Alencon Selected to Join Emerge Alliance to Promote DC Power Distribution

Alencon Systems becomes a member of the leading industry group focused on developing standards around the adoption of greater use of DC power.

Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC has been invited to join the Emerge Alliance, an open industry association developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of DC power distribution. Alencon Systems was selected for membership in this organization because of its unique String Power Optimizer and Transmitter product, the SPOT. The SPOT is a DC-DC optimizer specifically designed for utility scale photovoltaic (PV) applications.  It allows users of PV plants to harvest more power from their solar modules by providing highly granular maximum power point tracking (MPPT).  The device also facilitates medium voltage DC transmission by stepping up the voltage harvested from PV panels. 

Brian T. Patterson, President of industry NGO and standards developer EMerge Alliance, explains, “The increasing use of microgrids invokes many new equipment requirements for the power industry.  New types of DC-DC power optimizers, inverters and converters that help tie new distributed power sources, storage and loads into microgrids are particularly key.  In addition to helping EMerge develop standards, Alencon Systems is a great example of an innovative company who has started to fill some of those market requirements with their recent product releases.”  

Alencon’s String Power Optimizer, the SPOT, is the PV industry’s most powerful and versatile DC-DC optimizer for large commercial and utility scale applications.  The company has recently announced the release of the latest version of the SPOT which features a more rugged, low profile design along with a number of unique power electronics features to allow both new and existing PV plants to generate more energy while also streamlining their operations and maintenance (O&M) activities. Alencon’s SPOT can improve the yield of PV plants from anywhere 5 – 10% on average.

The latest version of the SPOT, the fourth generation of Alencon’s DC-DC optimizer offerings, includes a variety of enhanced features to previous versions of the product. Its NEMA4 enclosure has been recast to make it more rugged yet lighter weight and thus easier to install. The SPOT’s power electronics are the most sophisticated of their kind found in the PV industry today.  The 25 KW unit allows maximum power point tracking (MPPT) to be performed on four PV strings at once, twice as many as any similar device on the market today. 

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Alencon’s solutions for ALternative ENergy CONversion provide high modularity and scalability for systems from several megawatts to several-hundred megawatts. By helping to dramatically reduce balance of system costs, and increase power production through new inverter and energy harvesting technology, Alencon helps advance the state of the art and increase the financial viability of solar power.  Headquartered in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, has been building PV power conversion hardware since 2009, drawing on the combined decades of power electronics experience of its engineering team.