Displaying its utility-scale central PV inverters at Solar Power International 2013, Bonfiglioli with 1.8GW installed is taking another leadership role in joining the HDPV Alliance.
As part of its membership in HDPV, Bonfiglioli said it would release its own line of HDPV-compliant inverters that are optimized to be deployed with DC power converters (optimizers) in a PV array in the first quarter of 2014.
“Bonfiglioli's goal to design and manufacture innovative and reliable power solutions for the renewable energy sector is directly in line with the objectives of the HDPV Alliance,” said Robert Lenke, head of product management of Bonfiglioli's Renewables Business Unit. “We are pleased to join HDPV to further its mission and look forward to working with fellow members and our mutual customers to shape standards that move our industry toward lower cost and higher performance PV systems.”
The HDPV Alliance uses defined standards, tested compatibility and shared best practices to enable members across the PV value chain to deliver products and services that optimize PV systems using a distributed power conversion (DPC) design. HDPV-compliant systems lower total system costs while increasing performance.
HDPV-compliant inverters are intended to deliver up to twice the power at a higher efficiency than the same inverter operating in a normal mode. Doubling the rated power is equivalent to cutting cost in cents per watt (¢/W) in half.
With HDPV inverters, systems also have more PV modules in a series string, which can save up to 50% on DC BOS costs, under ideal design configuration.
The HDPV label identifies products and services as compatible with HDPV standards, and gives an edge to members who have a more cost-effective solution that provides superior ROI.