Utility-scale solar power solution in Japan

ABB is supplying its industry-renowned plug-and-play transformation centers for one of Japan’s largest foreign-owned solar power plants.

ABB has won an order from Maetel, an engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) contractor, to supply 26 transformation centers for the Fukuroda photovoltaic power plant in Japan.

The plant will have a generating capacity of 26 megawatts (MW) and will produce enough emission-free energy to power 10,000 Japanese homes. The plant is currently under construction on a former golf course, and is scheduled to start production in spring 2015. It is owned by Spainbased Gestamp Solar, a leading developer and operator of solar power plants.

ABB transformation centers conver t the direct current generated by the photovoltaic modules into utilitystandard alternating current that can be fed safely and reliably into the power grid. The transformation centers are specifically designed by ABB to meet customer needs and the harsh
operating conditions of solar plant environments. Each center is a highly standardized, pre-assembled and factory-tested container comprising inverters, transformers, medium voltage switchgear and low voltage switchboards, all of which are manufactured and optimized by ABB for high-output solar power production.

Highest power density

The transformation centers will connect the Fukuroda PV plant to the transmission network in compliance with local grid codes. 

ABB and the plant’s owner-operator, Gestamp Solar, have a long and successful partnership in the photovoltaic industry. Over the past five years ABB has supplied Gestamp Solar with consultancy and turnkey power and automation solutions for photovoltaic power plants all over the world. For Fukuroda, which is Gestamp Solar’s first project in Japan, ABB has provided support and expertise throughout the development of the project.

ABB and the PV market in Japan

Japan has the third largest photovoltaic generating capacity in the world, after Germany and China. Its installed capacity is currently growing by 4-5 gigawatts of new photovoltaic production annually, thanks to attractive government incentives and feed-in tariffs. ABB has played a significant role in the growth of this market by providing power and automation solutions for projects throughout the country. The benefits of ABB and our PV solutions are:

  • Established in Japan in 1907
  • Local support from network of ABB offices throughout the country
  • Strong expertise in renewables
  • Turnkey power and automation solutions for PV plants, including grid connection
  • Standardized and containerized for rapid deployment
  • Compact footprint reduces installation costs
  • Consultancy and advice throughout the project
  • Knowledge of government and utility requirements
  • Operations and maintenance, including remote monitoring
  • Large installed base of solar power solutions in Japan
  • Operates own ABB-equipped PV plant at an ABB factory near Tokyo


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