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Final reminder: Download EMA Manager today for ECU set up!

This is reminder to all professional solar installers who use APsystems: the ECU App currently in the App Store and Google Play Store is scheduled for removal on March 25th. Installers need to download the EMA Manager which now includes all the functions of the ECU App, accessible right from the home screen!

Not only that, but the EMA Manager conveniently streamlines your monitored system installations with its fleet view and system status, and provides installers with many new and improved features for remote site management.

Benefit from all the existing features available in the EMA web portal, right on your smartphone or tablet app using a single sign-in. Real-time systems check, diagnostics capabilities and troubleshooting are now in the palm of your hand with the EMA Manager App. In addition to the inclusion of the ECU App capabilities, the new app also provides additional features, including: ECU and microinverter connectivity, energy production, system troubleshooting, and full site configuration and monitoring capability without the need to be physically on-site.

Download it from the App Store or Google Play Store today!

APsystems Surpasses 2 GW of Shipments Worldwide

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JIAXING, China – March 7th, 2022 – APsystems, the global leader in multi-platform solar MLPE devices, today announced it has surpassed 2 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity to date in 2022. APsystems now has more than 146,000 solar installation sites in over 100 countries utilizing its groundbreaking microinverters and rapid shutdown devices (RSDs).

The announcement comes as APsystems passes the 1-million-unit mark for RSD shipments under its APsmart brand, another major achievement for the company. Since launching in 2019, APsmart business units have experienced solid growth supported by an innovative range of SunSpec compliant rapid shutdown devices including single and dual-module solutions.

“Reaching two gigawatts is a tremendous accomplishment for our global organization and a milestone we are all very proud of,” said Dr. Zhi-min Ling, co-founder and chairman of APsystems. “Our customers around the world recognize the tremendous value and benefits of using APsystems products. This milestone is the result of our commitment to consistently add to that value and support our customers’ goals.”

In addition to the high-efficiency power conversion provided by APsystems products in sites around the world, the 2 GW milestone translates to roughly 2.8 terawatt hours (TWh) of total energy produced, with a carbon offset of more than 2 million tons of CO2.

“APsystems has been a benchmark leader in solar energy since 2010,” said Olivier Jacques, APsystems president of global business units and global executive vice-president. “We have been recognized for creating the best-selling native 3-phase quad microinverter, and, recently, the most powerful range of dual-module microinverters in the world with the DS3 series. We are driven to push the boundaries of solar power.”

APsystems’ success in reaching the 2 GW milestone as cumulative shipments of microinverters and RSD solutions, is attributed, in large part, to its global dedication to innovation combined with the experience and capabilities of its employees in each business unit around the world. Driven by customer demand, the power electronics design experts comprising APsystems’ engineering and R&D teams employ the latest breakthroughs in power inversion circuitry, semiconductor device technology, high-speed encrypted communication protocols and intelligent control. APsystems’ newly introduced product line, the DS3 microinverter series, is a continuation of its ever-evolving roadmap centered on disruptive solar technology.

Additionally, APsystems continues to invest in its gateway software, inverter firmware, and its cloud-based online platform to protect installer and consumer data while providing customers with the best possible user experience. APsystems’ information security management system (ISMS) is now certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (also known as ISO27001), the international standard for information security, and encrypted Zigbee technology has been integrated as a standard feature in all new generations of multi-module microinverters.

People, innovation and leading-edge system design and security are part of the framework that has propelled APsystems to the forefront of global solar MLPE system leadership. APsystems would like to thank all its customers, partners, and employees for being part of this tremendous achievement, and for positively impacting its story, and indeed the world itself, for the better.

Interview on DS3 in Easy Engineering Magazine

Great interview and discussion on the new DS3 product line in Easy Engineering Magazine featuring our own Maxime Boiron!

Read the full article here: https://easyengineering.eu/interview-with-apsystems/

APsystems Photo Contest

DS3 PHOTOS CONTEST EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 30th ! COMPETITION OPEN TO PROFESSIONAL INSTALLERS USING THE DS3 MICROINVERTER.

PHOTO CONTEST FOR SOLAR PROFESSIONALS!

Submit the best photos of your installations with DS3 microinverters and get the chance to win € 500 in vouchers. Winners each month until June 30th, 2022.

Take part in the photography competition that APsystems is launching this winter. Stand out from competition with your DS3 micros in action! Get creative and you could win € 500.

Exclusively reserved for installers using our DS3 series of microinverters.

Share your best project with us – what sets it apart, from conception to commissioning. Is it an exceptional or original project? Is its roofing unique, complex, is the economic model supporting it innovative? Does the type of building that accommodates have particular constraints? Explain it to us and share the details of the project (using the form on the right), including a brief description of the installation. Be sure to include photos and close-ups that show our DS3 microinverters in action. Entries will be judged by the APsystems team.

Take this opportunity to not only try to win 500 € but also gain visibility through projects that will be showcased on our website and other communication platforms. Submit your application using the form on this page. If the photos are too large (> 5MB), we invite you to send them by shared transfer link or by email to emea@apsystems.com.

Please read the terms and conditions of the contest before entering. If you have any questions, you can use the form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. This competition is open all winter until the end of June 2022. For residential or commercial solar applications: submit your best photos of installations with DS3 microinverters and you could WIN € 500€.

Submit your images on this page.

