First Solar certifies SolarMax inverters for use with its thin film PV modules

First Solar officially certified that the SolarMax inverters made by Sputnik Engineering are compatible with the cadmium-telluride (CdTe) modules of its FS 2 and FS 3 series. 

April 15, 2011 First Solar officially certified that the SolarMax inverters made by Sputnik Engineering are compatible with the cadmium-telluride (CdTe) modules of its FS 2 and FS 3 series. 

While crystalline modules can normally be combined with all inverters, this is not necessarily applicable to thin-film modules — particularly when you combine these with transformerless inverters. 

First Solar subjects all PV systems used in combination with its modules to its specifically developed system design and application (SDA) process. Along with the location, the company also checks the installation plan, the proper design, and the operating conditions. Within this process, the interaction between modules and electrical components such as inverters plays an important role. The results of this quality control are high system efficiencies and economically working, well-designed solar systems, say the companies.

Inverters from Sputnik have been installed successfully with First Solar modules for years. The official approval comprising all SolarMax inverter types now accelerates the SDA inspection and ensures that the warranty will cover the system. 

Sputnik Engineering AG manufactures grid-connected solar inverters. Under the name SolarMax the company develops, produces and sells inverters for every facility – from photovoltaic systems on single-family homes whose kilowatt output is modest, to the solar power plants whose output is measured in megawatts.Further information: www.solarmax.com 

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