Fraunhofer CSE’s realization of the Plug and Play PV systems

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

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Key Features:

  • Ease of installation: Use of preconfigured wiring, touch-safe connectors, adhesively mounted or rack mounted modules, solar-ready connector
  • Ease of proof-of-code-compliance: Plug and Play PV systems have been designed for ease of inspection, and feature an electronic safety self-test to ensure that the system is installed safely and meets code requirements.
  • Electronic permitting, inspection and interconnection processes: Plug and Play PV systems use a standardized data transmission protocol to facilitate regulatory approvals, making these processes fast and predictable

System & Standard Developments:

The Fraunhofer CSE Plug and Play PV systems project is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Fraunhofer CSE demonstrated the technical feasibility of Plug and Play PV system installation and commissioning of a prototype.  The project’s next phase will focus on residential rooftop pilots in 2017.

Fraunhofer CSE is also developing a Plug and Play PV system industry standard that will specify how these systems interface with utilities, jurisdictions, and the homeowner, but will allow flexibility in other aspects of Plug and Play PV system implementation – making Plug and Play PV systems a framework for low-cost solar while allowing solar system manufacturers and consumers to identify the most attractive solutions.