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Solar power microinverter debuts in Las Vegas

Steve Rogerson
September 12, 2017

At this week’s Solar Power International show in Las Vegas, AP Systems introduced a microinverter for handling high-output solar panels connected to a smart grid.
The dual-module, utility-interactive YC600 was designed to accommodate today’s high-output PV panels and meet the latest grid compliance standards, including UL 741 SA requirements for California Rule 21 as well as voltage and frequency ride through and reactive power control (RPC) for European and Australian DER requirements.
The product is now available in Australia and Asia-Pacific markets and will soon launch in the USA and later this year in EMEA.
Offering 300VA peak output power per channel, the device works with 60 and 72-cell PV modules and offers dual, independent maximum power point tracking (MPPT) per panel. The unit operates within a wider MPPT voltage range than some similar products for a greater energy harvest. It has a durable, NEMA 6/IP67, powder-coated aluminium enclosure, bucking today’s trend of plastic casings.
“Integrating smart grid-interactive capability, reactive power control and Rule 21 support functionality into a dual-module microinverter while still maintaining independent MPPT per channel is a ground-breaking achievement in microinverter technology,” said Olivier Jacques, AP Systems executive vice president. “We’ve significantly raised the bar with this product.”
The YC600 builds on the US company’s line of multi-module microinverters, simplifying installation and reducing logistics costs. The unit has integrated ground and DC connectors for fast, hassle-free installation and maintains inherent compliance to NEC 690.12 rapid shutdown code requirements. An integrated Zigbee antenna offers broadband communications over a mesh network for fast, accurate data monitoring.
“The demands on today’s power conversion systems require that manufacturers not only bring cutting-edge concepts into existence, but also include the complex capabilities of successful previous generations, all while accommodating both current and new compliance standards,” said Yuhao Luo, AP Systems chief technology officer. “The YC600 includes dozens of new and advanced features and functions that outclass competing products. And then we added free monitoring.”
Founded in Silicon Valley in 2009, AP Systems has grown to encompass three global business units with offices around the world, serving customers in more than 80 countries. AP Systems USA is based in Seattle, Washington; AP Systems EMEA is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Lyon, France; and AP Systems Apac is in Jiaxing, China.