“The future of the European energy community will be defined by producers and consumers,” said FIMER President Filippo Carzaniga. How are global solar inverter companies like FIMER responding to this industry evolution? Pamela Largue from Power Engineering International discovered this.
It seems easier for some people to remodel their business than for others. The history of Italian investor company FIMER shows that the company seems to know how to develop to remain relevant and competitive in the rapidly changing energy landscape.
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FIMER has a history of nearly 70 years and is famous for manufacturing welding machines. . In 2007, the company had to start transforming itself, shifting from industrial automation and welding to solar inverters, and then applying all the experience of inverter technology developed since 1983 to electric vehicles. Filippo Carzaniga said: “Due to competition from China and low-level innovation, we have to diversify our business. After analyzing different markets, renewable energy and energy transition show that we use our experience in this field and Skills to develop the maximum potential of inverter technology.”
This is how FIMER finally turned to solar power and mobility. Carzaniga said: “I now define our company as a newly established multinational company. The oldest company was born only 12 years ago.”
With the rapid growth of the market and the invention of new technologies, Carzaniga explained that the market is in the short-term. The level of competition in just a few years. “Solar and wind energy are competitive with traditional energy sources, especially with the growth of optimism and technological progress. The market boom has led to innovation, and in order to stay ahead, we must analyze how to increase our critical mass. In this situation of accelerated evolution, FIMER is too small to cope with global evolution. This is why we [in 2020] acquired ABB and launched a new R&D facility. ”
FIMER invests nearly 12% of its revenue in R&D because Filippo Carzaniga believes this is the only way to grow and succeed. With this in mind, FIMER has launched a new R&D laboratory that directly focuses on solar energy and mobility, optimization Its platform and integrating it into the evolving environment.
In terms of trends affecting the team’s R&D trajectory, Carzaniga emphasized three key points:
• Miniaturization of design
, Is about the miniaturization of the design of new inverters and charging stations. We have launched a 350-kilowatt platform, which is the same size as the 50-kilowatt platform launched 3 years ago, showing the evolution of large-scale thinking. As you can imagine, under the same space, we provide 7 times the power output.
According to Carzaniga, digital trends are the most powerful. “Digitizing our products is not a good thing, but a must. We are operating in a more digital network environment. Additionally, we need to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence to investors to reduce the labor required for operation and manual maintenance, which is essential to ensure that we remain competitive.
“We have just developed a blockchain protocol in the inverter to adapt to more and more energy communities in Europe to control the exchange of energy between producers and consumers. So yes, on the one hand, the miniaturization and optimization of products to drive the highest possible power output, on the other hand, the improvement of the digital capabilities and communication potential of our solutions. ”
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. The third important factor is storage. Carzaniga explains: “Full compatibility with storage is essential. In Italy, there are bonuses and incentives, and we see that 90% of residential applications are related to storage and batteries. In the next three years, it will become a commercial and industrial application as well, so it is very important to invest in energy storage integration. The future of the ”
” European energy community will be defined by producers and consumers. These unique entities will produce energy and consume the energy system generated by energy storage, and they will be able to sell it directly to other consumers. This may not be the current situation, but I believe the energy sector is just the first step in this direction. I believe that in the future all citizens will be able to produce and sell energy, this is also due to the blockchain and other agreements that regulate this type of transaction. ”
R&D lab delivered
precisely because of the ongoing work in the lab, FIMER has recently been able to launch two new platforms for the utility sector: a high power multiMPPT string inverter and a modular conversion solution. Also recently launched
, FIMER’s new 360 ° immersive virtual experience allows you to explore FIMER’s global headquarters in Vimercate and its Terranuova Bracciolini R&D and production plant facilities, innovations and processes
Will definitely be It is interesting to focus on future developments, because FIMER will continue to adapt to the changing energy landscape.