Supersize PV – how bigger blocks with advanced power conversion topology can improve plant economics

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The utility-scale solar marketplace is in stiff competition, and projects must get more optimized and efficient. Last year saw the first announcements of projects prompting a below $0.02/kWh bid. To be able to compete, high power density long lasting and serviceable products with high efficiency are indispensable targets supporting market price needs. Join our webinar to understand the technical aspects that are enabling the positive impact on Capex, Opex and reliable plant performance.

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Jyrki Leppänen, Market Manager – Utility Segment, ABB, Product Group Solar
Marko Harju, Head of Product Management – Central Inverters, ABB, Product Group Solar

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Marian Willuhn, Editor, pv magazine group

Optimize power block performance and LCOE of utility-scale PV projects through advanced 1500V central inverter solutions

The utility-scale solar marketplace is in stiff competition, and projects must get more optimized and efficient. Last year saw the first announcements of projects prompting a below $0.02/kWh bid. To be able to compete, high power density long lasting and serviceable products with high efficiency are indispensable targets supporting market price needs.

Increasing the inverters DC input voltage and saving on the DC home run cabling are two ways to achieve such system optimization. Both can be made using 1500Vdc central inverter setups.

Why is a 1500Vdc architecture better suited to achieve ever lower LCOE’s? What are the advantages of 3 level ANPC topology/advanced 3-level power conversion topology? In this webinar, we will answer these and many other questions with our initiative partner ABB. Jyrki Leppänen, market manager of utility segment, and Marko Harju, head of product management for central inverters, from ABB, will explain why it is essential to look at different inverter topologies of central inverters.

Join our webinar to understand the technical aspects that are enabling the positive impact on Capex, Opex and reliable plant performance, and gain insights on how inverter design and capabilities impact the total LCOE of a PV Project.

Webinar content:

  • Bigger power block sizes enabling more cost-efficient plant design
  • How advanced 3-level inverter topology modulating up to 1500VDC helps delivering high efficiency with no voltage derating at high altitudes and brings benefits also for battery energy solutions
  • How a hybrid cooling concept based on two-phase thermosiphon (patented) and forced air-cooling technology minimizes maintenance requirements and maximizes reliability
  • Technology enabled reduced Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE)

 

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Speakers

Jyrki Leppänen, Market Manager – Utility Segment, ABB, Product Group Solar

Jyrki Leppänen holds a Masters Degree in Technical Physics from Helsinki University of Technology in Finland, specializing in renewable energies and especially photovoltaic systems and he holds several patents. He started his career 1989 and has been working for Solar Business over 30 years in companies Neste, Fortum and ABB in various positions starting from R&D and ending to business development through various sales, project and product management positions. At the moment Jyrki is responsible for the Market and Business Development for Utility Scale solar inverter business in ABB Product Group Solar.

Marko Harju, Head of Product Management – Central Inverters, ABB, Product Group Solar

Marko Harju holds a degree in electrical power engineering, specialized in power electronics and electrical drives. He started his career in 1998 and has been working in several different positions, from R&D to sales, with ABB medium voltage drives. In 2010 he joined the ABB Product Group Solar and has ever since been working in product management of ABB Utility Scale Inverters. At the moment Marko is heading the ABB Utility Scale Inverter Product Management.

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