialAC is an AC solar energy solution with advanced technology that is claimed to deliver a double-digit increase in solar power production over traditional micro-inverters.
Start-up, QBotix, has revealed the ‘QBotix Tracking System’ (QTS), a dual-axis tracking system that employs rugged, intelligent and mobile robots to dynamically operate solar power plants and maximize energy output. QTS is claimed to costs as much as existing single axis systems but generates up to 15% more energy. QTS will generate up to 40% more energy than fixed mount systems.
PolyOne has introduced a new technology for PV systems wire and cable called ‘Syncure Solar.’ Available globally, this UV-resistant, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) system is claimed to meet UL 4703 and VW 1-compliance in one material, eliminating the need to use two separate insulation and jacketing formulations.
Clenergy launched the PV-ezRack Trapezoidal module mounting system at Intersolar Europe, 2012. The new high-quality universal mounting system is designed for PV-systems on trapezoidal sheet roofs with thicknesses of 0.4mm and above.
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has made commercially available its REC Peak Energy Plus Series module, based on cells with backside passivation technology. The module has a nominal power output in watt classes ranging from 245Wp to 255Wp with higher watt classes expected in the future. The backside cell passivation technology improves performance by enhancing the solar cell’s response to red light.
Siliken has developed the ‘energybox’ PV system that offers more than 100 structural solutions for the design of any type of residential and industrial rooftops. The kit is scalable and therefore allows the covering of any rooftop size by connecting several energyBoxes in tandem. Siliken also developed a 72-cell module, which yields the same power with 20% fewer modules, therefore saving components, cutting operating costs and installation time.
AEG Power Solutions has announced the expansion of its product portfolio with a new central inverter with 630kW capability. Protect PV.630 has an efficiency factor of 98.4%. With an appropriate transformer, it can also be adapted to the medium voltage grid (e.g. 10, 20, 33kV). The new inverter is said to be the company’s next step in offering high-end utility-class inverters.
eIQ Energy has launched high-capacity addition to its vBoost DC Parallel System – the new vBoost 600 DC-to-DC converter module employs fewer vBoosts per solar array, enabling system installers and operators to save on both materials and labor on solar installations.
Power-One has launched the second generation of its micro-inverters, the improved AURORA MICRO-0.3-I and AURORA MICRO-0.25-I. The new version version is claimed to offer a broader DC input voltage range with a maximum of 65Vdc, an extended MPP DC voltage range and an enhanced MPPT control with reduced DC input current ripple. Moreover, the new units are said to reach best-in-class efficiency ratings of up to 96.5%. Power-One is showcased the products at Intersolar Europe.
Evonik Cyro has launched ‘ACRYLITE’ Solar Pre-Fab acrylic lens panels, which are combined with a Secondary Optical Element (SOE) to create a complete optical train package for assembly directly onto Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) modules. This allows customers to bypass purchasing the tooling device needed to create the product and avoid the required time-consuming installation process.