Solar power inverter equipment manufactured by Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd – an influential brand in the field, based in the Hefei High-tech Zone in East China's Anhui province – is helping Qatar to fulfill its ambitious commitment to hosting a carbon-neutral World Cup.
Inverters are a vital piece of equipment in a solar energy system. These devices convert direct current or DC electricity – which is what a solar panel generates – to alternating current or AC electricity, which is what an electrical grid uses.
Solar power panels fan out as far as the eye can see, at the massive new 800 mW Al Kharsaah solar power park. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Qatar's massive 800 megawatt Al Kharsaah solar power station – built by PowerChina Guizhou Engineering Co Ltd and supplied with inverter equipment by Sungrow – was connected to the national grid in October.
It is the first full capacity solar power plant there, as well as the third biggest solar park in the world.
Estimates are that the plant will generate about 1.8 billion kilowatt-hours of green electricity per year and reduce the equivalent of about 900,000 tons of carbon dioxide, while also supplying clean electricity to the 2022 Qatar World Cup venues.
An inverter from Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd is one of many at the new Al Kharsaah solar power station in Qatar. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Sungrow equipped the Al Kharsaah solar power plant with high-protection grade inverters to cope with the harsh environment – including the extreme temperatures, as well as the strong wind and masses of sand in the Middle East – to ensure stable and reliable operations while generating high levels of power.
The company has been working in the solar power sector for 25 years. It ranked first in global solar power inverter shipments in 2021, highlighting the potential of China's new energy companies in the world market.