New ABB inverter to feed photovoltaic power into the grid
ABB's first solar inverter, the PVS800 is designed to connect photovoltaic arrays to medium- or low-voltage grids via transformers and switchgear.
Photovoltaic plants, in which solar energy is collectedby light-sensitive panels and converted directly into electricity, rely oninverters to convert the direct current produced by the cells into alternatingcurrent, which is needed for electricity distribution. ABB's new product, thecentral inverter, PVS800, feeds solar power into medium- or low-voltage grids viatransformers and switchgear.
Available in power ratings of between 100 and 500kW, the new inverter can be used in both industrial-scale photovoltaic power plantsand for medium-sized power plants installed on the roofs of commercial orindustrial buildings.
The new solar inverters are based on technology
developed by ABB for use in variable-speed drives (devices that control the
flow of power to electrical equipment, tailoring performance to the needs of
the task in hand). The new inverters are also supported by ABB's maintenance
and service offering.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey