On the heels of its successful operations and maintenance (O&M) launch, SMA has unveiled another exclusive utility-scale service: Grid Emulation. An industry first, it accelerates power plant start-up and significantly pulls forward commercial operation dates before grid connection is accessible, enabling hundreds of megawatts of PV power to be brought online in a matter of days.
Through the use of proprietary technology, SMA can simulate the grid prior to actual grid interconnection and fully test and pre-commission the complete power path from the PV modules to the medium voltage transformer. By doing this, Grid Emulation prevents unnecessary project delays, helps developers and EPCs realize additional project profitability and mitigates the risk of liquidated damages, resulting in greater peace of mind and project success.
“Grid Emulation is a game changer in the way large-scale PV plants are tested and brought online,” said Henry Dziuba, president and general manager of SMA America and president of SMA Canada. “SMA not only supplies world-class inverters, we support the entire design and commissioning process.”
The Grid Emulation service is just one example of SMA’s commitment to developing holistic solutions for power plants, from project design through the life of a PV plant. Additional power plant services include commissioning, preventative maintenance, extended warranty, and plant-wide O&M.
— Solar Builder magazine