ABB to develop PV testing centre in Masdar City

Facility will allow manufacturers to trial modules in desert conditions.

ABB's Carlos Pone signs the deal with Masdar
ABB's Carlos Pone signs the deal with Masdar

ABB has signed up to jointly develop a photovoltaic (PV) testing facility within the Masdar City.

In collaboration with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Swiss power and automation giant will provide expertise and specialized testing equipment to allow accurate outdoor measurement of PV systems.

The facility will allow PV module manufacturers to assess their equipment in a system environment, where the overall performance can be tested including DC to AC conversion with ABB's solar inverter, the company said in a statement.

Masdar will develop a flexible testing set-up with ABB's technology and expertise and be able to offer its clients services to prove their module performance in a full system, simulating a PV power plant in the desert environment as present in the Middle East.

Carlos Pone, managing director, UAE, ABB said: "The UAE is a vibrant economy keen to grow and develop renewable energy in the country.

“We are certain that with ABB's technologies, which are proven in more than 40GW of installed inverters/converters in renewables globally, module manufacturers will benefit with testing their products in Masdar City and be able to benchmark the products in desert conditions."

Steve Griffiths, executive director, office of Institute Initiatives, of Masdar Institute, said: "We believe this testing facility will prove to be an excellent platform for demonstrating PV module performance in Abu Dhabi's challenging climate and thereby supporting the deployment of solar PV in the regional market."



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