Direct Grid Technologies and Echelon are coming together in order to integrate Echelon’s energy control networking with Direct Grid’s micro-inverters. Direct Grid noted that it felt Echelon’s networking technology would allow for a cost effective way to meet customer demands while offering a low cost installation and maintenance option in comparison with other systems. Details regarding the financial terms of the agreement or when deployment would begin were not disclosed.
“PV panel efficiency is constantly improving but by small increments. Adding energy control networking to our micro-inverter products allows us to address efficiency at a system level and provide substantial additional performance improvement,” said Frank Cooper, Direct Grid’s president and principal. “Echelon’s energy control network multiplies the benefits of micro-inverters and gives us tremendous system control capabilities as well as insight into what is happening throughout the installation – system wide, by rows of panels, and at the individual panel. Efficiency and control are the combination that our customers want.”