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Alencon Systems will develop and commercialize a new type of transformational power electronic technology to utility-scale PV systems based on novel, patent-pending ideas. A 99.1% efficient, centralized inverter with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts lies at the heart of the Alencon system. Feeding this single inverter is an advanced harvesting network that utilizes string-wise maximum power point tracking and high DC voltage (2500 VDC) nodes that are easy to install and maintain.

Alencon Summit Poster
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Alencon proposes a new type of transformational approach to utility-scale PV systems based on novel, patent-pending ideas. A 99.1% efficient, centralized inverter with a capacity of up to 100 megawatts (MW) lies at the heart of the Alencon system. Feeding this single inverter is an advanced harvesting network that utilizes string-wise maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and high DC voltage nodes that are easy to install and maintain.

  • In Year 1, the team will build and test the 10-MW prototype inverter and high-voltage PV harvesting nodes.
  • In Year 2, the team will build and test a pre-production prototype inverter and PV harvesting nodes.
  • In Year 3, the team will field-test and commercialize the system.
Alencon Beta Site

Alencon's proposed approach simplifies the engineering design and reduces costs and losses for large-scale PV systems, while increasing their efficiency and yield. Their solution will combine the best of both centralized and string inverter systems to achieve a utility-scale solar installation with:

  • Reduced BOS costs
  • Quick and easy installations
  • Greater yield and granularity
  • Central interconnections
  • Single point of communication and control
  • Great reliability
  • Low impact of equipment failures
Alencon Test Lab in Use

Alencon has filed for various patents for technology developed in this project.
Final Report.