Within the fast-growing solar-energy market, solar-inverter suppliers must keep pace with electronic technology advances in order to deliver more efficient and reliable parts at a lower cost. Inverter efficiency indicates the percentage of the available solar power that’s actually converted by the inverter and fed into the utility grid; some smart inverters reach a total efficiency of 98%. To achieve high efficiency, it’s important to design the inverters using the most reliable components from power semiconductors (MOSFETs and/or IGBTs), capacitors (electrolytic capacitors, high-capacity film capacitors), transformers, cooling systems, etc.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is rapidly expanding its newly formed energy-storage unit, Tesla Energy, partnering with residential solar company Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:SUN). The startup will be offering Tesla Powerwall systems along with its home solar-energy package.Getsolar.com reported that Sunrun’s “Brightbox” which would combine its solar panels and smart inverters, along with Tesla’s home battery technology to provide a complete solar-energy storage system for Hawaiins. The package will be gradually rolled out in other US states later in 2016.
New opportunities for the Internet of Things, or IoT, are growing exponentially. Don’t believe it? Just think of how many times you’ve recently heard the word “smart” to describe a new product. But that’s not the only area where you’ll find the IoT gaining traction. Applications for it are growing in the energy sector as well. California sees the value of developing “smart” solutions. The Golden State, with the SunSpec Alliance, recently launched a $4 million project to “investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV, and storage to enhance grid stability and enable higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources.”
New opportunities for the Internet of Things, or IoT, are growing exponentially. Don’t believe it? Just think of how many times you’ve recently heard the word “smart” to describe a new product. But that’s not the only area where you’ll find the IoT gaining traction. Applications for it are growing in the energy sector as well. California sees the value of developing “smart” solutions. The Golden State, with the SunSpec Alliance, recently launched a $4 million project to “investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV, and storage to enhance grid stability and enable higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources.” The study is a vital step in meeting the state mandate of requiring all new solar and battery projects to incorporate smart inverters starting in 2016. Updating the power grid infrastructure has been a long-neglected concern across the nation. In 2013, the World Economic Forum released its Global Competitiveness Report, emphasizing the importance of a reliable power grid — one that provides “electricity supplies that are free from interruptions and shortages so that businesses and factories can work unimpeded.” According the report, the United States ranked 30th among 148 global economies.
SolarCity has announced a smart energy homes demonstration project in partnership with the SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison, where SolarCity will install rooftop solar PV, batteries, controllable thermostats, and smart inverters on 50 homes in the Southern California Edison territory. The team will demonstrate how smart energy homes, combining numerous distributed technologies, can be deployed and aggregated to advance the electric grid.
A $4 million (£2.6m) smart energy homes pilot project has been launched in California.Around 50 householders will have solar, storage, controllable thermostats and smart inverters installed in their homes.The project, which was awarded $2 million (£1.3m) by the California Energy Commission, is a partnership between SolarCity and SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison.
Several weeks ago, Kyocera Corporation announced its plans to sell two different energy storage units to residential customers in Germany. The 4.8-kilowatt-hour and 7.2-kilowatt-hour units will be available in May, sold through its German distributor Energetik Solartechnologie-Vertriebs.
Kyocera’s lithium-ion batteries are the core of the new systems, which feature inverters from Energetik and Datensysteme’s energy monitoring software and hardware.
Tigo Energy, a smart module specialist, announced the addition of a communications and safety hub to its industry leading smart module platform.
The Cloud Connect (CC) is an on-site interface to modules, inverters, and other accessories. In addition the CC functions as the gateway to Tigo’s Smart cloud services.
A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for significant microgrid enabling technologies, including diesel generators, natural gas generators, fuel cells, solar PV, distributed wind, smart inverters, advanced energy storage, and others.
Offering the ability to isolate from the wider electricity grid during power outages, as well as a high capacity to integrate renewable, distributed energy resources, microgrids have become a growing phenomenon in the global energy sector in the last few years. Demand for the technologies that underlie these small, flexible systems is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide investment in microgrid enabling technologies is expected to total more than $155 billion from 2014 through 2023.