ABB unveils digitally enabled, self-commissioning solar inverter to reduce installation time and costs

Wireless connectivity dramatically simplifies inverter installation via a self-commissioning routine that removes the manual configuration process and results in lowered installation time and costs
Sydney – March 20, 2017 – ABB Australia‘s new single-phase solar inverter is ideally suited for residential photovoltaic (PV) owners in Australia. Its embedded wireless connectivity and smart grid capabilities provide homeowners with cost-effective advanced monitoring, control, and maintenance. Installers benefit with a quicker and easier self-commissioning process, and their maintenance burden eased via web-enabled service software updates.

This UNO-DM-PLUS inverter range represents the best solar inverter technology. The inverter evolution represents ABB‘s strength in digitalisation, with self-commissioning and all service software now embedded within the inverter and wirelessly accessible using any smart device or PC. This innovation reduces the operation and maintenance burden for installers and associated costs for homeowners.

The units connectively package allows for smart grid capabilities such as dynamic feed-in control, which manages the energy fed into the grid. It uses SunSpec-compatible open communication protocol to ensure compliance with future grid codes and maintains off-the-shelf interoperability with other devices in the system.

The new inverter, rated from 3kW to 5 kW, is the result of ABB’s leadership in electrification technologies and continuous drive to innovate and provide digital solutions and products that connect homeowners and industry stakeholders to the benefits of the energy and Internet of Things revolution.

'The highly competitive Australian PV market has required system installers to reduce operational costs to remain profitable," explains Adrian Amato, ABB’s Sales Manager for Solar in Australia. "Features such as over-the-air (OTA) software updates, an integrated web server and self-commissioning, will ease installation, operation and maintenance burdens on installers."

The UNO-DM-PLUS also sports a new streamlined physical design with improved device reliability through reduced component count. This contributes to a lighter and smaller inverter than its predecessors.

Since ABB introduced their first generation of single-phase residential inverters 10 years ago, more than 700,000 units have been installed in over 40 countries, representing more than 7 billion hours of power accumulated in the field.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

UNO DM PLUS Solar Inverter