O&M, Solar, Utility Scale

AE Introduces European Version of Solaron 500-kW Inverter

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. has introduced the Solaron 500E, a European model of its, transformerless, grid-tie photovoltaic (PV) inverter. Operating at 500-kilowatts (kW), the Solaron 500E enables European commercial and utility-scale PV installations to achieve the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) in the industry by increasing energy harvests and by reducing balance-of-system (BoS) and operating and maintenance (O&M) costs, the company said.

Rated at a record-setting 97.5 percent CEC-weighted (97.7 percent European-weighted) efficiency, the Solaron inverter includes a robust set of controls and a patented soft-switching technology. The Solaron inverter’s transformerless design eliminates the need for a step-up transformer.

The design of the Solaron inverter also allows multiple inverter connections to a single medium-voltage transformer, minimizing the number of such transformers required for a system.

Additionally, the Solaron inverter comes in an outdoor-ready IP45 enclosure that eliminates the need for and the cost of additional heating and cooling systems. To reduce O&M costs, Advanced Energy offers service and support, including extended warranties up to 20 years and customizable SafeGuard service programs.

“Following the successful rollout of the Solaron platform in the U.S. market, we are pleased to now offer the same industry-leading, high performance features to the European market,” said Dr. Hans Betz, president and CEO of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. “We believe our Solaron product delivers the most effective inverter solution and allows customers to achieve maximum power and cost performance from their systems.”