China’s Sungrow said this week that it has signed a contract with India’s Larsen & Toubro to supply inverter skid solutions for a 2.2 GW AC solar plant in Saudi Arabia, the largest single-site utility-scale PV plant in the Middle East.
The PV plant is part of the $8.7 billion green hydrogen project being developed by NEOM Green Hydrogen Co. (NGHC)—a joint venture between ACWA Power, Air Products, and NEOM. Larsen & Toubro is executing the project’s power and transmission elements on an EPC basis.
“NGHC [green hydrogen project] will use renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power to produce up to 600 tonnes per day of carbon-free hydrogen by the end of 2026,” stated Sungrow.
The inverter order follows Sungrow’s contract with L&T to supply 400 MWh energy storage systems comprising a DC capacity of 536 MW/600 MWh to the NEOM green hydrogen project.
In the latest deal, Sungrow will provide its 1+X modular inverter solution for the project.
“The solution combines the advantages of both central and string inverters, featuring a 1.1 MW single unit as the minimum, and the maximum capacity can be expanded to 8.8 MW by combing eight units together, bringing a more flexible design for different blocks sizes and making the on-site operation and maintenance easier. Each module is designed with an independent MPPT, further improving the power generation capacity of the power plant,” Sungrow stated. “As a result of the optimal IP65 high protection capability, the solution is resilient to sandy, dry, and windy conditions. Due to the smart forced air-cooling technology, the inverter solution can work stably in extremely high temperatures.”
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