Enphase Energy’s 215-Series microinverter comes with 25-year limited warranty

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Enphase Energy is presenting several new products at Intersolar Europe, 2011, including the ‘215-Series’ microinverter, with a 25-year limited warranty and an electrical interconnection system dubbed, ‘Engage System’ for streamlining solar installations.

Problem

Simplifying system integration costs, while improving conversion efficiencies could significantly reduce installation costs and make microinverters more cost competitive. Moving to AC modules with fully integrated microinverters at the module assembly stage would further reduce BOS costs.

Solution

The M215 is claimed to be the only microinverter to achieve a weighted power conversion efficiency of 96% (CEC). All 215 – Series microinverters incorporate Enphase’s third generation technology, which has an output that is 13% higher than previous generations and was specially developed to maximize the performance of 60-cell photovoltaic modules. The new 25-year limited warranty ensures that system owners will recognize the full value of their solar system over its expected 20 to 25 year lifetime.
The Engage System incorporates the ‘Engage Cable,’ which comes with built in connectors that can support an entire 4kW system on a single branch. Providing installers ultimate flexibility and requiring no special equipment or training, the Engage Cable can be cut to length and also comes with additional cable termination and splice kits to further reduce balance of systems requirements. The ‘Engage Port’ is designed to replace the standard DC junction box on a PV module, enabling PV module manufacturers to integrate Enphase’s field proven microinverter technology seamlessly into their product portfolio.

Applications

Integrated AC modules for residential and commercial applications.

Platform

The 215-Series next-generation microinverter delivers a platform for ACM or solar modules with integrated microinverters. The platform offers a simple connector that replaces the junction box and allows the solar module manufacturers to easily incorporate Enphase's technology into new ACM product lines.

Availability

Available in North America with CSA certification and will soon be available in Europe with VDE certification. The European model will be on display in booth #420, Hall C3 at Intersolar Europe 2011.

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