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News Article | December 21, 2015
Site: www.greentechmedia.com

In 2013, we covered the bankruptcy of VC-backed EV maker Coda Energy and the plans of its new multibillion-dollar investment firm owner Fortress Investment Group, which sought to resurrect Coda as a grid battery systems provider. Despite some success in the behind-the-meter commercial and industrial energy storage market (and unfortunately coinciding with the holidays), Coda has entered Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors, according to its CEO, Paul Detering. "Sadly, effective December 18th, CODA Energy has transferred its business operations to an assignee and placed the company into a General Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (an “ABC”). The CODA Energy team achieved much in its short history and established a top three position in the California C&I behind-the-meter energy storage market. Unfortunately, CODA Energy was unable to secure further funding for its 2016 operations. Through the ABC Process, the assignee will seek to sell the assets and the ongoing operations of CODA Energy in an effort to assure a smooth transition for CODA Energy's customers, employees and partners." Coda Energy had about 60 employees before a round of layoffs last month and had installed a fleet of approximately 60 commercial energy storage systems under California's SGIP initiative. "Coda has a fully equipped battery system manufacturing and integration facility in Monrovia, Calif., which among other assets will be marketed through the ABC process to interested parties," according to a release. Contact info@codaenergy.com "if you have a need for great talent or need more information." GTM Research senior storage analyst Ravi Manghani notes, "Coda Energy couldn't secure financing to scale up and compete with the likes of Tesla, Stem and Green Charge Networks. Something not well understood in the industry is that the cost to acquire C&I customers is high, with sales cycles lasting a year or longer. So it is challenging to grow a pipeline without access to financing, when existing projects under development are not bringing in revenue." Padmasree Warrior, Cisco's former CTO, is now U.S. CEO of NextEV, a Chinese startup aiming to compete with Tesla. Warrior has never held a job with a VC-funded startup or in the auto industry. Alexei Andreev is transitioning to the role of venture partner at publicly traded VC firm Harris & Harris. He is now co-founder and managing director at Autotech Ventures, a transportation-focused fund supported by Harris & Harris. Foundation Capital, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture firm, has raised $325 million for its eighth fund, according to Venture Wire. Foundation has invested in Sunrun, Silver Spring Networks and EnerNOC. We profiled Foundation Partner Steve Vassallo in a recent GTM Squared article. The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) named Gregory Wetstone as CEO. Most recently, Wetstone oversaw government affairs as VP for Terra-Gen Power, a renewable energy developer with utility-scale assets. Prior to Terra-Gen, Wetstone was senior director for government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association. Darryl Parker, formerly of Ultrasolar, is now VP of sales and marketing at Fort Collins, Colorado-based solar string optimizer startup Ampt. The startup raised $25 million in a round led by Bohemian Investments earlier this year. Murray McCaig has replaced Mike Fister as CEO of Canadian microinverter aspirant Sparq Systems. McCaig is a managing partner at ArcTern Ventures, the lead investor in last year's $11 million funding round, not always a great sign. Enertech Search Partners, an executive search firm with a dedicated cleantech practice, is the sponsor of the GTM jobs column. To see a snapshot of Enertech's active searches, click here. Clean Energy Trust founding CEO Amy Francetic is stepping down, to be replaced by executive VP Erik Birkerts. Sunrun, the second-largest solar installer in the U.S., opened a new corporate office in Denver, Colorado earlier this month and plans to hire up to 800 workers in the state over the next few years. SolarCity opened a new corporate office in Draper, Utah and expects to create "thousands of new jobs" in the state over the next decade, primarily in professional services. GTM covered the resignation of NRG Energy CEO David Crane from a post he’s held since 2003. GTM Senior Editor Stephen Lacey and VP Shayle Kann discussed the surprising move with Steve Propper, GTM’s director of grid research, on a recent episode of The Interchange podcast. Senior Writer Julia Pyper took an even deeper look in this article (reliable sources report that Crane himself had some good things to say about Pyper's coverage). COO Mauricio Gutierrez is replacing Crane as CEO. Renewable Energy Trust Capital, an independent renewable energy capital platform, announced that current president and COO Karen Morgan has succeeded John Bohn as CEO. Bohn, a former CPUC commissioner, will remain as executive chairman.


