Enphase Energy says combining its IQ 7X microinverters with Panasonic’s bifacial N Series PV modules at the production stage will lead to savings in terms of logistics and overhead costs, and will also reduce installation time. (Photo Credit: Enphase Energy Inc.)
- Enphase Energy and Panasonic Corp. of North America have entered into a strategic partnership to co-develop high-efficiency AC modules
- Enphase will offer its IQ 7X microinverter to be paired with Panasonic’s N Series PV modules, HIT (N325/N330), at the production stage
- These bifacial modules will be available for installers and distributors as of May 2018
- The two companies are focusing solely on the North American residential market for this product line
Panasonic Corp. of North America, the North American subsidiary of Japan’s Panasonic Corp., and US microinverter supplier Enphase Energy Inc. will co-develop high-efficiency AC modules (ACM). To support this strategic partnership, the 320 W Enphase IQ 7X microinverter will be paired with Panasonic’s N Series PV modules, HIT (N325/N330).
These modules will be made available to distributors and installers in North America as of May 2018.
“The N series PV modules are manufactured for peak performance, making them an ideal partner for the Enphase IQ 7X microinverter,” said Mukesh Sethi, the group manager for Panasonic Residential Solar Group. “With a unique heterojunction technology and advanced bifacial cells, these high-efficiency panels offer homeowners state-of-the-art features and maximum solar production,” he adds.
ACMs lower the time required for installation and with microinverters installed during production, savings on logistics and other overheads can be secured. In particular with bifacial modules, where the back is partly shaded, microinverters make a lot of sense. As microinverters are more expensive than string inverters on a per watt basis, it also makes sense to attach them to premium modules, like Panasonic’s HIT products.
Enphase IQ 7X inverters will support 96-cell PV modules up to 400 W with peak AC output power of 320 W and a maximum power point (MPP) tracking range of 53-64 V. The ACMs will also use the Enphase Envoy Gateway with built-in revenue-grade meter (RGM) disconnects.
“Built on our extremely successful IQ platform, the Enphase IQ 7X microinverter delivers superior performance with 97.5% CEC efficiency, as well as high levels of reliability and safety,” says Raghu Belur, the chief products officer at Enphase Energy.
Previously, Enphase had announced a similar partnership with Indian PV panel maker Waaree Energies Ltd.