The PowerBloc®️ can use any solar panel technology. Each panel comes equipped with a STEP™ micro-converter which is mounted to the racking. STEP uses an innovative two-stage switching network to achieve over 95% conversion efficiency.
By connecting solar panels in parallel using STEPs, each panel becomes an independent power source whose energy production is maximized through panel-level Maximum Power Point Tracking (“MPPT”) whether the panel is under full sun or cloudy conditions. This boosts the energy production of the array by up to 15%.
STEP communicates with the PowerBloc®’s TRAFFIC™ Controller over power line communication. It automatically shuts down if communication to the TRAFFIC™ Controller is lost due to a fault in the power line from the solar array or through a user command on the DIYA™ User Interface.