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Meyer Burger appoints Dr Dirk Habermann as new Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Board effective January 1, 2017. He will succeed Sylvère Leu who retires as CIO of Meyer Burger at the end of the year. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that the Board of Directors has appointed Dr Dirk Habermann as new Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Board of Meyer Burger effective January 1, 2017. Dirk Habermann was Vice President (R&D) of SCHMID Group (DE) from 2008 until 2013 and has in-depth experience in photovoltaic research & development as well as executive leadership experience in international technology companies. He holds a PhD in natural sciences from the Ruhr University in Bochum (DE) and has been working for Meyer Burger since 2014 as Head of Process Material & Line Design. His focus in this role was the consolidation of the development, production and automation of solar cell manufacturing processes. Sylvère Leu will retire as CIO and Member of the Executive Board of Meyer Burger on December 31, 2016. He is one of the pioneers in photovoltaics and looks back on a very successful career spanning almost thirty years in the European

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Meyer Burger supplied SWISS KRONO with photovoltaic modules of the latest generation for the active building shell of the new office building and meets maximum requirements regarding energy efficiency and esthetics. The high-performance modules combine the market and industry leading cell coating technology MB PERC with the innovative SmartWire Connection Technology and were developed and produced at the Meyer Burger technology and product center in Thun (Switzerland). Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) supplied SWISS KRONO, a major player in the manufacturing and finishing of wood based products based in Menznau (Switzerland), with innovative and high-performance glass-glass solar modules. The high-performance coating technology PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) increases the efficiency of the solar cells in comparison to conventional cells significantly. The market and industry leading MB PERC cells were further connected in the module by the innovative Meyer Burger SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT). The SmartWire Connection Technology connects the individual cells through a foil-wire electrode instead of the conventional two to five busbars. Thanks to the dense contact matrix the performance of the modules increases again considerably. Another advantage of the SmartWire Connection Technology is the delicate and uniform appearance of the module as part of the building

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 Bremen/Osnabrück/Reims, 07.09.2016. With the establishment of a new French business unit and the conclusion of several service contracts for French wind farms, Deutsche Windtechnik has implemented its entry into the French wind market and thereby further extended its European range of services. Long-term full maintenance and basic contracts have been concluded with several operators for a total of 35 Nordex (N90), Senvion (NM92) and Fuhrländer (FL 2500) wind turbines on five wind farms across the whole of France. The company was also able to win a tender for replacing large components.  Deutsche Windtechnik SARL has its headquarters in Reims in northeastern France. While operational management is in the hands of the managing directors of Deutsche Windtechnik X-Service, Holger Hämel and Severin Mielimonka, Mohamed Metahri will be heading business development in France. Born and bred in France, Mohamed Metahri’s years of professional experience have given him an excellent knowledge of the wind market and the French market in particular.  Coherent European service network  "With the establishment of the French company, Deutsche Windtechnik has not only opened up another future-oriented and exciting market for independent service", says Mohamed Metahri. "Our European service network now has gained additional locations in the heart of Europe. Depending on

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Munich, September 7th, 2016 – Solar Frontier Europe, subsidiary of the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions provider, Solar Frontier, announced today that its CIS modules were selected for use in a solar installation on the roof of the Il Centro shopping center in Arese near Milan, Italy. With approximately 200 shops over an area of 100,000 square meters, the shopping center is the largest one in Italy and counts among the largest in Europe. The installation features 1.4 MW of nominal power and completely covers the roof of the Il Centro shopping center. While P.M. Service from Pontassieve acted as the distributor, ING srl (ING) was responsible for the installation of both the thermal power plant and the PV system, which contribute to reducing the energy demands of the mega commercial mall. “In order to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, we require a great deal of energy each day. It was important to us to draw on renewable energy sources, to express our commitment to a cleaner environment,” said Gabriele Ghilardi, Owner of ING. “We decided to propose Solar Frontier’s modules as an alternative solution, given the higher performance and quality compared to crystalline silicon technology,” he

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Words: Jayesh Goyal, Chief Commercial Officer, Younicos With both PV and battery costs in equally steady and spectacular decline, solar photovoltaics (PV) plus storage is generating a lot of attention. Indeed, with PV bids coming in at record lows in both sunny ($0.03/kWh in Morocco and Dubai) and not-so-sunny regions (¤0.08 in Germany), storing the power of the sun is becoming an attractive business case, if not to say a “no-brainer.” Nonetheless, I’d like to make the case for some cranial activity, because a closer analysis of developments could help prevent making rash decisions that might harm your bottom line. At the same time, a thorough understanding of both the economic and technological drivers of this rapidly emerging space will enable you to choose the best setup for your business and energy needs. Adding storage is trending Today, we see a number of PV technology players trying to add storage to their package. Often, they do this to differentiate themselves in the competitive solar market, even if a bid does not require storage. PV has become such a commodity market that some suppliers want to provide storage simply to promote the obvious benefits that it provides. Whether or not the storage will actually deliver

