Solar Market Outlook in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia holds very high potential for tapping solar energy with its access to solar power facilities, massive areas of flat, and a favorable climate to generate solar power. However, this is not the case on the ground. In fact, solar power is responsible for only 0.5% of its total energy production (as of 2020). Oil and gas continue to lead the country’s energy sector.
Despite that, the government continues to push its effort to bring more projects to boost solar power production. There has been a steady arrival of foreign projects that have started or in the works. The Saudi Arabian government is also among the supporters of the plans to increase production of solar energy in the Middle East. Given the resources that are available in Saudi Arabia, it is easy to get local support and bring in investments in the region.
There is no clear projection as to the rate of development and growth in the country’s solar power industry. As it stands, Saudi Arabia has failed to live up to its potential.
Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Saudi Arabia
Majority of the solar power equipment that is installed and used in the country are from foreign suppliers and distributors. By the looks of it, this will be the case in the years to come.
Top Major Seaports & Logistics in Saudi Arabia
There are many ports serving Saudi Arabia to facilitate logistics and trade activity. These ports are as follows:
- Port of Duba,
- Jubail Commercial Port,
- Jeddah Islamic Port,
- Dhuba Bulk Plant Terminal,
- Dhiba Sea Port,
- Jizan Port,
- Port of Zuluf,
- Port of Ras al Mishab.
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