News Article | February 18, 2017
Site: www.PR.com

Solar Micro Inverter Market Will Increase at a CAGR of 16.6% During 2016–2026 Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Solar Micro Inverter Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016- 2026" report to their offering. Valley Cottage, NY, February 18, 2017 --( Solar Micro Inverter is a DC to AC inverter used with photovoltaic installations. Unlike conventional string/central inverters, a micro inverter works on Module Level Power Electronics i.e. power conversion takes place at individual module level. This mitigates the negative effect of module mismatch and improves the overall efficiency of the system. Micro inverters also enable module level monitoring, easier installation, enhanced design flexibility and better safety than conventional inverters. Increasing preference towards more efficient systems is fuelling the demand for micro inverters. Along with this, rapidly falling prices of micro inverters is also assisting the product to gain significant penetration in the global module level power electronics market. Market Value and Forecast The global solar micro inverter market is expected to reach US$ 488.2 Mn by 2016 end and expand at a 16.6% CAGR over the forecast period (2016-2026). Request For Sample@ http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/sample/rep-gb-1766 Market Dynamics Growth of the global solar micro inverter market is specifically driven by the rising number of photovoltaic installations, and rising awareness about the benefits of MLPE technology. Moreover, rising preference towards integrated products and increasing number of AC Modules in the market is also expected to drive the demand for solar micro inverters. The rising adoption of integrated products is not only fueling the demand for micro inverters but also helping the micro inverter vendor/manufacturers to enjoy a more sophisticated supply channel coupled with assured long term bankability. Furthermore, the U.S. National Electric Code supports micro inverter technology and as more and more states adopt NEC 2017, micro inverter penetration is anticipated to increase. The rise of power optimisers which offer similar benefits to that of micro inverters is restraining the growth in the market and putting significant pricing pressure on micro inverter players. Market Segmentation by System Type On the basis of system type, the market is categorised into Stand Alone Micro Inverter Systems and Micro Inverters sold for integration purposes, named as integrated systems. The Integrated modules are becoming the face of PV modules and rising demand of the same is reinforcing the sales of micro inverter for integration purposes. Market Segmentation, by End Use Type By end-use, the market is segmented into residential, commercial, and utility. Growing regulatory concerns towards the safety of PV installations and preference towards high efficiency systems are influencing residential customers to shift from conventional inverters, which in turn is fuelling growth in residential end-use segment. For the scope of research the segments are being classified on the basis of average megawatts of installations deployed in each segment. Installations of the range 0-20Kw are considered as residential installations, 20Kw-1Mw installations are considered as commercial installations and 1Mw and above installations are considered as utility scale installations. Send An Enquiry@ http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/askus/rep-gb-1766 Key Regions Demand for solar micro inverters has been inconsistent around the globe. Key factors fueling growth include existing photovoltaic installations, Feed in Tariff benefits, Government set PV targets, regional upfront cost of PV systems and its grid parity. In this report, the global solar micro inverter market has been segmented into seven major regions, namely North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan and the Middle East & Africa (MEA). In terms of value, North America market accounts for the maximum revenue share of the overall market, among all the regional markets, followed by Western Europe. North America and Europe collectively account for maximum market share. North America solar micro inverter market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.4% over the forecast period, and is expected to continue to dominate the market in terms of value. Meanwhile, the APEJ market is expected to expand at a significant CAGR of 25.4% over the forecast period, due to the rising PV installation in China and low cost of micro inverters in the region. Among all the regions, the Japanese market is expected to expand at an expected CAGR of 21.6% over the forecast period. Key Players Some of the major players in the global solar micro inverter market that are covered in this report are Enphase Energy Inc. Altenergy Power Systems Inc. SMA Solar Technology AG ABB Ltd. SunPower Corporations Darfon Electronics Corporation Northern Electric and Power Co. Ltd. Sparq Systems Chilicon Power,LLC iEnergy Co. Ltd. The report also describes company-specific strategies related to key developments and ongoing partnerships in the industry. Browse Full Report@ http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/solar-micro-inverter-market Valley Cottage, NY, February 18, 2017 --( PR.com )-- IntroductionSolar Micro Inverter is a DC to AC inverter used with photovoltaic installations. Unlike conventional string/central inverters, a micro inverter works on Module Level Power Electronics i.e. power conversion takes place at individual module level. This mitigates the negative effect of module mismatch and improves the overall efficiency of the system. Micro inverters also enable module level monitoring, easier installation, enhanced design flexibility and better safety than conventional inverters.Increasing preference towards more efficient systems is fuelling the demand for micro inverters. Along with this, rapidly falling prices of micro inverters is also assisting the product to gain significant penetration in the global module level power electronics market.Market Value and ForecastThe global solar micro inverter market is expected to reach US$ 488.2 Mn by 2016 end and expand at a 16.6% CAGR over the forecast period (2016-2026).Request For Sample@ http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/sample/rep-gb-1766Market DynamicsGrowth of the global solar micro inverter market is specifically driven by the rising number of photovoltaic installations, and rising awareness about the benefits of MLPE technology. Moreover, rising preference towards integrated products and increasing number of AC Modules in the market is also expected to drive the demand for solar micro inverters. The rising adoption of integrated products is not only fueling the demand for micro inverters but also helping the micro inverter vendor/manufacturers to enjoy a more sophisticated supply channel coupled with assured long term bankability. Furthermore, the U.S. National Electric Code supports micro inverter technology and as more and more states adopt NEC 2017, micro inverter penetration is anticipated to increase. The rise of power optimisers which offer similar benefits to that of micro inverters is restraining the growth in the market and putting significant pricing pressure on micro inverter players.Market Segmentation by System TypeOn the basis of system type, the market is categorised into Stand Alone Micro Inverter Systems and Micro Inverters sold for integration purposes, named as integrated systems. The Integrated modules are becoming the face of PV modules and rising demand of the same is reinforcing the sales of micro inverter for integration purposes.Market Segmentation, by End Use TypeBy end-use, the market is segmented into residential, commercial, and utility. Growing regulatory concerns towards the safety of PV installations and preference towards high efficiency systems are influencing residential customers to shift from conventional inverters, which in turn is fuelling growth in residential end-use segment. For the scope of research the segments are being classified on the basis of average megawatts of installations deployed in each segment. Installations of the range 0-20Kw are considered as residential installations, 20Kw-1Mw installations are considered as commercial installations and 1Mw and above installations are considered as utility scale installations.Send An Enquiry@ http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/askus/rep-gb-1766Key RegionsDemand for solar micro inverters has been inconsistent around the globe. Key factors fueling growth include existing photovoltaic installations, Feed in Tariff benefits, Government set PV targets, regional upfront cost of PV systems and its grid parity. In this report, the global solar micro inverter market has been segmented into seven major regions, namely North America, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ), Japan and the Middle East & Africa (MEA). In terms of value, North America market accounts for the maximum revenue share of the overall market, among all the regional markets, followed by Western Europe. North America and Europe collectively account for maximum market share. North America solar micro inverter market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.4% over the forecast period, and is expected to continue to dominate the market in terms of value. Meanwhile, the APEJ market is expected to expand at a significant CAGR of 25.4% over the forecast period, due to the rising PV installation in China and low cost of micro inverters in the region. Among all the regions, the Japanese market is expected to expand at an expected CAGR of 21.6% over the forecast period.Key PlayersSome of the major players in the global solar micro inverter market that are covered in this report areEnphase Energy Inc.Altenergy Power Systems Inc.SMA Solar Technology AGABB Ltd.SunPower CorporationsDarfon Electronics CorporationNorthern Electric and Power Co. Ltd.Sparq SystemsChilicon Power,LLCiEnergy Co. Ltd.The report also describes company-specific strategies related to key developments and ongoing partnerships in the industry.Browse Full Report@ http://www.futuremarketinsights.com/reports/solar-micro-inverter-market Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Future Market Insights


