New tech from KSTAR contributes to 320 MW power plant

By William Girling
Shenzhen KSTAR Science and Technology Co. (KSTAR) has released details of the deployment of its new inverter technology in a 320 MW solar-water plant...

Shenzhen KSTAR Science and Technology Co. (KSTAR) has released details of the deployment of its new inverter technology in a 320 MW solar-water plant.

Called GSL2500C-MV and GSL1250, the inverters are 99% energy efficient and play a core role in the US100mn, 120 MW second-phase of a solar-water power plant in Cixi city, Zhejiang, China. The plant began operations in late December 2019.

Phase I of the project was a 200 MW installation at the Zhouxiang reservoirs in Cixi. Costing $250mn, this plant became active in 2017 and represents the largest solar-water facility in China to date.

Innovation for the energy sector

Inverters are an essential component for renewable energy projects as they convert DC (direct current) into AC (alternating current) which can be used in conventional electrical grids. 

KSTAR’s solution is optimised to shorten construction time, save operational costs and enable faster maintenance. The company lists the four primary advantages of its inverters as:

  1. Low overall cost - Designed to be highly energy-efficient, KSTAR’s inverters use less energy, thus reducing systems costs. 

  2. Advanced design - Structured to dissipate heat energy via an air duct, the inverters also feature a cooling fan which only activates once a maximum temperature has been reached.

  3. Resistant to corrosion - A strong necessity for a solar-water power plant, KSTAR’s tech can withstand heavy salt fog and high levels of humidity.

  4. Highly adaptable - Believing that tech should fit the situation and not vice versa, KSTAR makes its products on a turnkey basis which can be adjusted to meet a project’s specific requirements.

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Enabling clean energy

KSTAR’s contribution to the 320 MW solar-water plant will help contribute approximately 352mn KWh of renewable electricity per year. 

Useful not just for its carbon mitigating potential (189,200 tonnes annually), large-scale renewable energy projects such as these can play a vital role in stabilising China’s electrical grids and create greater equality.

Speaking in a press release, Gary Ye, Vice-GM of KSTAR, said, “It is a pleasure that we supply the intelligent turnkey solutions for the big project. We are encouraged by the fact that the products have received wide attention and recognition from our industry customers, colleagues, and media.

“We will continue to work hard to meet the growing demands of our old and new customers.”

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