Invitation Solar Solutions September ’21

Discover the new APsystems microinverters at Solar Solutions.

You are invited to the Solar Solutions trade fair in the Netherlands to get acquainted with the latest products and our professionals from 28 to 30 September ’21 in Vijfhuizen.

Solar Solutions is the largest special interest fair for heating, cooling and ventilation. You can find information about both energy generation and sustainable heating. At the APsystems booth you can get to know the latest microinverter, the DS3, an advanced microinverter for connecting 2 solar panels, for a maximum output power of almost 900VA, the solution for residential and commercial PV. In addition to the APsystems café, where we would like to welcome you, the prizes will also be handed over to the winners of the APsystems photo competition. The best entries during the summer months will be rewarded with a Bol.com voucher of no less than €500! Dutch installers can still participate in September. Look here for the landing page (in Dutch).

During Solar Solutions, manufacturers, distributors and installers from different countries show their latest products, solutions and concepts.

As well as its microinverters, APsystems also offers monitoring and analysis software. When connected to the advanced EMA (Energy Communication Unit) module, a user-friendly interface allows you to analyze the performance of each solar panel and each microinverter and detect and even resolve any malfunctions. Consumption monitoring is also an option. Visit us during Solar Solutions at booth C9.1 at the Expo Haarlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands  and let us inform you about the smart products of APsystems. With the code APSYSTEMS you can get free access, all you have to do is register with the invitation code and save 75 € !

We look forward seeing you at Solar Solutions.

APsystems at SNEC 15th Conference & Exhibition, Booth#: E7-550, June 3-5, 2021, Shanghai, China

Don’t miss the opportunity to get updated on the latest APsystems innovations to come in 2021.

Following a very special period for everyone, the whole APsystems team is now more than ever delighted and excited to present you a full range of innovations ranging from a complete new multi-module microinverters platform to future-oriented advanced rapid shutdown solutions and sneak preview on our upcoming module AC storage solution.

Highlights of day 1.

Celebrate live certification on APsystems booth!

APsystems booth has hold the on-site certification ceremony for the new generation of dual-core Rapid shutdown products. CSA Group leaders have visited APsystems booth of and issued relevant product certificates on site in presence of our co-founder, CEO and Chairman, Dr Zhi Min Ling.

Solar professionals upgrade their skills with live training on MLPE solutions.

Every day at 11 am and 14.30 PM, APsystems technical experts share best installation practices, system introduction and case studies analysis on the latest microinverters, rapid shutdown products and energy storage solutions onsite

Still 1 day to go! Register and visit us, booth E7 550.

APsystems Launches EMA Manager App, an all-in-one application for solar professionals

APsystems introduces the EMA Manager app, a new app to manage APsystems microinverter system commissioning, monitoring and troubleshooting.

Installers can now enhance their customers service capabilities anywhere, anytime via their smartphone or tablet. This app conveniently streamlines monitored system installation while providing installers with many new and improved features for remote site management.

Benefit from all existing features available in the EMA web portal on your smartphone or tablet using a single sign-in. Real-time systems check, diagnostics capabilities and troubleshooting are now coming to your hands with the EMA Manager App. This new app, available on Google Play and APP Store which also includes a revamped ECU_APP, provides additional features including, ECU and microinverter connectivity, energy production, system troubleshooting, and full site configuration and monitoring capability without the need to be on-site.

Included in the new app are installer-specific statistics, including total number of customers, inverters installed, and total energy produced which provides installers with valuable information as well as a unique selling tool to showcase their environmental impact.

The new app is being introduced as APsystems has recently surpassed 100,000 registered installations in more than 120 countries on its EMA platform. As APsystems’ footprint continues to grow worldwide, this app redefines ease of solar inverter installation just as APsystems has redefined simplicity and convenience in its easy-to-install inverter platform.

Sizing of PV-system increases yield dramatically

Correct sizing of PV system is important for increasing yield

What is the DC-AC ratio of solar panels connected to an inverter? Within the design of a PV system, the capacity of the solar panels exceeding the capacity of the inverter is called oversizing. Reasonable over ratio design can significantly optimize inverter yields, reduce AC side equipment costs and increase overall efficiency.

