SolarEdge announced a significant upgrade to their smart inverter line this today called “HD-Wave” which will have a profound impact on the solar industry. Further followup from SolarEdge yields a nice (HDWave PDF) Deck as well outlining some of the bigger upgrades.

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In short, SolarEdge has done for the inverter (a critical piece of the solar ecosystem which turns DC powered Solar/Wind/hydro electricity into AC which is used by homes and long poweline distance travel) what flat panels did for the TV just a decade or so ago.  The new technology uses 16 times fewer magnets, smaller thin film capacitors and much less cooling to yield a 99% efficient power transformation. That not only makes solar installs less expensive, more productive and easier, it makes Tesla’s Powerwall a whole lot smaller…

Tesla and SolarEdge are working together on implementing the Powerwall, which in itself is a bunch of batteries and electronics attached to a wall. To get that battery into your home, and to get power to that battery, charge needs to come from somewhere. SolarEdge’s 350V Inverter seems like the perfect match there. With a 2-3x reduction in size and heat space, a whole lot less needs to be added to the Powerwall making them much more portable units.

In addition SolarEdge’s HD Wave inverters have a direct power out running at 1500W (much like SMA inverters) giving direct access to solar panels during a grid down event.

We’re interviewing SolarEdge’s CEO later this week and will have much more on this development.

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