KOSTAL Pressebereich
Shanghai, China, 24.04.2017

Safe high-performance solutions at SNEC in Shanghai

Right at the start of the world’s largest PV ex­hi­bi­tion, SNEC, KOSTAL was in­vited to give a tech­ni­cal pre­sen­ta­tion to a large au­di­ence at the as­so­ci­ated spe­cial­ist con­fer­ence. Un­der the head­ing “Fully-in­te­grated flex­i­ble PV in­vert­ers for mid-sized sys­tems”, Thomas Vo­gel, head of the PV elec­tron­ics de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment, pre­sented the se­lec­tive elec­tronic string fuse in the fully in­te­grated new PIKO pro­ject in­verter, the PIKO 36 EPC. This in­no­v­a­tive zero-loss pro­tec­tive func­tion de­tects haz­ards be­fore they emerge. Its func­tions in­clude pre­vent­ing strings with the wrong po­lar­ity from ac­ti­vat­ing, thereby pro­tect­ing the pho­to­voltaic sys­tem from fail­ure. Strings with de­fec­tive mod­ules are also de­tected and shut down, thereby pro­tect­ing against harm­ful re­verse cur­rents. The PV sys­tem then con­tin­ues to run with the re­main­ing in­tact strings – PIKO: safe so­lu­tion for high PV per­for­mance!

The in­no­v­a­tive topic of his pre­sen­ta­tion of course drew a lot of vis­i­tors to an al­ready busy KOSTAL booth. Along­side this PIKO 36 EPC for PV sys­tems of be­tween 100 kW and 2 MW, KOSTAL also had its en­tire prod­uct port­fo­lio of PIKO in­vert­ers on dis­play.

The vis­i­tors were par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the DC-cou­pled stor­age so­lu­tion PIKO BA sys­tem with the new high-volt­age bat­ter­ies from BYD. This makes KOSTAL the first in­verter man­u­fac­turer to pre­sent this in­no­v­a­tive DC hy­brid sys­tem to the pub­lic in China – a new smart con­nec­tion.