Tigo Energy files IP infringement lawsuit against SMA Solar

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email
Module-level power electronics from Tigo. Image: Tigo Energy.

Module-level power electronics supplier Tigo Energy has filed an intellectual property (IP) infringement lawsuit in the US against inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology America.

The complaint covers six patents and is focused on systems and methods used in module-level rapid shutdown units that are attached to PV panels.

The complaint alleges that SMA and some of its suppliers copied Tigo innovations that comply with rapid shutdown requirements.

Germany-headquartered SMA Solar acquired a 27% stake in Tigo Energy in 2016, obtaining exclusive rights to worldwide sales of the firm’s TS4 retrofit product.

SMA Solar declined to comment on the lawsuit when contacted by PV Tech.

While SMA’s sales for 2021 were below expectations due to a shortage of electronic chips, the company announced last month it plans to double production capacity at its Germany headquarters to 40GW by 2024.

Read Next

August 30, 2022
SolarEdge Technologies’ solar power optimisers and inverters could face an import ban into the US after the country’s International Trade Commission (ITC) said it would begin an investigation following a complaint filed by optimiser provider Ampt.
June 6, 2022
Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has unveiled plans to double its production capacity by 2024 at its Germany headquarters.
PV Tech Premium
May 20, 2022
SMA Solar CEO Jürgen Reinert tells PV Tech Premium how the solar industry is benefiting from increased access to politicians as he calls for more support for European PV manufacturers.
May 11, 2022
Inverter supplier SMA Solar Technology continues to be affected by considerable challenges in connection with the tight electronic supply of electronic components.
April 21, 2022
Solar module suppliers Maxeon Solar Technologies and Canadian Solar have settled an agreement on a patent infringement lawsuit in Japan.
March 31, 2022
SMA Solar Technology’s sales for 2021 came in below prior expectations for the year as the inverter supplier was impacted by a shortage of electronic chips – a headwind it expects to persist in the coming months.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
September 27, 2022
15:30 AEST (UTC +10)
Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA
On-Demand Webinars, Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event
Upcoming Webinars
October 18, 2022
10am (EDT) / 4pm (CEST)