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LG launches its first AC module with integrated microinverter to simplify installations
LG Electronics USA has launched the ‘NeON’ 2 ACe module in collaboration with Enphase Energy at Intersolar NA 2017. The high-efficiency AC module uses Enphase’s latest IQ6 microinverter technology, which integrated at the module assembly stage is designed to reduce installation time by half, compared with conventional modules, while offering cutting-edge technology.
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LG NeON 2 ACe brings together high-performance and a simplified user experience, combining the processes of logistics, installation and monitoring. Installation, always a concern for homeowners, becomes a quick, two-step roof installation process with this integrated AC Module - lifting the microinverter out of the flat shipping position and connecting the cable without the need to install the two products separately and eliminates unnecessary components like extra wiring and bypass diodes. Higher reliability can be achieved due to the microinverter being pre-tested and integrated onto the module at the manufacturing assembly stage. On the surface, LG NeON 2 ACe utilizes brand new cello technology, which replaces the industry standard three busbars with 30 thin wires, enhancing output and reliability. This market-leading technology allows for more energy-efficiency and premium temperature performance characteristics. Aesthetically, these innovations are designed to improve curb-appeal for the homeowner, creating a sleek, black look. A strategically positioned 15mm distance separates the DC module and the microinverter, mitigating any impact to performance and reliability by allowing sufficient air-flow for cooling.
LG NeON 2 ACe also comes equip with LG Electronics' 12-year unit warranty and a 25-year warranty for the microinverter. The anodized aluminum frame of the panel can endure a front load up to 6,000Pa and a rear load up to 5,400Pa.