Photovoltaic Solutions Manufacturer Bonfiglioli Standardizes on Moxa Networking Equipment for Its RPS Stations

July 23, 2015
Bonfiglioli is now exclusively deploying Moxa Modbus gateways, network switches, Ethernet I/O, and serial-to-Ethernet controllers in its turnkey solar solutions.

Bonfiglioli is now exclusively deploying Moxa Modbus gateways, network switches, Ethernet I/O, and serial-to-Ethernet controllers in its turnkey solar solutions. Bonfiglioli's decision follows several successful deployments of Moxa equipment in Bonfiglioli RPS power conversion stations, which provide complete photovoltaic field management and maximize system yield.

Bonfiglioli designs and manufactures power conversion systems and turnkey inverter solutions up to 3.35 MVA specifically designed for utility-scale PV plants. The RPS TL-UL product portfolio currently offers the widest range of inverter ratings on the market, from 367kWAC to 1575kWAC, ensuring an optimal match to any array size. This unique system is designed to optimize ROI, thanks to its distributed MPPT architecture which is proven to maximize energy harvest.

With the Moxa equipment platform installed, the updated RPS Station is able to support much higher communications performance and complexity, while benefitting greatly from easier setup and remote management. Matthew Charles, Technical Group Manager at Bonfiglioli stated, "We now offer Moxa's Gigabit-ready inverter communications platform as a standard feature on our RPS stations because we believe that it is by far the best platform in the solar industry. The Moxa platform is smart grid-ready and absolutely future proof. As a result, we can provide our clients with a future-ready, highly reliable, and simplified solution to meet even the most demanding requirements over a longer lifetime."

Mr. Charles estimates that deployment and troubleshooting times have decreased over 90% compared to their previous installations, and communication performance and responsiveness have improved by a factor of ten or higher. "Thanks to Moxa, very few manufacturers will be able to match the level of inverter communications performance and reliability that Bonfiglioli can now offer," he stated.

Bonfiglioli is continuously investing in the development of new products, services, and solutions for energy conversion, the latest being the release of an energy storage 4-Quadrant inverter. To date, more than 2.5 GW of worldwide solar PV installations are deployed with Bonfiglioli inverter solutions averaging over 99% uptime. Bonfiglioli offers rapid, localized support in commissioning and maintenance by highly qualified experts, as well as pre-sales, installation, and after-sales services.

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