Advanced Energy Hosts SEGIS Technology Demonstration for Deploying High Penetration Photovoltaics on the Grid

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Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEIS), today announced its SEGIS Technology Demonstration, which will be held Tuesday, September 20, in Portland, Oregon. During the event, which is free to attend, Advanced Energy (AE) and its Solar Energy Grid Integration System (SEGIS) partners will showcase the technologies developed during its Stage 3 SEGIS contract, which AE was awarded in September 2010. The SEGIS program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP), and aims to develop technologies that make solar power cost-competitive with traditional power generation sources.

By partnering with other experts in the field—Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Portland General Electric, Northern Plains Power Technologies and Sandia National Laboratories—AE has developed advanced technologies that address key challenges facing high PV penetration into today’s electrical grid. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to view a live demonstration of synchrophasor-based islanding detection as well as advanced inverter control functionality which the team has integrated into grid-tied solar inverters to enable performance improvements both at the PV site as well as at the distribution feeder level.

In addition to the technology demonstration, Kevin Lynn with the U.S. Department of Energy will discuss the progress the SEGIS program has made toward its mission to 1) integrate high penetrations of distributed photovoltaic power onto the grid, and 2) place utility-scale solar in a better position to satisfy even the most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Event Details:

What: SEGIS Technology Demonstration

Who: Advanced Energy and its SEGIS partners

When: September 20, 2011 from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. PT

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel Portland International Airport

7900 NE 82nd Avenue

Portland, Oregon, 97220

“We are honored to be a part of the SEGIS program which, highlights the fact that AE is on track with delivering solutions aligned with the DOE’s fundamental objective of enabling high-penetration PV,” said Gregg Patterson, president of AE Solar Energy. “Our previous SEGIS developments have been extremely well received by our utility partners and customers and we look forward to continuing to work to help solve some of the most significant challenges facing utilities today with regards to integration of renewable energy.”

Additional information about the event, including a full list of speakers can also be found here. Media interested in attending the event or speaking with any of the organizations involved prior to the event may contact Schwartz Communications at (415) 512-0770 or

AE’s Solar Energy business unit is driving the adoption of solar by lowering LCOE for its customers. By providing reliable, easy-to-install Solaron® and PV Powered™ inverters and SiteGuard® whole-site O&M services, AE Solar Energy enables utility-scale, commercial and residential solar project developers to maximize the lifetime value of their power plants. Customers count on AE as a trusted partner leveraging 30 years of innovation leadership and global services infrastructure for optimum project performance. For more information on AE’s inverters and energy management solutions, please visit

­­­About Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) is a global leader in innovative power and control technologies for high-growth, thin-film manufacturing and solar-power generation. Founded in 1981, Advanced Energy is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado with dedicated support and service locations around the world. For more information, go to

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