AEC commenced production of new SHAMS PV inverters

Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) held an inauguration ceremony on Thursday, September 10th 2015 to launch the new Shams PV inverter production line, powered by the German company “KACO new energy”. The occasion was hosted at AEC’s Riyadh Headquarters. The Shams inverters were launched in the presence of Mr. Ralf Hofmann, CEO of KACO new energy and Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, CEO of Advanced Electronics Company.

AEC and KACO new energy celebrated the fact that Shams, which was named by AEC and means “The Sun”, is the first localized PV inverter family in Saudi Arabia. The green color of the Shams units, which range from 20 kW to 2 MW, symbolizes a ‘green environment’ and matches the color of the Kingdom’s flag. During the event Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, and Mr. Ralf Hofmann, revealed the Shams PV inverter production line which can produce up to 2,000 units or 1 GW per year. This system has been installed at AEC since Nov. 2013 as a demonstration test facility, which has been specifically built to prove the high efficiency of the Shams inverters. This system will help saving around hundreds barrels of oil per year, which represents a cost saving of thousands of US Dollars per year. Different types of PV panels are being tested including poly-silicon manufactured locally by KACST, poly-silicon manufactured in China by Yingli Green Energy, thin film solar panels manufactured by First Solar and thin film CIGS manufactured by Manz AG.

Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, President and CEO of AEC, said: “Other PV panel manufacturers are welcome to install and test their equipment at our facility. They will be able to observe how their panels withstand our harsh environment, and see online readings of the respective outputs.”
Shams is the first range of PV inverters which complies with the local content regulations. Shams can achieve the maximum credits as a Saudi made PV inverter from a Saudi company, which has more than 25 years of specialized local manufacturing experience and a Saudization employment ratio of over 73 %. AEC and KACO new energy have signed several agreements that reflect the commitment to localization and technology transfer.
Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl commented: “AEC is proud to launch the first localized PV inverter in Saudi Arabia. Our activities reflect the commitment of the government towards localizing advanced energy technologies, which will help to support national strategic objectives such as creating new jobs, the diversification of economic resources, and technology transfer. AEC will add value to the localized Shams PV inverters with our company’s strengths in local manufacturing, testing, commissioning, local support, repair and maintenance. From the customer perspective there will be many more benefits including a reduced level of items required to be held in stock, shorter lead times for supply, and lower costs over project life, to name a few. Our strategic partnership with a market leader such as KACO new energy, which has more than 60 years of specialized experience in manufacturing inverters, will strongly support AEC to become the market leader in solar energy PV inverter manufacturing in the MENA region.”
Mr. Ralf Hofmann stated: “All of us at KACO new energy are delighted to have established this partnership with AEC, which is one of the regional leaders in design, manufacturing, and repair and maintenance, in the field of electronics. We know that AEC will provide their customers with Shams PV inverters, manufactured to the highest international quality standards, which will precisely match our German made PV inverters. KACO new energy brings a century of experience to the table, and has ensured its specialized technological leadership through adherence to the highest global technical standards. At the same time, the capabilities of AEC, and their expertise in knowledge and technology transfer, are renowned. Together, we will support Research and Development in the Kingdom, as well as repairs and maintenance for customers. The local manufacture of PV inverters will certainly prove to be a major advantage.”

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