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Intersolar Europe, Munich, Germany (June 21) – REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, yesterday launched its brand-new N-Peak high-performance solar panel at Intersolar Europe in Munich. The new panel breaks fresh ground for REC and the industry: this is the first solar panel to combine n-type mono half-cut cells with a twin-panel design, and promises excellent power output of up to 330 watt peak allied to lasting performance. The production of n-type mono cells kicks off at the end of June in REC’s brand-new industry 4.0 manufacturing building at the company’s Singapore plant. The first N-Peak modules are scheduled to roll off the line in August. It’s not every day that a leading producer of solar panels unveils a totally new product, and the launch event – adding to the cheer at REC’s traditional late-afternoon Happy Hour – proved a big attraction yesterday at Intersolar Europe. Before a large audience of visitors and media representatives eager to find out what REC had in store, REC Group CEO Steve O’Neil introduced the new module at the company’s booth, saying, “The new REC N-Peak writes the next chapter in our company narrative. We are taking a big step

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Acting on behalf of developer Energiekontor, leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power has been appointed as Owner’s Engineer for the construction phase of Withernwick Wind Farm Extension, located in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd started balance of plant construction work on site this month, and the project is scheduled to be commissioned during early 2019. After signing a long-term corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with a global company in the consumer goods industry, Energiekontor has achieved financial close for this wind farm project, which is believed to be the first UK wind farm that is financed without the requirement of government subsidies or support mechanisms. Ralph , Construction Director at Natural Power, said: “We are delighted to be working on another project with Energiekontor, in particular, this ground-breaking subsidy-free scheme. As our industry continues to and deliver better and more cost-effective renewable energy, we are working hard to be at the forefront and support our clients by providing comprehensive services delivered by our experienced and knowledgeable team to guide and advise our clients in delivering successful projects.” Natural Power will provide owner’s engineer and project management services during the construction, turbine installation and electrical commissioning phases of

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At Intersolar Europe, ABB’s new PVS-175-TL string inverter, which delivers up to 185 kW active power has been recognized by industry experts as the leading PV product innovation at the 2018 Intersolar Awards. Delivering up to 65 percent savings on installation and logistic costs for ground mounted utility scale applications, the ABB PVS-175-TL delivers the largest capacity on the market for a 1500Vdc string inverter. The unique capabilities of ABB’s new PVS-175-TL lie in its ability to generate up to 185 kW active power and the judging panel was impressed by the high modularity of the product, which improves yields and reduces operational maintenance costs. Judges praised the string inverter as the next step in improving the overall efficiency in PV systems and recognized its high power density and operating temperature range between -20°C and up to 60°C. Together with all the key benefits of traditional string inverters, its innovative modular design means that up to 65 percent fewer inverters are required to complete the optimal power block, without the need for AC recombiners. This delivers up to 65 percent savings on installation and logistic costs, improving Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for utility-scale installations. The three-phase PVS-175-TL with advanced digital capabilities through ABB

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Off grid avocado farm in Australia completely self-sufficient for 660 daysMunich, June 21, 2018 - Battery storage manufacturer Tesvolt and project developer Unlimited Energy were awarded “The smarter E Award” for a project realized in South-West Australia. The avocado farm in Pemberton has already been operated on battery power only for the last 660 days. The energy concept for the farm includes a 53 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic system that simultaneously feeds a 160 kWh saltwater battery system as well as a 48 kWh Tesvolt energy storage system. The farm is completely self-sufficient and is operated without connection to the power grid. Press photos can be found here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-und-unlimited-energy-gewinnen-the-smarter-e-award__prr27.html“People want sustainable and organically grown food. The avocado farm proves that climate-neutral production is possible even in the outback," says Daniel Hannemann, Commercial Director of Tesvolt. "We are proud to be part of this project and that our technology makes a significant contribution."100 percent self-sufficiency in a demanding environmentThe avocado farm in South-West Australian Pemberton produces 90 tons of avocados annually on 5 hectares, which are sold regionally. The fruit, which need a lot of water and sun to develop their optimal taste, are supplied with water using hydraulic water pumps from underground water tanks during the hot and dry Australian summers. These fill up during the very rainy winter season."The whole system would not function without the

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Huawei will continuously invest in R&D and technology innovation, to accelerate positive development of the solar industry Yesterday, at Intersolar Europe 2018 in Munich, Germany, Huawei launched its all new Huawei FusionHome Smart Energy Solution, with an industry leading efficiency of 98.6%. In addition to its impressive efficiency, the solution holds the record as the lightest and smallest solar product of its kind, with high safety and reliable performance. It also inherits Huawei FusionHome’s flexible design, with battery ready (LG Chem), providing maximum convenience for homeowners. Two days before this new product launched, Huawei received news that its competitor SolarEdge were suing for patent reasons, claiming their technology had been applied to this product. As one of the world’s leading innovative solutions providers, Huawei wishes to assure its customers and partners that it will defend its products against these allegations. Founded in 1987, today Huawei serves more than 170 countries worldwide. With three decades of experience in innovation, Huawei integrates PV technology with smart information technology, simple design and intelligent O&M. In 2017, Huawei was ranked 83rd on the Fortune Global 500 companies and 70th in Interbrand’s Top Global Brands. Since 2013, Huawei has provided an industry-leading smart PV solution, becoming a global