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Words: Steven Hughes, Global Asset Management Director for RES Standardisation is needed in our industry to keep costs down and avoid discrepancies. Asset management and O&M can help save costs and counteract inefficiencies. April 2016 was a momentous month for solar energy in the UK. For the first time ever, more power was generated by the sun than by coal. Just less than 30 gigawatt hours, or the equivalent of 4% of national demand was met by solar. This was certainly yet another tremendous achievement set by renewables over the past year. Let’s not forget, in December, wind turbines supplied 17% of Britain’s electricity demand, while clean power has provided almost a quarter of UK electricity in the first three months of this year . News like this should normally be celebrated, as the UK takes tentative steps towards a clean energy revolution. However, such a celebration is simply not possible, with renewable energy having taken immeasurable blows over the last few years and solar arguably taking the biggest hits of all. According to DECC, 9.2 GW of solar capacity has been installed in the UK, enough to power 2.2 million homes, with 3.6 GW installed last year. What’s more, 49% of the total EU

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Micro grids are having a big impact on remote areas of the world. Romina Arcamone Garcia, Market Manager, Renewable Energy & Backup Power at Trojan Battery Co., LLC explains to PES how 24/7 energy is now possible in these areas. The establishment of off-grid networks, also known as mini grids or micro grids, around the world is increasing as a way to supply power to remote towns, villages and areas that are not connected to the main electric grid, or only have access to electricity a few hours a day. Battery-based microgrid systems ensure that these areas have access to energy 24/7, enabling remote communities to operate lighting, communications, radios, TV and other electrical equipment. Access to these types of devices, play a vital role in enhancing productivity of local businesses and foster the development of commercial activities in developing regions of the world. In addition, battery-based installations reduce operating costs which diesel-powered installations face such as the rising costs of fuel consumption, fuel transportation, and maintenance of diesel generators. Off-grid photovoltaic (PV) networks have unique power storage requirements due to the varying levels of irradiance, temperature and sun hours available at a particular location. Deep-cycle batteries are key components in PV applications to

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PES caught up with Simon Schandert, Director of Production, Technology Development and Technical Support, at the industrial storage manufacturer TESVOLT, to find out about storage for businesses. There is optimism in the air for the future of our industry and a change in philosophy… PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar industry? Simon Schandert: As a manufacturer of storage systems, we concentrate specifically on meeting the needs of commercial businesses. Our systems are designed to serve this segment of the market and business operators are our primary focus. Historically, private households and large industrial consumers have been well served, whereas the business community has not. We offer customers solutions that are specifically tailored to their companies’ needs, yet can be easily installed by any electrician. The option of incorporating high-capacity, good output storage technology into PV installations, at a sensible price, is giving a tremendous boost to the solar market. Thanks to large-scale storage systems, installers are once again able to construct big PV systems and achieve corresponding margins. Such solutions in Germany are even allowing end

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There is a dark cloud hanging over solar energy. Despite frequent government pushes for wider adoption of renewable power sources, progress in recent years has been relatively slow. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality expert REO UK, explains there may be a way to part the clouds in solar energy. Since the mid-1990s, the UK has seen a gradual increase in the amount of renewable energy sources used to generate electricity. However, in spite of two decades of growth and countless incentives and schemes, we are still trailing behind the target of producing 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity generation from renewable sources, with current estimates being 15 per cent. Until 2011, only a small amount of this electricity came from solar energy. Since then, the falling price of photovoltaic (PV) panels and the introduction of feed-in tariffs have driven a surge in sales. Recent government figures showed that UK solar capacity has increased by 62 percent from February 2015-16, with previous findings also indicating a recurring trend of capacity greatly increasing in April. What we can deduct from these findings is that, while widespread renewable uptake has been poor in relation to the electrical capacities of other energy sources,

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Monitoring is omitted in so many PV plants and yet it is an easy, affordable way to detect errors quickly and avoid yield losses. PES hears from Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO of Solare Datensysteme GmbH, about how Solar-Log™ can save the PV plant operators energy losses, time and money. PES: The concept of monitoring is often defined in different ways. How exactly would you define monitoring? Dr. Frank Schlichting: For me, the perfect solution is structured and provides expert monitoring of PV plants, with a comprehensive energy management system and a professional web portal. PES: There are plant operators and EPC/installers who describe monitoring as the “visualisation of plant data”. Is such a statement not a bit overly simplified? FS: I think it is, yes. It is insufficient to describe monitoring as just the visualisation of plant data since this presents just a small aspect of the functions that a professional energy management system provides as a whole. Cisualisation on its own means no error detection intelligence. I know that there are some simply structured solutions that only allow a basic review of plant data, especially within the residential market segment. However, I wouldn’t call that professional monitoring. PES: Why is monitoring PV plants

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