Ingeteam to supply 1.17 GW of inverters for PV project in Abu Dhabi

12.09.2017
Ingeteam’s central inverter solution will be installed in the Sweihan PV project. (Photo: Ingeteam)
Ingeteam’s central inverter solution will be installed in the Sweihan PV project. (Photo: Ingeteam)

The Spanish manufacturer Ingeteam Power Technology has been awarded to supply inverters for a PV plant with a total capacity of 1.177 GW in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The project will be built by Sterling and Wilson, a global solar EPC company.

Once inaugurated, the Sweihan PV project will be the largest PV project in the world to be constructed in a single generating power plant, according to the partners. The solar energy is to be purchased by ADWEC (Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Company), the Emirate's electricity company, a subsidiary of ADWEA (Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority), for subsequent transmission, distribution and trading.

The consortium of companies responsible for the development and operation of the Sweihan PV project, awarded the engineering and construction work to the Indian company Sterling & Wilson, which then selected Ingeteam's technology for this project. In early 2018, Ingeteam plans to supply the new 1,000 Vdc INGECON® SUN PowerMax B series central inverters, capable of delivering a power output of up to 2,330 kW.

The solution provided in power station format comprises two dual inverters together with the other devices required for low to medium voltage conversion. The solution developed by Ingeteam, known as the Inverter Station, incorporates two 2.33 MW photovoltaic inverters for the supply of 4.66 MW. These new dual inverters are suitable for outdoor installation, being specifically designed to withstand extreme climate conditions, such as those present at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, Ingeteam has purchased a chamber to conduct dust and sand tests in accordance with the IEC 60068-2-68 international standard. This chamber makes it possible to conduct additional tests, such as the inverter response to sandstorms, which are extremely common at sites of this type.

The Management of Ingeteam Power Technology expressed its satisfaction with the contract award, emphasising the fact that "the signing of this contract is the fruit of all the hard work put in right from the outset, marking yet another success in the company's bid to enter the Middle East market”. Furthermore, the Management highlighted the fact that "this contract is yet another example of Ingeteam's ability to develop ambitious large-scale projects".

The commissioning of the plant, for which Ingeteam is also responsible, is set to take place at the end of 2018. Once commissioned, the plant will save around 7 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

S&WE / Ingeteam

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