GE will triple its manufacturing capacity for solar and battery storage Power Electronics Systems by 2022 to 9 GW per year. This is due to strong growth in backlog and a strong demand outlook.
These systems are made at GE’s new Renewable Hybrids plant. In 2022, GE opened a Renewable Hybrids manufacturing facility in Vallam, India, which was announced earlier. This site produces GE’s Power Conversion Solution, FLEXINVERTER, as well as FLEXRESERVOIR. It also integrates them with FLEXIQ, which is part of GE Renewable Hybrids’s FLEX portfolio. These solutions are designed to meet customers’ need for dispatchable, green MWhs, in Solar, Storage, and Hybrid applications.
Prakash Chandra (GE Renewable Hybrids CEO) stated “Solar Energy Storage and Battery Energy Storage will continue to be a key driver for delivering Hybrid Systems that enable the energy transformation. GE will continue to offer cutting-edge technology in power conversion and software-enabled control to meet the growing needs of customers in the Hybrids market. To meet growing industry demand and customer demand, our new factory has been upgraded.”
GE has provided Standalone Solar Inverters for customers worldwide for the past 15 years. In 2012, GE introduced the 1500 V technology to the industry. This has allowed customers to reduce their energy costs through a more efficient farm design.
Chandra stated, “We have received positive feedback on all of our Hybrid Systems, including the FLEXINVERTER Power Station technology. This integrated containerized solution combines a medium voltage power transformer and a solar inverter. It is all contained in a standard 20-feet ISO High Cube container. This technology is a smart solution. It provides a cost-effective, reliable, and plug-and-play, factory-integrated power converter platform for utility-scale solar and storage applications. Customers love the fact that it reduces capital and operations costs, and provides reliable plant performance.”
GE has many hybrids-related products. FLEXINVERTER, a key component in GE’s Renewable Hybrids FLEX portfolio which also includes FLEXRESERVOIR and FLEXIQ technologies. FLEXRESERVOIR, a system integrated battery energy storage and power electronic solution is available in multiple configurations and applications. FLEXIQ, a digital platform, provides design, operation, and fleet management solutions that enable grid compliance and maximize customer lifetime value.
GE is dedicated to enabling the energy transition through the support of our customers every day. As we provide and maintain a global fleet of efficient, reliable, and cost-effective renewable energy assets, it is the core of our business. As we strive to be more sustainable and circularly designed, it is our identity.