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GE Renewable Energy FLEXINVERTER technology VPC certified in Taiwan

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 October 2021

GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has obtained Voluntary Product Certification (VPC) in Taiwan for its FLEXINVERTER (formerly known LV5+) for utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants, which, with up to 3.59 MW high power density, is the largest size of Inverter that is certified for Taiwan.

A VPC certificate for inverter is a mandatory requirement for any new installation of Solar PV in Taiwan. It is delivered by the country’s Bureau of Standard, Metrology, and Inspection (BSMI). The certification guarantees the product conformity with specified standards and testing items such as high efficiency, grid-code compliance, factory-inspection, quality and safety.

“Solar energy plays a key role in achieving Taiwan’s renewable energy installation targets of 20GW by 2025, and with GE Renewable Energy obtaining this product certification for its latest power conversion technology with the FLEXINVERTER, we intend to contribute significantly to enabling the expansion of the solar industry” said Prakash Chandra, Renewable Hybrids CEO, GE Renewable Energy.

GE has accumulated more than 9 gigawatts of total global installed base and backlog for its inverter technology and was the first to introduce 1,500-volt to the solar market.

GE’s FLEXINVERTER technology combines GE’s inverter, with medium voltage power transformer, optional MV Ring Main Unit (RMU), auxiliary transformer and various options within a single 20ft ISO high-cube container for up to 3.59 MW, high power density (with an option to get two inverters into one transformer for 7-8MW). This containerised solution delivers a reliable, cost-effective, plug & play, factory integrated power conversion system platform for utility scale solar and battery energy storage applications; it provides provision to be hybridise with battery energy storage for DC or AC coupled solution.

From hardware building blocks to system design and integration, the FLEXINVERTER platform enabled through digital, with a focus on logistics, ease of installation and commissioning, helps customers reduce LCOE/LCOS, start-up risks and improve overall reliability of the asset.

The FLEXINVERTER is a key component of GE’s Renewable Hybrids FLEX portfolio, designed to solve customer needs through multiple applications to enable dispatchable, green MWhs. It also includes the FLEXRESERVOIR and the FLEXIQ technologies. The FLEXRESERVOIR is a systems integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution for multiple configurations and market applications. FLEXIQ is a digital platform that provides design, operation and fleet management solutions to enable grid compliance and maximize lifetime customer value.

Source: Renewable Energy Magazine
Wayne Lin (waynelin@taitra.org.tw)

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