PV connector family eases field installation in solar panels

May 17, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
TE Connectivity (TE) has launched a family of DC connectors to help photovoltaic system installers more easily and cost-effectively.
TE Connectivity (TE) has launched a family of DC connectors to help photovoltaic system installers work more easily and cost-effectively.

The SOLARLOK 2.0 PV connector family uses Insulation Displacement Contact (IDC) technology to create a connection between panels and cables without the need for any specialist tooling. The connectors incorporate a closed-spring-cage to ensure constant termination force. Cables do not have to be stripped prior to making a connection, making installation approximately 80 percent faster than a standard DC PV connector that contains multiple components and crimp contacts. Because no custom tools are needed, installation is quick and easy, and total system costs are significantly lower.

“The solar panel industry is driven by two forces –UL/IEC approvals and cost per Watt,” says Frank Rosenkranz, product manager at TE Industrial. “At TE, it’s always our goal to develop products for our customers that are easy to use, save on cost, and most importantly, are reliable in harsh environments such as industrial systems. SOLARLOK 2.0 connectors surpass the latest approval levels and reduce applied-system costs significantly.”

The SOLARLOK 2.0 connectors incorporate the TE 1500V PV4-S solar interface to meet all the latest solar PV installations, and meet the safety requirements specified in IEC 62852 / UL6703. They are gel-filled and fully waterproof to achieve an IPX8 (1m/24hrs) rating under IEC standard 60529 for mor eweather-proof systems.

Each PV connector is available in male (negative pole) and female (positive pole) versions and can handle a wide range of double insulated solar wires according to EN50618 / IEC2630 (ZKLA), from AWG 14 to 10

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