1. Tell us how has 2023 kickstarted for Sungrow.
The year 2023 has kickstarted with a lot of optimism. A lot of Solar PV projects have simultaneously started gaining momentum and hope to see the commissioning in the later quarters of this year or early next year.
This brings in a sense of responsibility at our end to provide the latest solutions which adapt well to the requirements posed by the project sites and to meet the statutory requirements of the government bodies. Sungrow is well prepared to achieve the no. 1 position this year too as it has been achieving consecutively for the last 3 years. The year 2023 has started on a high note by beginning the delivery of solar inverters for the 1 GW Tata-SJVNL-Rajasthan project.
2. What are some ways Sungrow inverters stand out in the market and competition?
Sungrow has been the torch-bearer in its approach towards innovating its inverters. We do not shy to further improvise our products to better our customers’ overall design, procurement and installation experience.
Be it launching the largest capacity string inverter SG320HX in the utility segment and creating a new dimension in the central inverter market with 1+X modular inverter series, we are always thinking ahead of the current market offerings.
3. What are some updates/additions you are planning to your product portfolio?
We look to build on our 1+X series platform of Central inverters and are also keen to expand in the residential segment of single and three-phase inverters with a special set of features that would appeal to the growing market. In addition, we are focused on the energy storage market too by offering complete BESS solutions for utility-scale projects.
4. What have been some technological upgrades in Sungrow’s inverters over the years?
Over the years, we have been researching and improving our products in the following area:
- Efficiency: Newer generation of converter devices with better thermal management and temperature withstand capabilities and modulation techniques to improve utilization of the switching devices
- Storage: Smaller form factor, physical modularity
- Modularity: One module can be tagged out of operation without affecting other healthy modules
- Capacity: Flexibility to design large block sizes and variable block sizes as per uneven land parcels. Modular capacity is chosen for easy replacement and/or repair.
- Ease of repair/replacement: String inverter with reduced weight. Central inverters with plug and play design. Universal spare parts concept with BESS converters
5. What is your outlook on the solar inverter market for this year? With the momentum that the market has picked up, we hope to see consistency in utility-scale order closures for the later quarters of this year and the early quarters of next year. We see tremendous growth potential in C&I and residential markets as well this year. In the 2023 year, 30-40% extra capacity of solar addition is expected compared to last year’s addition.