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    Growatt is one of the world’s top PV inverter brands. Established in 2010, Growatt started with a vision to lead in the PV inverter sector and contribute to clean energy. Growatt provides a broad range of solar energy solutions, including solar inverters from 750 W to 2.52 MW, energy storage solutions for on-grid and off-grid applications, smart energy solutions etc. Driven by the expertise of over 200 professional R&D engineers and continuous investment, Growatt has grown into a global leader with presence in over 100 countries. By 2017 Growatt has become one of the global TOP 10 PV inverter brands according to IHS Markit.

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    PV inverters manufacturer, Growatt has established a new office in Rotterdam Netherlands, which marks a step forward for its localization strategy. After Germany, Italy, Hungary and UK, Netherlands becomes the fifth country in Europe to have Growatt branch office. This is an important milestone in its dedicated efforts and continuous investments in the region.

    Ever since entering the Netherlands market in 2011, Growatt has been growing rapidly because of its reliable product quality and services and has become the No.2 inverter brand in the residential sector. It has also become the main inverter supplier for the iChoosr projects and has supplied more than 10,000 inverters by far. “Growatt has kept a very good momentum with our technology advantages, comprehensive product lineup and localization. By establishing new office in Rotterdam with local engineers, our service team is able to cover the Benelux countries with better support,” says Ramon Li, Growatt European Director.

    Growatt has developed a strong and close relationship with local partners and this move will further strengthen the partnership and provide faster and better support for the clients. “Now our Rotterdam office is staffed with local Dutch speaking service engineers, which would make it easier for EPCs or installers to solve issues found during installation and maintenance. A service hotline has been established as well,” Li continues. “Additionally, we plan to hold training workshops in Rotterdam office and better serve the customers.

    With new entity created, Growatt can now import the inverters directly and deal with import Customs clearance and take care of regulatory affair. “Now when customers place an order, we will be able to ship directly from our warehouse. We’ll be able to better manage the inventory level and ensure on-time fast delivery of the products or replacements. Customers will save time and energy and enjoy better services from Growatt.

    To date, Ingeteam has supplied 140 MW to Chile for solar projects coming under the Distributed Generation by Small Power Producers (PMGD) program, which supports the execution of generation projects with rated powers of up to 9 MW.

    Distributed generation is an ongoing trend in Chile and in many other countries, accounting for one quarter of global investment in renewables in 2015. To promote the construction of projects of this type, the PMGD program gives PV plant owners the guarantee that they will be able to sell all their output to the electricity grid. Moreover, the National Energy Commission (CNE) allows these producers to choose between the sale of energy at either a marginal cost or stabilized price. In this latter case, producers are guaranteed stable prices that are higher than market prices, given the fact that these prices are calculated every six months by the CNE and are not subject to a time of day variation.

    In the past two years, Ingeteam has supplied its PV inverters for ten solar projects of this type and is now supplying fourteen of its Inverter Stations with 1500V technology for seven solar PV plants that are being built by Grenergy, a company that also decided to install Ingeteam’s PV inverters at the La Esperanza, Marchigüe, Mostazal and Luders photovoltaic plants. Thanks to the supply of PV inverters for these last seven projects, Ingeteam has reached a total power of 140 MW at plants coming under the PMGD program in Chile. Ingeteam also has a portfolio of upcoming projects for this country, in which it holds a privileged position in the PV inverter manufacturer ranking.

    In order to ensure a correct operation of the electric system, a project under the PMGD program must implement functionalities as minimum electric protections at the coupling switch. These functionalities are performed by Ingeteam’s PL70SV, already in operation in more than 20 installations of this kind. Ingeteam has supplied protection and control systems to the Chilean market to connect with the electric grid 12 renewable energy power plants –wind and solar PV-, totaling more than 1,100MW.

    Furthermore, since Ingeteam first started operating in Chile, five years’ ago, the company has also gone on to secure its position as a leader in the operation and maintenance of renewable energy generating plants. In Latin America, the company provides maintenance services to a total of 2.5 GW, of which 664 MW correspond to Chile, accounting for 33% of the country’s total installed renewable power. In the solar sector in Chile, Ingeteam maintains a total of 330 MW. This record figure was primarily achieved thanks to the presence of Ingeteam in the Atacama desert. In fact, Ingeteam is going to supply the integral O&M service to four of these solar farms: Cachiyuyo Solar, Malaquita Solar, Valle Solar Este and Valle Solar Oeste. For the rest, the company will provide after-sales service.

