APsystems Powerful Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Powerful Innovation for a Sustainable Future

World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, annually to encourage awareness and environmental protection. According to the United Nations, “the celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises, and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.” The day is celebrated by engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue and broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct also for individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.

The theme of World Environment 2020 is ‘celebrating biodiversity’ — a concern that is urgent and existential. The current environmental could be considered of a warning that we must heel collectively or must fundamentally rethink our relationship with the living world, with natural ecosystems and their biodiversity. It is about time to control our lifestyle and contribute to saving the environment by shunning use of plastic, growing trees and using alternative sources of energy. Most of the electricity used by us is generated fossil fuels emits greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) causing pollution. These harmful gases also contribute depletion of the ozone layer. Therefore we must turn to solar, wind, or geothermal energy. Installing a solar energy system is an incredibly beneficial financial decision for your home or business, it can also contribute substantially to the wellness of the environment and to public health as a whole.

By using solar, you can reduce demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions, shrink your carbon footprint or decrease the risk of health issues.  APsystems has given a massive push towards renewable energy generation. All over the world, there are over 100.000 installations with APsystems Microinverters having generated more than 1.2 TW of solar energy by now and resulting in more than 226.000 tons of carbon offset.

See how APsystems contributes to a more sustainable and healthy future on the video.

 

 

 

APsystems is proud to receive the “Top Brand PV” seal from EUPD Research in the category of inverters for the French market.

Based on years of research, EUPD has developed an annual evaluation model to focus on aspects of successful brand management. The results of the research data collected from installers form the basis of this fully independent evaluation, and more than 10 individual factors were taken into account in the Analysis of the APsystems brand.

“EUPD Research has more than 15 years of experience conducting interviews with installers in the sector. This constant dialogue is unique in the PV market. We are delighted to award APsystems the “Top Brand PV seal” in the category of inverters on the French market. This unique seal is the result of analysis and interviews carried out with more than 100 installers based in France at the end of 2019.” has declared Saif Islam, Senior Consultant at EUPD Research.

The seal is designed to present a complete view of the brand, in which the aspects related to brand awareness and satisfaction are involved as well as its presence in the distribution and its ability to become, for installers, a reference brand in their customer recommendations. The technical properties and characteristics of the brand’s products obviously play a role in this appreciation from solar professionals.  APsystems has built expertise in module-level power electronics (MLPE) for more than 10 years, with over 110 patents on its products and has become the world’s number one manufacturer in the multi-module microinverter segment for solar.

Offering the widest range of microinverter solutions with the YC600 and QS1 in single-phase for residential and the YC1000 in three-phase native for large roofs, APsystems continues to be a leader in photovoltaic innovation serving its clients in more than 80 countries around the world with a team and a local office, close to its French customers, based in Lyon

 

 

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

Intersolution: trade fair for solar energy in Belgium, January 15th and 16th in Ghent

Meet Rexel and APsystems during Intersolution

On Wednesday 15th  and Thursday 16th of January 2020, the 9th edition of InterSolution, the network and trade fair for solar energy in the Benelux, will take place in Flanders Expo Ghent,

The attention and demand for solar energy increases enormously every year, not only do companies invest more and more in solar solutions, but also residential house owners. Solar energy is and remains the future. In previous editions where an average of 3,800 visitors were registered – an international B2B forum is organized for the solar industry during InterSolution 2020, where supply and demand meet.

Leading suppliers from Europe demonstrate their latest novelties, latest products in the field of solar panels and energy storage, mounting systems and control technologies, software and monitoring. A visit to InterSolution is instructive for every professional who comes into contact with the solar business, such as installers, electricians, contractors, roofers, plumbers, architects, housing corporations and associations. Together with Rexel, APsystems shows not only practical but also the latest solutions at Intersolution.

The collaboration between Rexel Belgium and APsystems contributes to more smart solutions for a sustainable world.

APsystems also supports Rexel in sales, support, training and marketing. Like other official APsystems distributors, Rexel offers installers the right knowledge of APsystems products for the best possible experience.

Come and meet both APsystems  & Rexel teams on booth 8103, 15th and 16th of January in Ghent.

 

APsystems Launches QS1 Four-Module 1200W AC Microinverter

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

ANAHEIM, USA – September 24th, 2018 – APsystems unveils 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 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, the highest among microinverters. The unit also significantly reduces installation time and costs, taking the place of four conventional microinverters per each QS1 installed while still providing four independent MPPT.

The QS1 utilizes a common AC trunk cabling with the dual-module YC600, offering flexible mix-and-match compatibility on the same circuit to enhance site design capability and maximize circuit capacity. Both microinverters also 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.

