Global Energy Leadership: Jinko Solar’s Expansion and Innovation in ESS – A Conversation with Jinko Solar’s ESS … – SolarQuarter

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Asif S.W., Head – ESS (Utilities), GCC Region, Jinko Solar
  1. How does Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) integrate into clean energy portfolio and what is Jinkosolar’s plan for ESS to advance its mission of sustainability?

Integrating renewable energy sources into the current energy infrastructure demands meticulous planning and resilient technological solutions. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind power offer substantial environmental benefits, but their intermittent nature presents a significant hurdle for widespread adoption. In the absence of Sun and Wind, the solar panels and wind turbines does not generate electricity. This variability disrupts the traditional power grid, which relies on a constant and predictable supply of electricity to meet demand. In this context, energy storage systems emerge as a critical technology, playing a pivotal role in overcoming the intermittency challenge and paving the way for a clean and reliable energy landscape. BESS is essential for enhancing sustainability by storing surplus energy produced during peak generation hours and redistributing it to the grid during times of high demand or low generation. This flexibility enables utility companies to optimize the use of clean energy assets while reducing the wastage of renewable resources. 


In line with our company’s vision towards sustainability, we ventured into the Energy Storage Solutions in 2020 and have a global presence offering wide range of products to suit different market needs. We are committed to a vertical integration approach and are excited to announce the upcoming launch of our own “JinKO cells”. These cells will be produced in our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in China, where robots are deployed to ensure precision and efficiency. In addition to our existing facility, the new factory will have both cell manufacturing and BESS integration facility. Our ambitions extend beyond this, as we plan to significantly expand the capacity of our BESS plant in the years ahead. By incorporating Energy Storage Solutions into our renewable energy portfolio, we are taking a noteworthy step towards a sustainable future.


2. What role does JinkoSolar see Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) playing in the future of energy storage and grid management, and what sets the company’s offerings apart in this market?


Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) will be instrumental in shaping the future of renewable energy field. As the world is increasingly adopting renewable electricity generation, there is a growing need for short and long-duration storage systems. The significance of BESS lies in its ability to address the intermittency and variability associated with renewable energy sources. By storing excess energy during periods of abundance, BESS ensures a stable and consistent power supply, mitigating the challenges posed by unpredictable renewable energy generation. 

Additionally, BESS supports a variety of grid services, such as peak shaving, primary and secondary frequency regulation, ramp rate control, ancillary services, voltage support and integrate more renewable energy sources. Furthermore, BESS plays a vital role in enhancing grid stability, providing backup power during outages contributing to the overall efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid.

Our commitment to quality and reliability, synonymous with our reputation for high-quality solar modules, is equally reflected in our BESS offerings. This commitment guarantees sustained performance and durability, delivering exceptional value to our customers

Furthermore, we are advancing our BESS offerings through substantial investments in research and development to ensure that our solutions stay ahead of technological advancements in the industry, maintaining our position as a leader in innovation and quality. 

Additionally, our robust global presence and enduring relationships with key developers and EPCs enable us to provide BESS solutions to diverse markets and customers. As you are aware, we are the primary suppliers of the two most critical components of the solar plant (BESS and Modules), which strengthens our position for strategic partnerships with developers and EPC companies.  

We offer comprehensive BESS solutions, including system design, supply of ESS, PCS Skid & EMS, commissioning support, and LTSA up to a period of 20 years. We prioritize customer satisfaction and strive to meet the specific requirements of each customer, ensuring that our solutions are tailored to their needs.

Overall, our company’s commitment to quality, innovation, global reach, strategic products and customer satisfaction sets us apart in the market and makes us a preferred choice for developers looking for reliable and efficient energy solutions.

3. How does JinkoSolar leverage advanced technologies like AI and IoT in its ESS and BESS solutions to optimize performance and maximize energy efficiency?

We recognize the significance of integrating cutting-edge technologies into our products to maintain a competitive edge in the market. We are at the forefront, with our products already incorporating AI programming and IoT compatibility to manage and control various parameters of BESS plant. We have an AI based intelligent detection and monitoring system to preemptively identify underperformance and abnormal cells, ensuring seamless plant operations. AI algorithms programmed in our product analyze data from IoT sensors to optimize the charging and discharging of batteries based on energy demand. 

The in-built technologies in our system constantly monitor the status of the batteries and seamlessly carry out the auto-balancing of the State of Charge (SOC) to maximize energy efficiency without disrupting BESS plant operations. Moreover, the IoT supports us to optimize the performance by facilitating predictive maintenance that reduces downtime and extends the lifespan of BESS components. These advancements enable our BESS to communicate with the grid and adjust their operation in real-time based on grid conditions thereby improving grid stability, supporting the integration of renewable energy sources, and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.

In addition to the above, we have incorporated the IoT in our manufacturing plant that helps us to optimize the processes, identify and grade track inventory, and predict maintenance needs, leading to cost savings and improved productivity.

4. How does the company view the current and future trajectory of the global BESS market, and how are they positioning themselves to capitalize on growth and innovation in the industry?

BESS is set to revolutionize the renewable energy sector in the coming days and will be the next major transformative innovation, offering a reliable and sustainable pathway to the future. In addition to new PV projects necessitating integrated BESS, we anticipate significant demand for standalone BESS solutions for existing PV plants and substations. The outlook for the global market is highly optimistic, expecting explosive growth driven by several factors like renewable energy integration, decreasing battery cost, energy independence, technological advancements and sustainability compliance. 

We are positioning ourselves with continuous product development, strategic partnership, research and development initiatives, vertical integration approach, diversification and global expansion for an elevated standing in the market. 

5. What strategies does the company employ to expand into international markets with diverse regulatory landscapes, and how do they ensure alignment with their mission and values throughout this process?

We are on the expansion mode for our international operations exploring new geographies and setting up local service support centers. As a part of expansion, we conduct thorough market research to understand the regulatory environment, market dynamics, and customer needs in each target market. This enables us to customize our strategies to meet the requirements and preferences. We look for strategic partnerships and alliances with regional companies, government agencies, and industry stakeholders. These partnerships help navigate complex regulatory landscapes, establish a local footprint, and build relationships with key stakeholders. Our strong emphasis on compliance and ethics, ensures that our operations and business practices align with local laws and regulations to help build trust and credibility in new markets. We adapt our products, services, and business models to suit the needs of each market. This includes offering different product configurations, and customer support services based on local requirements and preferences. We engage with regional developers and EPC’s to build trust, create market awareness, address concerns, and ensure that our operations are aligned with local values and priorities. Jinko integrates sustainability and CSR into its business practices, ensuring that our expansion into new markets is done in a way that is environmentally responsible and socially beneficial. 

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