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PES caught up with Wim Keen, CSO of STEEL INSPECT. He was happy to tell us about the services the company provides to the offshore wind energy sector and gave an introduction to their unique total quality concept, Q7, which is used to manage the quality of complete offshore wind EPCI projects. PES: Hi Wim, welcome to PES Wind, it’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. Would you like to begin by telling us something about the background of Steel Inspect and how Steel Inspect currently serves the offshore wind energy sector? Wim Keen: Steel Inspect was founded in 2006 by Maik Rienecker. He gained wide experience in worldwide EPCI powerplant construction projects, which he capitalized on to found STEEL INSPECT. Our aim is to serve the construction sector, by capitalizing on his knowledge on how to manage large construction projects, so that they are completed with optimal quality and within best time frames. Since 2011 STEEL INSPECT has served the offshore wind sector, helping large offshore wind farm projects to be completed to the highest standard. Projects in the offshore wind energy sector are large and complex, often with multiple suppliers and production sites. This calls for

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Scopito ApS grew from a hobby and a bet, how many companies can say this about their origins? We at PES were intrigued and wanted to know more, so we decided to talk with CEO and Founder, Ken Isobe Falk. The end result is their state-of-the-art inspection software, which is used in drone inspections and for the digitization of assets. Clients are able to use the data to manage their assets via a cloud-based platform. This in turn will help to improve the lifespan of wind turbines. A solution that is proving very popular in the wind industry. PES: Hi Ken, welcome back to PES Wind, it’s great to have this opportunity to talk with you. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by telling us something about the background of your company? Ken Isobe Falk: I am grateful for the opportunity to catch up with you again, thank you for that. Scopito’s story runs parallel to my story, which I’d be happy to share with you. About ten years ago, I worked with mission-critical software at a Danish conglomerate by the name of Systematic. My time there was challenging and rewarding alike, and the lessons

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PES had a great interview with Oliver Strecke, CEO and Marco Thesing, CSO and business development manager at viamon. They have amazing security solutions, where trace and catch are strong deterrents. TRAPS came on to the market last year and is proving very successful. They have a bright outlook on the future, with many orders on their books. Are your solar installations secure? Read on to find out what‘s on offer. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. We have been following viamon for quite a few years now, so it’s good to have the opportunity to talk with you. Would you like to begin with a company overview? Oliver Strecke: viamon has been working on the question of how to develop intelligent systems to secure PV systems since 2009. The basis is a vibration sensor that we developed especially for the needs of the PV industry. It can be used to secure solar modules and additionally, determine their position worldwide via GPS if they are stolen. That was the beginning. On this we systematically expanded our portfolio of sensors, e.g. with PIR sensors (passive infrared). On the one hand, we have always analysed the experience we have gained in the course of

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Kim van der Heide, Product Marketing Specialist at SITEMARK, thought it would be interesting to interview Sophie Sándor, Senior Data Processing and Analytics Engineer, SITEMARK about her job as a thermographer. Sophie’s qualifications are outstanding: a double Masters in Geology and Exploration Geophysics, Certified in Thermal Imaging Category 1 (PCN-1 certification, Infrared Thermography (IRT-ISO 18436-7). One of Sitemark’s behind-the-scenes experts is certified Thermographer, Sophie Sándor. While you might not be familiar with that job title, by the time you finish reading her story you’ll be impressed by this very unique field. Thermographers deliver a wide range of benefits to diverse industries - from detecting water and gas leaks to search and rescue missions, as well as traveler temperature screenings. Sitemark has in-house skill sets that deliver premium analysis; with experts in fields from artificial intelligence to surveyors and drone pilots. PES is excited to bring you Kim van der Heide, Product Marketing Specialist at SITEMARK’S’s interview with Sophie. Read on to get a better understanding of what thermography brings to the table for the solar industry. By the way, Sophie is a Senior Data Processing and Analytics Engineer at SITEMARK and her qualifications are outstanding: a double Masters in Geology and

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Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO at SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES and PES go back a long way. This is a company at the forefront of technology. They develop and assemble ground-breaking machines and systems, resulting in efficient and resource-saving production processes, which are used world-wide in the solar/PV industry as well as in other market segments. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV. It’s a real pleasure to talk with you. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES and how you currently serve the solar industry? Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck: We thank you for your continued interest in SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES and as always, look forward to interacting with PES. The company was founded in 1995 as a spin-off from Leybold AG, Hanau, Germany. At that time, we started with one product: a small vacuum sputtering system for CDs. Complete turn-key lines were developed very quickly for all optical disc formats (CD, DVD and Blu-ray Disc). SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES was and continues to be the world market leader in this segment. In 2007 the company decided to invest in the solar area. The leading manufacturer of wet chemical cleaning, etching and coating systems, Stangl, with a