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    Ingeteam has secured the supply and installation contract for Europe’s largest PV project. The Mula PV plant, located in the south-east of the municipality of Mula in the region of Murcia, will have an installed power capacity of 500 MWp, which will make it the largest PV plant in Spain and in Europe as a whole.

    Thanks to this new contract, by December Ingeteam will reach the figure of 2,000 MW in PV inverters supplied to the Spanish market. Added to this milestone are the 900 MW of PV power maintained by Ingeteam in Spain.

    It is estimated that, by the end of 2019, the plant could be fully operational, through the access and connection point at the El Palmar substation, a strategic hub for the power transmission grid in Murcia.

    Covering a surface area of almost 1,000 hectares, similar to around 2,000 football pitches, the Mula solar plant is calculated to produce more than 750 million kWh per year, providing sufficient energy to supply a city of 450.000 inhabitants. The scale of the project makes this a unique initiative for the region, positioning Murcia as a leading renewables producer at a global level.

    Delivery has already started on the total of 238 central PV inverters to be supplied by Ingeteam, all with 1500 Vdc technology. Moreover, the supply is not limited to the PV inverters, but covers the complete medium voltage solution, the Inverter Station. This solution comprises all the low and medium voltage equipment required (LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer), which is connected in the field to the PV inverters.

    Apart from the supply of equipment, Ingeteam is to perform the work to unload, position and connect the 74 inverter stations, in addition to the commissioning and electromechanical installation work.
    This new contract strengthens Ingeteam’s position in Spain, where the company is set to close this financial year with a total of 2 GW of power supplied and reaching a figure of 900 MW of maintained power in the Spanish PV market. This figure consolidates the company’s global leadership position in the provision of power plant Operation & Maintenance Services, with 12 GW.

    Scope of supply

    – 74 inverter stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard.
    – Two hundred and thirty-eight 1500 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output of 1690 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.
    – Work involving the unloading, positioning, installation and connection of the PV inverters.
    – Commissioning and electromechanical installation of 74 inverter stations.

    Source: Ingeteam

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    GoodWe, one of the leading PV inverter manufacturers in the world, strengthens its commitment to developing markets with the announcement of the expansion of a new service support center in Mumbai, India. This will allow GoodWe to provide better local support to projects and partners in the area, which is a key strategic market for GoodWe. With 69 GW installed renewable power capacity, India is set to become one of the largest global solar hubs in the coming years.

    GoodWe has set up an integrated service system to cover the entire sales process and has already established service centers in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Australia and India. GoodWe’s qualified service network team is available at all times to provide local technical support whenever and wherever required. A professional team of authorized engineers can perform on-site inspections, testing and debugging and providing repair or replacement if necessary, using the latest techniques to maximize inverter performance while minimizing production or process downtime.

    GoodWe is always committed to optimize all kinds of resources to better meet our customers’ needs,” said Huang Min, CEO of GoodWe. “With our same level of unmatched R&D, manufacturing and service capabilities, the expansion of our service support capabilities in India will significantly enhance our strength to meet customer demands locally and elsewhere in the world.

    Source: GoodWe

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    Ingeteam has recently signed a number of contracts for supplies to PV plants in Australia, a country in which the company boasts an important market share in the solar sector. Thanks to these new contracts, Ingeteam has reached the figure of 1,060 MW supplied to the Australian PV market.

    The company, which has been present in Australia for more than five years now, is to supply a total of 377 central PV inverters, all with 1,500 Vdc technology, with delivery now underway. These inverters, which are part of the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series family, are being sent to five large solar generation plants, totaling 620 MW.

    Moreover, the supply is not limited to the PV inverters, but covers the integrated medium voltage solution, which is divided into two types. Approximately 63% corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam’s Inverter Station solution, which comprises a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage equipment required (LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer), and which is connected in the field to three 1500 Vdc inverters.

    The rest of the supply corresponds to the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations where the equipment mentioned above (three 1500 Vdc PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, MV switchgear, LV switchboard and auxiliary services transformer) is housed in a 40 foot container, shipped as a turnkey solution.
    Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants totaling 146 MW in the state of Queensland. These plants have also been equipped with 1500 Vdc PV inverters, integrated in the INGECON SUN CON40 power stations.

