Saudi Arabia builds 2.2GW solar plant to power green hydrogen project

Sunny Power (Sungrow) has agreed to provide inverter technology for a 2.2 GW solar power plant under development at Oxagon in Saudi Arabia. When completed, the plant will be the largest photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Middle East, supplying power to the $8.7 billion Green Hydrogen Project being built by Neom Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC).

Chinese company Sungrow said this week that it will provide its inverter slider technology and 1+X modular inverter solution for the 2.2 GW solar power plant being built by NGHC in Oxagon. The project site is located in the port area, close to the very modern Neom City project.

Once completed, the solar power plant will be the largest PV array in the Middle East. It will power another green hydrogen plant in Oxagon, which NGHC is investing $8.7 billion in.

“By the end of 2026, NGHC will produce up to 600 tons of carbon-free hydrogen per day using exclusively renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power,” said Sunshine Power (Sungrow).

The Chinese inverter supplier noted that it has also agreed to supply the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, India’s Larsen & Toubro, with 400 MWh of energy storage systems and 536 MW/ 600 MWh of DC capacity.

“The solution innovatively combines the advantages of a central inverter and a string inverter by selecting a 1.1 MW module as a component unit, which can be expanded to a maximum capacity of 8.8 MW by combining eight component units,” said Sunny Power (Sungrow) of the 2.2 GW plant’s inverters The solution is able to adapt to dusty, dry and windy environments thanks to the optimal IP65 high protection capability. The inverter solution also features intelligent forced air cooling technology, which allows it to operate stably at extremely high temperatures.” NGHC is a joint venture between Saudi energy giant ACWA Power, US-based hydrogen company Air Products and Neom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, on an equal shareholding basis. It is providing non-recourse financing for Oxagon’s hydrogen project through 23 regional financial institutions.

In May this year, NGHC said it had secured an exclusive 30-year offtake agreement for all the green ammonia it produces. In January, the project received an industrial operating license from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources.

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