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ABB and the Italian company Fimer S.p.A announced today that they have signed an agreement for Fimer to acquire ABB’s solar inverter business. The transaction will enhance the future prospects of the solar inverter business and will enable ABB to focus its business portfolio on other growth markets.

 

ABB’s solar inverter business has approximately 800 employees in more than 30 countries, with manufacturing and R&D sites located in Italy, India and Finland. It includes the solar inverter business from Power-One which was acquired by ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division in 2013.

The business offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, systems, and services for different types of solar installations. It is currently within ABB’s Electrification business and achieved revenues of approximately $290 M$ in 2018.

Both companies will ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees. FIMER will honor all existing warranties and ABB will compensate Fimer for taking the business and its liabilities over. As a result, ABB expects to take an after-tax non-operational charge of approximately 430 M$ in the second quarter of 2019 with the half-year results of 2019 being impacted accordingly. Around 75 percent of this charge is represented by cash outflows ABB will pay to Fimer from the deal closing date through 2025. In addition, ABB expects up to 40 M$ of carve-out related separation costs starting in the second half of 2019.

After closing of the transaction, ABB expects the operational EBITA margin for the Electrification business to be impacted positively by slightly more than 50 basis points, supporting the business’ progress towards its target margin corridor of 15-19%.

Completion is expected in the first quarter of 2020 and will be subject to certain conditions, including the completion of the carve-out and prior consultation with employee representative bodies.

The GoodWe inverters have been installed this year on a large 1MW project in the city of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The purpose of this project is to provide clean electricity from solar to an approximate of 1000 new house units, involving as well thermal and water pumping. This installation is part of a large urban improvement project in one historical neighborhood of low income of the Argentinian capital.

Due to a proved record of successful installations all over the world, the GoodWe proposal, consistent on more than 100 pieces of DT inverters of 10kW (suitable for use on commercial) were selected as the best choice in a fierce competition by one of the most reputed Argentinian EPC companies. This project is now owned by the city government and it was partly funded by large international organizations that typically have an extremely demanding criteria for the selection of suppliers. According to Wood Mackenzie, last year GoodWe became the 7th largest PV inverter supplier in the world, making the company a powerful candidate for this kind of projects.

GoodWe has accumulated a rich experience in projects aimed at alleviating poverty in isolated communities of China, in which the company inverters help local dwellers generate the electricity they consume and have additional income from the sale of surplus to the grid. This Argentinian project is technically different but it has the common element that solar is also a practical tool for raising the living standards of the population and in the process, making urban spaces more livable.

The area of the installation is located at a historical part of Buenos Aires where the population used to live in crowded spaces. It was not rare to see in this region illegal plugging into the grid, creating a significant burden for the local government. Thanks to the better housing that is being constructed along with these brand new GoodWe solar installations, the situation is starting to improve, allowing the inhabitants of that neighborhood to generate a large portion of the electricity they need. This project is a sort of pilot program that has the potential to be replicated in other countries.

The GoodWe DT model is an inverter specially designed for use on commercial and industrial rooftops but it is deployable in residential projects. The majority of the DT models installed on this project are of 10kWs capacity and the reasons behind their selection in Argentina have to do with their low weight, which is 30% lighter than equivalent products from competitors, and the high efficiency they can reach. The customer has also reported been impressed by the GoodWe’s SEMS monitoring system that allows operators to see in an accurate manner the power generated by the system.

Another happy aspect of this project is the fact that it is based in Argentina, a country that has experienced a remarkable growth in the demand for solar energy over the past years, consolidating its ranking as the fourth largest PV market in Latin America. The energy industry of Argentina has undergone profound adjustments which have encompassed the approval of new regulations that incentivize the expansion of solar. For GoodWe, Argentina has become a strategic market and the company remains committed to preserve the trust gained and to keep expanding the brand across the vast Latin American region.

