Siemens and SMA team up to take on large, independent PV installations

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The collaboration has already begun with the SMA Medium Voltage Power Station 2200SC-2500SC, which is being officially unveiled at Intersolar 2015 in Munich, Germany. The product, which is a new container solution combining a 2.5 MW central inverter from SMA with medium-voltage transformers and switchgears from Siemens, is designed for 1,000 or 1,500 V direct voltages.

Ralf Christian, CEO of Siemens Divsision Energy Management, said that the partnership would help Siemens to benefit “more than before” from the growth in the PV market. He added, “By taking mutual advantage of our global sales and service networks, both companies will increase their market coverage in real terms. Coordinated project management and joint technological developments will ensure that our customers worldwide will be able to rapidly realize large-scale PV projects with maximum overall efficiency and a high return on investment.”

Financial information and fine detail about the agreement between the two companies has not yet been disclosed. However, it is understood SMA will be contributing inverter solutions, while Siemens’s side of the deal will encompass transformers and switchgears for the high-voltage and medium-voltage range, including grid connection.

In a joint statement, the two companies said they will work as, “(…) separate project partners or as a consortium for technology and services in all areas of electrical engineering to best meet customer requirements. The portfolio of services ranges from planning and commissioning to maintenance of complex large-scale projects in the megawatt range.“

The Siemens-SMA collaboration announcement follows November’s news that the former had signed a Memorandum of Understanding between itself and South Korean firm LG Chem in a venture to develop and market industrial battery storage systems. That announcement seven months ago was reportedly signed due to growing demand for energy storage systems.

Siemens has had mixed fortunes in the PV industry over recent years. In June 2013, the company decided it was going to close its solar power division after failing to find a buyer. At the time, pv magazine reported that the company had lost a reported $1 billion on its entire solar business activities.