An independent report conducted by DNV KEMA gave Schneider Electric’s PV Power Plant products, the Conext Core XC and the newly available Conext Core XC-NA, best-in-class reviews and positive ratings.
DNV KEMA, a global, leading authority in business and technical consultancy, conducted the assessment of the Conext Core XC and XC-NA design, technology, processes and servicing.
The report concluded that the overall product design and the benchmarks for reliability, manufacturing, quality control, support and servicing are “among the best in the PV inverter industry.
The report recognizes the strengths of Schneider Electric and breaks it down into several key areas:
Global solution with local support is “Major Asset”
DNV KEMA reviewed Schneider Electric’s complete solution, including the inverter, PV Box/skid, array box, grid-tie substation, and the Schneider Electric Conext Control monitoring product.
Our market adaptation process was found to be a “major asset” by DNV KEMA. The global reach of our organization allows locally required adjustments to be made closer to the customer, no matter how large or remote the installation site.
Manufacturing process “among the very best”
After reviewing our facility and manufacturing processes, DNV KEMA deemed Schneider Electric to be overall among the very best in the PV inverter industry. The report also noted that a number of key assembly steps of the AIC are exceptionally well implemented by Schneider Electric.
“Best in class and competitive” Inverter technology
The Conext Core XC and XC-NA utilize state of the art technology and advanced features resulting in efficiency levels which are competitive with the top tier inverters in this class.
Meets regulatory standards around the world
The Conext Core XC and XC-NA implement the latest grid management features to meet global utility requirements. From Germany to Israel, Puerto Rico to Thailand, our products offer higher efficiency while meeting the unique needs of each region.
Industry leading Reliability and Testing
DNV KEMA evaluated Schneider Electric’s testing process and field history and determined that our reliability testing is industry leading. DNV KEMA was particularly impressed with our use of thermal imaging as a part of the Conext Core XC and XC-NA testing process to ensure that key components perform optimally.
Global support and service to ensure a Higher ROI
Schneider Electric offers a range of warranty and services options for the Conext Core XC and XC-NA inverters on a global basis.
The Bottom Line
Schneider Electric’s Conext Core XC and XC-NA inverter products received a positive review from DNV KEMA. The overall design, design for reliability, manufacturing, quality, test, and support approach used by Schneider Electric were found to be among the best in the PV inverter industry.
“We are extremely proud of the review that the Conext Core XC and XC-NA received from DNV KEMA,” says Laurent Bataille, Senior Vice President of the Solar Business of Schneider Electric. “This report reinforces Schneider Electric’s product promise for true bankability, higher return on investment, reliability, and best-in-class performance.”
About Conext Core XC
The Conext Core XC Series is a new line of central inverters designed for high efficiency and flexibility for any PV panel type and installation. The Conext Core XC Series has peak efficiencies of 98.9% and its flexibility allows the inverter to be configured with voltage and power outputs up to 680 kW. In addition, the Conext Core XC Series is designed to allow for DC inputs up to 1000 Vdc for longer string lengths. It contains the latest grid management features to meet global utility requirements. About Conext Core XC-NA
The Conext Core XC-NA Series is a new line of central inverters designed for high efficiency and flexibility for any PV panel type and installation. The Conext Core XC-NA Series is CSA Certified to UL1741 and CSA C22.2 no.107.1 to 1000 VDC and comes with integral AC and DC switchgear which meets the requirements of NEC 690.17. In addition, the Conext Core XC-NA comes with an integrated DC combiner with a variety of fuse and monitoring options and a next generation ground fault detection system which helps reduce hazards from PV array blind spots. The Conext Core XC-NA is enclosure type 3R rated for outdoor applications and can be provided as part of a skid-mounted or PV box solution. About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.” www.schneider-electric.com
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About DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, with more than 2,300 experts in over 30 countries around the world, is committed to driving the global transition toward a safe, reliable, efficient, and clean energy future. With a heritage of nearly 150 years, we specialize in providing world-class, innovative solutions in the fields of business & technical consultancy, testing, inspections & certification, risk management, and verification. As an objective and impartial knowledge-based company, we advise and support organizations along the energy value chain: producers, suppliers & end-users of energy, equipment manufacturers, as well as government bodies, corporations and non-governmental organizations. DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability is part of DNV, a global provider of services for managing risk with more than 10,000 employees in over 100 countries. For more information on DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability, visit www.dnvkema.com.
DNV KEMA was contracted by Schneider Electric to conduct a third party bankability/technology report on the Conext Core XC and on the Conext Core XC-NA. This report was completed in October 2013.