Source: GoodWe

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The potential for fires in buildings related to PV installations is one of the most important concerns of regulators, installers and users when considering whether or not to install PV energy on either residential or commercial premises. The DC arc-fault circuit protection is the most important defense against fires caused by arcing faults inherent to PV systems. The GoodWe C&I inverters incorporate DC arc-fault circuit protections in accordance with international standards.

GoodWe is pleased to share to its partners and friends that it has obtained a Letter of Attestation from the Canadian Standards Association Group (CSA Group) stating that the GoodWe inverters of the models GW50K-MT, GW60K-MT , GW50KN-MT , GW60KN-MT, GW70KHV-MT, GW80KHV-MT, GW50KBF-MT, GW60KBF-MT, GW80KBF-MT, GW80K-MT and GW80KB-MT, after testing, comply with the UL1699B standard (Issue Number 2, January 14, 2013) – Outline of Investigation for Photovoltaic (PV) DC Arc-Fault Circuit Protection. This standard comprises the following tests: Humidity Test, Voltage Surge Test, Environmental Test Sequence, Unwanted Tripping Test, Operation Inhibition Tests, the Masking the Signal to Operate Test as well as the Line Impedance Test.

Meeting the regulations in place in the North American markets and particularly those related to DC Arc-Fault Circuit Protection is one of the highest priorities of GoodWe. This Letter of Attestation constitutes one step forward in the direction of providing all the necessary comfort and peace of mind to the users as well as the authorities regulating the PV market across the Commercial & Industrial Photovoltaic Segments of that region.

2018 was a year of commercial success and expansion across the world for the GoodWe C&I inverters, particularly those of the MT family. Over the past months, different versions and qualities of the GoodWe MT inverters have been selected for industrial projects in India and Brazil, involving in many cases Western EPCs that have opted for GoodWe for their great value.

The inverters of the MT family tested by the CSA Group are a ready and safe supply option for the booming C&I North American PV markets and GoodWe trusts that this Letter of Attestation will contribute to raise their commercial profile and highlight their viability, allowing for their participation in regional C&I projects.

Source: Goodwe

Top 10 global inverter supplier GoodWe has officially launched three new products at Intersolar Europe among great expectation.

The new GoodWe DS3 Series is the first single-phase on-grid inverter in the market compatible with bifacial double-glass modules. Awarded with the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for its beautiful aesthetics and user-friendly design with a color touch screen display, the DS3 Series inverter is also 30% lighter for easier installation both indoors and outdoors. Furthermore, DC oversizing of up to 35% and AC overloading of 10% is allowed. Thanks to its reliable performance, the DS3 Series can reach a highest efficiency of up to 98.6%.

The three-phase high voltage energy storage inverter GoodWe ET Series enables enhanced energy independence and maximizes self-consumption through export limit feature and time of use shifts for reduced electric bills. Covering a power range of 5 kW, 8 kW and 10 kW, the ET Series allows up to 100% oversizing to maximize power output and features Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to inductive loads such as air conditioners or refrigerators with an automatic switchover time of less than 10 milliseconds, providing grid-tied savings when the grid is up and off-grid independence and security when it is down or compromised.

GoodWe Smart Energy Management System (SEMS) is a comprehensive platform for visualizing and monitoring all kinds of power plants. The main focus of the system is to improve O&M efficiency by establishing an intelligent warning system which provides quick troubleshooting solution to underperforming power plants. SEMS also generates customized charts and tables to facilitate data analysis. This cost-free system will allow customers to overview their power plants via web or smartphone application.

The product launch ceremony was attended by Ulrike Therhaag, Vice President of TÜV Rheinland’s solar operations, who praised GoodWe’s focus on quality and technological innovation. GoodWe has been recognized as the winner of the “All Quality Matters” award for its innovative PV generation and energy storage solutions for three consecutive years. With years of experience and significant investments, GoodWe can offer a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions for residential, commercial and utility scale PV systems an in-house R&D team of 200 people, technical ability and an advanced quality control system.

