APS Microinverters meet CEC requirements of IEC 62109-1 and IEC 62109-2

APS Microinverters fully comply with new requirements for safety and quality that will go into effect in Australia in 2015.

Module-level power electronics must be certified to meet IEC 62109-1 and IEC 62109-2 after July of this year, according to the Clean Energy Council of Australia and the SAA Approvals testing laboratories.

APS Microinverter products have been certified to meet the CEC standards since August 2013, the first microinverter products to meet the rigorous Australian requirements.

IEC 62109-1 and IEC 62109-2 certification governs inverters used in photovoltaic systems to ensure uniform technical standards and appropriate safety benchmarks. The codes define the minimum requirements for product design and manufacture for protection against electric shock, energy, fire, mechanical and other hazards.

Australia is a key market for APS globally. All APS Microinverters are engineered and manufactured to the highest standards of safety and reliability, and APS will spare no effort to maintain the quality of products and services to ensure Australia’s green energy development.

World’s largest true 3-phase microinverter installation powered by APS YC1000

The groundbreaking YC1000 microinverter from APS will power a milestone true 3-phase installation going into service in China’s Zhejiang Province this week.

More than 1.4 MW of the total 8.13 MW project will be generated using APS Microinverter technology – earning it distinction as the world’s largest true 3-phase microinverter installation.

The project at the Haining Hailide Jianshan factory began development four weeks ago, and is planned to join China’s national power grid on Dec. 30.

The installation includes 1,200 APS YC1000 microinverters. Now available in all APS markets worldwide, the YC1000 is the industry’s first true 3-phase microinverter and handles up to four modules per unit, simplifying PV system design and installation while significantly lowering balance of system costs.

The YC1000’s balanced 3-phase output features a low-voltage, parallel circuit design, promoting system safety by negating the possibility of “arc fires” from high-voltage current.

Independent output and tracking optimizes the performance of each PV module while minimizing shading effects across the whole array.

APS Microinverter technology increases array output by 5-25 percent compared to conventional “string” inverter systems.

Using the integrated APS Energy Communication Unit (ECU), Haining system managers will be able to track power output, voltage, current, temperature and other performance data of every module in the array.

The completed project will provide approximately 8.14 million kWh of energy per year, saving nearly 3,000 tons of coal while reducing CO2 admissions by more than 700 tons. Over the plant’s projected 25-year lifespan, the reduction in coal use and carbon and sulfur dioxide emissions will be multiplied many times over.

The year 2014 has marked the first widespread development of distributed PV power throughout China, an effort vigorously promoted by the Chinese government.

The electricity generated by the Haining system promises a strong economic return for investors, powering the factory even as it protects the local environment and promotes APS 3-phase microinverter technology in the robust China market and worldwide.