SMA Solar Technology’s Sunny Tripower 10000 TLEE-JP inverter has been certified for sale on the Japanese market by the laboratories of Japan Electrical Safety and Environment Technology (JET). The three-phase inverter is designed to be used at photovoltaic (PV) power plants which have an output higher that 10kWp.
The certificate of approval from JET means that the Sunny Tripower is the first non-Japanese three-phase inverter to receive approval to be sold on the Japanese market. The connection area of the inverter is adapted for Japanese conduits while the unit housing is resistant to dirt, water and salt-containing atmospheres. SMA claims the unit offers peak efficiency of 97.8%.
The Sunny Tripower 10000 TLEE-JP is now available commercially in Japan. The company’s Sunny Boy inverters, designed for use on rooftop PV plants and aimed primarily at residential installations became the first PV products from Europe or the USA to receive JET certification for sale on the Japanese market in June 2012, around a week after Japan’s Feed-in Tariff system was established. SMA’s Sunny Central inverters have since then also become commercially available in Japan.
Around 800 workers at SMA took voluntary redundancies in September as the company underwent restructuring to compensate for a temporarily declining European market, traditionally SMA’s largest market. SMA is expected to continue making efforts to expand its presence in non-European markets in the immediate future, including China and Japan.
SMA chief executive officer Pierre-Pascal Urban said: “Now that the Sunny Tripower has received JET certification, we can cover all market segments in this important market from small residential PV systems and commercial applications to large-scale PV power plants.”