Enphase Energy, National Semiconductor, SolarTech to Discuss Microinverters, SolarMagic and Improving Photovoltaic System Performance at July 2nd Web Conference

Microinverters and SolarMagic promise to improve the performance of solar photovoltaic systems. But will they deliver? Learn more about these emerging technologies at AltaTerra’s July 2nd web conference: “Improving Photovoltaic System Performance.”

Palo Alto, CA, June 28, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Improving the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has been limited by the short lifespan of inverter technologies. These devices convert the sun’s energy that is harvested by the solar PV system into usable electrical current. Now a number of new entrants are starting to offer new inverter solutions that promise significant advances.

On Thursday, July 2nd, AltaTerra Research will moderate an hour-long web conference on some of these new options and their influence on system performance. The web conference, “Improving Photovoltaic System Performance” will include presentations from three of the key players doing work in this area: Enphase Energy, National Semiconductor, and SolarTech.

Raghu Belur, Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing at Enphase Energy will discuss new developments in microinverters, which Enphase claims can increase energy harvest 5 to 25 percent and reduce installation and operational costs by as much as 15 percent.

John Giddings, Global Business Development Manager at National Semiconductor will describe his company’s new SolarMagic technology, which is claimed to minimize energy loss from shade, debris or panel mismatch and reclaim about 50% of otherwise lost energy.

Doug Payne, Acting Executive Director of SolarTech, will frame the conversation by speaking about the SolarTech national consortium’s efforts to improve system performance and performance metrics across the PV industry.

Participants will learn about new developments in distributed inverter architecture and other inverter solutions from the field of power electronics. They will gain insight into the end market challenges to providing customers with consistent and predictable system performance. There will also be ample time for questions and discussion.

The web conference is designed for anyone with a stake in developments in power electronics. It should be especially useful for solar renewable energy professionals, module and inverter manufacturers, system monitoring services and software providers, and financial and investment groups.

Further details about the web conference and registration are available on the event webpage: www.altaterra.net/event/pvperformance.

About AltaTerra Research
Founded in 2007, AltaTerra Research is the first research consultancy dedicated to corporate environmental sustainability and commercial markets for clean technology solutions. With consulting services, industry research reports and executive events, AltaTerra helps business leaders make informed decisions on green business. Current topics include alternative energy, the corporate carbon footprint, carbon credits and environmentally-friendly products. More information is available at www.AltaTerra.net.

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