Photovoltaics Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights photovoltaic solutions from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers.
Amphenol Industrial Solar Technologies’ H4 PV Connector, supplied by RS, carries more amps than the industry standard connector. It features quick and easy secure snap-lock mating, long-term UV and ozone resistance, low contact resistance, and meets the NEC 2008/2011 standard “as is,” with no additional locking-clip required. Available in three different gauges: 25A (2.5mm2, AWG14), 35A (4.0mm2, AWG12), and 45A (6.0mm2, AWG10).
Weidmuller USA’s new models of Photovoltaic (PV) DC Combiner Boxes are designed to operate large-scale PV systems more efficiently. The PV DC Combiner Boxes with monitoring can receive up to 16 inputs and the unmonitored version can handle up to 32 inputs. This innovative solution bundles, protects, and combines PV strings more efficiently. The PV DC Combiner Boxes for High Power Panels feature bifacial solar panels with solar cells on both the front and back of the panel. This feature increases the energy yield of the solar energy system.
Heilind features Panduit Solar Energy Solutions portfolio for reliable power from the ground up, providing efficiency and cost savings for large and utility-scale PV projects. Panduit’s aluminum and copper power connectors reduce installation time and are designed to meet all applicable standards. They can be crimped with a wide variety of competitors’ tools and still maintain UL listed.
Kensington Electronics Inc., the only authorized distributor for Stäubli Electrical Connectors, has been selling and building photovoltaic (solar) cables and junction boxes for over 20 years. Stäubli Electrical Connectors have set the industry standard since the introduction of the original MC4 connector. Counterfeits are hard to distinguish from the outside but technical comparisons often reveal serious deficiencies in the quality and safety of copies. Using the wrong connector or mismating of different brands can result in premature failure or fire. Stäubli Electrical Connectors does not recognize nor validate mating compatibility between Stäubli Electrical Connectors and connectors from other manufacturers. Kensington’s trained staff can build your cables and ship in a day or two.
The TE Connectivity SOLARLOK PV4-S connector, supplied by Avnet, is an upgrade of the i SOLARLOK PV4 connector designed to meet a minimum 1500V rating with IP68 protection. The SOLARLOK PV4-S connector has been tested to assure reliable and safe connections of solar arrays. The connectors use industry standard crimp tooling that is readily available and used by installers today.
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