Director, Renewable Energy
Magnetek’s 1 MW E-Force® Solar Inverter
ETL Listing to UL 1741
Menomonee Falls, Wis. –March 1, 2012 – Magnetek, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAG) today announced that it has received ETL certification to the UL 1741-2010 and CSA C22.2 No. 107.1 standards for its 1 megawatt (MW) 1000 Volt solar inverter. The E-Force Solar Inverter was tested and certified by Intertek and is now qualified to display the ETL certification mark. The ETL mark indicates the E- Force Solar Inverter meets product safety requirements for connection to a United States or Canadian utility power grid or a grid in any country where UL and CSA standards are accepted.
Magnetek’s 1MW, air-cooled E-Force photovoltaic inverter is designed for grid-tied large solar applications, such as ground mount installations. E-Force PV-1000 integrates two 500kW inverters in a single enclosure which can reduce the skid footprint by as much as 30% compared with independent 500kW competitive inverters. E-Force units achieve peak and CEC efficiencies of 97.9% and 97% respectively with total current harmonic distortion of less than 5%.
E-Force offers two Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) algorithms to maximize the energy produced under varying light conditions. Magnetek’s proprietary switching technology incorporates large capacity Insulated Gate Bi-polar Transistors (IGBTs) which result in improved service life. Sophisticated self-diagnostics and remote monitoring capabilities allow customers to monitor energy generation and operational status. VAR control is provided through power factor adjustment from 0.95 lead to 0.95 lag as standard. An Ontario FIT compliant product is available. The E-Force PV-1000 utility scale inverter integrates easily into Magnetek’s E-House™ brand equipment enclosure, optimizing inverter protection from the elements while reducing the overall mounting footprint. Optional MV transformers are offered to provide distribution level output voltages of up to 34.5kV. Additional grid support options include Low Voltage Ride Through (LVRT).
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer solar developers a 1 MW solar inverter ETL certified to UL and CSA standards,” said Peter McCormick, Magnetek’s chief executive officer. “We have made considerable investments in our solar inverter program and this certification is a significant step in our entry into the utility scale marketplace, where we see our greatest opportunity for growth in the renewable energy sector.”
Ed Butte, Magnetek’s director of renewable energy, added “Magnetek has been in the renewable energy business for nearly twenty years, and has shipped over 850MW of power conversion systems, including 700MW of the second generation E-Force power conditioning system for wind applications. The E-Force 1 MW solar inverter is based on our field-proven wind inverter platform. As a result we are confident this platform will provide the long service life solar customers seek, while its shelter-ready construction allows for faster installation at a lower cost.”
Magnetek, Inc. is a leading provider of digital power and motion control systems used in energy delivery, overhead material handling, and elevator applications. In addition to power conditioning products for renewable energy applications, the Company is North America’s largest supplier of digital drive systems for industrial cranes, hoists, and monorails. Magnetek provides Energy Engineered® drives, radio remote controls, motors, and braking and collision avoidance subsystems to North America’s foremost overhead material handling crane builders. Magnetek is also the world’s largest independent builder of highly integrated digital motion control systems for high-rise, high-speed elevators and is a leading independent supplier of digital motion control systems for underground coal mining applications. Magnetek is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis., in the greater Milwaukee area and operates manufacturing facilities in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Canonsburg, Pa., as well as Menomonee Falls.
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