ABB partners with Amcorp Power on Malaysia's largest PV plant

Swiss engineering group ABB has delivered and commissioned key components to integrate energy from Amcorp Power’s 10.25 MW Gemas Solar Power Plant into Malaysia’s electricity grid.

Amcorp Power’s solar plant, located in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, is the country’s largest solar power plant, representing approximately 11% of its nearly 116 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic capacity.

"Renewable energy, in particular solar, will play an increasingly important role in the energy mix of countries that represent a significant portion of the world’s economic growth for decades to come,” said Pekka Tiitinen, head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division.

Malaysia has set a national target to diversify the country’s energy mix, including feeding 975 MW or 5.5% of renewable energy into the grid by 2015. By 2020, this is targeted to double to 2,065 MW, or 11%. Under Malaysia’s National Renewable Energy Policy, solar power is expected to contribute a minimum of 220 MW to its total capacity mix.

ABB delivered high-efficiency TRIO solar inverters, the "brains" behind a photovoltaic system, to convert direct current (DC) electricity generated by the solar modules into alternating current (AC) with 98.3% efficiency. The TRIO inverters are fully enclosed and have no moving parts such as cooling fans, so they require no maintenance or spare parts.

Gemas also uses ABB’s Plant Portfolio Manager, which provides a highly interactive dashboard with real-time remote performance monitoring over computer networks or even mobile devices for better, faster PV plant management.