APsystems Joins Solar and Storage DigiCon conference – Spain live day coming up on Jan 21st !

APsystems is delighted to join the Solar and Storage DigiCon conference : the first digital trade fair with regular live conference program for the solar pv & energy storage industry!
Experience our virtual booth and access the latest products information including datasheets, brochures, videos and more..

Register here 

 Join the Spain Live day on January 21st.

Join us live at DigiCon, and listen to some of the key players from Down Under highlight the most promising trends for solar and storage and provide concrete recommendations for players of the sectors today.

The session will include :

  • Solar & Storage Market Developments & Current Framework Conditions
  • Exclusive Installer Insights From the EUPD Research InstallerMonitor 2021
  • Industry Perspective – Technological Breakthroughs

Also join APsystems live presentation from Stéphane Dufrenne @10 am on January 21st.

More information is available HERE

“The DS3, a completely new architecture”- Interview from Dr LUO, CTO & co-founder of APsystems

 

 

APsystems co-founder and CTO, based in Cupertino, Silicon Valley, unveils the technological background of the most powerful microinverter on the market: the NEW dual DS3 (for Dual, Single-phase, 3rd generation) coming in Q1 2021.

Dr. Luo, APsystems is planning to launch its 3rd generation dual Microinverter very soon, how does this product differ from previous generations?

« It has now been a decade since we gradually established ourselves as the global benchmark in multi-module microinverters for the solar industry. Our expertise in power electronics allows us to design and manufacture a wide range of MLPE solutions (Module-Level Power Electronics) on top of our well-known range of microinverters. Regarding our dual microinverter range, the 1st generation with the YC500, launched eight years ago, has received a phenomenal reception in the world market and has strongly reinforced our idea that a dual microinverter architecture solution with 2 MPPT connecting two modules makes complete sense. Since then, we have not stopped innovating, year after year, with ever more powerful, integrated and intelligent products. In 2017, we launched the 2nd generation of single-phase dual, the YC600, which, beyond superior AC output power, incorporates Zigbee communications with all the competitive advantages it brings in terms of signal speed, robustness and ease of installation for professionals. The company has also chosen to integrate this communication technology across the entire product range.

 

At this stage, we also needed to make our products interactive with power grids. A feature commonly referred to as RPC (Reactive Power Control) or reactive power factor management, has been increasingly requested by utilities to better manage photovoltaic power spikes in the grid and facilitate its integration. This is a requirement, already in force in countries like Germany, US, Italy or Australia, which is gradually spreading all over the world. The DS3, our 3rd generation dual microinverter planned to be released on the market at the end of Q1 2021, not only brings together all the innovations from previous generations but goes even further.

First, it relies on a completely new architecture that will provide 50% higher power, and higher efficiency. We have also added enhanced communication security leveraging Texas Instruments’ Zigbee module, a global benchmark in this field, onto which we are adding a cybersecurity tool called Karamba to make code programming completely inviolable and all PV production data processed by our customers fully secured. In terms of form factor design and microinverter materials utilized for the casing, we have also opted for an innovative, optimized, compact design combining cast aluminum on the front and rugged polymer on the back making the product lighter while maximizing its power. All components are still encapsulated with silicone to reduce stress on the electronic components, facilitate thermal dissipation, enhance waterproof properties and ensure maximum reliability of the system via rigorous testing methods including 20 000 hours of accelerated life testing and many other procedures which are part of our ISO 9001 certification process. This generation is also a result of unprecedented integration work that has enabled us to reduce the number of components by 20% while delivering 50% more AC output power than the YC600, our current generation. It is a technical achievement and an industry 1st to reach a record 900 W AC power output on a dual microinverter! With 97% efficiency and a wide range of MPPT operating voltage, the DS3 will be able to connect two modules up to 650 Wc each. It supports all utility requirements for remote control and programming. It also has improved remote upgrade functions to ensure any future requirements. The product is currently going through all safety certifications and compliances. The DS3 is a groundbreaking, grid interactive product that will democratize even further the use of microinverters in the residential and multi-residential solar market segments. »

Sendom and Stilo Energy choose APsystems Microinverters for a 350 Zero Energy housing program

Not only zero energy, but almost free energy as well. This is a new smart home in Sendom’s offer. Photovoltaic installations will be provided by Stilo Energy, with which Sendom has concluded a contract for the construction of 350 photovoltaic houses with a total capacity of 3 MW. The cost of the house is PLN 299,000 (below 67,000€)

The Sendom company from Stary Kiszewa in the Pomeranian Voivodeship is one of the largest producers of prefabricated houses in Poland. Until now, the buildings proposed by it were equipped with a heat pump and mechanical and ventilation systems in order to reduce operating costs to a minimum.

