Interview with Paul Grana, Sr. Manager, Marketing at Tigo Energy, on trends and changes in system design standards
TIGO EnergyTigo Energy was founded in 2007 in Los Gatos, California by a group of Silicon Valley technologists. The team recognized the theoretical problem created by the simple interconnection of PV modules and set out to apply their expertise in process control, silicon component design, system architecture, software and communications to develop a solution. To guide much of the early R&D, the team researched the practical implications of the problems, viewing module-level data from systems with many different technologies in several geographies. They determined that while the opportunity to improve system output was tangible, a unique technical break-though was required to maximize performance.
Since that time, Tigo Energy has grown – expanding operations in the USA, across Europe, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. The company has introduced the Tigo Energy® MaximizerTM Solution for utility scale, commercial and residential systems. While the product offering has evolved, the team has stayed focused on making solar energy more affordable and manageable, contributing to the rapid percentage increase of renewable sources in the global energy mix. Tigo Energy is a technology provider, augmenting the current PV value chain with new capabilities that will increase the adoption of PV solar. The patented Tigo Energy Maximizer Solution brings up to 20% more energy output by maximizing power output of individual modules; active system management with panel level visibility and advanced performance analytics; and enhanced safety with arc prevention and system deactivation. The key technology break-though ensures these benefits are achieved with maximum reliability and conversion efficiency while minimizing incremental costs. Tigo Energy works closely with leaders in the PV market to ensure interoperability and optimization with the most recognized inverter and module products. Look for Tigo Energy technology to be integrated in the module junction-boxes from major OEMs in 2010.
Solarpraxis AG is one of the leading knowledge service providers in the renewable energy sector. The Berlin-based company has been providing clients with expertise and professional service in the fields of engineering, conference organization and publishing since 1998:
The engineering division works to generate up-to-date knowledge, which is then prepared for and presented to manufacturers, wholesalers, planners and trade professionals in a targeted, project-specific manner.
International conferences organized by Solarpraxis provide a meeting point for decision makers from all fields of renewable energy.
The third and final component of the company's service portfolio is its publishing department which, in addition to B2B magazines photovoltaik, pv magazine and pv magazine Chinese edition, produces high quality industry reports.
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