SolarEdge Technologies announced at RE+ the launch of the new S-Series line of smart power optimizers. Now available for commercial and industrial PV applications in North America, the next generation of power optimizers adds SolarEdge Sense Connect technology to its multi-layered approach to safety.
SolarEdge Sense Connect is an industry-first technology that detects temperature rise at the connector to prevent potential arc flash. By detecting and reacting to abnormal connector overheating that can occur due to faulty installations or connectors, SolarEdge Sense Connect technology stops the flow of energy before an arc can occur. With module-level site visibility, operations and maintenance (O&M) contractors are aware of the precise location of the connector, so repairs can be made quickly and easily. This maximizes system security and availability and reduces operating and maintenance costs. SolarEdge Sense Connect technology joins an extensive range of safety features, including SafeDC technology which is designed to allow the DC voltage of PV systems to be automatically reduced to contact-safe levels (1 VDC per module ), in the event of a grid failure or when the inverter is shut down. In addition to this, the rapid shutdown feature allows installers to activate SafeDC at the flick of a switch, discharging conductors to safe voltage levels in just 30 seconds.
The S-series power optimizer is designed to accommodate higher power modules and bifacial modules which, due to the mismatching of the modules on the rear, may suffer from even more potential power loss. important. Delivering 99.5% efficiency and supporting two high-power, high-input photovoltaic modules, the S-Series lowers the levelized cost of energy through higher efficiency and enables longer, more powerful strings .
Additionally, the S-Series offers a simplified cable layout, allowing for faster installation and reducing potential insulation faults.
“Multi-layered security technology and ease of installation are key differentiators for our technology, alongside advances in energy efficiency and improved economics, which are important additional factors for the proliferation of solar energy,” said Peter Mathews, general manager of SolarEdge North America. “We will continue to set industry safety benchmarks by focusing on innovative solutions that bring even more reliability to market.”
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