Biel, January 30, 2014 – The Swiss inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering (SolarMax) is expanding its local operations in Chile with the realisation of several photovoltaic projects. The South-American country with its high solar irradiation and huge surface availability, especially in the Atacama desert, belongs to the emerging PV markets. Recently SolarMax finished a hybrid system which allows a switch to batteries or a diesel generator in the cases of high energy use or low solar irradiation. The 3kW project was realised by the Chilean engineering firm Nahuenco and is located in Curacavi, which belongs to the metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile.
Currently SolarMax is realising a solar irrigation system together with the EPC company iEnergía. A PV plant with a capacity of 410 kW will primarily deliver the power for the use of electric drive pumps for irrigation of agricultural fields and additionally feeds the current into the grid. The system is equipped with 1,440 solar modules as well as with 24 SolarMax 15MT2 inverters.
Until the end of the first quarter of 2014 SolarMax expects the realisation of projects with a total capacity of nearly one MW. At the beginning of 2014 Chile accounts for an installed PV capacity of 6.7 MW in total. The Swiss inverter manufacturer SolarMax is present in Chile since March 2013 and is happy to support the advancement of the utilisation of the enormous solar potential of this ambitious Latin American country.
Sputnik Engineering AG, a Swiss company, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of grid-connected solar inverters. Under the name SolarMax the company develops, produces and sells inverters, and has done for more than 20 years – from photovoltaic plants on single-family homes whose kilowatt output is modest, to the solar power plants whose output is measured in megawatts. The inverter is a key component of the solar plant, transforming the generated direct current into grid-compliant alternating current. 20 years of experience is not only reflected in the Swiss quality, highest efficiency, reliability, and durability of the SolarMax product range; but also in the way the company offers its customers excellent international support in the field of after sales, comprehensive warranty services, and intelligent solutions for system monitoring.