    On the other hand, the company is set to commission another plant, with an output power of 119 MW, for which it has supplied 25 Inverter Stations each equipped with seventy-five 1600 kW inverters.

    These new contracts consolidate the position of Ingeteam in Australia, where the company has now crossed the 1 GW threshold of power supplied to the solar market.

    Scope of supply

    • 80 power stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard.
    • 47 power stations of the INGECON SUN CON40 series fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: three PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchboard, all housed in a 40 foot container.
    • 377 units of 1500 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output ranging from 1600 to 1740 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.

    Ingeteam has recently signed a number of contracts for the supply of PV plants to Mexico, a country in which the company has a considerable market share in the wind and solar power sectors, and in the provision of operation and maintenance services for power generation plants.

    The company, which has been present in this country since 1998, is to supply 555MW of solar PV inverters, mostly directed at large solar plants, although part of the supply is for commercial plants based on string inverters.

    Most of the supply corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam’s Inverter Station, comprising a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage devices required (LV/MV transformer, MV cells, LV switchgear and auxiliary services transformer), in addition to the central inverters pertaining to the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series. This equipment has a total output power of 551MW and is to be supplied to four photovoltaic plants located in the states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora and San Luis Poltosí. The supply comprises a total of 343 central photovoltaic inverters, all with the very latest 1500Vdc technology.

    One of these three projects represents the first PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) in Mexico between a private generator and the end user.

    Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants with a total output power of more than 60MW in the state of Chihuahua. These plants have also been equipped with the Inverter Station solution with 1500Vdc photovoltaic inverters.

    These new contracts serve to strengthen Ingeteam’s position in Mexico, where it is the leading company in the supply of power converters (with 2.5GW for wind and solar PV plants). It is also the leading provider of operation and maintenance services with 2.5GW of maintained renewable power, which means that the company is responsible for the maintenance of 49% of the total installed power in Mexico.
    This leadership has been consolidated in the last year thanks to several important operation and maintenance contracts, like the one for the 35.5 MWp Camargo PV plant, located in the state of Chihuahua. Thanks to these contracts, Ingeteam maintains 55% of the total solar power installed in the country.

    Furthermore, Ingeteam was recently awarded a supply contract for Latin America’s largest PV plant. Thanks to this contract, Villanueva solar park’s electric substations have been equipped with a highly advanced automation system, thanks to which Ingeteam has reached the figure of more than 2,000 MW of substations for renewable energy plants digitalized in Mexico. Thus, Ingeteam consolidates itself as a benchmark for grid digitalization in a double manner: first, through digital electronics in PC&M systems for substations automation; and second thanks to its reactive energy compensation systems (Statcom) for grid code compliance in renewable and industrial installations.

    Several offices in the country

    In Mexico, Ingeteam has several offices dedicated to different activities. In the country’s capital city –Mexico City- and in Juchitán de Zaragoza –Oaxaca-, two Ingeteam offices are dedicated to wind and solar O&M works, PV inverter commercialization, development of substations for renewable energy plants and distribution of equipment and execution of projects for the protection and automation of the electric grid.

    Moreover, the Company develops an important social role in the regions where it is present. For example, Ingeteam implements some renewable energy diffusion projects in the region of the Tehuantepec isthmus, in order to spread the knowledge about renewable energies among the communities, contributing to a deeper understanding of these relatively new technologies.

    Exhibiting at MIREC WEEK

    Ingeteam will be present once again at Mexico’s main clean energy trade show: MIREC WEEK. Mexico City’s World Trade Center will host this event that will take place from the 21st to the 24th of May. The visitors will be able to have a more in-depth understanding of Ingeteam’s main solutions for the solar PV and energy storage sectors, as well as for its O&M services for energy generation power plants.

    Source: Ingeteam

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    The global solar PV inverters market will decline from $6.3bn in 2017 to $3.7bn in 2022, with Asia-Pacific (APAC) relinquishing its leading regional share to the Americas over the forecast period, according to GlobalData. The company’s report: ‘Solar PV Inverters – Update 2018’ states that solar PV inverters will hold an aggregate global market value of $22.2bn between 2018 and 2022, with an average annual value of $4.4bn during the same period.

