Power optimizer solutions
DC-DC power optimizers convert variable DC voltage from photovoltaic (PV) panels to a fixed DC voltage.
This is also referred to as the maximum power point tracking (MPPT) stage. MPPT is a technique used to maximize power extraction under any environmental conditions, including changes in irradiation levels and temperature. MPPT can happen either be conducted directly at and separately for a PV panel through single units installed at each panel or at a preliminary buck/boost stage of an inverter where several photovoltaic panels are connected in series at the input.
Installing a power optimizer on a PV panel also enables a rapid shutdown function (RSF) to be implemented, which is required for residential solar installations in some regions. Stand-alone power optimizers operate outdoors under harsh conditions and so a compact form factor, high-efficiency levels and a long lifetime are crucial success factors for these units.
We offer a wide range of products with different packages and technologies, including silicon (Si), silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN). This enables manufacturers to create optimized, efficient solutions for single-panel and multi-panel micro inverter designs.
We offer the following products for stand-alone power optimizers:
- Panel level
< 500 W: For the modular approach were each PV panel is equipped with a Power Optimizer a solution with Infineon’s OptiMOS™ MOSFET and 2EDL EiceDRIVER provides the highest performance and lowest form factor.
- String level
1-20 kW: Infineon discrete solution such as our Silicon CoolMOS™ and Silicon Carbide CoolSiC™ MOSFETs, HighSpeed3 IGBTs and TRENCHSTOP™ IGBT6 technology, that enables designers to maximize price/performance ratio,.
- > 20 kW: Our Easy CoolSiC™ module enables designers to increase the efficiency and lower the weight of the booster stage
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Application presentation: Exploiting the unlimited potential of Solar energy
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On-demand webinar: From solar and wind to energy storage
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Let’s learn more about how solar inverters work, from the ones we have in our houses, to the ones that are applied in major factories. We will also see how Infineon innovates in power semiconductors for solar inverter technology and how that can help with reducing costs and time to market.