Siemens AG, the German $80 billion conglomerate, today announced its plans to start manufacturing Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) inverters in India which will initially cater to the domestic market and later supplied for exports.
The company said the Sinacon PV inverter will be locally produced and manufactured at Siemens’ Kalwa plant near Mumbai. It added the Indian renewable energy sector is the second most attractive renewable energy market in the world, crossing 14 Gigawatt of installed solar capacity with the government firm on its ambition of 100 GW of solar generation by 2022.
“Siemens is committed to partner the government in its endeavour to increase use of clean energy sources. The National Solar Mission of the government aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy. Siemens aspires to contribute to this with local value-addition in line with Make in India,” Harald Griem, Executive Vice-President and Head of Energy Management at Siemens Ltd said.
A solar PV inverter converts the variable Direct Current (DC) output of a PV solar panel into a utility frequency Alternating Current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. Siemens said the Sinacon PV inverter is equipped with three-level IGBT modules, has an outdoor design for harsh environment with fluid cooling and can operate up to 60 Degree Celsius ambient temperature.
In addition to inverter manufacturing, Siemens also plans to set up a local assembly of medium voltage inverter stations. The new inverters and inverter stations target large scale, ground-mounted solar PV power plants comprising Electrical Balance of Plant (eBoP) solutions.
The eBoP solution enables solar power to be intelligently integrated into the grid. The company said it offers planning, engineering, financing, commissioning and servicing as part of the eBoP solutions. This includes optimum interconnection of energy storage systems and even complete microgrids. Read More
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