Patent
Sparq Systems | Date: 2014-03-26

Described herein are methods, systems, and apparatus for a controller for a power circuit that interfaces distributed power generation with a power distribution grid, comprising: a first portion, including a maximum power point tracker, that receives signals corresponding to the distributed power generation voltage and current, and outputs to the power circuit a signal for controlling the voltage of the distributed power generation; a second portion, including a current reference generator, a current controller, and a dc voltage controller, that receives signals corresponding to a dc voltage of the power circuit, the power distribution grid voltage and current, and the inverter current, and outputs signals for controlling the power circuit output voltage; wherein the current reference generator includes nonlinear circuit elements and generates a current reference signal from the dc voltage of the power circuit and the grid voltage and current; such that substantially harmonic-free power is injected into the power distribution grid. The distributed power generation may be, for example, a photovoltaic module or a wind turbine.


Patent
Sparq Systems | Date: 2014-02-05

Provided is a maximum power point (MPP) tracker for a PV cell inverter, and a PV cell inverter. The MPP tracker decouples output power oscillations from the input power generation and extracts maximum available power from the PV cell. The PV cell inverter uses the MPP tracker and generates a sinusoidal output current from the MPP tracker output. The sinusoidal output current may be fed to a power distribution grid. The PV cell inverter may use a pulse width modulation technique to cancel harmonics in the sinusoidal output current. The circuits use a minimum number of components and avoid use of large electrolytic capacitors.


Patent
Sparq Systems | Date: 2013-09-13

Provided are methods and circuits for a controller for a control system, comprising first and second control loops that operate substantially independently, wherein the first control loop is an amplitude control loop and the second loop is a phase or frequency control loop. In some embodiments the amplitude control loop operates at an amplitude that is proportional to an amplitude of an input signal at a fundamental system frequency and at a selected harmonic of a fundamental system frequency; and the frequency control loop operates at a fundamental system frequency and at a selected harmonic of the fundamental system frequency. The frequency control loop may adaptable to a fundamental control system frequency or to a selected harmonic of the fundamental control system frequency. The controller may be implemented as a resonant controller and used in various ac systems, and offers high structural robustness in digital implementations.