“Compatibility with the existing YC600 microinverter system gives the QS1 an unprecedented advantage,” said APsystems Chief Technology Officer Dr. Yuhao Luo. “Mixing dual and quad microinverters in the same system adds design flexibility while offering a strong inventory and installation labor advantage over conventional microinverters.”

Today’s solar systems require a more robust communication architecture to manage significantly more data points and in-field software updates. A 2.4GHz wireless Zigbee mesh network offers enhanced data transmissions speed, up to three times faster than conventional powerline communication (PLC).

The QS1 builds on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, offering reduced logistics costs, integrated communication and connection features, and a wider MPPT voltage range for greater energy harvest during low light conditions.

The new microinverter will be on display at the APsystems booth #2838 at Solar Power International, USA.

APsystems joined the approved vendor list for Sunnova, a leading U.S. residential solar and energy storage service provider.

APsystems joined the approved vendor list for Sunnova, a leading U.S. residential solar and energy storage service provider.

Read PES solar article here

The agreement brings APsystems advanced microinverter technology to Sunnova’s portfolio of top-tier, consumer-friendly solar services. Sunnova offers an array of solar lease, lease-to-own, and power-purchase options for customers all across the United States.

“Sunnova has earned a strong reputation for easy, no-nonsense solar packages for consumers,” said Jason Higginson, Senior Director of Marketing for APsystems USA. “We’re glad to bring our solar microinverter technology to their platform, to help more homeowners nationwide enjoy energy self-sufficiency and savings.”

“Our goal is to offer our customers a brilliant choice for energizing their lives,” said John Santo Salvo, SVP of Channel Operations and Chief Procurement Officer at Sunnova. “We believe APsystems’ advanced microinverter offering is an ideal addition to our customer-empowering portfolio of solar solutions.”

APsystems to deliver micro-inverter technology to Subsol in France

SUBSOL selects APsystems’ micro-inverter technology for a large scale social housing project supplying solar energy to more than 680 homes in the metropolitan area of Vienne, France.

More than 280 residential and small commercial roofs with an average power of 8 to 9 kWp will be equipped with innovative micro-inverter solutions from APsystems.

  LYON, France – 18 September 2017 – APsystems, the world leader in microinverter technology for the solar industry, today announced that it has been selected by SUBSOL, a design office and developer of roof integrated solar power plants, to be its partner in providing micro-inverter solutions for over 12,000 sqm of solar roofing, an unprecedented project in the metropolitan area of Vienne, Isère, France. A portfolio combining individual and collective multi-residential social housing projects and some small commercial public buildings will be able to provide approximately 2MWh/year, equivalent to the annual consumption of 680 households.

“It is a project put into place by the mayor, financed by local authorities and citizens, and developed above all to bring added value to the territory. SUBSOL is committed to these socially responsible projects and wishes to develop awareness of energy efficiency among tenants.” Said Jean-Baptiste Rouquerol, CEO of SUBSOL.

“We chose APsystems because of its extensive range of micro-inverter solutions, making it possible to easily address single-phase residential projects as well as small commercial buildings with a native 3-phase microinverter solution. The fact of having a local team to support us throughout the project, from the study phase to the ongoing installation phase, has reinforced our decision to work with APsystems.”.

The project is scheduled for completion by July 2018 at a rate of 45 installations per month. Thanks to APsystems’ complete solution that includes 1 micro-inverter for 2 or 4 panels, cables and accessories and an ECU communication gateway used to commission the system, enabling access to online energy monitoring anywhere, anytime via the EMA portal, the installation team, an average of 3 people, is able to complete an 8 or 9kWp installation in only 2 days, ensuring that each site meets its completion date.

“We are delighted to take part in such an avant-garde project. The innovation not only comes from the business model it is based on but also from the social dimension it carries. Solar energy in urban and built-up areas allows room for more innovative, safe and productive solutions, such as APsystems microinverters. We are convinced that this solar operation in Vienne will be a great success, and that it will be a source of inspiration for other cities,” said Olivier Jacques, Executive Vice President, APsystems.

See related coverage articles in the specialized European press :

Photon here

PES Solar here

PV Europe here

Renewable Energy Magazine here

Smart Software for fewer truck rolls

By Larry Busby, Technical Services Manager at APsystems USA

For a PV installer, there’s nothing worse than having to return to a jobsite. Except, of course, having to do it more than once. We’ve all heard the expression “work smarter, not harder,” but you would be surprised how often solar installers get in a truck and roll out to a jobsite to adjust or repair something that probably could have been fixed remotely back at HQ. Many software-savvy solar installers are boning up on best-practices to better utilize the systems and information already available to them—most of it right at their fingertips—to save both time and money.

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For solar arrays, the most critical software typically lies within the power conversion devices, gateways and interconnected online monitoring platform provided by the inverter manufacturer. The online platform not only monitors the performance of the system, but also tracks a profusion of data points simultaneously and stores that information in the cloud. By checking certain performance specs, settings, activity and historical data, installers can quickly troubleshoot and fix common hitches or, at worst, narrow down the problem that’s plaguing a PV system.

