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Ideal Power Introduces New SunDial Solar PV String Inverter

AUSTIN, TX, May 02, 2016 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Ideal Power Inc. IPWR, +2.85% a developer of innovative power conversion technologies, introduced its new SunDial(TM) solar photovoltaic (PV) string inverter which includes an optional bi-directional 3rd port for direct integration of solar with energy storage during initial installation or any time in the future. The SunDial(TM) is a compact, efficient, and fully isolated PV string inverter with an integrated PV combiner, disconnects, and a built-in Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT). It also features an optional, low cost "plug and play" bi-directional DC port kit. This new "solar first, storage ready" design is the only commercial string inverter available with a field-upgradable, bi-directional energy storage port, making the system market ready today for the solar + storage market.

According to IHS Technology, global solar PV inverter revenues were estimated at $6.9 billion globally in 2015. The new SunDial(TM) system directly addresses this large established market, giving commercial and industrial PV developers and installers a competitively-priced PV inverter product today with the flexibility to seamlessly integrate energy storage today or in the future. The integration of solar and storage is already economically attractive for customers addressing high retail electricity rates, high commercial demand charges, or those located on islands and areas where selling PV power back to the grid is not supported. With the optional 3rd port connected to a battery, the SunDial(TM) is also capable of disconnecting from the utility grid and forming a microgrid to provide backup power to critical building loads utilizing the energy from the PV and battery, giving customers peace of mind that their system can be used even in a power outage.

The initial SunDial(TM) product is a 30kW system (Model 30PV+S) based on Ideal Power's patented and award winning Power Packet Switching Architecture(TM) with 1000V max PV DC input and 480V, 3-phase output. It is the first in a planned family of field-upgradable...