Sungrow has announced it has secured 500 MW in strategic agreements during PV Expo 2021 to supply PV inverter solutions in Japan. The company also debuted at the event a future-proof PV and energy storage product line-up optimized for various Japanese market segments, further assisting in the transition to a low carbon economy and progress towards reaching Japan’s 2050 carbon neutrality target.
An auspicious beginning to 2021
The 500 MW agreements forged between Sungrow and several major Japan-based companies will power a large number of applications over the coming years. “Our actions are firmly grounded on Japanese demands. We’re excited at what’s to come from these extensive partnerships, as it’s a tremendous opportunity to create customer value and business growth,” said Sun Xiao, Sungrow’s Country Manager for Japan.
Energy storage drives net zero carbon
As self-consumption and VPP models increase in popularity, energy storage will play a much greater role in the future. The ST159KWH-50HV battery energy storage system (ESS) is a 50 kW-3H system for self-consumption, featuring easy installation and a small footprint. Notably, Sungrow recently supplied a 21 MWh DC-coupling solar-plus-storage solution to a project in Hokkaido, ensuring 24 hours of continuous yield.
Latest PV product line-up boosts innovation
Solar PV is already a mainstream power source in Japan, moving towards 2030 and 2050. Sungrow has also rolled out a new 5.5 kW string inverter tailored to the surging low voltage market, featuring a high DC/AC ratio of 3, enabling a low initial investment. With 3 MPPTs, it is ideal for complicated terrains.
Japan has experienced sizeable growth in the ultra-high-voltage (UHV) market. The high-performance 125 kW string inverter debuted by Sungrow is designed to support small utility-scale projects and is compatible with the growing preference for high wattage bifacial modules. Its compact design and weight of only 70 kg allows for faster installation and commissioning. The new offerings for the high voltage segment include 100 kW and 49.5 kW string inverters, featuring high efficiency and durability, thus making stakeholder assets more profitable.
Sungrow’s seven-year presence in Japan has allowed the company to align with its customers. “Our target in 2021 is to increase market share within the energy storage segment and also establish a strong foothold in the UHV PV segment. We foresee the deployment of our commercial product portfolio as a strong beginning, with more low voltage projects to come as well,” added Sun Xiao.