Converteam reaches 100MWp just 18 months after entering the European market

Less than eighteen months after entering the solar photovoltaic (PV) market, power conversion specialist Converteam is pleased to announce it has reached 100MWp cumulated orders of its inverter solutions dedicated to the utility-scale solar PV farm market.
Converteam reaches 100MWp just 18 months after entering the European market

These orders were awarded in Germany, France (including French overseas departments and territories), the United Kingdom and Italy with the largest project being a 12MWp farm in Sietzsch (with Green Energy 3000 GmbH), which is one of the major photovoltaic installations in Germany. Within just 90 days, 52,200 PV modules were installed on the 33-hectare site in Germany's federal state of Saxony-Anhalt and electrically connected to the grid using 21 Converteam inverters gathered in eight power stations.

While solar PV market has been active for decades the share of installations over 1MWp is increasing tremendously. The solar PV technology is the fastest growing power generation technology in the world – the IMS market study forecasts a 45% annual growth for installations over 500kW in the coming three years – and is taking an increasing share in the power supply mix. This new segment changes the landscape of developers and suppliers.

Going from kW to multi MW installations is a completely different game which requires electrical systems able to provide cost effectiveness (investment and operations), farm availability and grid compatibility. Numerous solar PV projects planned in the US and Europe are even larger than 100MWp implying a market shift from solar installations to true power plants.

Building on its strong expertise in wind and other demanding markets, Converteam solar solutions are well placed to meet this technological challenge and help developers get closer to grid parity. Converteam solutions also ensure smooth integration of the produced power into the grid thanks to advanced grid-function capabilities as well as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. With solar system manufacturing capabilities in Europe, the US and soon India Converteam can easily follow all its customers wherever their projects take them.

As a power conversion specialist, Converteam serves the renewables industry with converters, generators, power quality and HVDC solutions specifically designed for wind, multi-MW PV solar farms and wet renewables (tidal, waves, currents).

With 15% market share in wind converters Converteam has an installed base of 22GW. It is also a technology leader in wind generators, with the first medium speed PMG (Permanent Magnet Generator) delivered in 2003 and many high power direct drive PMGs delivered to the industry. Converteam also received the order for the first tidal installation using medium voltage direct current collection.

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