US solar company Enphase Energy has launched a new energy management system that claims to give utilities a higher level of visibility, insight and control over integrating large-scale solar power with the grid .
Unveiled at a trade show in Las Vegas this week, the system integrates smart grid intelligence, communications with big data analytics and storage in what Enphase boss Paul Nahi calls a “fundamentally different approach to energy management”.
Mr Nahi, CEO of the company, said: “The solar industry is dominated by static, isolated systems that do not integrate, communicate, scale or adapt quickly to changes in power generation.
“Our energy management system is designed to accelerate mass penetration of solar globally and make mainstream access to clean, affordable energy a reality.”
How it works
The Enphase Energy Management System is comprised of four main components – generation, storage, control and energy management.
The company claims the bidirectional, software-defined microinverter supports reactive power control and other advanced grid functionalities.
For storage, Enphase AC Battery is a modular, plug-and-play storage device designed for residential and commercial applications.
To control the system, Enphase’s Envoy-S expands from energy monitoring into revenue grade metering of solar production, metering of home consumption, and storage management. The unit can be connected using a range of connectivity options including Ethernet, Wi-fi and cellular modem as an add-on.
Customers can then monitor the system performance using Enlighten software platform.
The Enphase Energy Management System components will be available in the US on a rolling basis beginning in the third quarter of 2015.