Magnetek Aurora(TM) Inverters Complete Manhattan`s Largest Building Integrated Solar Power System
April 20, 2006 14:09:01 (ET)
NEW YORK, Apr 20, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Manhattan's largest functioning Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) power system recently began harvesting energy from the sun thanks to Magnetek solar inverter technology.
Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, the Whitehall Ferry Terminal has been New York City's terminus to and from the Staten Island Ferry for a century. Originally built in 1907, Whitehall Terminal has now moved into the Solar Era. When a fire damaged its south-facing roof canopy in 1991, Whitehall's owners (the NYC Economic Development Authority and the Port Authority of NY/NJ) planned to cover its rebuilt facade and canopy with clear glass solar panels that would not only let in sunlight but also generate electricity for the terminal.
Postponed due to the events of September 11, 2001, Whitehall Terminal's solar system installation had to be scaled back from 50 to 40 kilowatts for budgetary reasons. But the power downgrade was overcome by a technology upgrade. According to Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc., the firm that custom-designed and manufactured the 288 solar electric glass panels for the Whitehall Terminal installation, changing to Magnetek Aurora(TM) power inverters allowed the whole BIPV system to begin working as originally planned.
What convinced Atlantis to switch to Magnetek solar inverters was Aurora's patented Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technology and exceptionally wide input voltage range, which allow more energy to be gleaned from PV panels arrayed at different angles under varying light conditions. Combined with their power-conversion efficiency and industry-leading input operating window of 90 to 530 volts, Aurora's ability to optimize two solar arrays provides exceptional system design flexibility.
Based in Chatsworth, California and listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Magnetek, Inc. (MAG, Trade) designs and builds digital power products and systems for applications ranging from telecom to alternative energy, wherein energy efficiency and reliability are paramount. The Company operates manufacturing and research facilities worldwide and reported total revenue of $242 million for its 2005 fiscal year, ended July 3, 2005.
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