Why is oversizing necessary?

The nominal power of the solar panels is the maximum output under ideal conditions in a test laboratory. However, in normal life circumstances appear to be more complex, the weather is not a constant, so the output power of panels is always variable. Due to many factors, losses inevitably occur which will cause the output power of the panels to be lower than the rated power tested. If you would you like to know more about the factors that can affect the output power of modules, such as

  1. The sun as an energy source
  2. Degradation of solar panels
  3. The angle of the solar panel
  4. Other factors

 

Summary: This article demonstrates that the actual output power of the modules is lower at their nominal power. In order to improve the utilization rate of the inverter, it is considered good practice to use DC side oversizing. Using the NREL-SAM simulation example, the data proves that increasing the DC-to-AC ratio will result in higher power generation. Although there may be a loss through clipping, the increase in power generation of the system is always greater than the loss caused by clipping.The optimum ratio of direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) ) requires a full consideration of the benefits of system power generation, system installation costs, operation and maintenance costs, and overall system production (loss of module production and mismatch effects associates etc.), in order to strike a balance between the increased costs by over-sizing on the DC side and the revenue gains generated by the electricity production of the system. Reasonable DC to AC ratio can increase system profits, reduce system cost per kilowatt hour, and maximize overall profits.

Please read the full paper on sizing.

 

APsystems looks ahead after a record 2020

New APsystems dual microinverter, the DS3

Despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the solar industry and the global economy overall, 2020 was a banner year for APsystems, which continues to advance its leadership in multi-module microinverter solutions.

The international company celebrated its 10th anniversary, surpassed 1 GW in microinverter shipments, marked a one-day delivery milestone, and further strengthened its relationships with partner companies, particularly in the emerging Latin American (LATAM) market.

The beginning

APsystems was founded in Silicon Valley in 2010 and has become a global leader in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of module-level power electronics (MLPE) products based on its solar technology.

The company’s co-founders, President and CEO Dr. Zhi-Min Ling and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Yuhao Luo, both have experience in the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, having served in leading roles at Xilinx and Solaria Corp.

Within about two years, APsystems launched its first single and duo microinverter products. Later, the company launched the YC1000, the first native three-phase quad microinverter, then the dual microinverter YC600 with RPC function, and the QS1 microinverter.

In 2016, Olivier Jacques joined APsystems as vice president. With experience across many high-tech industries, including executive-level positions at Enphase Energy and Samsung Electronics, Jacques played an important role in increasing revenues, developing sales channels, launching a new product platform, and repositioning the company as a value-added solutions provider.

Alvin Xianyu, APsystems LATAM director

Today, APsystems has grown to encompass several global subsidiaries with warehouses, sales, marketing, and technical support teams around the world, including LatAm, Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific, serving customers in more than 120 countries.

Main products include both AC-side microinverters and DC-side rapid shutdown devices for residential and commercial solar installations. The company’s EMA energy monitoring and analysis software also provides customer control over each individual module and microinverter in a solar array.

Alvin Xianyu, LATAM director of APsystems, called the company’s 10-year anniversary a “major landmark,” especially in the evolving inverter industry. “It has been a long and exciting journey,” said Xianyu. “The path we’ve taken to get here has been incredibly fulfilling and has brought a strong sense of accomplishment.”

The company has also been profitable each of the past nine years.

“Staying alive is one thing,” said Xianyu, “but growing profitably when you need to heavily invest in R&D on one side, while keeping enough agility to adapt to an ever-changing emerging market on the other side, is another challenge.”

He added that APsystems’ success is primarily due to the “hard work, determination, and patience of the hundreds of talented and committed people who have joined and believed in this company over the years.”

The milestones

By the end of 2020, APsystems’ global cumulative microinverter shipments surpassed 1 GW, representing more than 3.5 million individual units. They are expected to generate a total 1.24 billion kWh annually and reduce carbon dioxide output by 910,000 tons, equal to the environmental benefits of 45 million trees.

When the impacts of Covid-19 started in early 2020, APsystems adjusted its production and business strategy in a timely manner and achieved growth in several main markets, including the United States, Europe, and LatAm.