    In terms of solar PV additions, APAC eclipsed all other markets for the fourth consecutive year, accounting for about two-thirds of global additions in 2017. Consequently, the APAC region led the solar inverters market, with a value of $3.75bn. It was followed by Americas and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) registering $1.71bn and $0.89bn, respectively.

    However, APAC will see its share of the market fall from 59% in 2017 to 38% in 2022, while the solar PV inverter market share for the Americas will expand from 27% to 41% over the same period. EMEA’s share will increase from 14% to 21% between 2017 and 2022.

    In terms of market value, China, the US, and Japan together held over 65% and led the global solar PV inverter market in the year 2017. The market developments in the top countries are largely due to economies of scale, emerging inverter technologies, and policy-based government and institutional industry.

    Between 2017 and 2022, the global solar PV inverters market is expected to witness a negative compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.15%, in terms of market value. The estimated fall in the market value is mainly attributed to the fall in inverter prices.

    The solar inverter and module prices have declined for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to, persistent price pressure on equipment suppliers, the anti-dumping tariffs implemented by the US on Chinese modules, the euro and yen depreciation, and the downward adjustment of the minimum import prices. In the solar PV industry, buyers are price sensitive, creating persistent price pressure on equipment suppliers.

    The global solar PV inverters market has several strong participants such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd, and SMA Solar Technology AG. The highly fragmented nature of the market has also led to the reduction in solar inverter prices. As a result of the falling prices, the total installed capacity between 2018 and 2022 is estimated to be close to 370.6 GW, whereas it stood at approximately 316.2 GW between 2012 and 2017.

    Source: GlobalData

    Ingeteam has recently supplied its equipment for a solar PV generation project in Brazil. This PV inverter supply, totaling 150 MW, is directed at a project comprising five solar plants, each with an installed capacity of 30 MW.

    For this project, the developing company has acquired two different configurations of the 1,500 Vdc Inverter Station solution developed by Ingeteam. On the one hand, Ingeteam has delivered 4.5 MW Inverter Stations combining 3 MW dual inverters and 1.5 MW central inverters. While, it has also supplied 3 MW Inverter Stations equipped with one dual inverter. Both configurations are completed with a skid or metal platform containing the rest of the equipment required to inject medium voltage power: LV/MV transformer, oil deposit, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchgear.

     

    Furthermore, the supply also includes an INGECON® SUN EMS Plant Controller. Developed by Ingeteam, this plant control system will allow these five PV plants to implement on-demand production strategies, reactive power compensation, frequency regulation and power factor control, among others. Thanks to this system, the solar plant management possibilities are similar to those of a conventional energy generation plant.

    The equipment supplied is to be installed in a number of phases and the project, located in the north of the state of São Paulo, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2017.

    Scope of supply

    For these projects, Ingeteam has supplied:

    30 inverter stations equipped with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: 1,500 Vdc dual PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, oil deposit, medium voltage switchgear, auxiliary services transformer and low voltage switchgear.
    Plant control system.
    Commissioning of the system and technical training in the field.

    Source: Ingeteam

    Spain’s Ingeteam has consolidated its position as the indisputable leader in the Mexican renewables sector in both wind and PV power. Ingeteam is the first company in the country to provide O&M services, maintaining 2 GW of wind power capacity, meaning it is responsible for maintaining 49% of Mexico’s total installed capacity and the leading company in the supply of electronic power equipment with almost 2 GW. Ingeteam moreover manages over half the country’s existing solar capacity. The three largest PV plants in Mexico, located in Durango and Baja California, incorporate Ingeteam technology via their PV inverters.

    This leadership was consolidated last year thanks to significant contracts including the Durango PV plant, the 30 MW Gran Solar plant in Camargo and the 20 MW TSK plant in Coahuila. These are in addition to the award of the services for two hydroelectric plants in the state of Jalisco that has helped Ingeteam access the Mexican hydropower sector.

     

    Until now, Ingeteam Service’s commitment to its clients used to start when the machine came on line, by undertaking its integrated maintenance and supporting the management and operation of the wind farm throughout its service life. Since 2016, Ingeteam has extended its portfolio of services to include turbine assembly. In recent months, Ingeteam was awarded the contract to assemble 20 wind turbines destined for the La Bufa and Puerto Peñasco wind farms in the regions of Zacatecas and Sonora. Read more…

    Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2017

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