Module-level energy electronics provider Tigo Power has filed an mental property (IP) infringement lawsuit within the US in opposition to inverter producer SMA Photo voltaic Expertise America.
The grievance covers six patents and is targeted on techniques and strategies utilized in module-level speedy shutdown models which are connected to PV panels.
The grievance alleges that SMA and a few of its suppliers copied Tigo improvements that adjust to speedy shutdown necessities.
Germany-headquartered SMA Photo voltaic acquired a 27% stake in Tigo Power in 2016, acquiring unique rights to worldwide gross sales of the agency’s TS4 retrofit product.
SMA Photo voltaic declined to touch upon the lawsuit when contacted by PV Tech.
Whereas SMA’s gross sales for 2021 have been beneath expectations because of a scarcity of digital chips, the corporate introduced final month it plans to double manufacturing capability at its Germany headquarters to 40GW by 2024.