Balance of Systems

Bitcoin, crimper gun, and ping pong at Intersolar North America 2018

There were hundreds of booths, each one filled with experts who represent a deep understanding. The sciences of crimping, cleaning and connecting were all on show – and that’s before Bitcoin!

Solar inverters and automatic shutdown on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

Solar inverters are turning into the quarterback to the solar modules as wide receivers. And with the need to deliver energy services, talk with the broader power grid, protect first responders and more – the inverter playbook is expanding.

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Solar racking on the floor at Intersolar North America 2018

For most people, solar power means solar panels – but that’s not all that goes into a solar installation. We bring you the beauty of trackers, ground screws, l-feet and all that finely machined metal.

Mixed impact of proposed Section 301 tariffs on inverter makers

GTM Research says the 10% tariffs that the Trump Administration is calling for are “significant”, and some companies and sectors will be affected more than others.

Trump Admin proposes 10% tariffs on inverters, AC modules, non-lithium batteries from China

As the trade war escalates, inverters may be the latest victims.

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Riding the French Express to higher capacity factors

California’s NEXTracker has acquired key IP from French company Optimum Tracker to “fortify” its current offerings, while opening opportunities for further platform growth.

Chint investigates U.S. manufacturing

The company is planning pilot U.S. inverter assembly in Texas, while it scouts for manufacturing locations in the U.S. Midwest.

EIA examines HVDC for renewables

HVDC’s main challenge is the price, which can cost between $1.17-8.6 million per mile, along with scaling the technology in the United States.

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Schletter acquisition could save North Carolina factory

The company’s U.S. subsidiary is part of the purchasing agreement, which appears to come just in time as the factory in Shelby was running out of funds to operate.

GT Advanced Technologies opens silicon carbide factory in New Hampshire

The upstream technology company plans to sell silicon carbide for applications including advanced inverters for solar and battery storage, as part of a new emphasis on materials supply.

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