Global technology leader Hitachi ABB Power Grids will support the Al Dhafra PV2 Solar project in Abu Dhabi by supplying large generator step-up (GSU) transformers, protection and telecommunication systems for the project.
Once completed, the Al Dhafra PV2 plant, developed by a consortium of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) along with Masdar, EDF Renewables and Jinko Power will be the world’s largest single-site solar farm, featuring a total of 3 million solar panels.
With a power capacity of 2 gigawatts (GW), the farm is expected to generate electricity to power 160,000 homes across the UAE. The plant is anticipated to be operational in November 2022.
China Machinery Engineering Corporation, the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor of the project awarded the contract to Hitachi ABB Power Grids.
Sharing his view about the supply contract, Dr. Mostafa AlGuezeri, Managing Director of Hitachi ABB Power Grids in the UAE, Gulf, Near East and Pakistan stated that “We are proud to be part of the Al Dhafra PV2 Solar project as it is a great opportunity for our vision of augmenting the share of renewables in the world’s energy mix.”
Dr. AlGuezeri further added that “Electricity will be the backbone of the entire energy system and solar energy will be the one of the most competitive renewable energy in the coming decade, contributing to a carbon-neutral future. The win was unique as we will be delivering these large-scale transformers, control and protection panels and telecom systems in a very short timeframe.”
The Hitachi ABB Power Grids official pointed out that the high-quality and durable transformers, protection and telecommunication systems are designed to withstand the hot desert climate and intermittent solar power supply further adding that it will help to stabilize power transmission to the local power grid, supporting energy-efficiency and the supply of cost-effective solar energy.