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Life Cell Marine Safety has been included in a new initiative aiming to support local fishermen operating from coastal locations between Hartlepool and Saltburn by the Sea, who have traditionally used the fishing grounds in and around the windfarm. The new programme, developed by EDF Energy Renewables, aims provide essential safety equipment for personnel and vessels in line with Marine and Coastguard Agency for fishing vessel operators. The scheme will provide Life Cell models to local fishermen, ensuring they have essential safety equipment in a readily accessible location in the event of an emergency. The Life Cell is used as a flotation device, which can float free or be easily removed from a vessel. The bonus is that it can also be safely and easily removed after each day’s fishing to reduce the possibility of theft of essential safety equipment. James Wilson, local fishing liaison officer with EDF Energy Renewables, said: “Our aim has always been to ensure that the wind farm can co-exist safely and effectively with local fishing activities. “We have maintained close contact with the local fishermen at all stages of the project and we are delighted to be able to provide support for this very important local activity

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A revolutionary co-extruded polypropylene backsheet ISOVOLTAIC’s solution for high efficiency modules Developed in collaboration with Borealis Lebring, May 22nd, 2017 ISOVOLTAIC launches the innovative ICOSOLAR® CPO 3G, a co-extruded polypropylene (PP) solar backsheet during the upcoming exhibition Intersolar Europe in Munich (www.intersolar.de). For the development of this revolutionary backsheet ISOVOLTAIC, market and technology leader for solar backsheets, and Borealis, a leading provider of innovative polyolefin solutions for the global energy industry, have joined forces. In leveraging their respective areas of expertise, the two companies have now developed new and revolutionary products for the photovoltaic industry. ICOSOLAR® CPO 3G - the solution for high efficiency modules The new ICOSOLAR® CPO 3G backsheet is manufactured by ISOVOLTAIC, based near Graz, Austria, using Borealis’ solar grades QuentysTM produced in Schwechat, Austria. These polypropylene (PP) grades form the core layer as well as the outer layers of the backsheet. The backsheet’s performance-enhancing benefits extend the lifetime of PV modules and ensure greater operational reliability due to: -           Increased module output thanks to excellent reflectivity -           Superior water vapour transmission rate (WVTR) and acetic acid permeability -           Outstanding hydrolytic stability and insulation properties Because there are no adhesive layers, the risk of inner-layer delamination is eliminated. Furthermore, co-extruded PP, as a single-step production

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Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, will present a broad portfolio of high-efficiency PV inverters and battery energy storage solutions at Intersolar 2017 Europe.  The energy storage system ES30 series, an all-in-one and highly scalable solution integrating Li-ion batteries for up to 90kWh capacity and more than 2 hours of continuous 30kW back-up power; and the new high-performance string PV inverter M88H series, featuring maximum 88kVA output power, industry-leading peak efficiency up to 98.8%, active cooling and an electromagnetic interference (EMI)-proof design, will be key highlights of Delta’s showcase. By leveraging its core competence in power electronics, leadership in energy conversion efficiency and expertise in system integration, Delta develops intelligent solutions capable of optimizing the adoption of solar PV power and energy storage not only to support the transition megatrend from centralized energy supply to decentralized renewable energy plants, but also to enable greater electricity costs savings as well as a more reliable and eco-friendly energy supply. Visitors at Delta’s Hall B3, Stand 140 in Intersolar 2017 Europe will have close access to key innovative and eco-friendly solutions such as: Commercial Battery Energy Storage System ES30 Series: The ES30 is a three-phase 90kWh Li-ion battery energy storage system suitable for commercial

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Mumbai, India, May 22, 2017. QOS Energy, a leading renewable O&M analytics software provider,has announced the opening of a new office in India to meet the growing demand of its customer base and exploit the opportunities offered by the booming Indian market. “QOS Energy provides turnkey O&M analytics services to unleash the value of data from thousands of renewable energy plants across the world. With its target to ramp up solar power generation to 100 GW by 2022, India is poised to become one of the largest PV market in the world. Our customers’ business needs reflect this trend. Our local team of experts has gone through extensive training at the head office in France and will now be able to service our customers on their most complex projects”, said Eric Daniel, Sales Director of QOS Energy. By providing a cutting-edge and cost-effective renewable energy analytics solutions, QOS Energy helps utilities, IPPs, O&M service providers and asset managers to maximize return on investment using powerful data-driven decision making tools (KPIs, Dashboards, and Alerts). One of the key features of the O&M platform provided by QOS Energy is its capability to integrate data from any renewable energy type of plant, or data acquisition

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Project developers make huge financial investments in their solar parks. They therefore need to be sure that they are investing in the right products – products that are innovative, durable and reliable, guaranteeing maximum power output, year after year after year. As a renowned materials supplier, DSM offers several advanced solar solutions, which now also include fluorine-free durable backsheets and an innovative anti-soiling coating. The latter innovation in particular aims to help project developers and investors boost their internal rate of return (IRR). PES meets up again with Jan Grimberg, Business Director DSM Advanced Solar, to talk about recent trends in the industry and the company’s latest launches in the solar market. PES: Could you briefly introduce DSM and the role it plays in the solar industry? Jan Grimberg: DSM is a globally operating science-based company that focuses on health, nutrition and materials. We’re active in renewable energy in a number of fields, with DSM Advanced Solar focusing specifically on developing technologies and materials that increase the efficiency, stability and sustainability of solar modules at every stage of the value chain. We have been the leading player in anti-reflective coatings for a while and we’ve recently launched a new anti-soiling coating for PV