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20.06.2018 09:55:00 CEST, Reutlingen Manz AG is sharing information about the technological development of its turnkey thin-film solar module factory, CIGSfab, at the leading European solar industry trade fair, Intersolar Europe, from June 20-22, 2018. The high-tech equipment manufacturer is also providing an update on the two large-scale projects CIGSfab in Chongqing and CIGSlab in Peking, which Manz is currently carrying out in the People's Republic of China. As a global technological leader in production systems for CIGS thin-film solar modules, Manz is currently building two modular and configurable turnkey production lines in China. The CIGSfab in Chongqing, with an annual production capacity of 306 MW or roughly three million modules, will begin operations in the summer of 2019. Just a little over one year since launching the project and five months after first breaking ground in January, Manz is currently getting the equipment ready for the nearly 60,000 square meter production facility. The operator of the CIGSfab in Chongqing will be Chongqing Shenhua Thin Film Solar Technology Co. Ltd., its main shareholder is the world’ s largest energy company, the Shenhua Group. "Everything is progressing according to plan. 3,500 tons of high-tech equipment are making their way to the Yangtze – an

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• GPM Horizon enables future-proof fleet management by integrating digitalization technologies and combined renewables systems in one tool • Real-time monitoring scalable to support growing portfolios and new emerging renewable energy technologies • New platform builds on data management experience from over 10GW of solar PV plants and 7.5 GW of wind farms plants being managed by DNV GL Munich, Germany 21st June 2018 – DNV GL is launching GPM Horizon, the world’s first data monitoring platform with full integration of current and future renewable energy systems including solar PV, wind and energy storage assets. GPM Horizon enables future-proof fleet management by bringing digitalization technologies and integrated renewables systems together in one platform, which are the key drivers for the global energy transition. Global energy forecasters, including the International Energy Agency, foresee a rapid growth in renewable sources. In its 2018 Energy Transition Outlook DNV GL forecasts that by 2050, well over 80% of electricity will be generated by renewable sources with wind and solar PV each contributing over one third to the mix. As the global renewables market will grow exponentially, with renewable sources of energy to meet 40% in primary demand by 2040 according to the International Energy Agency, As a result, a rise in

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“Following the June 2018 FFR tender round, there are discussions and commentary referencing market saturation and the possibility of clearing prices dropping further. Whilst average prices in the Dynamic FFR market have fallen in 2018, the average prices for Dynamic FFR delivery up to September 2019 have remained consistent. “It is significant that Dynamic and Static FFR were not procured in any quantity for delivery over Summer 2019 (from April to September 2019), despite National Grid informing the market of its requirement for at least 250 MW for overnight and 60 MW during the day for this period prior to the tender. “National Grid is scheduled to provide feedback on the tender to FFR market participants on Friday, 22nd June. In the meantime, we can only surmise why National Grid decided to hold back with the procurement of the required FFR volumes for Summer 2019. “Our preliminary evaluation leads us to think that National Grid might award contracts for FFR capacity for Summer 2019 in two of the new FFR service categories. These were recently announced as part of their SNAPS initiative and are expected to deliver from December 2018 onwards. “The new range of services will include Dynamic Balancing, Dynamic Containment and Static

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Providing essential maintenance and repair services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) requires a very high standard of service to be delivered. Companies that hold such contracts must have considerable expertise and resources. Individual customers can take advantage of these standards and facilities to ensure their projects are delivered efficiently and professionally. Ross Barraclough, Regional Operations Director (North) for Sulzer, looks at how the partnerships formed by a maintenance service provider can benefit the wider customer base. As a manufacturer, it is essential to offer your customers an aftersales service that will provide maintenance and repair services, to ensure continued, reliable operation of your equipment. However, with more complex or high-volume products, supporting an aftersales service can require considerable investment in facilities and personnel. Take, for example, high voltage motors and generators. This equipment is of high value, either financially or as an essential part of a process, so the speed in which repairs can be delivered becomes crucial. By carefully selecting a maintenance and repair partner that can deliver the necessary service within the best possible timeframe, it is possible to support every customer to a point that they receive immediate attention. Creating the partnership It is this ability, coupled with an extensive, worldwide network

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From June 20th to 22nd, 2018, SCHMID presents itself at the Intersolar Europe in Munich at booth A2-160. At Intersolar Europe, the SCHMID Group proves that its production systems and energy storages do not only rank among the best in the photovoltaics and energy storage industry, but also convince with their environmentally friendly properties. As early as 2011, SCHMID founded the Energy Systems business unit in perfect synergy with the PV division and supplies the entire solar value chain up to turnkey production solutions. “What counts to us are especially two things: that our high-tech systems can apply the most innovative processes and that the manufacturing processes are also environmentally friendly in terms of their consumption values,” says Dr. Christian Buchner, Vice President of the business unit Photovoltaics at SCHMID, regarding the challenge between high-tech and sustainable engineering. SCHMID masters these requirements and presents itself at this year’s Intersolar Europe as a strong partner and premium supplier in the field of renewable energy. With the Alkaline Edge Isolation, SCHMID offers the world’s only alkaline process for edge isolation and rear side polishing of high-efficiency cells which does not require any hard-to-handle nitric acid. The elimination of HNO3 significantly reduces production costs and is also environmentally friendly

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