25.11.2003: Meldung: SatCon Power Converters selected for Photovoltaic Systems
An International Energy Agency (IEA) report on "Trends in Photovoltaic Applications", a Survey report of selected IEA countries between 1992 and 2002, reported that annual module (photovoltaic systems) production rose by over 50 percent in 2002 to 482 Megawatts. At an estimated average installed cost of $7.00 per watt, the annual production rate represents some $3.5 billion dollars in sales globally. Roughly 60 percent of that market represents module costs, which include the cost of power converters. Power Converters typically account for about 15% of the hardware cost of a system. The report also stated that the photovoltaic market has grown at a rate of roughly 35% per year over the past few years. The report Clean Energy Trends 2003, published by Clean Edge Research, estimates that solar photovoltaics (PV) (including modules, system components, and installation) will grow from a $3.5 billion global industry in 2002 to more than $27.5 billion by 2012.
"Using the SatCon PowerGate(TM) Power Converter System gives us higher efficiency and lower standby mode losses enabling Uni-Solar"s photovoltaic systems to deliver more net energy," said Allan Gregg, United Solar Ovonic"s (Uni-Solar) director of system engineering and marketing. "Furthermore, the PowerGate(TM) converter has integrated all components required for grid connection, allowing us to reduce our electrical installation cost by as much as 75 percent. The introduction of SatCon"s large converters is timely since we are seeing the majority of market growth in large power installations." "We believe there is a growing market for technology that makes solar energy practical for industrial applications," said David Eisenhaure, SatCon"s president and chief executive officer. "With our next-generation technology, we are well positioned to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the solar photovoltaics market. We believe that the market potential for our 100kW photovoltaic power conditioning system will be significant, and we are pleased that Uni-solar has adopted our power converters for use in its photovoltaic power generation systems."
About SatCon Technology Corporation
SatCon Technology Corporation manufactures and sells power control systems for critical military systems, alternative energy and high-reliability industrial automation applications. Products include inverter electronics from 5 kilowatts to 5 megawatts, power switches, and hybrid microcircuits for industrial, medical, military and aerospace applications. SatCon also develops and builds digital power electronics, high-efficiency machines and control systems for a variety of defense applications with the strategy of transitioning those technologies into multiyear production programs. For further information, please visit the SatCon website at www.satcon.com.
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