GE is responding to strongly increased demand by tripling the manufacturing capacity of its solar and battery energy storage Power Electronics systems by the end of 2022 to 9 GW per year. The decision is linked to strong growth in its backlog over the past few months and a robust demand outlook.
The systems are manufactured at GE’s Renewables Hybrids factory at Vallam, near Chennai, India, which was opened earlier this year. The site manufactures GE’s Power Conversion solution called ‘Flexinverter’ (formerly known as LV5+), as well as the Flexreservoir, and helps integrate them with the FlexIQ solution, designed to solve customers’ needs for dispatchable output from solar, storage and hybrid applications.
Prakash Chandra, Renewable Hybrids CEO, GE, commented: “Solar and Battery Energy Storage will continue to be a key driver in delivering Hybrid systems that enable the energy transition. Our new factory has ramped up to meet increasing industry and customer demand. We have received positive feedback from customers on all our hybrid systems, including the Flexinverter Power Station technology, an integrated containerised solution that combines a solar inverter, medium voltage power transformer, and an optional MV Ring Main Unit, all integrated in a standard 20-feet ISO high cube container.” The Flexreservoir solution is described by GE as a systems integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution for multiple configurations and market applications.
Image: Example of GE's Flexreservoir (credit: GE Renewable Energy)