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PES met up with Holger Dechant, CSO at Universal Transport, to learn about their new slogan and the risks involved in oversized component transportation. It’s really not as simple as it looks. PES: Welcome back to PES. Thanks for talking with us. We know the wind industry is an expanding sector, how is this impacting on Universal Transport? Holger Dechant: This year there is a strong upturn in the wind power industry in Germany. As we don’t know whether this is will continue to increase in future, we are also looking at other markets such as Turkey and Egypt. There is a new law in Germany with new regulations. For this reason a lot of companies signed many projects last year and in 2017 these components have to be delivered. The new law is called Erneuerbare - Energien-Gesetz - EEG 2017 PES: Your company slogan is don’t worry, be heavy!, can you explain why this was chosen? HD: We had been looking for an international slogan. We wanted it to show that the customer can feel in good hands, that we are capable of managing demanding and complex logistic tasks. The song from which we got the idea is still well known all over

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Raymond Fisch, Senior Vice President Strategic Projects, BBC Chartering dropped in to PES to bring us up to date on the latest news from this no. 1 global, heavy-lift specialist. Despite the volume in increased traffic, planning diligence, customer care and quality are never compromised. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and how you currently serve the wind industry? Raymond Fisch: Thank you. BBC Chartering goes back some 20 years and in that time significantly shaped the segment of industrial transport solutions for a variety of industries. We feel privileged to have supported so many projects in the energy, resource and infrastructure sector worldwide and of being a trusted partner of the global project shipping community. Since the beginning of the green revolution BBC Chartering has also evolved as leading carrier, for the global wind industry. With our current fleet of 180 vessels, there is no trading request we cannot match, giving our customers highest value through flexibility, reliability and performance in project shipping. PES: Is the wind industry an expanding sector for you? RF: The transport volumes in the wind

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Thijs Haselhoff, New Business Development Manager at Althen Sensors & Controls, talks to PES about the latest sensor solutions for offshore windfarms, and how the newest Quick Connect feature for fibre optic sensors makes instrumenting offshore as easy as ABC. PES: Welcome to PES Wind. Can you briefly introduce your company? Thijs Haselhoff: Altheris Sensors & Controls BV (Member of the Althen Sensors & Controls group) is your specialized partner for sensors, instrumentation, measurement systems and industrial joysticks. We offer solutions for OEM, Test & Measurement, Industrial Automation, and IoT Applications. We turn every measurement challenge into a sensor solution. PES: Please can you tell us about Althen Sensors & Controls and the partnership with Opsens Solutions? TH: Roughly three years ago, we started a partnership with Opsens Solutions to be their sensor expert partner in Western Europe. Opsens is a leader in the development of fibre optic sensors based on White Light Polarisation Interferometry (WLPI). Together with them we developed the best custom sensor solutions for the European market. The WLPI fibre optic solutions are immune to EMI, lightning, temperature and RF. Also the sensors have no drift over time and they are temperature independent which make them perfect for long term monitoring applications

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Dr Ganesan Visvabharathy, founder CEO of Solar Micronics Incorporated, shares his enthusiasm for providing clean energy to low income families with PES. The company has a wide portfolio, in a variety of areas and so brings a plethora of skills and expertise to the solar market. PES: We are pleased to welcome you to PES Solar/PV. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Dr Ganesan Visvabharathy: My background is electrical engineering, but I spent most of the past 27 years developing real estate. But, the great recession of 2008 made me focus on a burgeoning solar industry, with the bottom having fallen out of the real estate market. We started Solar Micronics in late 2009. Historically, we have focused providing clean energy for commercial and industrial sector. Our operation base is Chicago, Illinois. Over the last years, Illinois hasn’t been known for solar, but the recent fixing of the state’s renewable portfolio (standards RPS) is changing all that. Illinois is now poised to be the third largest solar market in US, with the recently announced changes to the renewable energy credit (REC) program. A bit more

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PES caught up with Brad Berwald, Morningstar Product Manager, to learn all about their new product designed for domestic, rural use. Another company in our industry who is experiencing growth and positive global reception of its products with more to come. PES: We are pleased to welcome you back to PES Solar/PV. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Brad Berwald: Morningstar is a US based company. Since 1993, we have been designing and supplying high quality solar charge controllers, to regulate battery charging in off-grid systems, throughout the world. This includes remote telecommunications, oil & gas, lighting, traffic, railroad, surveillance, residential, and many other applications where grid connectivity is not economically viable and solar power is the best solution. Over the years, we’ve experienced steady growth and now we offer over 50 product SKU’s including off-grid inverters and accessories that complement our solar charge controllers. PES: We have been reading about your EcoPulse™ solar charge controller, could you explain to us what it is and how it works? BB: The EcoPulse is our latest pulse width modulation (PWM) charge controller. It

