GE’s Power Conversion business provides a complete range of central inverters based on a modular and compact approach, and specifically designed for the solar industry. As part of GE’s ongoing development in power electronics technology, the solar inverters build on extensive experience with designing, manufacturing and installing more than 34 GW of converters for the renewable energy industry, and decades of experience in controls for a wide range of utility applications. The installed base covers the full range of utility scale requirements, including converters to meet stringent grid code requirements in extreme environmental conditions.
GE has always been at the forefront of grid support features, GE converters are compliant with many stringent codes in the world. GE offers also "plant level" controls derived from Mark* VIe turbine/power plant controls called SunIQ. This allows the solar power plant to provide critical functions like Grid Voltage Regulation Power Factor regulation, Grid Frequency support, etc. which are mandated more and more by utility interconnection requirements. Comprehensive SCADA offerings provide a broad set of intuitive tools for operating and maintaining solar plants. GE's solar SCADA application is accessible from anywhere on the network. It can also be used remotely with a secure internet connection or telephone line. Inverters are available in both Indoor/outdoor configurations for greater flexibility.
Inverter Power Station
In addition to inverters, GE also offers the complete electrical system for PV plants, starting from the PV panel connection to the grid connection with a core offering made of ready-to-connect power substations for outdoor use. GE inverter power stations are available in flexible designs either skid or e-houses.
Skid: The preassembled power station skid is ideal for large-scale applications and can include outdoor inverters, transformers, re-combiners, and monitoring equipment mounted on a steel or concrete base and delivered straight to the site. Pre-cast concrete base helps to lower or eliminate site poured concrete, saving time and material at the site.
E-house: A power station can also be available in an e-house configuration, with either steel or concrete enclosure housing an indoor inverter. This represents an alternative to traditional onsite building construction, enabling field operation with less installation, commissioning, and start up time.
Electrical Balance of Plant
GE Industrial Solutions and Digital Energy offer all equipment for connection of the solar inverter stations to the medium or high voltage grid, including switchgear, protective transformer relays as well as turn-key substation design and construction.
Energy Consulting Services
Energy Consulting is a dedicated expert group of engineers and business experts specializing in complete power system analysis and simulation. Cross-business teams work to analyze and ensure the compliance of wind, solar and thermal power plant integration to the grid, keeping GE and its customers ahead of grid interconnection challenges.
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