From now on, houses offered by Sendom will be equipped with photovoltaic panels, which will be supplied and installed by Stilo Energy.

As Stilo Energy assures, Sendom customers themselves were an inspiration for houses equipped with solar energy as standard.

The buildings we offer are energy-efficient. The cost of electric home heating does not exceed PLN 1,000 per year (Eq. to 223€ per year). So why not generate electricity yourself, our customers ask us. That is why we decided to introduce a zero-energy house to our offer, which will be self-sufficient not only in terms of heating, but also allow our clients to use free electricity – comments Barłomiej Kantrzonka from Sendom.

In photovoltaic installations, Stilo Energy  has chosen QS1 microinverters from APsystems.

Photovoltaics in a mortgage loan

Over the next year, Sendom plans to sell 350 buildings from the series known as Smart, which, apart from a photovoltaic installation with a capacity of 6.4 kWp, also includes the use of, among others air-water heat pump. The usable area of ​​the house will be 111.5 m2, and the floor area is 139 m2.

The company emphasizes that the purchase of a house with a photovoltaic installation is financially more advantageous than the purchase of a house and the subsequent installation of the system due to the possibility of covering the installation with mortgage financing.

A house with photovoltaics as standard can be financed with a mortgage, provided that the purchase of both will take place simultaneously. It is a very attractive form of investment financing due to better credit conditions. In this way, customers benefit in two ways: they save on electricity bills and loan costs – says Krzysztof Koronkiewicz from Stilo Energy.

 

Meander office building turns into a 428 kWp solar-powered social housing complex

When office space reinvents itself  into sustainable housing with solar, 250 social rental homes offer low energy bills to their tenants.

The Meander office building was opened in the late 1990s and served as a town hall in Nieuwegein (Netherlands) for a long time. In recent years, the complex has been completely renovated and transformed into a residential building with over 250 social rental homes. In order to meet the wishes of future tenants and the requirements of today, each home has its own heat pump and a connection to solar panels. The houses are also gas free (the majority of households in the Netherlands use gas for heating and cooking), so that each resident has an extremely low energy bill and energy consumption is not at the expense of the environment.

The installer NewSolar, responsible for the installation of more than 420 kilowatt peak, equipped each home with 6 solar panels from Trina Solar. For the technology and conversion behind the solar panels, micro-inverters from APsystems were deliberately chosen. By using micro-inverters, it was not necessary to install a separate inverter in each home, so that no unnecessary space was taken up in the homes. This also precludes improper use by the tenant / resident due to the lack of additional electrical equipment in the apartments.

The ability to give each resident access to his or her yield, at virtually no additional cost, was a decisive factor in choosing APsystems.

Only 2 micro-inverters are installed per home, the QS1 and the YC600, to which 4 and 2 solar panels can be connected respectively. By using these micro-inverters, no additional facilities (e.g. wiring) is required per home and a very short installation time is guaranteed. This is made possible thanks to standard integrated Zigbee communication features in all Microinverters and Energy Communication Units (ECU) from APsystems.

Thanks to APsystems’ unique Shared Monitoring, each resident has access to his own yield thanks to a login code via his mobile or tablet, for example. When using the ECU-R (Energy Communication Unit), managing and maintaining an overview and remote monitoring is possible, so services can be easily provided without even paying a visit to the tenants.

APsystems EMA Monitoring web portal and ECU app Now available in Spanish

The Energy Monitoring Analysis (EMA) and ECU APP are  available in spanish !

APsystems is proud to launch a Spanish language option for its Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) web portal to enhance service to its Spanish-speaking customers around the world. Users can view their solar array performance using the same URL and log-in information as before at APsystemsEMA.com.

