Sungrow and PEA to work on green hydrogen

The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) of Thailand and Sungrow have agreed to work together on energy transition-related issues through a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

The MOU was signed by the company with its headquarters in China that makes solar PV inverters and energy storage systems with PEA, a governmental organization in charge of managing the country’s electricity network planning strategy and supplying electricity.

Its responsibilities are supervised by the Ministry of Interior, including selecting the technical requirements for machinery and solutions that will be connected to the grid.

In order to advance Thailand’s goals of a low-carbon economy, Sungrow stated the two parties will collaborate on energy storage, green hydrogen, green bonds, and blockchain technology. By 2050, Thailand wants to be carbon neutral, and by 2065, it wants to have net zero emissions.

Currently, renewable energy makes up around 11% of the energy mix, but by 2037, it is intended to increase to 37% or roughly 2,766 MW of renewable energy.

The cooperation, according to the solar and storage technology business, is a sign of rising demand for renewable energy in Southeast Asia as well as proof that public-private collaborations like this one would accelerate Thailand’s transition to low-carbon energy.

Sungrow has given Thailand more than 1 GW of solar PV inverters, and it was in charge of giving Southeast Asia’s largest battery energy storage system (BESS) to date to a project there.

This project brought together 45MW/136.24MWh BESS and 49MW of Sungrow inverters for Thai renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) Super Energy. More recently, Sungrow provided 6.9MWh BESS equipment to a project for Thailand’s monopoly bulk power provider, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

According to Sompong Dumrongongtragool, deputy governor of the PEA, “Thailand is currently catching the trend of solar PV-plus-BESS application and seeks new prospects with technological breakthroughs.”

“Sungrow has a reputation for constant innovation and an adventurous mentality. Significant local renewable energy projects were also accomplished. We are pleased to work with Sungrow and jointly support Thailand and other nations in Southeast Asia in their efforts to achieve a net-zero carbon environment.

At the All-Energy Australia trade show in Melbourne, Australia, in late October, Sungrow announced 600MWh of new BESS contracts that had been signed. The business had just introduced its new liquid-cooled BESS solutions to the market. Included in that was the 360MW/292MWh Solar River Project, South Australia’s largest DC-coupled solar plus storage project to date.