ABB showcases new central and string inverter solutions at Intersolar 2019 Munich

ABB unveils the PVS980-58 central inverter at Intersolar 2019 Munich. ABB

At Intersolar 2019 in Munich, ABB will present a fully integrated portfolio to deliver greater performance, including new inverter solutions and Balance of System (BoS) components at the edge of technology. The company will also show medium-voltage packaged solutions for power collection and grid connection and storage technologies, along with ABB Ability smart digital monitoring and control solutions.

“At Intersolar 2019, we want to provide customers with a complete 360° portfolio that enables them to scale-up, use emerging technologies safely and have the ability to deliver a resilient renewable energy system for future generations,” said Giampiero Frisio, head of ABB’s Smart Power Business line.

Utility-scale solutions

ABB will unveil its latest PVS980-58 central inverter at the show, which is shortlisted for the Intersolar Award 2019.

As one of the first on the European market to offer high-power capabilities, with plug and play integration to the power block, this inverter offers a unique hybrid cooling concept based on thermosiphon (patented) and forced air-cooling technology.

This development in PVS980-58 inverter technology delivers high performance, reliability and increased uptime and lifetime for large PV power plants. As well as being engineered with proven components, a compact and modular design, and supported by full lifecycle services from ABB, PVS980-58 balances system costs and improves Levelized Cost for Electricity (LCOE) for utilities.

“We’ve seen a tremendous jump to current 1,500-VDC inputs in the solar industry, as utilities look to decrease system losses, balance plant costs and increase power output,” said Frisio. “This trend also sees many photovoltaic plants reduce the number of components needed, which makes logistics easier, installation times shorter and wiring costs lower.”

ABB will showcase several components that focus on delivering continuous operation, higher reliability and return on investment, enabling customers to take full advantage of savings by adopting 1,500-VDC and 800-VAC technologies.

This includes ABB’s new GF contactor range, which provides tailored solutions to enable automatic and energy efficient remote control and switching within 1,500 VDC circuits inside central inverters. On the AC side, the Tmax T5X-HA UL circuit-breaker and InLine II fuse gear can manage currents up to 800 VAC, further supporting the integration of wider voltage architectures in solar power plants.

Robust support and connection to the grid will be provided by a wide range of products and solutions, including a complete range of Compact Secondary Substations, skid solutions and eHouses, all equipped with ABB switchgear, Relion protection relays, transformers and low-voltage components.

String solutions for smart residential and C&I applications

ABB will underline its commitment to smart building photovoltaics applications with its complete range of PV string inverters, including the newly launched UNO-DM-Q. The company will also showcase solutions for the home energy eco-system including REACT 2, its unique modular hybrid solar-plus-storage solution, alongside all other residential components and products, which provide a full energy solution to homeowners.

ABB will also feature its latest plug and play battery energy storage system, PQpluS, together with key smart C&I solar-plus-storage technologies.

The new PQpluS system controls the electricity that consumers generate to reduce energy costs by improving overall efficiency, reliability and availability of the power system. It can also be used where multiple energy sources such as wind, solar, diesel or other generators operate in parallel and where the integrator’s high-level system controller coordinates the overall operation. It is supported by the PQstorI inverter, which features embedded power quality functionalities.

Digital offerings

ABB has also developed new digital offerings, which use the ABB Ability platform to help installers, professionals and prosumers make full use of their PV systems, bring down costs and manage energy consumption.

The ABB Ability Installer App will deliver savings up to 70% on plant commissioning time with instant accessibility to date for commissions, configuration and parameter setting of multiple inverters via any Android and iSO device.

The ABB Ability Energy Viewer mobile App is an easy to use, free of charge tool for owners of ABB solar inverters to remotely monitor all energy flows and the performance for their PV installation, with or without an energy storage system.

Visitors will also be able to find out more on the trusted ABB Ability platform which provides the foundation for deep visibility into system health, diagnostic control and setting of all efficient PV installations.

“We have a clear goal to innovate solutions that really write the future of energy. It’s this goal that will empower customers to harness the sun’s potential and we look forward to showcasing our comprehensive range at Intersolar 2019,” concluded Frisio.

The ABB Intersolar stand will see visitors experience the future of solar energy and take advantage of intelligent control through digitalization tools to deliver the next generation solar power plant.

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