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.

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.