US Solar Developers Need to Look Beyond Capex—and Start Thinking About the Long Term
A more holistic view of capex could drive U.S. EPCs toward string inverters. Utility-scale solar projects in North America are different from those built elsewhere in the world. Solar project costs drive procurement and design decisions no matter the location. But in the U.S., upfront cost is king
Lightning, Ice Baths and Sandblasting: Inside the Quest for World’s Most Reliable String Inverter
Huawei, the Chinese string inverter manufacturer is focused on pinpointing any possible source of failure in its products that need to endure at least 25 years in some of the world’s harshest conditions.
2015 was an extraordinary year. As a result of the joint efforts of Huawei and our partners, smart PV has achieved widespread application all around the world, consolidating its dominant position in the industry. First of all, our sincere and humble thanks must go out to you for your continual support in the past year.
What Huawei’s customers say
Key to Huawei’s rapid growth in the solar industry has been its ability to innovate in line with customer needs. PV Tech’s John Parnell speaks to some of its clients.
Huawei takes inverter market leader slot
Huawei has taken the top spot in the world inverter rankings following two years of strong growth in its home market. The company is now expected to focus on opportunities in overseas markets, particularly the USA, Europe, Japan and India, writes PV Tech’s Ben Willis.
Watch out, SMA!
Huawei is a player in the global telecommunication market that decided to dabble in inverters. On its first try, its device makes it into the top three of PHOTON’s ranking – even without SiC transistors.
Huawei around the world
Having become a leading supplier in its home market, Huawei is looking to grow its position in a number of overseas markets that offer the prospects for strong ongoing growth. Here, Huawei’s top target markets are profiled. PV Tech’s Tom Kenning reports.
The evolution of smart PV
A new generation of smart PV power plant technologies is emerging that offers increasingly sophisticated remote O&M capabilities, greater plant reliability and improved energy yields.
Why big data is a big deal in smart PV
The process of collecting and analysing large volumes of data from PV power plants is at the heart of the smart PV concept. It offers plant operators previously unimagined capabilities in running assets optimally and above all profitably.
What the experts say
Consultancies DNV GL and Sgurr Energy have both undertaken independent technology review of Huawei’s smart inverter technology. Here, the main findings of their analysis are presented.