ABB solar solution soaks up Spanish sun

09 June 2009

ABB is tackling the effects of greenhouse gas emissions delivering and commissioning the one megawatt Totana photovoltaic power plant located in Murcia, Spain. In a year, Totana produces 2.2 gigawatt-hours of grid quality electric power and displaces 1,350 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

ABB helps harness the power of the sun
ABB helps harness the power of the sun

The turnkey solution was completed in four months and is based on ABB’s modular concept for photovoltaic power plants. It includes solar trackers, electrical balance of plant, instrumentation and controls. The plant owner, Global Capital Finance, said fast-track delivery enabled it to qualify for the maximum feed-in tariff for photovoltaic power plants.

ABB claims its photovoltaic concept includes patented optimisation technologies that help to increase the plant performance ratio to around 80 per cent, nearly 5 per cent higher than average industry standards for such applications.

“Our ability to deliver a complete turnkey photovoltaic power plant in a remarkably short time and with such high plant efficiency levels is indicative of our technology strength and execution capabilities to serve the solar energy business,” says Franz-Josef Mengede, head of the global Power Generation business, a part of ABB’s Power Systems division.

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