Today we are proud to launch our new inverter solutions and smart energy management system, which place GoodWe at the forefront of new solar technologies,” stated Huang Min, CEO of GoodWe. “With our wide range of inverters for residential, commercial and utility scale projects together with our Smart Energy Management System, we believe GoodWe has now the most comprehensive and compelling solar power solutions in the industry.”

Source: GoodWe

Power Electronics will supply 275 MW of the HEC V1500 solar inverter series for two large-scale photovoltaic plants in Mexico, developed by Iberdrola Renovables and where Iberdrola Ingeniería will be the EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction). It is the Hermosillo photovoltaic plant of 136 MWdc- 100 MWac in the state of Sonora, together with the photovoltaic plant Santiago of 231 MWdc-170 MWac in San Luis de Potosí and both are expected to be operational by 2018. Power Electronics therefore breaks into the solar division in Mexico, a market in which the Industrial Division has been the leader in drives for low and medium voltage motors.

With this supply, Power Electronics adds more than 5 GW of installed solar power and approaches 1 GW with its new generation of inverters of 1500 V, a unit that differs from its competitors by offering a modular power stage and a redundant control system, combined with other features such as its filterless cooling system make it a unique product, capable of working at 50°C without a reduction in power in the most demanding conditions

 

With long-term electric auction processes, the Clean Energy Certificates, and the fiscal incentives that exist for the acquisition of generation equipment, the country aims to reach the goal of having 35% of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2024. In this way, Mexico becomes a priority market for Power Electronics, where it already has a long experience in the industrial sector.

Source: Power Electronics

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Fronius has carried out a very special project in Zwentendorf, Austria: a photovoltaic system has been installed on the site of a former nuclear power plant (NPP)

Where once nuclear energy was to be produced, today clean, safe energy is generated from natural resources over an area of 3,700 square metres. The project reflects the Fronius vision of 24 hours of sun; a world in which all our energy needs are satisfied through renewable sources.

In April 1972 the ground-breaking ceremony for Austria’s first nuclear power plant took place in Zwentendorf an der Donau. Six years later however, a referendum prevented the completed and ready-for-use nuclear power plant from being put into operation. Since 2005 the land has been owned by the energy supplier EVN, who in 2012 built a photovoltaic system on the site.

 

Fronius provides the right solar technology

The available space and existing infrastructure of the nuclear power station provided the perfect conditions for building a photovoltaic system. A total of 1,000 photovoltaic panels affixed to the façade, roof and the surrounding area of the old power plant constitute an area of 3,700 square metres of clean energy. Fronius Solar Energy provided the necessary solar technology for this. The direct current generated by the solar panels is converted into alternating current by 43 Fronius IG Plus inverters and fed into the public grid.

Source: Fronius

The renewable energy sector in Brazil has high expectations for growth in the coming years. By 2024, solar power will account for 4% of Brazil’s energy matrix, and wind power will be the second-largest energy source by 2020, accounting for 12% of production, according to the Brazilian Photovoltaic Solar Energy Association (ABSOLAR) and the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica). Solar energy currently accounts for 0.02% of the energy matrix and wind for 6%.

Following this trend, GE’s Power Conversion business has just completed domestic content compliance for its solar and wind inverters—the LV5 and DTA CFI lines, respectively—following the rules set out by Brazil’s state-owned development bank, BNDES, regarding how much of the equipment is manufactured in Brazil. This means Brazilian clients can get BNDES credit at more attractive interest rates.

Following the GE Store concept—offering a complete solution for clients through different businesses owned by the company—compliance with BNDES requirements by wind frequency inverters, which are installed inside wind turbines, met a specific demand from GE’s wind division, which took an active part in the entire process.

GE has been pioneering 1,500-volt LV5 solar inverters that bring high cost-effectiveness to utility solar farms. Since the launch of its 1,500-volt inverters in 2014, GE has delivered more than 1 GW and accumulated a further 4 GW in backlog globally. Now that the inverters have obtained BNDES accreditation, it opens the avenue for us to continue to deliver value also to Brazilian customers and local solar farms.

