Huawei residential inverters launched in Australia in 2018
Huawei commercial and industrial inverters have been available since 2011.
All Huawei residential inverters are battery inverters, meaning you can plug an approved battery directly into the inverter (DC coupled).
The ‘L’ single phase inverters work with LG Chem HV 7kWh and 10kWh batteries with a firmware upgrade to connect to the Huawei Powermate battery under-development but no published time-frame at this time.
The ‘M0’ three phase inverters work with Huawei Powermate Lithium Iron Phospate battery.
In approximately September 2020, Huawei will add the ‘L1’ and ‘M1’ inverters.
The ‘L1′ will be from 2kw to 6kW’ and support the LG and Huawei battery
The 5kW and 6kW three phase ‘M1’ will only support the Huawei battery.
The Huawei Powermate battery uses Panasonic battery cells but other than that is fully manufactured by Huawei.
The basic product is a 5kWh battery plus battery management module, and can be expanded in 5kWh stackable modules to a maximum of 30kWh of storage. It is due in September 2020 and pricing and warranty details are yet to be announced.
The ‘L1 and M1’ inverters support Huawei’s larger 450W DC optimisers that provide performance enhancements in shady conditions and installations to unlimited roof orientations (e.g. North, South, East and West and all compass points in-between). The built-in chipset in these inverters also provides panel level-reporting and arc fault detection on the optimised modules. In addition, fully optimised 5kW ‘L1’ single phase systems can be expanded from 6.6kW to 10kW of panel input with the additional surplus power being initially directed to charging the battery before export for feed in tariff payments.
The original NetEco free reporting app has now been enhanced and replaced by Fusionsolar, which is available on smartphone or web browser.
Huawei have a single phase and three phase smart meter that enhances the reporting in Fusionsolar so that solar production, solar self-consumption, solar exports, and purchases (imports) from the grid are displayed graphically.
In addition, when the battery is connected, the reporting shows the battery charge and discharge information.
Huawei support is available for customers and installers alike and is available 24 x 7.
All support requests require the applicant to provide the inverter serial number, so that the support engineer can identify the inverter model. The standard warranty on Huawei residential battery inverters is ten years. This includes all labour costs to replace a faulty inverter. Huawei provide a 48 hour turn-around to provide a warranty replacement in all capital and major regional cities in Australia including Perth.
Huawei are a privately owned Chinese company with more than 180,000 employees globally, 40% employed directly in research and development. Huawei equipment can be found in telecom exchanges, data centres, and in many homes (routers, switches), but they are probably best known for their smart phones which are ranked No.2 in the world behind Samsung and ahead of Apple. It surprises many to discover that Huawei are the largest solar inverter manufacturer in the World with an ever-increasing market share. 22% globally at the moment.
More information can be found at https://www.solar4ever.com.au/HuaweiInverterReview.php