Fronius started out as a single-man operation that has transformed into a global manufacturing business. Founder Günter Fronius started the company as a means to earn a living providing repair and maintenance services. However, this one-person operation quickly grew as the electrical engineer created a battery charger specifically designed to benefit cars. From there, the company expanded into other products.
Today Fronius is an Austria-based company that provides services and products relating to welding technology, photovoltaics, and battery-charging systems. To date the company has over 6,100 employees with teams dedicated entirely to advancing current technologies and systems. One of the main focuses of the Fronius operation is its solar power initiatives, identifying better ways to harness renewable energy.
Within the solar industry, Fronius is known for its inverter technology and advancements. The company’s inverters have been sold and installed on a global scale with a presence in over 60 countries spanning five continents. A driving factor behind Fronius’ success is the desire to efficiently convert and control energy.
Fronius offers a wide range of inverter products and models. Depending on the needs of the client and the property itself, Fronius likely has a comparable solution that will make converting collected sunlight into usable energy seamless. Inverter products include:
Each inverter comes with its own technical specifications and performance metrics, but clients can rest assured that the technology of each Fronius inverter is built to last. That is something not all inverter manufacturers can guarantee.
Depending on what inverter model a client decides to have installed, there are a number of key features that make Fronius products stand out. The snap-in design is just one element that sets Fronius apart. Additionally clients can expect the following from Fronius inverters:
These features and advancements in inverter technology are what have made Fronius a force to be reckoned with in the solar industry.
During its time of rapid innovation, Fronius continued to release new inverter models. However, in 2012, Fronius really made its mark on the inverter market when it released the first snap-in inverter (also known as the snapINverter). This development is what put Fronius on the map and made it to the go-to solution for inverter needs.
Unlike other inverters up to that point, installation could be tricky with common connectivity issues. The Fronius snap-in design simplified installation and made inverter monitoring and operational set up quick and easy. These were issues other manufacturers had been unable to solve up until the Fronius development.
A major benefit for those looking to become increasingly energy independent is the fact that Fronius inverters have become a key element for stand-alone solar power systems. More specifically, the Fronius Primo solar inverter is easily coupled with a compatible multi-mode off-grid inverter-charger which essentially creates a full-blown AC coupled energy storage system.
Most inverters do not come with these advancements in technology or capabilities, so clients would have to find a specific off-grid solution. Fronius manufactures inverters with multiple operating modes and functionality.
A common complaint of those trying to utilize Fronius inverters to complete the photovoltaic system is that there are regularly supply issues, particularly for the residential inverter solutions. There are a number of reasons for this, but a main chokehold is the fact that more and more residential clients are turning to Fronius for inverter solutions increasing the demand.
For U.S.-based clients, getting a Fronius inverter in recent years has taken some additional time which could potentially hold up the installation of the entire solar system. This is something to be aware of during the purchasing and system design portion of the process.
When comparing solar inverters, a common comparison point is the warranty and associated coverage. Solar energy is an investment, regardless of the property size, so ensuring that equipment will operate and produce energy as expected are important to most clients. The industry standard for inverter warranty coverage hovers around 10 to 12 years, depending on the manufacturer.
Unfortunately for Fronius customers, inverters are only covered by the manufacturer for five years. Clients have the option to purchase the extended warranty coverage, which offers an additional five years of coverage for a total of 10 years of protection. However, clients are expected to pay for this additional coverage whereas other manufacturers offer it in the original purchase.