By taking a complete systems approach, products can deliver better density, higher reliability and a lower cost of ownership. With the continued reduction in solar cell costs, the focus on energy yield has given way to the focus on energy density. This is most notable in the commercial & industrial space where projects are space constrained and off-takers have large energy needs. Furthermore, these projects are often financed and the ability to increase the size of the project improves financial return.
The continued growth of Utility Solar in the U.S. has driven record low costs of Utility scale PV deployment. With the evolution of PV panel technology and improved power electronics technology, it is now feasible to deploy 1500VDC systems for utility scale solar.
With greater power output per inverter, more optimized power plant designs and lower balance of system (BoS) costs, 1500VDC technology is set to revolutionize the next phase of utility scale solar.
The increasing penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), such as solar, call for new approaches on how we organize our electrical grid. Not only are solar inverters getting smarter and smarter (e.g. advanced grid features or communication capabilities) but also new technologies help to ensure a better integration into our energy infrastructure. The biggest impact will come from energy storage systems, which offer plenty of new applications such as backup power, self-consumption, tariff optimization or dynamic grid support. By implementing these new applications into our energy supply, we will pave the way for DER and our grid of the future.