Interview: Idrish khan

Idrish khan,
Chief Technology Officer at Ginlong (Solis) India
 

“How is Solis responding to the current COVID-19 situation in terms of helping its clients operate as efficiently as possible?”

In the current COVID-19 situation all our employees are working remotely (work from home). The structure is such that our service team is based in different regions with the resident engineer to support the customer with just in time approach. So, in the COVID-19 situation, nothing much has changed in our commitment to the clients; the engineer has got all tools and gadgets to support the customer. The most important i.e. our service-line support is still active during the lockdown. Leveraging a cloud-based call center, Solis service-line engineers can answer customer calls and support them. Solis has structured the India team in such a way no matter what kind of situation comes, the Solis team is well prepared to help and support our customers.

“Is Solis expected to come out with new products/models for the Indian solar industry?”

Solis will be soon launching products for the utility market in India

Solis 110kW is designed to achieve low LCOE in commercial installations, the increasing system returns through a more intelligent, reliable, efficient, and secure string inverter technology solution.

Industry-Leading Efficiency Delivers Lower LCOE Over the Life of the Project:

Solis 110kW boasts a staggering efficiency of 98.7%, making it one of the most efficient on the market. The Solis 110kW uses advanced insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), and new technologies such as adaptive parallel technology and wave-by-wave current limiting protection, making it achieves low “on resistance”, resulting in the highest efficiency and the lowest minimal losses.

Moreover, Solis 110kW also combines 90 MPPTs / MW, resulting in high power tracking density. With a 150% DC/AC ratio, Solis 110kW boosts energy density to ensure higher earnings and lower LCOE design. The system can produce more stable power output under irradiation, these characteristics bring nearly 3.5% power generation increase during the whole life cycle of the project.

Superior Reliability with Top-of-Range Lifespan Results Mean Better Bankability:

Solis string inverter technologies have achieved a top-of-range lifespan that has been validated by independent labs. This means higher returns you can bank on.

Designed for Flexibility & Higher Energy Yield:

The Solis 110kW has a flexible design that allows for shorter strings where needed and multi-orientation designs. Our multiple MPPTs are 100% fully independent, offering a wide DC operating voltage range. This means we have a higher production yield for greater roof utility and energy density.

Furthermore, the operating mode of Solis 110kW allows the inverter to ride through grid disturbances to increase the overall system yield. Its operation-through-voltage fluctuations provide grid stability and reliability.

Higher System Returns:

At 13 amps per string, the Solis 110kW offers one of the highest input current ratings on the market. This design allows the use of higher current bi-facial modules and can be combined with a whole column of tracking motors, which delivers more yield than current inverter designs based on the lower input current.

Solis 110kW gives contractors more for less: less manpower; less hassle; less cost. Our swap-out replacement process is fast and efficient for simple better O&M

“What kind of new technology/upgrades can we expect from Solis in the inverter niche?”

Solis is making full use of its fifth-generation technology platform in its new 110kW string inverter designed for commercial rooftop applications. The fifth-generation platform incorporates industry-leading electronic components resulting in the highest efficiency on the market. At 98.7%, this maximum efficiency rating is at the top of its class.
As part of its fifth-generation, Solis also provides onboard diagnostic tools that can be used on-site or remotely, greatly reducing O&M time and cost. Further setting Solis apart from its competition, our conservative engineering design margin ensures reliable operation in the most challenging grid conditions.

The Solis cost and energy yield advantages are unique in the industry. In combining our high cost-performance ratio, low installation, and O&M costs with market-leading conversion efficiency and energy harvest advantages, the Solis 110kW technology boosts energy yield and ROI for PV power plants.

“What kind of new operative processes could be looked at in the solar industry to mitigate the risks of similar COVID-19 outbreaks?”

The preventive guidelines for COVID-19 have already been shared by the government of India which includes social distancing and travel only when necessary. We, at Solis, are committed to following the government guidelines We need to ensure that the team travels only if required and with basic PPE, (like facemask, hand-glows). We believe the current situation will encourage people to interact digitally (video conference), via using mobile apps like (WhatsApp, WeChat, or any other meeting tool) thereby ensuring that the day to day activities are not stopped. For service support activities Solis string inverters could be accessed via LCD without the need for any other gadget, thereby communicating directly with the inverter. Meanwhile, the Person on the site can always get in contact with our service-line engineer for troubleshooting over a phone call.

We, also, use Solis monitoring to know the working situation for any power plant.

In case, of device replacement, our logistics service partner can ship the material to the customer site from our 3 different service warehouses [Gurugram (north-region), Bhiwandi (west-region), and Bangalore (south-region)]. Solis India is already structured in such a way to support our customer remotely and we leverage this structure in the current COVID-19 situation & post lockdown till any further public information released by the Government of India.

Do not worry! For those of you doing their part and staying home, remember that you can remotely monitor your photovoltaic equipment using the Solis mobile APP. We will together beat this #COVID19.

Interview 01/06/2020 by News Bureau
 
 
 
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