There’s been a surge in investment and entrepreneurial activity inthe inverter and power conditioning circuitry that supportsphotovoltaic energy conversion. Since the beginning of 2009, five firmshave received more than $63 million in funding and a large public firm(National Semiconductor) has officially unveiled its BoS product afteracquiring a related technology startup (ACT Solar). More than $115million in venture capital and more than 15 companies have entered thissector since 2005.
We noted the U.K.-based microinverter startup Enecsys in our recent Greentech Innovations Report.According to the Cambridge Evening News, the firm just announced a $10million round A led by Wellington Partners with participation fromBankInvest New Energy Solutions of Copenhagen. It was founded in 2003and received $500,000 in seed funding from The Carbon Trust with IPfrom the University of Cambridge.
There are a number ofmicroinverter firms attempting to come to market in additon to Enecys.Enphase has a clear and early lead over what is becoming a crowdedfield, having shipped more than 30,000 units. Here’s the list:
- Accurate Solar
- Array Converter
- GreenRay Solar
- Petra Solar
Microinverters offer improved energy harvest and improved monitoring capabilities for residential and commercial PV deployments.