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At PES, we thought it was time to discuss PV monitoring with Stefan Rensberg Head of Product Management at meteocontrol. Stefan has seen a big change in this area and is absolutely confident of its importance in the PV plant of today and tomorrow. Things have come a long way over the last 15 years and he is sure that data handling is the key for the future. Read on to find out more… PES: Hello Stefan, welcome back to PES. Could you begin by telling us a little bit about yourself. Stefan Rensberg: I have been with meteocontrol in Augsburg, Germany for over 15 years and work there as head of product management, with a great team. As a product engineer, I started with the development of meteocontrol’s first data logger WEB’log and the Safer’Sun monitoring portal. I’d describe myself as being absolutely passionate about photovoltaics in general and especially about the possibilities that photovoltaic monitoring and data analytics offer. What stimulates me is being surrounded by people who create new ideas and innovations and share the vision of a better, cleaner future. Climate change really is a topic for every single day. PES: We would like to know how you define photovoltaic monitoring? SR:

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Dirk Tegtmeyer, co-founder of Ingenieurbüro Mencke & Tegtmeyer GmbH is an old friend of ours at PES. He tells us about the development of the PV industry and the importance of quality through the whole value chain. During the pandemic IMT made small changes to their work routines, which allowed them to carry on developing and producing their temperature sensors. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV, Dirk, it’s great to have this opportunity to catch up with you. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by giving us a brief overview of IMT? Dirk Tegtmeyer: We started in July 1993 as the first spin-off of Institut für Solarenergieforschung (ISFH, Institute for Solar Energy Research) the founders were Detlef Mencke and myself. We wanted to bring our master thesis to the market, silicon irradiance sensor with internal irradiance signal temperature compensation, steady-state sun simulators and I-V curve analyzers for PV. IMT first started to expand in 1999, with first employee, Nikolai Maris, who is also now an associate. Until 2011 our expansion was continual. It slowed a little in 2012 and 2013 because of the German politics on renewables. Since then we have increased our export quota massively

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Dr Rob Grant FRSC, CEO at Gas Recovery and Recycle limited dropped in to PES to bring us up to date with on the latest for argon recycling, which they continue to refine. He is optimistic about the future and thinks a bounce back from the problems associated with Covid 19, is on the horizon. Currently, a new product is nearing the end of its development, which is aimed at recycling the ultra-high purity argon, where the impurity levels in the recycled argon are below 0.01ppm and nitrogen free! PES: Hi Rob, it’s a pleasure to talk with you as always. We have been following GR2L closely for some years now and you are regular participants in PES Solar/PV. To start with please could you give us a brief overview of your company? Dr Rob Grant: GR2L was founded in 2008 to commercialise chemical looping combustive purification technology, developed in collaboration with Cambridge University, UK. This addresses the 10-10,000ppm impurity level gap not addressed by current conventional gas purification technologies as seen, for example, in the microelectronics industry at the low ppm end and the general chemical processing industries at the top end of the gap. We specialise in the recovery, purification

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It was a great pleasure for us at PES to speak with Kees Hoogendijk, Managing Director, EKO Europe. Accuracy is of paramount importance to this company and now they have made improvements to their already world famous pyranometer and launched the new MS-80S, with multiple added aspects of value for their customers. To produce the smartest, most innovative, accurate, and best in class sensors on the market remains their quest, so we’re sure we can expect more in the future. PES: Hi Kees, welcome back to PES Solar. We have worked with EKO for many years and it’s good to have the chance to speak with you. For the benefit of our new readers could you give us a brief overview of EKO? What products are you best known for? Kees Hoogendijk: EKO Instruments was founded in Japan over 90 years ago, and develops industry-leading solar energy sensors, and scientific instruments for environmental research. One of our most famous products is the MS-80 pyranometer. We launched it in 2016 and until recently it was the only ISO 9060:2018 Class A solar sensor on the market in the top tier ‘fast-response’ and ‘spectrally flat’ sub-categories. We’ve since launched the MS-80S so there are now

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PES thought it was time to catch up on the latest news from Ecoppia. We had a very interesting interview with Oscar Aira Zunzunegui, VP Sales. This go-ahead company is a top player in automation and robotics for large-scale solar and their cloud-based, connected platform and an array of robotic solutions allow smart management of solar plants. Even during this global pandemic, Ecoppia successfully managed to keep an optimal production as always. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV Oscar, it’s great to have this opportunity to speak with Ecoppia again. Would you like to begin by giving us a brief overview of Ecoppia? Oscar Aira: Thank you for having me. In the past 7 years, since late 2013, Ecoppia has been a pioneer and world leader in automation and robotics in the solar industry, offering robotic cleaning solutions for PV modules, keeping them clean, at a year-round peak performance. Our cloud-based, autonomous robotic systems remove dust and soiling from solar panels, typically, on a nightly basis, while leveraging advanced machine learning. Managed and controlled remotely, our platform allows solar projects to maintain maximum performance with a minimal cost and no human intervention. We offer the Ecoppia E4 solution to fixed tilt installations, mainly in

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