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SolarQuarter Africa magazine had an insightful interview with William Van Wyk – Country Manager, FIMER South Africa, wherein we came to know about the inverter market scenario in Africa, Covid’s impact, and the latest technology trends. We also understood the specialties of FIMER inverters and how they are best suited for any requirement.
How is the present climate of the inverter market in Africa after the covid crisis?
We should not underestimate the Commercial effects Covid had on all Markets and Industries. What’s important is how you position yourself as a Brand to accommodate and adapt to the challenges. What we are experiencing is that the 2020 lock-downs created a sense of awareness amongst consumers. Where they evaluated their interdependence on National infrastructure to sustain their wellbeing and Energy Security in this instance. Direct consumers and Industry are actively exploring Energy Independence options to mitigate the Energy Supply risk we are all exposed to. This is where Solar is perfectly suited to manage these risks and the influx of New Opportunities has solidified this thought process.
What have been the latest technology trends in the solar inverter market globally & in Africa especially?
The newest Technology Trends follow the Decentralized Utility Scale Inverter Design Methodologies. The PVS-350-TL is FIMER’s answer to the growing demand for multi-MPPT string inverters for utility PV systems, offering record-high AC capacity combined with a DC front-end optimized for the latest PV modules to maximize the ROI of ground-mounted systems based on a decentralized architecture. Thanks to the record-high capacity and power-to-weight ratio, up to 30% savings can be achieved on transportation and installation costs and up to 15% higher AC capacity for the MV station compared to other decentralized conversion solutions available today. This means fewer stations per MW AC of installed power, with a cumulative saving that may exceed 0.2 Euro cents/watt on a 100MW system.
What are some key factors that companies should consider before investing in key solar equipment like solar inverters?
Before committing and/or investing in Solar, Companies need to ensure a Full Energy Audit is Conducted. By Optimizing one’s Energy Consumption and implementing Energy-Saving Concepts, inherently the Expected Capacity of the Solar installation would be reduced. When considering Components like Solar Inverters, it’s important to have the Full Design Verified by Certified Consulting Engineers who evaluate the Customer’s needs & Expectations.
How are FIMER inverter solutions best suited for any requirement with respect to competitors?
The keyword is Solutions Provider, not a Product Supplier. In today’s everchanging Technology environment it’s more important to Support Customers in the Lifecycle Management of their Installations than just supplying the components. This is where FIMER shines. With a Local Team in South Africa to support all Technical & After-sales activities, we have differentiated ourselves as one of only a few Global Manufactures with these Localized Capabilities. This extends to our Local Installation Training Centre and 1st Line Repair Centre all Executed from our Johannesburg Office.
How do you see FIMER inverters maintaining their market leadership even in the future?
The main driver for sustained Leadership is Growth within the Environment you serve. A two-prong approach would be applicable in this case. This alludes to continuous R&D to ensure the Technology you offer is current and Futureproof and secondly, it’s about understanding the Consumers’ everchanging needs and finding solutions to effectively managing these needs through Stakeholder Engagements.