Solar Market Outlook in Panama
The National Energy Plan 2015-2020 of Panama has an ambitious target of making 70 percent of the country’s energy supply coming from a renewable source within a 35-year period. This plan is part of the country’s long-term roadmap towards increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions through its energy system.
The country has considered its renewable energy capacity and there are plenty of sources available. Therefore, they are not just looking at solar energy sources but others too like wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower.
In 2019, Panama has reached 500 MW in solar PV energy. This was a huge leap from the previous year’s 176 MW solar capacity. This solar capacity rate is expected to continue growing as more solar projects are granted licenses. One of the largest projects to date is that of a Spanish firm that is looking at investing in a solar farm.
Despite the positive outlook for the Panama solar market, there are undeniable challenges that the government is hoping to address. Among these challenges are the current power-market model (that favors conventional energy sources) and lack of flexibility measures.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Panama
There are many global suppliers and distributors of solar power equipment that are serving the Panama market. This is good news as the local solar power investments are still in its infancy stage. Therefore, residential and industrial segments looking to expand its solar installations will have enough options available.
Top 4 Major Seaports & Logistics in Panama
Panama has easy access to ports that facilitate logistics and handling of goods like solar power equipment from all over the globe. The list of the major seaports in Panama that facilitate handling of imported and exported goods include the ports in
- Panama City
- Colon, Balboa
What is a Power Transformer for a Solar Plant?
Power Transformers are devices used for transferring power from one line to another. Transformers use electromagnetic induction to induce the current from the primary coil to the secondary coil. Irrespective of the source of electricity, transformers are either step up or step down.
How is a Power Transformer used with a Solar Plant?
In a Solar Plant, the transformers get used in two points in the whole circuit. At the transmission, level to step up or step down the power. And in the solar inverters to step down the voltage to change the DC to AC.
Types of Power Transformer for Solar Plant
There are two types of Solar Power transformers.
- Step up Power Transformer: The DC from the solar panels gets a step up from the transformer to match the power rating for domestic use.
- Solar Inverter Transformer: The second application is the solar inverter. When the current is generated in the solar panels, it is a direct current or DC. To make it usable for households, solar inverters convert this DC to AC.
How does a Power Transformer for a Solar Plant work?
A transformer has a metallic core with coils on two sides. In Solar Transformers, the number of primary windings is more than the secondary windings.
Due to electromagnetic induction, the current from the primary coil gets transferred to the secondary coil. The current gets stepped up due to the secondary windings.
Solar Transformer ratings have units Volt-amperes.
List of top manufacturers of Power Transformer for Solar Plant
One of the most famous names in Power Transformers for Solar Plants is Hitachi. Few other manufacturers and distributors are
- GEC Durham Industries
- Pacific Transformer
- Niagara Power Transformer
- MGM Transformer Company
- Bright Manufacturing
- Triad Magnetics
- eGauge Systems
- Alfa Transformer
- Olsun Electrics