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Future-proofing your solar: Enphase Storage and the future of energy

Mar 09, 2021

When we think about the future of solar, we tend think about a few really big ideas. We weigh the kinds of technology that can adapt: systems that learn and adjust to your energy needs and consumption. We consider flexibility: systems that can work around a couple malfunctioning panels or a temporary glitch in the monitoring software. And we think about always-on solar: systems that are reliable whether or not your home is connected to the grid.

When we think about the future of solar, we also envision Enphase Storage, a new battery energy storage technology that works in harmony with rooftop solar to provide you with a resilient and long-lasting backup system.

We’ve long maintained that the quality of solar power isn’t driven by the big panels on the roof — it’s the hidden inverter system that powers and directs those panels. We have made our greatest impact on the solar world with our revolutionary microinverter technology. Our IQ™ microinverters enable solar panels to function independently, so if one panel goes down, the others won’t go down with it. Why does this matter? With an Enphase system, you’ll have a more reliable system and higher solar production.

Decentralizing the system.

We’ve decentralized the system, removing the possibility that one bad apple can ruin the whole bunch. But what if each microinverter could also strengthen the entire system, making it smarter and more reliable?

The heartbeat of our IQ microinverters comes from a powerful new microchip. In each version, the chip processes amazing amounts of information. And now, guided by our Ensemble technology, each microinverter can act independently to adopt new regulations, adapt to performance issues, or adjust production on demand. This means each solar panel on your roof has its own brain and is smart enough to function independently from the rest of the panels. So not only will other panels stay up and running if one panel goes down, but each panel can also send better information back to Enphase Storage or Enlighten, our solar monitoring software, to ensure your system is operating with peak precision.

The idea of independent thinking and processing is at the core of Enphase Ensemble technology. Each element of the system — from the smart operation of microinverters to the way Enlighten reads and delivers information — is all about independent performance that also works in perfect harmony with the rest of the system. And because of that independent thinking, it allows for seamless performance even with major changes, like adding Storage or new panels, or even deciding down the road to detach from the grid — it’s all possible through Enphase technology.

What if each microinverter could also strengthen the entire system, making it smarter and more reliable?Looking to the future

It may seem like a simple idea on the surface, but in the world of solar energy, Ensemble technology is a powerful innovation. It means that when new government regulations are created or when software updates are pushed to your system, the rest of your system can adapt and keep on functioning seamlessly while that part is updated. And if a blackout occurs, every part of your system stays up and running.

As requirements change quickly and weather constantly threatens your home, it’s a big relief to know your system is not only operating smoothly but adapting as it goes to ensure it’ll keep on running smoothly for years to come. Ensemble technology ensures your system will be even better in the future than it is today.

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