Huawei Showcase Latest New Products At Intersolar Europe
It also inherits Huawei FusionHome's flexible design, with battery ready (LG Chem), providing maximum convenience for homeowners.
On the eve of Intersolar Europe and two days before the new product was launched, Huawei received news that (PV) inverters supplier SolarEdge would be suing the Chinese company Huawei and its German distributor over patent infringement.
SolarEdge has filed a lawsuit in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany against Huawei Technologies, Huawei Technologies Duesseldorf GmbH and Wattkraft Solar GmbH. It asserts unauthorised use of patented technology, specifically of direct current (DC)-optimised inverters. The company is seeking monetary damages, an injunction and recall of infringing Huawei inverters from the local market.
Huawei has been quick to fight back and assures customers and partners that it will defend its products against these allegations.
Huawei has a well-earned reputation. Founded in 1987, Huawei serves more than 170 countries worldwide. With three decades of experience in innovation, Huawei integrates PV technology with smart information technology, simple design and intelligent O&M. In 2017, Huawei was ranked 83rd on the Fortune Global 500 companies and 70th in Interbrand's Top Global Brands. Since 2013, Huawei has provided an industry-leading smart PV solution, becoming a global leader within the PV industry, with its inverters ranked as the global No.1 for shipments, consecutively over the past three years (2015, 2016 and 2017).
Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution has been certified by Jet, UL, TÜV, CE, Enel-GUIDA, CEC, CSA, VDE and has been widely deployed in various countries and regions, valued by customers from China, Europe, Japan, America, India, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Huawei has achieved sales revenues of approximately USD$92 billion in 2017, with a year-on-year increase of 15%. The company asserts that it is technological innovation that is key to their success.
Huawei has 14 R&D centres, dozens of open laboratories, and joint innovation centres established in 18 countries worldwide. 45% of Huawei employees (80,000 in 2017) are engaged specifically in the area of R&D. Each year, over 10% of revenue is invested into global innovation. In 2017 alone, Huawei invested approximately USD13.5 billion in R&D, accounting for 14.9% of sales revenue. Globally, Huawei ranks third in terms of levels of R&D investment, behind only Amazon and Alphabet. According to the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Huawei topped the list of global patent application in 2017, with 74,307 patents granted as of December 31, 2017.
As it said in a statement as responding to SolarEdge's claim: “Huawei is always customer-centric and, together with its partners, will continuously invest in R&D and technology innovation, to accelerate the positive development of solar industry. If, to the extent that Huawei's customers receive any IP infringement assertion based on its products delivered, Huawei will use every means to defend its products and protect its customers to ensure they are not affected by such assertions.”