Germany headquartered technology company Siemens AG has announced that it plans to manufacture its own inverter portfolio in India. For the last 2 years, Siemens has been partnering with SMA to provide coordinated system solutions and services from a single source. (Photo Credit: Siemens)
- Siemens will restart manufacturing its own inverter portfolio, which will be showcased at Intersolar Mumbai in December
- Siemens states it won’t be renewing its partnership with SMA Solar post it comes to an end on December 31, 2017
- Siemens will be supplying technology to a 100 MW solar power project in Bahawalpur, Pakistan
- Another order it has secured is located in Brazil; the 38 MW project is being set up by Quebec Engenharia
Germany based technology company Siemens AG has announced that it plans to manufacture its own inverter portfolio in India. It will offer integrated medium-voltage systems on this basis. So far it has been collaborating with fellow German company SMA Solar Technology AG. Their partnership comes to an end on December 31, 2017.
Siemens and SMA entered into a partnership agreement in 2015, specifically for large scale PV power plants. Before that Siemens was producing its own large-scale inverters in Germany. It had also offered Siemens-branded but OEM made string-inverters from Refusol until 2012.
Without divulging further details, Siemens stated that it will be presenting its new inverter portfolio at the Intersolar trade show in Mumbai, December 5 to 7, 2017.
The German technology company also shared that it has secured orders to install its electrical systems for two PV plants with cumulative capacity of 140 MW. These projects are based in Pakistan and Brazil.
Turkish energy company Zorlu Energji Holding – a distributor of First Solar modules (see First Solar Appoints Distributor in Turkey) – is setting up the 100 MW PV plant in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Siemens will be providing all necessary electrical components for turnkey connection to the grid. It includes 20 inverters from its technology partner Wind & Sun Technologies SL (WSTECH) with a capacity of 5 MW each. It will also supply transformers and the medium-voltage switchgear for the project. The project can be scaled up to 300 MW in the future.
Quebec Engenharia is developing a 38 MW solar farm in Brazil. For this Siemens is providing seven inverter stations to connect the farm to the local grid. Each station will have a capacity of 4.36 MW. These comprise inverters from WSTECH, transformer and medium-voltage switchgear.
Both these projects are set to enter commercial operations in early 2018.