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As the PV market is growing, so also is the need for more reliable measurements. Because the output power of every module should be measured in production and as the resulting power class affects the selling price, inaccurate measurements lead to money loss. Other tests on the quality of PV modules are also performed based on the needs of the end user and because of market regulation. These include, for example, electroluminescence imaging, electrical safety testing of the modules and visual inspection. Key aspects in reliable measurements are high quality testing equipment and information on their actual performance, ease of use and level of automation. Finland based Endeas Oy has been manufacturing solar simulators since 2001. A global clientele has proven that QuickSun solar simulators are a key part in highly efficient production lines. QuickSun 550CE is the latest high-end testing station that can perform all necessary tests to prove PV modules from production are of high quality. Standards International standards give the mandatory testing requirements. They tell which kinds of tests should be performed and what kind of equipment should be used for the tests. International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)[1] prepares standards for the PV industry. These include safety standards on the construction

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Dr. Michael Fuß, CEO, MBJ Solutions, gives PES an insight in to the development of their spectrum of inspection systems, simulation and measurement tools. Asia is an important market to them. PES: Welcome to PES Solar. Would you like to introduce your company and explain a little about how you serve the solar industry? Dr. Michael Fuß: MBJ Solutions was founded in 2009 with the idea of building automated electroluminescence inspection systems. The company is located in Hamburg, Germany. Since the beginning MBJ has focused on the PV industry, to which we are supplying electroluminescence inspection solutions for the module production process and have sold more than 300 inspection systems worldwide. PES: MBJ Solutions offers a range of simulation and measurement tools, inspection systems and more. What is currently most in demand from the market? Why is this? MF: In 2009 we started with the focus on electroluminescence inspection. At this time the major goal was to increase the product quality. Over time we have added a couple of features to the systems: dark-iv curve measurement, diode check and cell distance measurement. Most of these features were initiated by the customers to increase the level of automatisation and speed. The trend to higher

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PES hears from Stephen L. Prince, President & CEO at Younicos, about the adaptability and different complexities associated with the use of batteries by commercial and industrial energy users. Despite being a relatively new technology, energy storage has already traveled a long and impressive path on the road to full-scale commercialization. It started with niche applications and the provision of very specific ancillary services to stabilize the grid. Now, however, batteries are being adopted much more broadly – making full use of their versatility, which is a defining factor of energy storage systems. In fact, it’s this versatility that makes them ideally suited for commercial and industrial (C&I) energy users - with or without co-located, renewable self-generation. That sounds good - from 30,000 feet in the air. But how exactly can C&I energy users address their energy needs through batteries? While individual use cases differ by geography and the specific energy needs of each user, all fall within what I like to call the “golden triangle” of C&I energy storage: price reduction, extra revenues and increased resilience. Let’s look at each in some detail: The first, and I suppose most obvious, application of commercial energy storage is the reduction of peak consumption

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There is a change at the top at Studer Innotec and PES met up with the new managing director, Matthew Anderson to get his vison of the future from his office in Switzerland. PES: Welcome 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/PV industry? Matthew Anderson: Studer Innotec was founded in 1987 by Mr Roland Studer in Valais, Switzerland. Mr Studer recognised a need for high-quality power electronics for off-grid power applications and began by supplying solutions for off-grid residences in the Alps. The products quickly gained a reputation for their reliability and robustness, and Studer Innotec began exporting internationally and to a wide range of markets including grid backup, mobile, telecom and industrial applications. As the PV industry grew, and grid-connected PV became the largest market at the start of the century, Studer Innotec intentionally focused on the applications it knows best: battery based systems. Now, as battery storage increases in grid connected applications, our products are seeing a huge increase in applications. Over the coming decade, we expect the products supplied for off-grid, poor grid, and grid-connected

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The demand for safe, clean reliable renewable power is growing at an ever increasing rate. Today PV technology is not only ecologically, but also economically a sensible alternative for power generation. A large scale PV power plant has to be competitive against conventional energy sources as well as other PV projects. With the elimination of government subsidies for this kind of energy generation in many regions and markets, the focus has now shifted to the plant’s overall efficiency. In the face of increasing cost-consciousness within all industrial sectors, the downward pressure on costs as well as on BOS components (balance of system) are becoming more and more crucial. Due to this, profitability has been lagging, so companies try to optimise CAPEX costs mainly and safe money on these components – often even during the design phase. But the real keys to improvement are both better capital and operational efficiency. The determining factor concerning favourable conditions for investment loans and credits is the profitability of a project during the operation period on the basis of reliable partners, components and an adequate operation and maintenance. When it comes to the profitability and the return on investment of a PV project, a low LCOE

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