SolarEdge Showcases Solar Inverter-Integrated EV Charger

All in one - solar inverter and EV charger

SolarEdge HD-Wave Solar Inverter With EV Charger

SolarEdge has shown off its electric vehicle charger integrated inverter at Intersolar North America early today, a product the company says is a world-first.

The charger is embedded into SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter and makes use of a “solar boost” mode that utilises grid electricity and solar input simultaneously to charge at 9.6kW (40 Amps). If solar power input is not available, it will operate on grid power only at 7.6kW (32 Amps).

SolarEdge says the Level 2 EV charger offers charging up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger ( plugging an EV into a standard household outlet).

Other features of the system include “smart-scheduling” for use when mains electricity rates are lower and remote operation via an app – the charger can be toggled directly from a smartphone. Fully integrated with the SolarEdge monitoring platform, the app also enables monitoring of PV, EV, and grid consumption.

Mobile app for remote EV charging and monitoring

Among other benefits, the company states the new product will reduces workload and costs of installing a standalone electric vehicle charger and a solar inverter.

“Adding EV charging to our growing-range of products further enables system owners to easily manage their energy needs,” said CEO and Chairman of SolarEdge, Guy Sella.

The inverter-integrated EV charger is accompanied by a 12-year warranty that can be extended to as long as 20 years. The SE7600H-US is expected to be available in North America by the end of this year. Pricing and availability details of a product for Australia weren’t available on the SolarEdge site at the time of publishing.

Further details and a datasheet on the SE7600H-US can be viewed here (PDF).

Last year, SolarEdge won an Intersolar Award in the Photovoltaics category for its HD-Wave technology inverter; which uses technology that significantly decreases inverter size and weight, while achieving a weighted efficiency of 99%.

The EV charger integrated HD-Wave product has dimensions of 450 x 370 x 174mm  and weighs 11.9kg without the cable.

SolarEdge manufactures a range of inverters, power optimizers and energy storage solutions for residential, commercial and small utility-scale solar installations. The company says it has shipped approximately 4.7 Gigawatts of its DC- optimized inverter systems and products to 100 countries.

Headquartered in the USA, the company also has a physical presence in Australia (Melbourne) – check out SolarEdge inverter reviews from Australian customers.

About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.

Comments

  1. What we really need is for EV makers to supply a spare battery with an easy swap-out mechanism. You could then travel around with one battery in your car and leave the other at home all day to charge while the sun’s out. When you get home at night you could swap them over and hey presto you’re fully charged and ready to roll again in the morning.

    • Well, batteries tend to be sort of expensive. Like, crazy bat expensive

    • I really like the idea but its impractical and too expensive for a home system – Tesla looked at a centralised system like a service station for swapping – they even demonstrated it in action to much applause – took about 2 minutes from memory, but I think they’ve abandoned that for fast charging.
      2 rather large issues for a home system:
      1. A decent sized battery would need a complex and expensive mechanical system to swap in and out – they’re very heavy, between 5 and 6kg per kWh for the lightest chemistry if you include mechanical support.
      2. They are the single most expensive part of an EV – double that cost and you probably add a minimum 30% to the cost of an EV.

  2. Thomas Martin says

    Anyone know whether this inverter can connect to their Storedge DC coupled storage solution, which allows DC-DC connection to up to 2 batteries?
    Does “Demand Response Ready” mean that it can do V2G?
    I was going to ask the purpose of a revenue grade meter but found the answer at:
    https://www.civicsolar.com/support/installer/articles/when-do-you-need-revenue-grade-meter

    • Ronald Brakels says

      Hi Thomas.

      I don’t know about this particular version, but standard SolarEdge HD-Wave inverters are compatible with their StoreEdge interface that allows connection to “higher voltage” battery systems, such as the original Powerwall, higher voltage LG Chem RESUs, higher voltage BYD battery systems, and possibly other storage systems.

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