 

Source: General Electric

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According to GTM Research’s latest report, The Global PV Inverter and MLPE Landscape 2016, global shipments of solar PV inverters will reach 90 GW (AC) by 2020. This represents an average annual growth rate of 11 percent between 2016 and 2020.

Of the 59.7 GW shipped in 2015, 66 percent were in the Asia-Pacific region, led by China and Japan. With the impending decline of the Japanese market, the report notes that demand will shift to other regions including Latin America, India, the Middle East and Africa. By 2020, GTM Research forecasts the Asia-Pacific region to account for less than half of all inverter shipments.

In spite of the promising long-term outlook, growth will be flat in 2016. “Due to the U.S. utility solar ITC rush and strong demand in China, there was a buildup of shipments in 2015 to meet 2016 project demand” said report author and GTM Research analyst Scott Moskowitz. “Overall installation growth will slow in 2017, resulting in flat inverter shipments year-over-year.”

The report ranks and profiles leading PV inverter manufacturers. For the first time ever, Huawei took the top spot in terms of shipments according to 2015 figures. Sungrow, SMA, ABB and TMEIC rounded out the top five.

The report also highlights the fundamental shift in inverter technology preferences. In 2015, central inverters accounted for 57 percent of all inverter shipments, but with the continued rise of three-phase string inverters, central inverters will see its share fall to 43 percent by 2020. Module-level power electronics will additionally gain share as their prices fall and use expands to commercial markets. MLPE are expected to account for 10 percent of all inverter shipments by 2020.

Inverter pricing continues to steadily declining as the market grows and technology advancements enable lower costs. The report points to 1,500-volt inverter technology, higher power density string inverters and rapidly falling microinverter pricing as key drivers for the overall downward pricing trend. GTM Research forecasts inverter prices to decline 10 to 12 percent annually across most product segments through 2020.

By 2020, the global PV inverter market will value more than $7.1 billion.

 

Source: GTM Research

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Ingeteam launches its new range of central PV inverters, the 1500 Vdc INGECON SUN PowerMax B series. With dimensions of just 2,800 x 885 x 2,010 mm, these inverters are able to supply up to a maximum power of 1,640 kVA in a single unit, making it the solar inverter with the highest power density on the market, thanks to its more than 326 kW/m3.

The 1500 Vdc INGECON SUN PowerMax B Series inverter family features a Smart Cooling System which makes it possible to optimize and reduce the auxiliary services consumption. Furthermore, the inverter’s latest-generation electronic components are housed in an IP66 protected compartment, thereby preventing condensation and lengthening the useful life of the power electronics.

This inverter family is ready to be installed indoors (IP50) and outdoors (IP56), and can deliver its rated power up to an ambient temperature of 50ºC. What’s more, the new improved inverter design facilitates the installation and wiring tasks (on both lines: DC and AC) in addition to the maintenance and repair work.

Thanks to its compactness, the inverter can be easily integrated into medium voltage solutions or power stations that contain all the equipment required for large PV plants. In fact, three inverters can be mounted in the same 40-foot power station in order to reach up to 4.92 MVA in a single medium voltage unit. Furthermore, Ingeteam has designed a solution with four inverters connected to a single transformer, making it possible to achieve up to 6.56 MVA in a single power station.

This equipment and the medium voltage solutions mentioned, are to be showcased on the Ingeteam stand at the Intersolar Europe fair, to be held from the 22nd to 24th June in Munich, Germany.

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Borken/Münsterland based ELEKTROKASS was one of the first to sign up to the new SolarMax Premium Installer (SPI) programme.

This concept sees the solar inverter manufacturer stocking an external store on its customers’ premises with the required replacement devices. This saves delivery trips to the end customer and reduces solarmax-2replacement time for defective string inverters to a minimum.

ELEKTROKASS has been installing SolarMax inverters since 2002, and has to date installed more than 8,000 devices. Most of these are MT-series inverters. The company is buying five megawatts this year alone. The seven inverters from this series have rated outputs of 6 to 15 kilowatts, two or three MPP trackers and attain European efficiency rates of 97.5 per cent.

 

 

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