Keysight First to Launch Photovoltaic Array Simulators that Deliver 20 Kilowatts in a 3U Format

Keysight’s next generation PV8900 enables engineers to maximize solar power conversion

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--()--Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, has launched a new family of photovoltaic (PV) array simulators that are the first to deliver 2000 V and 20 kW of power in a 3U format, enabling engineers to maximize solar power conversion.

To keep solar power at grid parity with competing methods of power generation, performance and power conversion efficiency are critical. Small increments in power production can impact profitability of solar power generation. Engineers need to ensure that their solar inverters can convert maximum power from the connected solar array. However, developing and verifying the performance of inverter maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms and circuits is complex, while testing is difficult, expensive and time consuming.

Multiple MPPT inverters provide flexibility for large commercial arrays but create a test challenge as current solutions test one MPPT channel at a time. The Keysight PV8900 Series along with the DG9000A advanced photovoltaic inverter test software goes beyond existing standards, testing up to 12 MPPT channels simultaneously.

Keysight’s next generation PV8900 series of PV array simulators offer the following features and customer benefits:

  • The highest power density with 20 kW in 3U high that can be paralleled to 200 kW to test string inverters at full power capacity while reducing rack space.
  • Up to 2000 V, 30 A output to test the next generation of string inverters which future proofs array simulator investment.
  • DG9000A advanced PV inverter test software simplifies curve creation and download to quickly gain insight into a single MPPT or up to 12 MPPTs.
  • Versatility to use as a standard 20 kW autoranging power supply with built-in output list, datalogging and arbitrary waveform generation for improved return on investment.

“The next generation of string inverters developed and manufactured by our customers require higher voltage, higher power density and exceptional control capability in design qualification and manufacturing test,” said Christopher Cain, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Electronic Industrial Products. “Keysight’s PV8900 series PV simulators enable automated testing to accelerate time to market and lower operational costs. The increased power density and high conversion efficiency deliver substantial operational savings through reduced floor space and system cooling requirements.

U.S. Pricing
Pricing for Keysight’s PV8900 start at $22,693 US list.

Additional Information
Additional information is available at www.keysight.com/find/PV8900.

In addition, earlier this week, Keysight announced it is expanding the company’s RP7900 Series with two new bidirectional, regenerative DC power supplies providing integrated safety features that protect people and devices under test (DUT). Additional information is available at: https://www.keysight.com/us/en/about/newsroom/news-releases/2020/keysight-s-new-regenerative-power-supplies-reduce-cooling-and-el.html.

About Keysight Technologies
Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.3B in fiscal year 2019. More information is available at www.keysight.com.

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Contacts

Geri Lynne LaCombe, Americas/Europe
+1 303 662 4748
geri_lacombe@keysight.com

Fusako Dohi, Asia
+81 42 660-2162
fusako_dohi@keysight.com

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Keysight First to Launch Photovoltaic Array Simulators that Deliver 20 Kilowatts in a 3U Format

Contacts

Geri Lynne LaCombe, Americas/Europe
+1 303 662 4748
geri_lacombe@keysight.com

Fusako Dohi, Asia
+81 42 660-2162
fusako_dohi@keysight.com