Huawei leveraging telecoms-led AI tech to boost project LCOE

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
The 300MW Sakaka solar farm in Saudi Arabia. Image: Huawei.

Global technology giant Huawei is tapping into its telecoms-led, AI and 5G technologies to bolster the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) in utility-scale solar projects.

Speaking to PV Tech, Rizwan Razaq, Channel CTO for Huawei’s Middle East and Africa smart PV business, said the firm is leveraging technological developments from its telecoms business – including work in artificial intelligence – to boost the performance of solar arrays equipped with its inverter technology.

While wireless connectivity is aiding remote diagnostics and communication over AP power lines, Huawei’s AI chipset is enabling the collection of data that can then be processed and run through algorithms to determine exactly how plants are performing and integrating the findings into its solutions and products.

“It’s not just an inverter, it’s a product which is self-learning,” Razaq said, praising its particular potential for integration alongside trackers to identify the most beneficial tilt angles at particular times of the day.

The technology is already proving successful. Huawei’s 1500V FusionSolar Smart PV Solution has been used within the 300MW Sakaka solar farm in Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia. Prolific developer ACWA Power took the project forward, bringing it on stream late last year.

Initial performance data collated by Huawei from the inverter indicates that the project’s yield is tracking ahead of estimates using PVsyst, providing a timely boost for the project’s LCOE.

Razaq said such a boost would be vital in tariff-led tender environments where bids have become increasingly competitive among the industry’s leading players.

Huawei shipped around 118GW of inverters on a global basis throughout 2019 and is aiming to grow its market share further in the year ahead.

Read Next

February 24, 2021
Microinverter supplier to use proceeds to repurchase notes due 2024 and 2025 as well as other corporate purposes
February 22, 2021
COVID-19-induced project delays impacted India’s solar power transition last year, but 2021 is still set to be a “landmark year” for the resource, according to new research.
February 15, 2021
Longroad Energy to acquire ~900MWdc of solar, with battery storage additions also to be considered.
February 11, 2021
Oil and gas major Shell has said it will spend between US$2 billion and US$3 billion on renewables and energy solutions annually to help it attain net zero status by 2050.
February 8, 2021
Major inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has reported preliminary full-year 2020 financial results which met the low end of guidance but also reported a slight decline in fourth quarter sales coupled to plummeting gross margins.
February 5, 2021
Global energy major Total has continued its flurry of utility-scale solar acquisitions, picking up a 2.2GW pipeline of assets in Texas.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
March 9, 2021
Solar Media Events
March 17, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 13, 2021
Solar Media Events
April 20, 2021
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021