Chinese PV industry heavyweights’ battery storage announcements at Europe trade show

By Jonathan Jacobo Tourino, Sean Rai-Roche
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JinkoSolar PV modules at Intersolar Europe 2022 last week in Munich, Germany. Image: PV Tech.

Last weeks’ Intersolar Europe / ees Europe trade event in Germany saw a number of energy storage-related announcements from Chinese solar PV industry players including JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and Huawei.

As reported by our sister site PV Tech, JinkoSolar announced its first European energy storage system (ESS) framework deal with a German wholesale company, while Trina’s energy storage division officially launched the Trina Storage Elementa utility-scale ESS platform. Huawei launched an all-new smart PV and energy storage solutions range.

Here’s a quick roundup of the three announcements, which were among the many items of news and exclusive content gathered by PV Tech. See the site’s coverage including an Intersolar Europe 2022 Live Blog for more.

JinkoSolar

JinkoSolar has signed its first European energy storage solution (ESS) framework agreement with German solar and energy storage wholesaler Memodo.

The products in the agreement include an all-in-one system, a stackable low-voltage and high-voltage storage system and a single or three-phase hybrid inverter.

The ‘Solar Module Super League’ member will have its products sold exclusively by Memodo in Germany, Switzerland and Austria for 2022 and 2023.

All the power storage devices are installed with lithium iron phosphate batteries and are compatible with well-known inverters.

By Jonathan Jacobo Tourino

To read the full version of this story, visit PV Tech.

This morning PV Tech also reported that JinkoSolar has signed a distribution agreement with Must Zimbabwe, one of the biggest distributors of photovoltaic modules, inverters, batteries and energy storage systems in the Zimbabwean market. JinkoSolar will supply over 100MWh of its ESS products to Must, including lithium iron phosphate battery system units for residential use and LFP container storage systems for C&I power demand.

Trina Storage

Following on from the “unveiling” or soft launch of its battery energy storage system (BESS) at Intersolar 2021, Trina Storage officially launched its Elementa BESS, with an particular focus on safety features and cell performance, at Intersolar 2022.

The “all new” Elementa system is a LFP BESS system in a DC cabinet with busbar connection resulting in easy scale up, the company said. It is a product of continued research and development (R&D) in China, Trina said, adding that it had over 100 researchers working on storage innovation across its facilities.

Trina Storage has a annual LFP cell production capacity of 3GWh but plans to scale this up by “several” gigawatts over the new “few years” as it strives for greater vertical integration.

Established in 2021, Trina Storage has already successfully supplied one 50MW / 56.2MWh BESS project in the UK and has more than 100 customers globally.

By Sean Rai-Roche

To read the full version of this story, visit PV Tech.

Huawei

Huawei has announced all-new smart photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solutions at Intersolar Europe 2022. The intelligent solutions enable a low-carbon smart society with clean energy, demonstrating Huawei’s continuous commitment to technological innovation and sustainability.

The company’s new Smart String ESS addresses the limited capacity, short service life, complex O&M, and high safety risks of conventional solutions. Huawei draws on more than ten years of R&D experience in energy storage systems to deliver a unique smart string structure that integrates digital power electronics and energy storage technologies, overcoming the limitations of lithium batteries.

Smart String ESS adopts pack-level and rack-level optimisation, distributed cooling and an all-modular design, enabling a battery’s full charging and discharging potential and providing optimal LCOS for PV plants.

Industry update by Huawei

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