ABB has an extensive portfolio of technologies ranging from residential, commercial and industrial applications through to utility grade power plants that enhance grid stability and facilitate the connectivity of renewable energy sources.
ABB’s pioneering 100 and 120 kW string inverter will be unveiled at All Energy, featuring multi-MPPT solutions for maximum plant design flexibility. This innovation is part of the ABB Ability™ digital portfolio of connected and software-enabled solutions that allow customers to know more, do more and do better.
The inverter will be available at the end of 2017, with an extended input voltage range up to 1500 Vdc to be released soon after. The inverter has been designed for large scale commercial and industrial PV installations, as well as for ground mounted projects. It requires minimal onsite interventions, reducing operating costs, as it has access to the Internet of Things via IP based communication, scalable cloud architecture and easy wireless commissioning via tablet/mobile device. Overall, it optimises the total cost of ownership.
“ABB is committed to continual investment and innovation in this sector, leveraging the strong digital capabilities from across our business as part of ABB Ability, to develop market-leading PV solutions and product platforms,” said David Sullivan, ABB Australia Division Manager for Electrification Products.
Joining the new string inverter will be ABB’s latest addition to the TRIO family, the TRIO TM. This 3 MPPT version features power ratings up to 60 kW, and has been designed with enhanced flexibility in mind to maximize the ROI in large systems.
Also being showcased is the new, integrated microgrid solution, MGS100. Combining solar power and battery energy storage, MGS100 removes the reliance on costly and potentially environmentally harmful diesel generators, reducing overall operating costs and environmental impact. Encased in a single container, the MGS100 has three power ratings – 20kW, 40kW, 60kW nominal load power.
“Our team will also be on hand to outline the benefits of ABB’s PowerStore Battery solution with its modular and scalable microgrid design that can provide cost-efficient access to reliable power for remote, commercial and industrial applications, as a plug-and-play solution,” David said.
“Developing technologies such as these further demonstrates our commitment to innovation and reducing environmental impact by enhancing the integration of renewable energy sources and reducing dependence on fossil-fuels.”
For utility scale power generation, on show is the 1500 Vdc PVS980 central inverter. Now available with an extended power range up to 2300 kVA, the PVS980 central inverter is optimised for cost-effective, multi-megawatt PV power plants. Featuring an innovative, low-maintenance cooling solution designed for demanding applications and harsh environments, the PVS980 reduces maintenance costs while ensuring outstanding endurance and reliability. The PVS980 Megawatt Station will also be available to view, it provides an integrated turnkey solution incorporating two PVS980 central inverters, dry type transformer (as standard) and switchgear.
ABB’s residential solar building and storage applications will be a big focus, with the latest addition to ABB’s single-phase inverter family, the UNO-DM-PLUS series, representing the optimal solution for residential PV installations. It is future-proof and flexible, with a compact design for power ratings from 1.2 to 6.0 kW, enabling integration with current and future devices for smart building automation.
Visitors will also have a chance to view the PV inverter, REACT, equipped with a built-in 2 kWh battery that allows unused energy generated during the day to be stored and used when it is needed. Compatible with Free@Home, REACT features an integrated Wi-Fi port and an application for smartphones or tablets, which helps people to control and manage their energy use even when away from the home.
Alireza Mehrtash, head of Global Sales and Marketing for ABB’s solar inverter business, explained, “We’re
committed to developing market leading PV solutions and product platforms, which we are proud to be exhibiting at All Energy 2017. We look forward to meeting with our customers to discuss how ABB can enable the integration of solar into smart grids and buildings, driving progress and successfully providing greener, smarter energy for all.”
All Energy 2017 takes place on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne. It is Australia’s most comprehensive clean and renewable energy event.