Upsolar introduces smart modules powered by Tigo Energy

Tigo Energy’s optimisers leverage proprietary impedance matching technology to increase the power harvest of each module and mitigate performance challenges related to soiling, cloud-induced shading, module mismatch and temperature differentials.

The company said its optimisers also enable a “reduction in balance of systems costs through increased string lengths, as well as enhanced safety and fire protection through arc fault protection.”

The product is understood to be suitable for both sloped and flat rooftops, as well as ground-mounted systems.

To create a smart module, optimisers are embedded into Upsolar modules’ junction boxes during the module manufacturing process. By integrating the two units, Upsolar can offer its customers seamless installation and lower operation and maintenance costs.  Additionally, users can remotely monitor performance at the module and system levels through Tigo Energy’s module-level monitoring software and mobile app.

Stephane Dufrenne, Chief Technology Officer of Upsolar, said: “The performance of Tigo Energy’s optimiser has exceeded our expectations, and we were eager to incorporate the company’s technology directly into our modules to improve the performance and economics of solar for both installers and customers.”

Dufrenne added the company had already experienced strong demand for the integrated product across major markets.

She noted: “We expect this trend to continue as Upsolar paves the way to cost-neutral installations for PV systems of all sizes and designs with module-level power electronics.”