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ABB supplies inverter solutions to 70 MW solar project in South America

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is supplying its inverter solutions to a 70 MW project in South America. The new park is the second-largest of its kind in the entire region. ABB supplied more than 45 of its ULTRA central inverters to the solar power plant. The ULTRA inverters were selected for their robustness and ability to ensure the maximum energy output while operating in one of the harshest, desert environments, notorious for its dust and high heat.

“We are proud to be leading the way for the growth of renewables, and solar in particular, in South America as well as supporting the region in its goal of reducing the use of fossil fuels,” said Paolo Casini, head of Marketing for ABB’s Solar product group. “To be a part of this market expansion and to have our ABB ULTRA selected as the inverter of choice for this demanding project is particularly rewarding.”

Apart from the ruggedness of the ABB ULTRA inverter, another key factor that played into the selection of the product was its modularity. The project’s investors were specifically looking for this feature due to the project’s remote location and the need for easily managed maintenance. The local utility also demanded a very strong reactive power control capability – and the ABB ULTRA central inverters were perfectly matched in fulfilling this requirement.

The ABB ULTRA is the largest inverter in the company’s product portfolio. It consists of three models with capacities of 700, 1050 and 1400 kW. The combination of their high performance, robustness, high flexibility, and efficiency rates of up to 98.7 percent make the ULTRA ideally suited for large-scale solar power installations.