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Acwa, Huawei in tie-up to develop PV market

BEIJING, February 26, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, a leader in power and desalination water plants, has signed a global cooperation agreement with Huawei at the recent Sino-Saudi Investment Forum in Beijing to develop the photovoltaic (PV) market.

The two firms will apply  cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing to PV plant projects to promote the industry's progress with technological innovation.

Executives including Mohammd Abunayyan, chairman of Acwa Power, Paddy Padmanathan, president and CEO of Acwa Power, Rajit Nanda CIO of Acwa Power, Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Company, and Steven Ma, general manager of Huawei Smart PV Solution MEA, attended the signing ceremony.

In fact, Acwa Power has cooperated with Huawei several times in 2018. On January 17, 2018, Acwa Power, Nomac, and Huawei signed a comprehensive procurement agreement on the smart PV management system at the World Future Energy Summit. On December 26, 2018, Acwa Power and Huawei signed the inverter procurement agreement for the Sakaka 300 MW project in Saudi Arabia, to which the Huawei Fusion Solar 1500 V Smart PV Solution is fully applied.

Signing the memorandum marks the further cooperation between the two sides after jointly developing the Sakaka 300 MW project, the first large ground PV plant in Saudi Arabia. 

Khalid Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources in Saudi Arabia, said in an interview with the media that energy cooperation has played an important role in Sino-Saudi Arabia relations and that further cooperation between the two countries in the energy field is in the strategic interest of both sides.

In the future, Huawei will cooperate with Acwa Power in the forward-looking technology fields. Through advanced technologies such as smart I-V curve diagnosis, AI algorithm, and big data with AI, Huawei and Acwa Power will build a simplified PV system, greatly improve the energy yield and O&M efficiency of PV plants, and accelerate the intelligent upgrade of PV energy in the Middle East. – TradeArabia News Service


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