Module-level Power Electronics (MLPE) Market: Overview

Module-level Power Electronics (MLPE) are devices that can be incorporated into solar PV systems to improve their performance in certain conditions, especially where shade is present, and achieve various other solar design benefits. MLPE include microinverters and DC power optimizers. They perform nearly the same functions as string inverters or central inverters, but are typically coupled to just one solar modules rather than many, and offer additional features.

Global environmental concerns for reducing carbon emissions have provided an opportunity for development of sources of renewable energy. Enactment of policy interventions such as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is creating a demand for renewable energy across the globe. Solar systems play a vital role in the energy industry, as it is one of the chip renewable energy sources. For instance, under Solar Mission 2014, the Government of India has set a target of installing 100 GW installed capacity of solar electricity by 2022; of this, 40 GW is projected to be through grid connected rooftop solar systems. Rise in government supportive initiatives is also driving the demand for solar system. Hence, the demand for MLPE is also expected to increase in the near future.

Module-level Power Electronics (MLPE) Market: Key Segments

The global module-level power electronics (MLPE) market can be segmented based on product, end-user, and region. In terms of product, the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market can be bifurcated into microinverters and DC power optimizers. Microinverters are installed on each individual panel in a solar energy system. They convert DC electricity from solar panels into AC electricity that can be sent to the grid and used in homes. Microinverters are rapidly gaining popularity, particularly for residential solar systems. Microinverters tend to be more expensive than string inverters or power optimizers. DC power optimizers, commonly called DC optimizers, are attached to the junction box of individual solar modules.

In terms of end-user, the global module-level power electronics (MLPE) market can be segregated into utility, residential, commercial, and industrial. The residential segment is anticipated to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Rise in popularity of photovoltaic systems in the residential sector, owing to its usage in electricity generation to provide heating for residential buildings at a low cost, is estimated to propel the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market during the forecast period.

Module-level Power Electronics (MLPE) Market: Regional Outlook

In terms of region, the global module-level power electronics (MLPE) market can be classified into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is anticipated to lead the global module-level power electronics (MLPE) market in the near future. The module-level power electronics (MLPE) market in the region is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Growing popularity of solar energy as well as initiatives taken by governments of different countries in the region drive the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market during the forecast period. China, India, Japan, Australia, and South Korea are key contributors to the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market in Asia Pacific. North America and Europe are also major regions of the global module-level power electronics (MLPE) market. Countries in Europe installed 8.61 GW of solar power systems in 2017, a 28% increase in comparison to the 6.72 GW added in 2016. Germany, the U.K., and Spain are the prominent contributors to the module-level power electronics (MLPE) market in Europe.

Module-level Power Electronics (MLPE) Market: Key Players

Key companies operating in the global module-level power electronics (MLPE) market include, Alencon Systems, LLC, Enphase Energy, Inc., Solar Edge, Altenergy Power Systems (APS), Tigo Energy, Inc., SMA Solar Technology AG, Chilicon Power, LLC, Solar Hybrids, and Sparq Systems.

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