Large-scale solar solutions from ABB has its day in the sun

June 12 : Experts and industry players exchanged views on solar technology advancements and regulatory requirements at a packed forum in Malaysia.

ABB recently hosted a seminar at the Sunway Lagoon Resort Hotel, Selangor, as Malaysia prepares itself for the second round of competitive bidding for the development of large-scale solar projects. Themed 'Large-Scale Solar Solutions', the one-day program received overwhelming response with more than 90 participants comprising consultants, representatives from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and project developers.

Topics presented, highlighted ABB's broad portfolio from sun to socket – small direct current (DC) components to high voltage (HV) grid connection, offering reliability, innovation and economic efficiency.

“The future of solar is promising as Malaysia seeks to build up capacity from alternative energy sources as part of its fuel diversification strategy. With a proven track record since the 1990s in Malaysia, ABB is well positioned to help the country realize its green agenda with its market leading PV solutions and product platforms,” said John Steed, ABB’s Manager for Power and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure business in Malaysia.

Ruben Valiente, Head of Solar Packaging Solutions from ABB in Spain gave focus to the containerized solutions for the new PVS980 which enables project owners to reduce their cost and simplify installations by packaging ABB's centralised inverter with a dry-type transformer and ring-main unit. The package provides customers with an industry-leading solution for plants in excess of 10MW.

Later, Giovanbattista Napolitano, Technical Sales Engineer, from ABB in Italy, presented ABB's TRIO-50.0/60.0 string inverter solutions for large-scale solar projects. Meeting the grid-support functionality required by the Energy Commission emerged as a hot topic amongst consultants, EPCs and installers. To address this concern, Giovanbattista walked the audience through the TRIO-50.0/60.0 capabilities to ensure a clear understanding of how ABB can help industry players meet local requirements and give them a professional edge.

The Energy Commission of Malaysia launched the Large-Scale Solar program in 2016 and is committed to allocating 250MW/year until 2020 which will see Malaysia's total grid-connected PV solar capacity reach close to 1.4GW.

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