APsystems now offers 5 language options for its EMA portal for regional markets including English, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The web-based platform, available for free on any connected device, monitors and reports module-level energy production of solar arrays. It also enables APsystems-registered solar installers and contractors to create and manage their customer’s energy monitoring accounts.

Spanish-speaking APsystems customers to help them better manage their solar systems.

the ECU APP is also available in spanish ! This smartphone application is designed for solar professionals only, to ease the commissioning process. Installers use the app to register microinverters into the ECU-R and to connect the ECU-R to the local internet.

The APsystems Energy Communication Unit-Residential (ECU-R) is the information gateway to and from APsystems solar microinverters. The unit collects module performance data from each microinverter unit and transfers this information to an online database in real time, requiring only an Internet connection (via wired CAT5 or Wi-Fi) and power cable. Through the APsystems Energy Monitoring and Analysis (EMA) cloud-based service, the ECU-R gives the homeowner precise analysis of each microinverter and module in their solar installation.

  • See the status and configuration of the ECU-R gateway and monitor each inverter
  • Display real-time energy production and other performance data
  • Connect ECU-R to the router to upload data to the server and control the ECU-R gateway
  • Obtain an IP address automatically or use a static IP address
  • Reset inverter IDs in the ECU-R
  • Reset the ECU-R to display current time
  • Reset the WIFI password

 

 

Thank you for visiting us at a great European Intersolar edition 2019 !

The APsystems team was pleased to introduce you to the company’s already well-known power electronics expertise through its new line of compatible multi-module microinverter solutions including the YC600 and QS1.

The casual networking events held at Novotel Munich were also the opportunity to unveil the APstorage offer, an innovation currently in development phase presented in exclusivity during Intersolar.

The fully integrated ongrid APsystems  Energy Storage Solution is the perfect platform to be combined with the YC600 and QS1 microinverter ranges in residential solar. A modular storage platform from 2.5 kWh to 10 kWh leveraging APsystems’ QS1 power conversion microinverter technology  & planned to be introduced at the end of the year in several part of the world including Germany, Australia and the UK.

A complete solution was presented including a control unit, a battery system, an energy monitoring and analysis platform &  a commissionning app. The upcoming APstorage solution ranges not only works with APsystems microinverters but can also be combined with any other AC-coupled PV power source.

Olivier Jacques, APsystems President , Global Business Units, got the opportunity to present the solution in more details at the EES forum, on may 16th.

Come and meet APsystems team and its partners at Genera Tradeshow in Madrid, Feb 5-7 2020

Meet APsystems during Genera on its partners’ stands.

Held every year and bringing together over 187 exhibitors and close to 15000 professional visitors working in renewable energies, sustainability and innovative technologies, Genera is committed to the renewable energy industry sector, including distribution, energy efficiency and its main applications, such as storage, self-consumption and has become a real meeting place for exchanges between solar installers, manufacturers, specifiers and more.

Working wth leading partners in Spain such as Seis Solar, Krannich Solar, Saclima and Techno Sun, APsystems team will offer 15-mins information sessions about its innovative Multimodule microinverters range including its DUO YC600 and QUAD QS1 microinverters, two single-phase microinverters, with independant MPPT per module and using the same cables for a faster installation.

Come and discover the APsystems Microinverters advantages including features such as free Module-level monitoring capabilities, robust ZigBee communications, consumption monitoring, zero export control and more.

The full Microinverters range ideal for self-consumption applications in Spain, will be showcased on the following stands :

Seis Solar, stand Hall 10 B24

Saclima Solar Fotovoltaica, stand Hall 10 B16

Krannich Solar stand Hall 10 D04

Techno Sun stand Hall 10 A10, A25

If you want to pre-arrange a meeting with our sales Manager in Spain, please send an email to p.nightingale@apsystems.com

We look forward to seeing you there !

APsystems Team

APsystems QS1 Microinverter NOW SHIPPING

The APsystems QS1, an innovative four-module, single-phase microinverter for residential applications, is now shipping.

