10 Aug, 2023: China based inverter and energy storage system solutions supplier, Sungrow, has entered into an agreement with Larsen & Toubro to furnish inverter skid solutions for a vast 2.2 GWac photovoltaic (PV) plant situated in the Middle East. This PV plant stands as the largest single-site utility-scale installation in the region and is associated with the NEOM Green Hydrogen Project in Saudi Arabia. The NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC), responsible for this endeavour, will exclusively utilise renewable energy sources like wind and solar power to generate up to 600 tonnes of carbon-free hydrogen daily by the end of 2026.
Sungrow has a significant involvement in the NEOM Green Hydrogen project. A few quarters ago, Sungrow entered into an agreement with Larsen & Toubro to provide energy storage systems for the NEOM Green Hydrogen project, with a total energy capacity of 400 MWh and a DC capacity of 536MW/600MWh. Additionally, Sungrow has contributed its 1+X Modular Inverter solution to the project's 2.2 GWac PV plant, marking another noteworthy contribution.
This innovative solution combines the strengths of central and string inverters, introducing a minimum unit capacity of 1.1 MW and the potential to expand up to 8.8 MW by connecting eight units. This design offers greater flexibility for various block sizes and simplifies on-site operations and maintenance. Each module incorporates an independent MPPT, enhancing the power generation capability of the plant. To suit the requirements of this gigawatt-scale project, a medium-voltage station is provided, integrating an 8.8 MW capacity 1+X Modular Inverter solution.
Because of its excellent IP65 protection, the solution remains robust in sandy, arid, and windy environments. With its innovative forced air-cooling technology, the inverter solution can maintain stable performance even in exceptionally high temperatures.
Additionally, the 1+X Modular Inverter is furnished with intelligent diagnosis at the string level, enhancing power output, and real-time parallel arc detection for added system safety. Consequently, these benefits contribute to reducing the overall operational expenses.
As the world focuses on reducing carbon footprints and embracing cleaner alternatives, this collaboration between Sungrow and NEOM underscores the commitment to harnessing the potential of solar power and energy storage to fuel the production of green hydrogen. With such advancements, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia not only accelerates its path towards energy diversification but also sets a remarkable example for others to follow. As these transformative technologies continue to gain traction, these innovations promise a more sustainable and greener energy ecosystem.