Plug-and-Play Junction Box Provides Versatility, Modularity
Tue, 11/22/2011 - 12:19pm
Amphenol Industrial introduced the ModLink junction box. This modular plug-and-play system allows manufacturers, distributors, installers and owners/operators to insert 'smart' modules as needed at any time onto the back of solar panels. Apart from the smart module, no additional components are needed to upgrade the system and no components need to be discarded, according to the company. Built-in industry standard connections allow a direct connection between panels using jumper cables available in various standard lengths. The ModLink base can accept a range of smart modules such as DC/DC converters/optimizers, micro-inverters or monitoring modules. Comprised of a base unit that is thermally separated, yet firmly attached to the back sheet of the PV panel, Amphenol's ModLink base includes protective diodes and built-in connectors ready to be used as a basic junction box. Upgrades can be made at any time to the box by disconnecting the connectors, snapping in the smart module and reconnecting the connectors. Similarly, smart modules can be exchanged or removed at any time with minimal interruption to solar installation.