Every inverter monitoring interface is a little different, but much of the information and tools available are typically the same. With an MLPE system like microinverters, you’re able to drill down to the PV panel level to see what each module is producing at any given time. When troubleshooting a system issue, or perhaps if you see a PV panel which is reporting low or zero watts, first try rebooting the system remotely if your monitoring platform offers that capability. With some systems, a reboot may help the interface identify the issue or it might reset the array to its default parameters in case an unusual grid event threw a monkey wrench at it. It could also spur the system to begin downloading recent updates which may have stalled when the system encountered the issue. You may even consider rebooting more than once.

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If you’re still troubleshooting the issue, check the DC side of your system. For a microinverter system, you want to be sure each inverter is reporting at its minimal operating range (such as 16V) incoming DC from the panel. Next, check your AC output. If your system shows it registering 0V or 120V, the inverter may not be sensing the grid or enough volts from the grid to register as a 230V grid connection. Without an identified grid connection, the inverter will not convert energy, so if you see this as an issue with multiple sequential inverters, it could be a cable or connector problem. If it applies to the entire string or array, the problem could be a loose wire in the junction box, or a tripped or off breaker.

With a low wattage problem, you can drill down to the panel level online and check the voltage. If it’s registering under its minimal operating range, it’s likely a panel problem and not the inverter. You may still have to visit the site, but at least you know what you’re replacing and exactly where it is on the array which saves you time troubleshooting. When you hit the site, unplug the suspect panel from the inverter and take a live load DC voltage and current reading. If your panel is reading below its minimum startup voltage and 0 current, then the panel is the culprit and needs replacing.

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Also, don’t underestimate the value of historical data. Looking back over a system’s history—especially that of a single panel—may allow you to identify recurring issues that seem to affect that particular panel. Perhaps a chimney shadow hits the panel at the same time each day. You can look back through the production history to see if it occurs often, or if you have multiple installations in a particular area, you can check each of those when you see unusual grid activity to see if and how it may be affecting your other sites.

Understanding what the site metrics are telling you will give you better insight into what’s happening at a job site. Learning what you can do to troubleshoot an issue online can not only save you a truck roll, but also significantly reduce your time identifying the problem if you do have to drive to the site. Most importantly, if you do need to hit the job site, remember that safety is paramount and to always turn off the AC before doing any work on the roof.

APsystems at the JF4S 9th PV Briefing and Networking @ Intersolar Europe

APsystems  participated in the 9th ‘PV Briefing & Networking Forum Europe’ on Thursday, 1 June 2017 from 10.00 am to 11.30 am at Intersolar Europe in Munich, Hall 4 Booth A4.530 in the Innovation and Application Forum.

In addition to a lively exchange of ideas and knowledge, the programme offered outstanding networking opportunities with more than 200 like-minded experts from the international solar and energy storage industry.

Olivier Jacques, APsystems’ Executive Vice President, has been a featured speaker at the panel discussion entitled Future Paths for the European Solar Business – Winning Strategies to Compete in the Market of Tomorrow,  part of the conference.

For more information on the Joint Forces for Solar 9th PV Briefing & Networking Forum Europe, click here.

 

Olivier Jacques named APsystems Executive Vice President of USA & EMEA

Extract from PES Solar website, May 10th, 2017. 

SEATTLE, Wa., and LYON, France – May 10 2017— APsystems, the global leader in advanced microinverter technology for the solar PV industry, today announced Olivier Jacques has been named Executive Vice President, USA & EMEA. Jacques is based in Lyon, France and most recently served as APsystems Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He will report to Dr. Zhi-Min Ling, Co-founder, President & CEO of APsystems worldwide.

 

“APsystems globalization and scale have increased dramatically under Olivier Jacques’ leadership,” said Dr. Ling. “His appointment to EVP of USA and EMEA opens up new horizons for product portfolio development, go-to-market strategies, and the MLPE innovation for which APsystems is known worldwide.”

Jacques will be a featured speaker at the upcoming GTM Solar Summit, May 16-18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. He will appear at the forum “Residential Inverters – Differentiating in a Maturing Market,” at 2 p.m. May 17. See www.greentechmedia.com for information.

“I am delighted to lead APsystems’ next stage of growth across USA and EMEA, two of the most developed PV regions in the world,” Jacques said. “Synergies are becoming more and more evident as the fast-growing PV industry is maturing. We are observing convergence today with tomorrow’s winning business models, system sophistication and customer expectations. In this context, I believe APsystems is now ideally positioned within this dynamic.”

Read the full article on PES (Power Energy Solutions) Solar website  here 

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