Adding solar to the wind farm will enable an overall higher capacity factor and availability for the plant while delivering dispatchable renewable energy into the grid, since the sun shines during the day and the wind often blows strongly at night.
“This project is another stepping-stone for the growth of hybrid power plants in Turkey” said Prakash Chandra, Renewable Hybrids CEO, GE. “The project will help accelerate Turkey’s energy transition by optimizing scarce infrastructure and improving capacity factor of an existing plant, enabling intelligent dispatch of power and supporting our customer Sertavul to deliver more renewable energy.”
Sertavul’s Chairman of the Board Mr. Kemal TAŞ, added that in recent years, investments in renewable energy sources for clean energy have increased worldwide.
“With this project, we aim to contribute to our country by using renewable energy sources to increase energy efficiency and reduce air pollution” said Mr Kemal. “We plan to increase our energy production with the support we receive from our partners.”
Inogen will perform site activities and deliver the sun tracking systems that will help increase the total energy production of the power plant.
For the solar plant, GE will deliver seven Flexinverter solar power conversion units. The company has already delivered 1.3 GW of this technology in Turkey. This project is the first installation of GE’s 4.7 MW solar solution worldwide.
Flexinverter, a key component of GE’s Renewable Hybrids FLEX portfolio, is an integrated containerised solution that combines a solar inverter, medium voltage power transformer, and an optional MV Ring Main Unit, all integrated in a standard 20-feet ISO high cube container. The technology is a smart solution that helps deliver a reliable, cost-effective, plug and play, factory-integrated power conversion platform for utility scale solar and storage applications. It helps reduce capital and operation costs and ensure a more reliable plant performance.
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