Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) announced May 27, 2014, that its "Solar Ware Samurai" PV inverter designed for overseas markets (outside Japan) has been selected as a finalist in the solar power generation section of Intersolar Award 2014.
Intersolar Award is an awards program for three fields: (1) innovative facilities for solar power generation in the world, (2) innovative solar power generation projects in Europe and (3) innovative energy storage systems in the world. The program has been run by Intersolar Europe, one of the world's largest trade shows on solar power generation systems, since 2008. And Intersolar Award 2014 is its seventh occurrence.
The Solar Ware Samurai is a high-capacity (1,667kW per unit), outdoor PV inverter and is suited for use in deserts, etc, where mega (large-scale) solar power plants are often built outside Japan. When it is operated at 50% or less of its rated output, it is not necessary to use a fan, improving reliability and reducing running costs at the same time. Its conversion efficiency is 98.7%, one of the highest in the world. It supports an ambient temperature range of -20 to 50°C.
It seems that the Solar Ware Samurai was selected as one of the ten finalists in the solar power generation section because of those features. In addition to the Solar Ware Samurai, products of 4-noks srl (Italy), AU Optronics (Taiwan), Belectric (Germany), CAB Products (Cambria County Association for the Blind and Handicapped) (the US), LG Electronics Deutschland (Germany), SMA Solar Technology (Germany), smartflower energy technology (Australia), Steca Elektronik (Germany) and UAB ViaSolis (Lithuania) were selected as finalists.
The first prize winner in the section will be announced from 16:30, June 4, 2014 (local time), at Intersolar Europe, which will take place from June 4 to 6, 2014, in Munich, Germany.