Earth’s sunbelt offers unparalleled opportunities for development of photovoltaic technologies
Ample space, extremely high solar irradiation, large areas without reliable energy sources — desert-like regions in the earth’s sunbelt offer interesting opportunities for solar power plants. But desert locations also come with huge challenges. Extreme climate conditions make for high demands on solar technologies. Entirely new concepts are needed in order for advanced technology to help reduce the risks of extreme climate conditions. The following examples will help illustrate this principle.
The inverter is the most vital component of any photovoltaic system, converting DC electricity generated by panels into usable AC power.
All components, especially the interior of the inverters, need to be securely sealed to protect them against the damaging effects of sand and dust. In these locations temperature extremes are coupled with significantly higher inverter loads. The output can quickly double, making components of the highest quality the most important factor for extending the lifetime of the entire installation.
SMA is addressing these challenges through advanced research and development to find solutions for these problems with a broad-based research project that aims to optimize large power stations in sunbelt regions and with innovations such as the SMA OptiCool™ system for high temperatures. SMA engages in increasingly demanding quality tests that simulate the most extreme conditions.
Energy from desert-based solar power stations is a market with considerable potential. As a technology and innovation pioneer, SMA is leading the field and meeting the challenges of these regions.