Thursday, February 17, 2011

Direct Grid Microinverters in Volume Production

After a rigorous and demanding beta and pilot production period,
Direct Grid is now shipping its DGM-460 micro inverter in volume for
lead customers in North America.

Direct Grid's ambitious production ramp is launched through its
contract manufacturing partner, SRI. Formerly a division of Siemens,
SRI is a well established, highly experienced power electronics
contract manufacturer, carrying all the quality certifications and
advanced production capability Direct Grid requires to fulfill their
aggressive volume ramp plan. State of the art, automated production
lines have been dedicated to Direct Grid micro-inverter production in
order to meet capacity of 30,000 units per month. In addition to
European manufacture in SRI's Durach, Germany location, SRI is
commissioning an additional line in Direct Grid's corporate
headquarters in Edgewood New York. This added capacity will enable the
company to fulfill demand throughout 2011.

With the design goal of creating a new paradigm for micro-inverters
accessing the high power segments, Direct Grid has developed the
industry leading DGM-460, a 500watt class micro-inverter utilizing the
high reliability and high efficiency Closed Loop MOSFET Planar
technology developed and patent pending by the company. While
competitive micro-inverters can address modules up to the 200-210watt
regime, the DGM-460 can handle a "duo" configuration, with one
micro-inverter for every two modules, up to 500W.

Per Direct Grid President Frank Cooper, "North America is the hotbed
for micro inverters and Direct Grid is poised to capitalize on this
market segment. With a consistent trend being exhibited towards higher
power modules, Direct Grid is at the forefront with a first-in-class
utility grade micro-inverter that has the architecture flexibility to
accommodate them. The DGM-460 is a testament of our dedication to
manufacture a revolutionary, game-changing, high quality
micro-inverter which will be able to create a "c-change" in both the
module power adaptability, as well as the economic disruption
affording our customers unprecedented economic, logistical, and
reliability advantages."

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