Advanced Energy Debuts New ZigBee-Integrated String Inverters

Advanced Energy Industries Inc. (AE) has launched a new set of string inverters in the PV Powered (PVP) HE String inverter line. The new units are designed for North American residential and small-commercial rooftop installations.

According to the company, the new PVP HE String line is the industry's first inverter to offer standard ZigBee wireless monitoring. The inverter also offers high efficiency and multiple ease-of-installation features in a high-reliability design, AE adds.

ZigBee-based wireless monitoring allows the new PVP HE String inverters to communicate with an optional AE wireless gateway enabling access to vital inverter performance information at no cost, using MyPVpower.com. The integrated design and wireless features eliminate the need for inverter modifications in the field as well as complex cable configuration from the inverter.

Integrating ZigBee monitoring also allows compatibility with other ZigBee-enabled smart grid communication devices, such as smart appliances, utility smart meters or home area network controllers, AE explains.

The PVP HE String line offers power ranges from 3.8 kW to 7 kW and is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2012.

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