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.

Job opening : APsystems seeks a (Technical) Sales Manager Spain to join our highly successful Sales Team.

 

Continuing with its development in the Iberian Peninsula, APsystems is hiring a (Technical) Sales Manager in Spain.
Working closely with the European sales and marketing team, technical support and sales administration, the Spain-based position requires autonomy, and negotiation skills. Join a human-sized, profitable and innovative company, leader in its market.

Specific Responsibilities include:

• Develop sales and penetration of the products of the company in Spain
• Establish strategic and tactical plans to develop, improve, expand, and maintain distribution channels and installers network.
• Supervise the success of these strategies and develop value proposition that ensures that APsystems attracts the best dealers to meet our objectives
• Inform on a regular basis about competition, market shares, price trends, legislation, key figures of the market.
• Provide technical support to customers in relationship with the customer support team.
• Educate his market to the Micro inverter solution : Provide training on Micro inverters solutions to Distributors and installers.
• Collaborate in the marketing campaigns that the company conducts in the Spanish market.

You must have an outgoing personality along with an exceptional level of drive and a desire to learn new skills and to build a career in sales and marketing. You should have excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and active listening skills, as well as the ability to work autonomously. Specific qualifications for the role include:
• 3/4-year college degree in business or technical (eletricity, eletronics or related)
• At least 5 years experience working in Sales area and technical knowledge and interest of the photovoltaics industry
• Evidence that you are a Top Performer in your current role,
• Autonomous and self-driven,
• Fluency in Spanish and operationnal English is a must to be eligible for this role, (French and/or Portuguese are a plus)
• Knowledge of the PV industry
• Superior communication skills and the ability to build reporting,
• Ability to work under pressure and managing multiple tasks,
• Ability to work well in an international startup team environment.

Additional Information

• Working closely with a cross functional team of highly motivated and intelligent folks with a unique range of startup and enterprise experience
• Vibrant company culture
• Fixed + variable salary – Car allowance
Location: Spain – Home office

When: ASAP

Reports to Sales Director Western and South Europe

Are you interested? Please send your CV and a cover letter to let us know more about you at : emea@apsystems.com

APsystems does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected category.

About APsystems

10 years of innovation, an international impact
Expert in power electronics at the module level (MLPE) for over 10 years, APsystems has more than 130 patents on its products and has become # 1 multi-module microinverter manufacturer in the world. Offering the widest range of microinverter solutions with the YC600 and QS1 in single-phase for residential and the YC1000 native three-phase QUAD for large roofs, APsystems will continue to be a leader in photovoltaic innovation with several new microinverters planned to be launched in the next 18 months. Join a profitable human-sized company serving customers in more than 120 countries around the world.
Join us, we’re looking for collaborative, fun and passionate people to help us make a difference!

Ecological transition report – APsystems, the high tech solar company – published in MANAGEMENT, French magazine, September 2020

 

Discover the exclusive interview from Olivier Jacques, President, Global Executive VP at APsystems, who looks back on the background and prospects of APsystems.

Extract: In 2020, APsystems celebrates 10 years as a leader in the microinverter market. A cocktail of innovation and daring, APsystems optimizes photovoltaic installations with state-of-the-art products and monitoring accessible to all. Thanks to its openness and its ability to adapt, the company has positioned itself as a benchmark in its sector in 120 countries and can boast of being profitable since 2012. Camille Erder, journalist for Management meets Olivier Jacques, President, Global Executive VP at APsystems.

Camille Erder: How do you explain the hypergrowth of APsystems?

Olivier Jacques: APsystems started in 2010 as a research laboratory in Silicon Valley. When I took over as Executive VP a little over five years ago, I understood that we had to focus on marketing by opening up internationally and offering simple and connected products. APsystems has strongly contributed to the democratization of the solar energy market thanks to its software accessible to all. Our ability to innovate and adapt has enabled us to export our range of products and services all over the world and to build trusted partnerships with many companies, both in the industrial and tertiary fields and in the residential sector.

The DNA of the company is its profitability and the secret of our success is the regular questioning of our positioning, the free will of our teams and the overall nature of our multicultural company.

Camille Erder: Does the ecological transition impact your projects?

Olivier Jacques: The energy transition pushes us more than ever to innovate in order to provide ecological solutions while preserving user comfort. For us, technology is the answer … APsystems favors interactions with energy suppliers to advance in the ecological transition, by finding alternative energy sources and by adapting our future installations.

Read the entire interview (Available in French).

The camping Igueldo in San Sebastián, Spain moves to self-consumption with APsystems latest microinverter technology

Ekisolar has equipped 32 bungalows of the Igueldo campsite in self-consumption with ZigBee powered QS1 microinverters.

“The main advantage of APsystems is that it is the technology that best suits this environment. It should be noted that it is an environment quite shaded with lots of trees , and buildings with different locations and orientations so the only possible solution for an environment like this is microinverter technology“. Says José Ignacio Mendoza, Managing Partner of Ekisolar. “The installation took about 2 weeks. This project guarantees a good functioning and certainly for the customer a high profitability” he adds.

We have chosen a solar solution for our campsite because the cost of light has been increasing. Every day we needed to contract more power and with solar panels we will perform self-consumption with an clean viable and profitable energy.
My opinion regarding the development of this project is very positive and we are very happy about how the entire installation led by Ekisolar has been executed. We have already seen that the the project and the installation with APsystems has a shown good result” has said Oscar Arana, Manager of Camping Igueldo.

New APsystems project references video available

Did You Know? APsystems products are installed both in residential and C&I , powering the next generation of Zero-Energy Buildings all over the world.  From Europe to Australia, the USA or China, APsystems serves solar professionals in more than 80 countries.