Patent
Sparq Systems | Date: 2012-04-19

The invention provides a digital active EMI filter that removes, minimizes, or reduces unwanted interference (i.e., EMI noise) generated by a power circuit such as, for example, a power converter. Digital active filtering includes digital sampling of the incident noise signal amplitude and frequency, discrete time conversion of the EMI noise source, processing (e.g., inverting) the digital signal, and then constructing an analog output signal (i.e., an EMI compensation signal) which is injected to the input of the power circuit. A digital EMI filter as described herein may be used in both differential-mode and common-mode configurations, and overcomes limitations of passive and active analog EMI filters.


Patent
Sparq Systems | Date: 2014-03-12

Provided are single phase and multiple phase DC-AC inverters with soft switching, and related methods and uses. The DC-AC inverters comprise at least one voltage source inverter circuit or at least one current source inverter circuit having a DC input and an AC output including a first component at a fundamental frequency and a ripple component at a frequency higher than the fundamental frequency; wherein the ripple component is of a sufficient magnitude that the voltage source inverter circuit output current reverses polarity and allows the at least one inverter circuit to operate with zero voltage switching; or wherein the ripple component is of a sufficient magnitude that the current source inverter circuit output voltage reverses polarity and allows the at least one inverter circuit to operate with zero current switching. The circuits and methods may be used with grid-connected renewable energy sources.


Patent
Sparq Systems | Date: 2014-03-12

Provided herein is a single phase power system controller and a method for controlling a single phase power system. The single phase power system controller comprises an error signal generator that generates an error signal from an instantaneous power reference signal and a measured instantaneous output power signal corresponding to the power delivered to a power distribution grid; and a modulator that modulates the error signal according to a trigonometric function of the grid voltage phase angle and produces a control signal for an inverter controller. In accordance with the circuits and methods provided herein, real and reactive power delivered to the grid are controlled simultaneously based on instantaneous output power feedback.


Systems, methods, and devices relating to control systems for grid-connected inverters. Because grid conditions may vary and because control system stability is dependent on the parameters of the components within the inverter, the present invention adaptably monitors the varying values of these components. Based on the sensed values and on predicted values, controller gains are adaptably adjusted to maintain system stability.


News Article | November 10, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

The demand for solar micro inverters is expected to witness a significant upsurge on account of increase in the number of photovoltaic (PV) installations and the need to improve overall system efficiency and safety. In 2016, the global solar micro inverters market is anticipated to register a y-o-y growth of 11.4% over 2015, and reach US$ 488.2 Mn in terms of market value. The escalating demand for solar micro inverters will continue to penetrate the market for module-level power electronics, owing to falling prices and upcoming products. The higher adoption of photovoltaic installations is a key factor driving the growth of the global solar micro inverters market. Moreover, rising preference for fully integrated PV modules or AC Modules, is anticipated to fuel the demand for solar micro inverters. The U.S. National Electric Code (NEC) also favours the usage of micro inverter technology and is driving the demand for micro inverters in the North American market. However, the use of power optimisers as an alternative to micro inverters can restrain the growth of the global solar micro inverter market. On the basis of system type, the global market for solar micro inverters is expected to be dominated by Stand Alone system sales, followed by micro inverter systems sold for developing AC Modules, named as integrated systems. In 2015, the stand alone solar micro inverter systems procured global market share of 96.7%, and are expected to attain estimated revenues of US$ 471 Mn by 2016-end. By end-user type, the residential segment of the global market will continue dominance over the commercial segment by attaining a market share of 76.2% in 2016. Among residential end-users, changing consumer preference for more efficient and safe inverter alternative will prompt the replacement of conventional inverters with solar micro inverters. Dropping prices and rising commercial scale PV installations will incite extensive growth in the demand for solar micro inverters among the commercial segment as well. Due to the varying use of micro inverters across the world, global players are concentrating on regions where awareness about using renewable energy resources is higher. Robust adoption of PV storage systems in the U.S. will continue to fuel demand for solar micro inverters in North America, and the region is expected to attain market value of US$ 282.2 Mn in 2016. Moreover, Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is expected to be a lucrative region for the growth of the global market. The growing trade of inexpensive inverters in China and India will boost the demand for solar micro inverters in APEJ region. The key players contributing to the growth of the global solar micro inverters market include, SMA, Darfon Electronics, ABB, APSytems, Chilicon Power, iEnergy, Enphase, NEP, SunPower, and Sparq Systems among others. Long-term Outlook: The global solar micro inverters market is expected to expand at a CAGR of 16.6% during the forecast period 2016-2026. Over the forecast period, North America and APEJ will continue to be the most profitable regions for the growth of the global market for solar micro inverters.

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