According to IMS Research study in the fourth quarter of 2011, more than 400 photovoltaic inverter for buyers survey, nearly 30 percent of respondents said a growing number of Chinese inverter product quality achieved their recognized quality standards. It also means that customers seeking higher reliability, functionality and efficiency. More than half of the respondents expressed their willingness to pay higher prices for better quality.
Many customers (especially in
most customers) also said they trust Chinese brands. Although they recognized
Chinese products, but the survey also found that most customers still prefer
Western inverter charger suppliers, and for higher quality products is still a large
demand. The report reveals the PV inverter trends, and buyers choose suppliers
and product standards. For example, they inverter supplier to Western brands have
special preferences. SMA is the most popular brand. UK
From the survey can be found, the construction of large solar photovoltaic system using three-phase string inverters trend is evident. Over 70% of respondents said they would consider the size of more than 750 kW PV system using string inverters. In fact, over 30% of people said they would megawatt photovoltaic project with a large group of string inverters. According to the report, nearly 70% of customers want the entire column assembly monitoring and diagnosis, and 15% would like to monitor each component separately. This trend seems to bring to the component level electronic product development opportunities.
Although in 2011 only one percent of installed photovoltaic system using micro-inverters, but over 10% of our customers over the next 12-24 month project using micro-inverters. In contrast, the survey also found that, due to its high cost, many customers can not use micro grid tie inverter, but it is still a new, unproven technology.
Although the inverter products customers want to have in the future more features and higher efficiency, but the majority of respondents want the price to fall, most predict prices will fall over the next three years, 20% to 30%. This apparent contradiction may lead to future customers inverters are particularly concerned about cost.