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EIQ Energy

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Key people  Jerry Cutini (CEO)
Headquarters  San Jose
Website  www.eiqenergy.com
Founded  2007
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Industry  Renewables & Environment
Products  vBoost DC-to-DC converter module
Services  MPPT, DC-to-DC power electronics, balance of systems

eIQ Energy, Inc. is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup that designs and manufactures power electronics for solar photovoltaic systems. The company's Parallel Solar technology, built around the vBoost DC converter module, is intended to reduce overall system costs and enable a true parallel architecture, benefiting system designers, installers and operators. eIQ Energy was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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History

eIQ Energy was founded in 2007. The company came out of stealth mode and officially launched the vBoost DC-to-DC converter module in September 2009 (with $10 million funding from NGEN Partners and Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC).

Management

Jerry Cutini is the CEO of eIQ Energy, Inc. The development and management teams include experts in DC power electronics and analog semiconductors with global experience in power supplies, power management and renewable energy.

Products

eIQ Energy's primary products are the vBoost 250 & 350, which are DC-to-DC converter modules that step up panel output voltages and create a parallel connection to a constant-voltage bus. With the vBoost converter module, each panel becomes an independent contributor of power to the array.

The high voltage also enables a bus topology in which panels are connected in parallel rather than in series. A parallel architecture allows a greater number of panels to be connected on a single cable run (which can include more than 100 thin-film panels), an increase over conventional series-string design. Furthermore, eIQ Energy's Parallel Solar architecture eliminates the need for a return line, and because each vBoost comes with an integrated wiring harness and connector, the only on-site wiring needed is from the first vBoost to the combiner box and from the combiner box to the inverter.

Distributors

eIQ Energy, Inc. has signed distribution agreements with different companies like SDE Solar, Seven Green Summits, WSE Technologies, Generation PV and RA Power Incorporated. Generation PV, Inc. of Markham and WSE Technology of Saskatoon are Canadian companies that have non-exclusive national rights to sell vBoost and eIQ Energy’s Parallux family of products. In addition to the Canadian companies, the other distributors also have non-exclusive national distribution rights for the vBoost modules.

Partners

eIQ Energy Inc. has bundled deals with PV Powered & Signet Solar with their parallel solar technology. PV Powered supplies inverters, which convert the DC power generated by solar panels to AC. Signet Solar’s SI S4 thin-film quarter-panel solar modules are in concordance with eIQ Energy’s vBoost 350 DC-to-DC converter modules.

More recently, eIQ Energy also partnered with KACO New Energy Inc., to bring eIQ's vBoost DC optimizers and KACO's blueplanet XP100-U inverters into one pre-tested and pre-configured package for solar array designers.

References

EIQ Energy Wikipedia


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