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The Switch PVI 1000 (1 MW) outdoor inverter successfully commissioned as first for Tamil Nadu solar power plant in India

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

The Switch, a leading supplier of megawatt-class permanent magnet generator and full-power converter packages for wind power and other renewable energy applications, successfully commissioned its 1 MW single module PVI 1000 solar inverter for Ultra Cosmic Solar Energy, a newly established Indian solar energy company.

The Switch PVI 1000 solar inverter series features a totally sealed power and controls enclosure section rated IP65/NEMA 4. The inverter panels are installed outdoors on a simple concrete foundation. The inverters have a built-in, totally self-contained cooling system with no need for external cooling water or refrigerant. Therefore it is self-sustained; no site plumbing or external auxiliary power supply is required.

“We are excited to be onboard and support a new player in the Tamil Nadu solar business with equipment for their first solar power plant,” says C. Sundar, Country Manager for The Switch in India. “We have now established our local service resources to support our various renewable energy installations in India.”

“India is a challenging market where the features of The Switch PVI 1000 inverter fit very well,” he continues. “In addition to the reliability and simplified installation, the fault ride-through and grid support capabilities are very valuable in locations where the grid is weak. The Switch has big plans to expand its solar inverter, wind converter and permanent magnet generator business in India by working with local partners for manufacturing.”

Dr. M. N. Sadasivam, Managing Director of Ultra Cosmic Solar Energy Private Limited, comments: “With our previous experience in wind power, we are happy to now add solar to our renewable power generation assets.”

Mr. Ravi R S, Director of SJ Renewables, which is both the developer and the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for this plant, justifies the selection: “Analysing from an owner's perspective, the primary reason for choosing The Switch PVI 1000 is because it is an outdoor solution and requires no additional buildings with its integrated cooling system. We also expect low maintenance costs and very reliable operations.”

About The Switch

The Switch is a pioneer in advanced drive train technology based on megawatt-class permanent magnet generators and inverter packages. The main focus areas are solar, wind, marine and special industrial solutions. The company’s innovative drive trains make an impact on profitable power generation, with the ultimate goal of lowering the cost of energy. Starting in 2006, The company employs a total of 210 persons. The Switch is headquartered in Vantaa, Finland. For more information, visit www.theswitch.com.

Source: The Switch 

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