See how APsystems and its installation partners contribute to a more sustainable energy future through solar powered buildings across the world. You can also download our project references PDF overview here.

 

 

 

Interview from Dr Ling, co-founder and Chairman at APsystems

When uncertain times defy innovation, new opportunities shine brightly for a long time.

This year marks APsystems’ 10th anniversary. While the situation worldwide is facing unexpected challenges on many fronts during this very particular year 2020 with the Coronavirus pandemic, Dr Zhi Min Ling, co-founder and chairman of APsystems, shares his views on his entrepreneurial story with APsystems from its very beginning when the economic effects of the 2008 financial crisis were still strongly present to where APsystems is today, having become the #1 multi-module microinverter supplier in the world. It is as if challenging uncertainty could also be a key in building long-lasting opportunities.

2020 is the year of APsystems celebrating its 1st decade, how does it make you feel?

Fortunate, honored and grateful. It is a major milestone for the company, especially in this very fast-changing inverter industry which is at the crossroads of high-tech microelectronics, energy and environmentally-friendly building sectors. Staying alive is one thing 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. The fact that we have been growing for 10 years while reaching profitability every year since 2012, is primarily down 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.

What encouraged you to set up APsystems? And how has the company evolved over the years?

The company has changed dramatically for sure. We can look at the company’s development in two phases, I think. The foundation 2010 – 2012: it was the very beginning where every priority was focused on setting up our expertise in power electronics conversion designs to create a robust and cost-efficient microinverter solution. Within about two years, we managed to design, manufacture and launch our 1st single and duo microinverter products with the YC250 and YC500 which later became the best-selling duo microinverter worldwide. We set up our headquarters in Jiaxing, China, where we still manufacture our products thanks to the help of TDG group, our main shareholder and share our R&D department between Jiaxing and Cupertino….Then the 2nd phase was characterized by one obsession: how to make APsystems Grow Internationally with no compromise to profitability. Although we are still in this phase with constant profitability every year since 2012, I would say that over the past six years (2013-2019), and especially since Olivier Jacques joined the company in 2015, we have managed to structure ourselves by Business Units on all continents enabling us to serve our customers in more than 80 countries today.

What were the main challenges along the way?

It is quite fascinating to be able to be part of this solar revolution. Helping to make solar an affordable clean energy solution to everyone on this earth is inspiring but of course, the technological challenges are big. If you take communications for example, microinverters manage a considerable number of data points that need to be communicated back from the microinverters through the gateway and to the monitoring platform in the cloud. This means when systems like the YC1000, QS1 and YC600 apply remote firmware upgrades, this creates a demanding bidirectional data flow and traditional powerline communication isn’t going to cut it. This is the reason why we moved our portfolio to high-speed wireless Zigbee, which is up to three times faster than conventional powerline communication (PLC), creating a local 2.4GHz mesh network for fast and reliable data communication between the microinverters and the gateway.

Another constant challenge has been to adapt to increasingly complex market needs. The progressive integration of PV into the electricity networks has required Inverter manufacturers in many countries to release products capable of interacting in real-time with grid operators. Whether it is to adjust the PV production instantaneously, depending on the state of the network, or to prevent any electron from being sent back, performing such a functionality for the coming 20 years in a reliable manner with a product smaller than an A4 sheet and weighing 3kg average is a genuine achievement in technological integration, entailing very sophisticated R&D , manufacturing and testing capabilities.

How is the Pandemic situation affecting your activity?

When the COVID-19 first appeared in China at the beginning of the year, our activities were relatively spared since part of our production comes from outside China, even though a slowdown in manufacturing occurred during a period of about 1 month in the first quarter. The good news is that as we master the production infrastructure, we were able to quickly increase our production rate when the situation improved a few weeks later, ensuring a constant continuity of supply to all our customers and warehouse locations across the world.

Despite the inherent agility of our distributor partners and solar installers staying open and continuing their job as far as possible, we have inevitably been confronted by a slowdown in our sales activity worldwide this quarter. Uncertainty is the most difficult parameter to deal with when it lasts, it is the same for everyone as an individual but it is also a genuine opportunity to confront and challenge ourselves by overtaking obstacles with self-confidence. I strongly believe that the creativity and flexibility of our industry will rapidly lead to recovery during the 2nd half of this year.

What’s next for APsystems?

APsystems is now well recognized for its leadership in multi-module microinverters solutions bringing innovative products to market that are built to last. This is the DNA of the company and will continue to be. We have several new microinverter products planned to be launched in the coming 18 months including a new native 3-phase QUAD microinverter at the end of this year, but our ambition moving forward is also to increase our position in other Module Level Power Electronics. We have recently launched, especially in the United States, APsmart, a new Business Unit that includes advanced safety products such as a Module Level Rapid Shut-Down (MLRSD) device to meet new safety regulations on MW-scale solar projects. The APsmart MLRSD System is a SunSpec Alliance Certified device which maintains constant communication between the RSD and Transmitter, constantly monitoring voltage and current. APsmart offers state-of-the-art PV module rapid shutdown devices (RSD), ideal for any new or existing string or central inverter system, and meeting U.S. NEC 2017 690.12 Rapid Shutdown requirements.

APsystems is also working on a modular AC coupled Energy Storage System (ESS) for residential where priority, similarly to every product we manufacture, is given to high quality & reliability.

Download the full article here

 

 

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.

APsystems Powerful Innovation for a Sustainable Future

Powerful Innovation for a Sustainable Future

World Environment Day  has been celebrated on June 5  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