PVEL's unique product qualification testing for string inverters and power electronics will now take place at its newly renovated South San Francisco lab
PVTIME - PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent test lab for the global downstream solar industry, has opened an advanced inverter test center with 1500V capabilities at its newly renovated South San Francisco lab. The company is now evaluating the performance, reliability and functionality of string inverters and power electronics for solar projects of almost any scale under one roof. PVEL previously conducted inverter testing at its Berkeley headquarters.
"In the past 12 months, we have observed inverter failures accounting
for nearly 80% of lost production in PV power plants before the
interconnection point and a major portion of unscheduled maintenance
costs," commented Joe Kastner, CEO of
Radian Generation. "Understanding inverter quality and supply chain
constraints are key to controlling and understanding these costs.
Inverters are critical to the financial performance of solar power
plants and PVEL's independent testing is a great tool for understanding
inverter risk and informing procurement decisions."
First established in 2014, PVEL's PV Inverter Product Qualification
Program (PQP) is a unique suite of tests that replicate field failures
as well as operating behavior that reduces energy yield. The program
evaluates inverters beyond certification safety tests and datasheet
specifications so that buyers can accurately model performance under
varying environmental and interconnection conditions.
"PVEL's PQP supports technical due diligence and risk mitigation by
helping buyers identify inverters and power electronics that meet their
long-term expectations for energy yield, product life and
functionality," commented Jenya Meydbray,
CEO of PVEL. "Our data drives granular energy yield and O&M models
for solar projects of any scale, ultimately increasing investor
confidence in an asset's economic performance."
The following product qualification services are now available at PVEL's state-of-the-art inverter test center:
- Customizable, plug-and-play evaluations of 600V, 1000V and 1500V
products that span the entire spectrum of the market from a 320W
microinverter to a 1500V string inverter.
- System-level testing of ancillary equipment including rapid shutdown devices, optimizers and communications products.
- Advanced evaluations of a product's ability to interface with the
local utility grid in compliance with recent IEEE and California Rule 21
mandates. These mandates support grid resiliency as renewable energy
sources make up a larger portion of the total electric power
"PVEL deployed the most advanced power electronics testing and
measurement technologies available for the upgraded lab," commented Thomas Goetzl,
vice president and general manager of Keysight Technologies' automotive
and energy solutions, a global leader in electronics laboratory testing
equipment. "As one of the world's leading suppliers of electronics
testing solutions, we can say that PVEL's revamped South San Francisco facility is among the most sophisticated inverter labs in the solar industry."
Like all PVEL test programs, the PV Inverter PQP is regularly updated
in response to technology advancements and evolving market needs and
regulations. For more information, click here to download PVEL's PV Inverter PQP brochure.