ET Solar Group (ET Solar) unveiled the new ET Cell Optimizer Module (COM) at this year’s Solar Power International (SPI) exhibition. The ET COM has been certificated and is commercially available now.
The ET COM modules incorporate next generation power management integrated circuits (ICs) developed by Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (Maxim), a manufacturer of mixed-signal and analog semiconductors. The next-gen product replaces the diode function with active performance management bringing optimization to each cell string within the fabric of the module. By providing shade tolerance at the cell level, the ET COM modules will produce more energy -- even when compared to modules equipped with the leading DC optimizers or micro-inverters. Maxim's technology is fully contained within the module and is not dependent on an external communications network or a specialized inverter to operate. The ET COM modules are compatible with all leading inverters, monitoring equipment, and mounting solutions; with an installation process identical to conventional PV modules.
As one of the first global module suppliers to manufacture this new generation of PV modules, ET Solar is again demonstrating the technology leadership for which the company is known. ET Solar collaborated with Maxim to design, certify, and thoroughly test the new technology breakthrough.
"We are pleased to have developed the ET COM module with Maxim, to bring yet another leap in performance to our customers," said Patrick Guo, Executive Vice President of ET Solar. "We do this at a price point that will enable even the largest solar projects to enjoy the benefits of performance optimization."