Petra Solar: Selects Flextronics for global expansion
Petra Solar has announced that Flextronics will construct Petra Solar’s SunWave™ smart energy modules for distribution worldwide. Petra Solar is a clean tech company, linking together smart grid and solar. Flextronics is a leader in global electronics manufacturing.
Through the partnership, Petra Solar will gain the capability of deliver its SunWave pole-mounted solar energy systems to international customers. The Company would then gain the scalability and flexibility to meet the increasing demand for its SunWave product, and grow into the global marketplace. In addition, jobs will be created locally to its customers through manufacturing services offered by Flextronics.
“We are happy to partner with Petra Solar to help them meet the expanding market for intelligent solar energy,” stated E.C. Sykes, President of Flextronics Industrial. “As the leading clean tech manufacturing solutions provider, we believe the partnership is a natural fit and applaud the leadership and innovation in developing the SunWave, which combines distributed solar generation and smart-grid technology.”
"As Petra Solar continues to expand locally and around the world, it is important to partner with leaders in the industry to further enable us to continue developing our products with the highest levels of quality and reliability,” commented Dr. Shihab Kuran, Founder, President and CEO of Petra Solar. "Flextronics’ global reach and well-deserved reputation for market leading clean tech manufacturing solutions that provide compelling value and scale reaffirm our decision that the Flextronics-Petra Solar collaboration will contribute to the rapid deployment of our products globally and in the United States, and that the collaboration will lead to the creation of many green jobs."
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
TEVOCS has announced the launch of a powerful series of universal portable power stations that provide reliable power for off-grid situations, travel, home backup and more. With an impressive 2080WH capacity and 2000W output, the TEVOCS power station is billed as 'the ultimate power station for modern life' and is available here.
Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
Last month Canadian Solar Inc. was awarded the first utility-scale battery storage project in Colombia of 45 MW/45 MWh. The project was awarded in the public tender launched by Colombia's Ministry of Energy and Mines, via its affiliate UPME, the Mining and Energy Planning Unit.