Generating solar power at 2,300 metres above sea level
Iran as a future market
The situation regarding solar energy plants is very positive in Iran right now: the country’s government is supporting the construction of photovoltaic systems with a generous, long-term feed-in tariff. This provides an attractive incentive for companies and private households to invest in renewable energy. Fronius has recognised the potential in the Iranian market: “With the help of our service partners, we have been providing private and commercial system operators with high-quality, easy-to-install inverters since 2016”, reports Benjamin Fischer, Area Sales Manager at Fronius Solar Energy. Customers in Iran benefit from the unique Fronius PC board replacement concept. “It is a simple job for our service partners to replace a PC board on site where required and, so rectify the fault there and then. This means we offer the fastest inverter service on the market”, continues Fischer. To date in Iran, Fronius has equipped hundreds of 5 to 20 kilowatt systems, a few 100 kilowatt systems and even a 1.2 and 1.5-megawatt system, with their technology.
Fronius Symo inverter: robust, powerful and reliable
“The latter project was not only unique due to the large output generated”, according to Fischer. The Shahrekord Cement Company site is 2,300 meters above sea level in the city of Shahrekord, also known as the “Roof of Iran”. The region is prone to hot summers and cold winters, with ambient temperatures varying between - 10 and + 50 degrees Celsius – conditions that could complicate this type of project right from the outset. Fronius supplied the Fronius Symo 76 to achieve the best results at this extreme altitude. These inverters are particularly robust, working powerfully and reliably at temperatures between -40 and +60 degrees Celsius. Using this system, the cement manufacturer has achieved a total yield of 2,953 megawatt hours per year, which it feeds back to the grid. It is very easy for the operator to monitor and analyse the system using the Fronius Solar.web monitoring tool. Remote inverter software updates mean software updates can be installed quickly and efficiently with just a click of the mouse, without going near the system. Additionally, the cement manufacturer benefits from having access to a comprehensive after-sales service through Fronius, plus a five-year warranty on materials. “Through our inverters, we provide solutions to users all over the world that can be deployed extremely flexibly to suit different installation sites and individual requirements”, concludes Fischer.