Enphase says grid-forming IQ8 microinverter will begin shipping in December
Enphase Energy announced the Enphase Energy System with: IQ8 Solar Microinverters will ship in December 2021 for customers in North America. IQ8 is Enphase’s smartest microinverter yet, capable of forming a microgrid using only sunlight during a daytime power outage, even providing backup power without a battery.
“Since the company was founded, we have invested in custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) chips for our microinverters, and today we are seeing the payoff with a software-defined microinverter smart enough to run a microgrid. unlocking value for homeowners,” said Badri Kothandaraman. , president and CEO of Enphase. “Many homeowners often assume that their solar system will function when the sun is shining, even during a power outage. Unfortunately this has not been the case until now. Now, with IQ8, homeowners can realize the true promise of solar energy – to produce and use their own power. IQ8 solar microinverters can provide Sunlight backup during a failure, even without a battery.”
The Enphase Energy System with IQ8 is available in four different configurations: the first is “Solar Only”; the second is “Sunlight Backup” without battery; the third is “Home Essentials Backup” with a small battery; and the fourth is “Full Energy Independence” with a large battery. While the first configuration is a standard grid-connected system, the remaining configurations are grid-independent systems that require an Enphase system controller (formerly called Enpower smart switch) to island the home during a power outage. For homeowners who want a battery, there are no size restrictions for connecting an Enphase battery to the solar system. And all configurations can be customized for homeowners with the help of Enphase installation partners.
“The IQ8 microinverter, which is a true microgrid microinverter, is going to be a game changer for this industry,” said Aimee Carpenter, CEO of Washington-based Solterra Solar and Texas-based Good Energy Solar. “Until IQ8, it was challenging to properly manage customer expectations regarding battery design and size limitations and explain different options. By enabling a customer to start with Enphase batteries of any size and grow over time, solar battery backup becomes an opportunity for many more of our customers.”
The IQ8 family includes five types of software-defined microinverters, IQ8, IQ8+, IQ8M, IQ8A and IQ8H, with peak AC output currents of 245VA, 300VA, 330VA, 366VA and 384VA, respectively. The IQ8H microinverter is Enphase’s most powerful microinverter to date and has a California Energy Commission (CEC) efficiency of 97%. The multiple types of IQ8 allow seamless coupling with a full range of solar panels, even up to 540 WDC.
IQ8 pilot installations started in the third quarter with selected installation partners. Distributor and installation partners in North America can pre-order IQ8 starting today, with production shipments expected in December.
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