Riding on the back of strong growth, GE said that it is tripling its solar and battery energy storage Power Electronics Systems manufacturing capacity by the end of 2022 to 9 GW per annum.
The systems are manufactured at GE’s newly launched Renewable Hybrids factory. Earlier in 2022, GE announced the opening of its Renewable Hybrids manufacturing site in Vallam, near Chennai, India.
The site manufactures GE’s Power Conversion Solution called FLEXINVERTER (formerly known as LV5+), as well as the FLEXRESERVOIR, and helps integrate them with the FLEXIQ solution, from GE Renewable Hybrids’s FLEX portfolio, designed to solve customers’ needs for dispatchable, green MWhs in Solar, Storage and Hybrid applications.
Prakash Chandra, Renewable Hybrids CEO, GE, said:
“Solar and Battery Energy Storage will continue to be a key driver in delivering Hybrid systems that enable the energy transition. GE is committed to provide cutting edge technologies around power conversion solutions and software enabled controls to meet growing customer needs in the Hybrids space. Our new factory has ramped up to meet increasing industry and customer demand.”
GE Renewable Energy is a $16 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400 gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 per cent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions.
Supporting energy transition
GE is committed to enable the energy transition by supporting customers, as it supplies and maintain a global fleet of renewable energy assets, help reduce the cost of renewable energy, ensure grid resiliency, efficiency, and reliability, and make renewable energy function more dispatchable.
For the past fifteen years, GE has delivered Standalone Solar Inverters and Solar Power Stations for customers globally and has been the first to introduce the 1500 V technology to the industry in 2012 which has helped customers reduce the cost of energy through a more efficient farm layout.
Chandra added that GE has received positive feedback from customers on all itsHybrid systems.
“The technology is a smart solution that helps deliver a reliable, cost-effective, plug & play, factory-integrated power conversion platform for utility scale solar and storage applications. Customers like the fact that it helps reduce capital and operation costs and ensure a more reliable plant performance,” he said.