APsystems plans to keep concentrating on product and market development. In fact, the company’s next goal is to achieve 1 GW of microinverter shipments annually.

It also reached a one-day delivery milestone last year: On Dec. 1, 2020, the company shipped 22,000 microinverter units totaling over 27 MW. Xianyu said the units were mostly quad microinverters, which offer distributors and installers increased reliability and lower MLPE system costs.

He added the delivery represented a record-setting moment for APsystems and an achievement for any inverter supplier to ship such volume in a single day.

Building long-term partnerships

In 2020, APsystems remained focused on steady growth in the emerging LatAm solar market, especially Brazil. To support that growth, the company also devoted itself to strengthening its relationships with key regional partners.

The company has been in the LatAm market for over eight years, and its products have earned a good reputation among regional installers and other industry stakeholders. Xianyu said the company saw the strong potential of the “fast-growing” LatAm market.

“When you combine sufficient solar irradiance with supportive policies on clean energy from local governments, you obtain strong driving factors which set the foundation for a growing and sustainable solar business in LatAm,” he explained.

Another key to APsystems’ success in LatAm has been close collaboration with leading distributors. The company has been working with Ecori Energia Solar, one of the largest distributed generation (DG) PV system distributors in Brazil, for almost six years. Their partnership has helped increase APsystems’ presence in the promising Brazilian market.

“Both of us have the same view of the MLPE segment, and we treat each other as reliable partners as well as good friends,” said Xianyu.

Leandro Martins, president and founder of Ecori

“With a great sense of professionalism and ethics, together we created this market from scratch,” said Martins. “Our resellers started to migrate their sales from other technologies to APsystems microinverters, and they love it.”

Xianyu credited Ecori’s large business and service network in Brazil to the company’s “very professional team highly responsible for added value and contribution to this market through consistent best-in-class technical support and training.”

Although Brazil is among LatAm’s largest solar markets, it still has some obstacles to overcome. “Each coin has two sides; opportunity and challenge always coexist,” said Xianyu.

He said APsystems keeps an eye on uncertainties like potential policy change, unstable exchange rates, and other big challenges like the unexpected impact of Covid-19. Xianyu also cited a desire to continually lower system costs so that microinverter solutions gain even more interest in commercial applications.

“The greatest challenge we face here is to ensure the resellers also do a great job on their installations,” said Martins. “We know that education and training are key for newcomers in the market, as many new companies need to acquire the necessary knowledge to guarantee high-quality installation services for residential and commercial system owners. We believe this is improving.”

Martins pointed out that Ecori offers free training, both online and at the company’s center in São Paulo city. He said, “We are always available to make our market more professional.”

Another challenge is the discussion over potential changes to Brazil’s DG rules. Martins said he hopes the country’s politicians will protect the solar industry, noting President Jair Bolsonaro “already gave many speeches in its favor.” Martins said some associations, such as Movimento Solar Livre, are also “doing a great job trying to avoid any kind of taxation.”

Both Martins and Xianyu are pleased and encouraged to see Brazil’s DG market becoming increasingly mature.

According to Brazilian solar association ABSolar, the country recently surpassed the historic mark of 7 GW of operational PV power. DG solar accounted for most of that capacity, with more than 4 GW installed. Brazil’s government also recently set a target of 45% renewables by 2050.

To help expand Brazil’s MLPE use, APsystems and Ecori plan on maintaining their partnership. Martins said the companies’ six-year relationship is “just the beginning of a very long journey together.”

The future

APsystems already has some new solutions under development. Xianyu said the company will launch a new generation of microinverters for both residential and large roofs based on an entirely new architecture in a few months.

New APsystems dual microinverter, the DS3

 

For example, Xianyu mentioned the new APsystems dual microinverter, the DS3. He said this third-generation dual microinverter is the result of unprecedented integration work that has enabled APsystems to reduce the number of components by 20%. It will offer unprecedented power density, delivering 50% more AC output power than the YC600, and will be “fully compatible with our current single-phase dual and quad, the YC600 & QS1, for installation on the same roof.”