Installer portrait in Poland : SunUp ( article published on www.gramwzielone.pl on November 8th)

Having taken part in the rapid residential solar market growth in Poland over the last 2 years, APsystems is committed to continue providing innovative microinverter solutions perfectly suited to Polish residential and small-scale commercial demand and helping solar professionals differentiate from competition. The example of the installation company SunUp, based in the Silesian district in Poland, is a good illustration of how the solar installer landscape in Poland is currently evolving towards smarter AC microinverter-based solar solutions to enhance comprehensive services related to PV installations for its customers.  It is also a way to address consumer demand more proactively and propose a full energy efficiency solution approach that includes heat pumps together with solar and self-consumption for households .

SunUp background

Let’s take a closer look at SunUp… It all started with its founder, Michał Klimek, who gained extensive experience managing energy projects in Poland and abroad, in Malaysia, Iceland, the United States and Sweden, before setting up his own solar installation company SunUp in Poland in 2019.

Beyond the founder’s ecological awareness, the main trigger pushing Mr Klimek to set up SunUp was the opportunity offered by the utility companies and the Polish government to Polish people to cover most of their electricity needs with solar thanks to an annual billing mechanism reaching over 80% of the self-consumption rate, using the network as a virtual battery system throughout the year.

Two years later, and despite a sensitive period with the pandemic, SunUp boasts over 60 residential and 4 commercial installations completed with APsystems microinverters, reaching over 400 kWp. At the end of 2021, Sunup will complete a 49.95 kWp installation based on APsystems microinverters. In addition to PV installations, SunUp also offers its customers ecological heat pumps that are complementary to PV systems, helping to increase the building’s auto consumption ratio.

A multi-residential project in Rybnik

A recent housing cooperative project located in Rybnik, Poland, is a good example of this green energy transition dynamic. This project consisted in 7 multi-family residential buildings, belonging to the Rybnik Housing Cooperative, which had objectives to reduce energy costs for its investors via its own solar-powered roofs. It was also a way for the housing corporation to contribute to a cleaner way to generate electricity without using fossil fuels, which remain the vast majority of conventional power plants in Poland.

The result is 11 photovoltaic installations for a total project size of approximately 42 kWp.

Mr Klimek explained the main challenges on this project:

“Firstly, we had to look for a safe, reliable solution. During the engineering phase, we realized that we were lacking space inside the building for any traditional string inverters. , the roofs built in the late 70’s each had a slightly different angle and a variety of orientations. The solutions needed a high degree of flexibility… For all these reasons, multi-module microinverters from APsystems appeared to be the best solution we could propose to our customer.”

“Another big advantage with APsystems is that each PV module benefits from its own MPP tracker, so we do not have to worry about any problems that could occur with production for our client. We can easily supervise the production of any PV module remotely. And here we are talking about 106 modules.” He concluded.

The advantages of microinverters

Leveraging a safe, more productive, and easier to maintain AC solution was key for SunUp to select APsystems microinverters for this project. It strengthened SunUp’s team confidence in building reliable PV installations in challenging conditions under a tight time schedule and budget.

With the rapid development of self-consumption in both residential and larger projects, accelerated by a constant energy price increase, APsystems is very confident in the success of its current and upcoming multimodule microinverter range with the new DS3 dual series and QT2 3-phase Quad in Poland. As a proud member of Sunspec Alliance and SBF in Poland, APsystems continues to be a leader in the ever-growing solar MLPE segment offering smart and easy-to-install microinverter solutions.

Read the full article in POLISH on Gramwzielone.pl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APsystems Introduces the DS3, the World’s Most Powerful Dual-Module Microinverter series

APsystems unveils the DS3 series, a dual-module, single phase microinverter product line for residential and commercial solar applications at the Solar Solutions International trade show in The Netherlands.

A new, groundbreaking design for APsystems, the DS3 series is launching with multiple power offerings in several major global markets, with outputs up to 960VA—making it the most powerful dual-module microinverter in the world and reflecting APsystems’ commitment to powerful innovation with global capability.

The new platform architecture, built from the ground up by the power electronics design experts comprising APsystems’ engineering and R&D teams, employs the latest breakthroughs in power inversion circuitry, semiconductor device technology, high-speed communication and intelligent control.

The DS3 series is designed to be paired with virtually any choice of PV module type and size, including 60 and 72-cell modules, 120 and 144 split-cell modules, as well as bi-facial modules. With multiple output ranges available, installers can capably find an optimal DS3 microinverter model to match their choice of PV module type, size and capacity to maximize the power output and increase energy harvest. The new product line is also fully compatible with APsystems’ existing QS1 and YC600 microinverters as well as ECU-R, ECU-C and ECU-B gateway devices.

DS3 Series microinverters offer the following features and benefits:

  • Maximized power output for each application to harness today’s high-capacity PV modules
  • High 97% efficiency
  • Reactive Power Control, meeting interconnection requirements
  • A wide range of power outputs ideal for all major solar markets
  • More intelligent, streamlined architecture
  • Future-proof with remote upgradeability
  • 20% fewer components for increased reliability
  • Encrypted Zigbee wireless for faster communication speed and enhanced system security

The DS3 Series will launch in most regions in Q4 of this year with the following models available by market:

  • EMEA: DS3-L at 730VA, DS3 at 880VA
  • USA & CANADA: DS3-S at 640VA, DS3-L at 768VA & DS3 at 880VA
  • AUSTRALIA: DS3-S at 625VA, DS3-L at 750VA and DS3 at 880VA

The DS3 series continues to build on the successful APsystems line of multi-module microinverters, offering reduced logistics costs, faster installation, improved communication and connection features, and a wide MPPT voltage range for greater energy harvest during low light conditions.

DS3 series microinverters will be on display at the APsystems stand #C9.1 at the Solar Solutions International, the largest trade show for solar energy in Northwest Europe, September 28-30 at the Expo Haarlemmermeer in The Netherlands.

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.