February 9, 2011 -- Solar cell cost discussions usually turn to cell efficiency, silicon used, etc. Increasingly, balance of system (BOS) costs are taking a larger slice of the photovoltaic (PV) installation costs pie. In turn, inverters and power electronics are coming under heightened scrutiny by cost cutters and technology innovators, say bloggers on Lux Populi, the Lux Research Analyst Blog.
In "Installers and developers cite reliability as their biggest concern with new solar electronics technologies," blogger Matthew Feinstein reviews a Lux Research survey of prominent installers and product developers globally about reliability, cost, etc. for the BOS segment. Survey respondents cite performance and costs as top concerns, for various reasons, when sourcing inverters.
In a market still developing -- micro-inverters, power optimizers, three-phase inverters are all grabbing share -- and still growing massively -- a recent IMS research report shows that capacity expansion and capacity utilization are simultaneously rising -- the shake-out of technical proficiency and cost vs performance benefit is on the horizon.
Read the Lux Research report, "Shorting Out the Myths of Solar Power Electronics: What Fits and What Fails," excerpt here: https://portal.luxresearchinc.com/research/document_excerpt/7532