After celebrating the company’s 10-year anniversary, reaching milestones, and strengthening key partnerships in emerging markets, APsystems is excited about the future.

“APsystems is now well recognized for its leadership in multi-module microinverter solutions, bringing innovative products to market that are built to last,” said Xianyu. “This is the DNA of the company and will continue to be.”

APsystems is proud to receive the “Top Brand PV Seal” for inverters on the French market from EUPD Research.

For the second consecutive year, the “Top Brand PV SEAL award” given to APsystems, is the outcome of an analysis based on a survey with 100 French PV installers. The data collected from installers in the second half of 2020 form the basis of this result.

 

“EUPD Research has more than 20 years of experience in the sector. This know-how is unique in the PV industry. We are pleased to see APsystems ranking among the Top PV brands in the inverter category in the French market. This unique seal is the result of a fully independent evaluation, and various individual factors were taken into account in the analysis of the APsystems brand.” said Dr. Martin Ammon, COO at EUPD Research.

Based on years of research, EUPD Research has developed an annual evaluation model to focus on aspects of a successful brand management. The seal is designed to present a complete view of the brand, in which various characteristics of the product play a role.

APsystems continues to consolidate its leadership in multi-module microinverter solutions that offer innovative products designed to last. A new generation of microinverters for both residential and large roofs based on an entirely new architecture will be introduced to market in few months. The DS3, the 3rd generation of dual microinverter will be available in June and will offer unprecedented power density with 900 W AC. It will also offer full compatibility with our current single-phase dual and quad, the YC600 & QS1, for installation on the same roof.

Last year, APsystems’ global cumulative microinverter shipments surpassed 1 GW, representing more than 3.5 million individual units.  The expected solar power generation will reach a total 1,24 billion kWh annually, reducing 910 000 tons of carbon dioxide, and equal the environmental benefits of over 45 million trees.

APsystems offers the widest range of microinverter solutions to solar professionals and continues to be a leader in photovoltaic innovation, serving its clients in more than 120 countries around the world with local teams spread across Europe and offices, France, Lyon and Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

Discover the article on PES solar edition

AND THE WINNERS OF THE APSYSTEMS QUIZ ARE…..

Few weeks ago, APsystems launched a short quiz about the new generation of microinverters planned for launch in 2021. In participating, respondents had a chance to win Amazon vouchers worth of 50 or 100€. We would like to thank everyone for his / her participation.

With over 200 participants coming from 10 countries, we are delighted to announce the list of winners from the draw. Congratulations !

  • Jose Martinho Martins Araújo, Portugal
  • Artur Chmura, Poland
  • Eduardo Almeida, Portugal,
  • Kurt Farrugia, Cyprus
  • Anais Chan, France
  • Jonathan Wagner, France
  • Alain Plo, France
  • Rene Caracciolo France
  • Virginie Leveque, France
  • Patrick Rousset, France
  • Borja Rodri­guez-Rey Moreno, Spain
  • Jose Eduardo Londono Enriquez, Spain
  • Luis Miguel Diez Molinero, Spain
  • Daniel Aguilar Pedraza, Spain
  • Ferdy Koole, The Netherlands
  • Patrick Gorter, The Netherlands
  • Rick van Kempen, The Netherlands
  • Marco Smit, The Netherlands
  • Enzo den Rooijen, The Netherlands
  • Erik de Zwart, The Netherlands

 

 

 

We wish the winners a lot of fun choosing their prize on Amazon! Would you also like to participate and have a chance and also be informed of APsystems news, training courses or to be kept informed of other developments, register for our newsletter . No price won this time? Nothing to worry about! Because there will probably be a promotion again. So watch our newsletter.

APsystems takes part in the Polish downstream market briefing 2021, a live event part of Solar & Storage DigiCon virtual roadshow

APsystems continues to take part in the Solar and Storage DigiCon conference series : the first digital trade fair with regular live conference programs 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 Live day Poland on February 4th.

The session will include :

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

Also join APsystems live presentation from Stéphane Dufrenne @10.05 am on Feb 4th.

More information is available HERE

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 approximately September 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 approximately September 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. »