A bold step forward in microinverter technology, the QS1 offers 300% faster installation time, while offering the highest peak output power and up to 3X faster data transmission speed than PLC. A wider MPPT voltage range will result in a greater energy harvest for homeowners.

The first of its kind, the QS1 is designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels up to 375W, offering 300W AC output per channel, highest in the microinverter segment. The unit significantly reduces installation time and costs, taking the place of four conventional microinverters per each QS1 installed while providing independent MPPT for each module.

The QS1 shares common AC trunk cabling with APsystems’popular dual-module YC600 microinverter, offering flexible mix-and-match compatibility on the same circuit to enhance site design capability and maximize circuit capacity. Both microinverters utilize the same gateways; installers can choose from the ECU-R, for single or multi-residential installations, or the ECU-C, for applications requiring consumption monitoring and advanced contact/relay features.

The QS1 builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, simplifying installation while reducing installer costs and time on the job site.

QS1 features include:

  • Four-module microinverter with independent MPPT
  • 300% faster installation than conventional microinverters
  • 300VA peak output per channel
  • Accommodates modules up to 375W
  • Wide MPPT voltage range (22V-45V)
  • Meets NEC 2014/2017 690.12 Rapid Shutdown requirements
  • Ultra-fast 2.4 GHz ZigBee communications & Free Monitoring

Contact your local distributor or sales.emea@APsystems.com to bring the QS1 to your customers today.

Come and meet the APsystems team on stand 6L29 at the Bepositive show in Lyon, 13th-15th February 2019

Held every 2 years and bringing together over 550 exhibitors and 30000 professional visitors working in renewable energies, sustainable buildings and technologies, Bepositive has become a real meeting place  for exchanges between solar installers, manufacturers, specifiers and more.

With offices based in Rotterdam, Netherlands since 2015 and Lyon, France since 2016, the entire European APsystems team will be delighted to welcome you to stand 6L29 where we will present the full range of multi-module micro-inverters perfectly suited to residential and commercial solar.

Come and discover the new DUO YC600 and QUAD QS1 micro-inverters, two single-phase micro-inverters, with independant MPPT per module and using the same cables and accessories for higher flexibility and faster installation.

 

The QS1 has been shortlisted to participate in the BePOSITIVE Award competition, which will take place on February 13 at 5 pm

QS1 technology builds on APsystems’ successful multi-module microinverter family, offering lower logistics costs, integrated ZigBee communication and connection capabilities, and a wider MPPT voltage range for greater energy harvest in low light conditions.

Founded in 2009 in Silicon Valley in the United States, APsystems has grown to become the world’s number 2 in the solar inverter microinverter segment. Offering a wide range of micro-inverter solutions ideal for residential and large roofs, APsystems continues to be a leader in photovoltaic innovation worldwide. Certified ISO9001 and ISO 14001 and profitable since 2012, APsystems offers guaranteed products up to 20 years. APsystems serves through its network of partners, thousands of customers in over 80 countries worldwide.

Come & visit us to talk with our team and get the latest information on our product portfolio including new powerful innovations for 2019  at the BePOSITIVE show.

Date: 13th-15th February 2019

Booth# : 6L29

Venue : Eurexpo exhibition center, Lyon, France

APsystems to Launch QS1 Four-Module 1200W Microinverter at Solar Power International, USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEATTLE, Wa.; ROTTERDAM, Netherlands; JIAXING, China – August 27, 2018 – APsystems will unveil the QS1, a four-module, single phase microinverter for residential applications at the Solar Power International trade show in Anaheim, USA. A new design for APsystems, the QS1 offers 75% faster installation time, while offering the highest peak output power and up to 3X faster transmission speed than conventional microinverters. A wider MPPT voltage range will result in a greater energy harvest for homeowners.

The first of its kind, the QS1 is designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhanced capability and significantly reduce installation time and costs while providing an unprecedented level of power with four independent MPPT per channel. Common AC trunk cabling with the dual-module YC600, offers flexible mix-and-match compatibility on the same circuit and with the same gateway (ECU-R or ECU-C).

The unit also builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, offering reduced logistics costs and integrated communication and connection features.

The new microinverter will debut at the APsystems booth #2838 September 25-27 at SPI, USA.