Amphenol Industrial, a provider of interconnect systems, has introduced the ModLink junction box.
This modular plug-and-play system allows manufacturers, distributors, installers and owners/operators to insert smart modules as needed at any time onto the backs of solar panels, the company explains. Aside from the smart module, no additional components are needed to upgrade the system, and no components need to be discarded.
Designed to allow PV module manufacturers to introduce smart junction box technology at no additional cost or logistical effort, the ModLink junction box base has built-in industry-standard connections that allow a direct connection between panels using jumper cables available in various standard lengths. The ModLink base can accept a range of smart modules, such as DC/DC converters/optimizers, micro-inverters or monitoring modules, the company adds.
Comprising a base unit attached to the backsheet of the PV panel, Amphenol's ModLink base includes protective diodes and built-in connectors ready to be used as a basic junction box. Upgrades can be made at any time to the box by simply disconnecting the connectors, snapping in the smart module and reconnecting the connectors, Amphenol says. Similarly, smart modules can be exchanged or removed at any time with minimal interruption to the solar installation.