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Universal PV Interface™ Alliance
Overview

December 2011

Confidential

Overview


Scope


‘active’ PV modules that directly integrate microinverters and power optimizers,
which currently requires the use of proprietary connection schemes


PROBLEM



higher costs, supply complexity, reduced flexibility, forces technology bets


Issue


A standard interface for
PV modules that allows any compliant power electronic
device to simply ‘plug in’


Analogous to a USB port


compliant
peripherals

plug in to compliant
hosts

Solution

The Universal PV Interface (
UPVI
)

Alliance

will develop standard interfaces between PV
modules and power electronics devices,
available to all members
for implementation

Confidential

PV Module

Module

‘Baseplate’

Power Electronics
Device
*

*

Microinverter, DC optimizer, Active J
-
box, Passive J
-
box, etc

Vision

1.
Lowest Possible Cost

2.
Maximum Reliability + Safety

3.
Compatibility Across Devices

4.
Compatibility Across Vendors

Key Requirements

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UPVI Alliance


What It Is

and Is Not

Is

Is Not

Governance


Non
-
profit corporation led by focused
industry participants

e.g. USB
-
IF, SunSpec, SD Card Alliance, etc


Standards body

e.g
. IEEE, IEC, ISO, etc.

Membership


Open to
all

manufacturers,

regulatory
bodies, testing agencies, system
integrators, etc


Centered around any one
manufacturer

or organization

Development


Greenfield approach that begins with
market requirements, ends with
engineering spec


Attempt

to force
-
fit an
existing

design
into

an
industry

standard

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Intellectual Property Rights

(IPR) Policy

Necessary Claims



existing IP used in the adopted specification(s)


Owned by claiming Member


Claiming member agrees
to a
RAND

license to all interested
Member

licensees


RAND =
non
-
exclusive,
non
-
discriminatory terms, no sub
-
license rights


Alliance
IP


created
by
Alliance personnel,
or
contributed


Owned
by the Alliance


Members

automatically receive a royalty
-
free
license


Joint
IP



developed
jointly by Alliance
and Member personnel


Jointly owned by Alliance
and
Member


BoD

can make
available to
all
Members

at terms
of
its
choice

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Alliance Structure

Board of Directors

* 4 Sponsor Members

* up to 6 more TBD

Technical

Electro
-
Mechanical

Others

Back
-
End

Test

Certification

TBD

Marketing

TBD

Executive

Committee

Steering

Committees

Working

Groups

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Steering Committees

Technical


Electro
-
Mechanical


physical dimensions, materials, location of bypass diodes, etc


Lead


Greg Madianos, SolarBridge Technologies


Marketing


Member recruitment and outreach, awareness of standard among manufacturers,
distributors, installers, etc


Lead


Louis
Lalonde
, Enecsys


Certification


Interoperability + compliance testing as done by recognized test organization


Lead


TBD

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Current Status

2011

2012

2013

Q4

1H

2H

1H

Corporation
established


MRD underway


Staffing
Committees
and Work
Groups

Technical +
Marketing
Steering

Committees
Launch

MRD complete

Draft spec published


Spec final
ized

D
evelopment +
internal
qualification


Certification
testing

First
Compliant
Product
s
Introduced

Roadmap

Development

is presently in the MRD stage


the opportunity is
now

for early
Members to influence the design at a formative stage

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Next Steps

Get Involved


JOIN!


Membership documents
available NOW at
www.upvi.org


Technical and Marketing
Steering committees are
underway


For More Information:


www.upvi.org


help@upvi.org


Stan Moyer

Executive Director

upvi_ed@inventures.com

(925) 275
-
6663