“We expect reliability and availability to come to the forefront of inverter selection,” GTM Research senior solar analyst MJ Shiao explained in the report The Global PV Inverter Landscape 2013: Technologies, Markets and Survivors.“Bankability, reliability, and serviceability are transforming from buzzwords to key values.”
One of the key areas of innovation is in microinverters and micro-power converters such as DC optimizers. But, according to TUV Rheinland President Mani G. Tamizh-Mani, there are currently no quality and reliability standards for these devices.
“At the end of the day, reliability is better than a warranty,” Shiao noted in the GTM Research report, “but even third-party studies of reliability and complete field data sets are difficult to access and compare.”
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