WFES: Acwa Power partners with Huawei on solar plant monitoring

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Acwa Power, a Saudi Arabian energy company, has today announced a new collaboration with Chinese firm Huawei that will see the two companies develop a pilot solar project that utilizes Huawei’s FusionSolar plant management and monitoring control platform.

The partnership was finalized at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi this week, and will see Acwa Power roll out Huawei’s centralized monitoring and control system on selected solar plants under the pilot scheme.

The idea behind the collaboration is to enhance the efficiency of Acwa Power’s solar plants, delivering digitalized intelligence and a single point of monitoring and control. The FusionSolar system enables instant troubleshooting of a solar power plant, and can help developers and plant owners to reduce their O&M and opex costs – a vital ingredient in solar plants developed in remote areas.

“This pilot program is an important step in our continuous pursuit of delivering power reliably and at the lowest possible cost, a mission that necessitates the implementation of the latest solutions,” said Julio Torre Gutierrez, who is CEO of Acwa Power’s O&M contractor NOMAC.

Gutierrez added that NOMAC will strive to digitize further Acwa Power solar projects with the assistance of Huawei.

The Chinese company, which is the world’s leader in solar inverter deployment, has helped to pioneer the growth of string inverters at large scale – a trend made possible by the FusionSolar Smart PV Management System. Huawei’sYin Feijun, who is the GM of FusionSolar Smart PV Global Sales, stressed that, as the solar industry strives to lower its costs as the sector grows, cutting-edge technology such as this platform will be increasingly vital.