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PES was pleased to have the opportunity follow up and find out about the latest updates to KUBUS and the M10 Solar Campus, with Gregor Reddeman, the CEO at M10 Industries AG. Things are still looking good, with expansion and innovation continuing well in to 2018. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of M10 and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Gregor Reddemann: M10 Industries AG specialises in developing and producing highly efficient state-of-the-art cell connecting automation equipment. Based in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in the so called Solar Valley, our young dynamic team of skilled engineers and technicians face this challenge under the leadership of solar pioneers of Günter Schneidereit, Reinhard Willi and myself Gregor Reddemann. Our M10 Solar Campus incorporates our development and technology centre, production and material testing, including preliminary acceptance, 24/7 service support and service. This enables us to provide our customers with ideal solutions. Our performance areas are perfectly synchronised to suit each other’s needs. This is achieved through the close connection to our subsidiary, SI Module – our module manufacturer, in a cutting edge

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Xander van Mechelen, CTO of Kipp & Zonen, dropped in to tell PES about the DustIQ, the simple missing link in a mature solar energy industry. It has been quite a year and 2018 is also full of promise. PES: We are pleased to welcome you back to PES Solar/PV magazine. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Xander van Mechelen: Kipp & Zonen is an instrument manufacturer founded in 1830 and in the last few decades the business and R&D have mainly focused on meteorological instruments, based on the measurement of solar radiation. In recent years solar energy has become a significant market for Kipp & Zonen; initially with traditional ‘passive’ analogue pyranometers and later we set the standard for digital, smart instruments. PES: We have been reading and hearing about your new DustIQ. Could you explain to us what it is? What motivated Kipp & Zonen to develop such a project? XvM: Sometimes it happens that in large industries like solar power there is still an opportunity to develop an instrument that is not there, but for which there is a

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Michael Jurchen, CEO of Jurchen Technology GmbH and Constantin Wenzlik CEO PADCON GmbH, met up with PES to tell us about their new partnership and what it will mean to the global solar industry. Yet another optimistic view of the future in our industry. PES: We are pleased to welcome you to PES Solar/PV magazine. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisations and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Constantin Wenzlik: PADCON GmbH was founded in 2007 and specialises in monitoring systems, plant communication and power plant controls for PV power plants. Since 2013 PADCON has also offered intelligent solutions with the Float Controller family, in order to prevent PID (potential induced degradation) on PV systems simply and effectively and to recover the affected modules successfully. The extensive product portfolio includes solutions for solar power plants worldwide. Michael Jurchen: Jurchen Technology is a manufacturer and wholesaler of photovoltaic system components since 2008 and is located in Kitzingen, Germany. We develop and manufacture various mounting and wiring harness systems, especially for photovoltaic ground base power plants. Our products are manufactured under the highest quality standards and thereby provide a long-lasting and profitable life expectancy. PES: We hear that Jurchen

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PES caught up with Richard Reno, Senior Executive, Renewables Segment, GE’s Power Conversion business, to hear about their capacity to supply every aspect of a solar farm’s lifespan, the importance of digitalization and Predix, their open cloud-based digital platform. PES: We are pleased to welcome you to PES Solar/PV. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organization and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Richard Reno: Sure. We are Power Conversion, GE’s electrification business. We provide electrical equipment and digital solutions that cover the life cycle of our customers’ energy projects. Now you see, energy demand will continue to outstrip supply in the years to come. To close this energy deficit, you need to continuously provide clean, affordable and reliable electricity. At Power Conversion, we do just that. Let’s take solar as an example. We are able to supply every aspect of a solar farm’s lifespan—from finance to equipment to digital solutions and long-term service. We were the first to launch a 1,500-volt inverter technology and the 1,500-volt system is rapidly becoming the industry norm. We are also introducing silicon carbide to inverters to further unleash efficiency gains, which reach 99 percent weighted EU level. Our

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PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of your organisation and how you currently serve the solar/PV industry? Hind Beaujon: Pfeiffer Vacuum is a leading company in the field of vacuum technology. Indeed vacuum is very critical for key enabling processes serving major industries that transform our daily life such as, telecommunications, connectivity, energy, medical, food, research and development… to list but a few. We have been active in all the above sectors for more than 125 years and we are continuously improving our industry knowledge and applying it to new applications, to provide the latest vacuum solutions servicing these key industries. It is just a natural move to develop our activities in key, vacuum emerging industries like Solar, LED and AMOLED which have gained momentum in the last ten years. PES: You are active in a number of industry sectors. How important is the Solar/PV business in China to Pfeiffer Vacuum? HB: As I said before, the solar segment has been a focus for Pfeiffer Vacuum for the past 10 years. Of course, as you may know, this industry is

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