The Al-Zaatari refugee camp is located in Jordan, just 10 kilometers away from the Syrian border. It has gradually evolved into a permanent settlement and in 2015 the camp population was estimated at 83,000 refugees.
Opened by the Jordanian government and UNHCR -the UN refugee agency- on July 28, 2012 to host Syrians fleeing the war, the camp has become one of Jordan’s biggest cities, with residents having developed their own economy by starting more than 3,000 businesses.
The 12.9 MWp photovoltaic plant, the world’s largest solar farm of its kind, is already supplying energy to the Al-Zaatari refugee camp, mainly powering lighting systems, refrigerators, heaters and power outlets.
The PV plant has been constructed by Belectric. Ingeteam has supplied five of its 2.33 MW power stations in order to inject the energy coming from the PV array into the camp’s internal grid. Every power station comprises two central inverters housed in a 20-foot-long container, in addition to a power transformer, low voltage switchgear, medium voltage switchgear and auxiliary services panel. This is all supplied on a turnkey basis in order to ensure immediate, simple installation and field commissioning.
Scope of supply
For this project, Ingeteam has supplied:
– Five power stations fitted with all the necessary equipment to inject medium voltage power: PV inverters, LV/MV transformer, medium voltage switchgear, ancillary services transformer and low voltage switchgear.
– Ten 1,000 Vdc photovoltaic inverters, each with a rated power output of 1,165 kW, pertaining to the INGECON® SUN PowerMax B Series family.
Ingeteam’s power station being installed in the Al-Zaatari PV plant.
Ingeteam is a leading company specializing in the design of power and control electronics (frequency converters, process automation and control systems), electrical machines (generators and motors), electrical engineering and generating plants. To date, Ingeteam has supplied 49 GW in power converters for renewable energy plants and is amongst the TOP 10 companies dedicated to the operation and maintenance of renewable plants, with a portfolio of more than 12 GW.
The company operates in all continents, and has a headcount of around 3,900 employees around the world. Ingeteam invests 5% of its annual turnover in R&D, which is the backbone of the company’s business activity.