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BIPVBOOST is a new Innovation Action at European level, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project has been launched in October 2018, with a kick-off meeting held by TECNALIA in its facilities in Bilbao (Spain), on October 4th-5th. The meeting gathered the 19 partners forming the consortium and served as starting point for the BIPVBOOST project. The overall ambition of the BIPVBOOST project focuses on bringing down costs of building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling the compliance with the main market requirements and contributing to a widespread implementation in nZEBs. The premise of the project is that BIPV market uptake has been hindered in the past years by the difficulties of the industry in providing holistic solutions complying with key demands from the market, such as aesthetics, flexibility of design and cost-effectiveness. In this sense, a joint industrial effort is crucial to conceive and develop highly-efficient and multifunctional energy producing construction materials that enable boosting market opportunities at a world-wide level for the European photovoltaic and construction industry value chains. BIPVBOOST will address these challenges by implementing short- and medium-term cost reduction roadmaps along the BIPV value chain: Flexible and automated BIPV manufacturing process Large portfolio of

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Esdec Innovation Center boosts sustainability and innovation On October 10, Esdec, producer of mounting systems for solar panels, opened the Esdec Innovation Center in Deventer. This center houses a new research & development lab and a training center for solar installers. With this center, Esdec contributes to innovation in the solar industry and, on a more general level, to increasing sustainability in the Netherlands. Last year, three million solar panels were installed in the Netherlands; this is sixty percent more than in 2016. This increase is expected to continue this year. Through the Innovation Center, Esdec and the sector facilitate further sustainability increases in the Netherlands. Training programs Correct placement and fastening is crucial for solar panel safety. Esdec considers it important for installers to be aware of the safety requirements and to have mastered the skills they need to correctly mount solar panels. In the Innovation Center, beginning installers can be trained, and experienced installers can gain additional knowledge about matters such as wind load, fire safety, and system grounding. Specially-developed training programs allow installers to practice with various mounting systems on different roof types, which have been set up in the training center.

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Repositioning standard PV business solutions to Asia, mainly China Continued strategic focus on further developing Heterojunction, SWCT™ and next step cell/module technologies Increased robustness against market volatility by substantial reduction of net earnings breakeven point Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today launched a transformation programme and structural changes to further increase customer proximity, optimise its global production footprint and existing fixed cost base and improve the company’s robustness against market volatilities. Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger said: “Meyer Burger successfully returned to profitability in the first half of 2018. However the same period also showed substantial market volatility in terms of customer demand for our photovoltaic products and solutions. We have initiated an ambitious transformation programme that will enable Meyer Burger to become leaner and more focussed. Our strategic priorities remain Heterojunction, SmartWire Connection Technology as well as next generation cell/module technologies.” Repositioning standard PV business solutions to Asia As the manufacturing industry for PV wafers, cells and modules is predominantly located in Asia, Meyer Burger will also move a significant part of its global sales and services functions for the standard PV business solutions from Europe to Asia, largely to China. The company is also evaluating further outsourcing

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Tanking up on solar power for clean mobility (Wels, 12/10/2018) Solar technology pioneer Fronius Solar Energy is driving forward the efficient integration of the electricity, heat and mobility sectors: the company is opening the first in-house green hydrogen refuelling station in Thalheim bei Wels in Austria. The system uses solar energy to produce clean hydrogen, which can be used to power vehicles with fuel cells. For Fronius, the project represents another step towards the company’s vision of “24 hours of sun”. Hydrogen has an important role to play in sector integration, that is to say the efficient use of renewable energy for electricity, heat and mobility. For this reason, Fronius is working on solutions for the production of green hydrogen, generated using excess solar energy from photovoltaic systems. With the SOLH2UB refuelling station in Thalheim bei Wels, the company is now demonstrating just how well this approach works.  The trial run of the pilot system has been in operation at the Fronius development site since May. It produces hydrogen largely from excess solar energy using electrolysis – this hydrogen can then be used by on-site fuel cell vehicles or it can be stored for reconversion into electricity and heat. The components required, such

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Latin American market driven by increased commitment to renewable energy, commercial and utility solar ROCKLIN, Calif., October 9, 2018—The burgeoning solar market in Latin America and the continued investment in renewable energy in the region has led SMA to surpass1 GW of installed solar capacity in Latin America. SMA’s Latin American business covers all of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. “This is an incredible accomplishment for the SMA team in Latin America,” said John Susa, executive vice president of sales for APAC and the Americas. “Our presence in this market has continued to grow along with the increased demand for solar and storage. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for this very important region when it comes to renewable energy.” Primarily led by installations in Chile and Brazil, the 1 GW of capacity is largely a result of commercial and utility-scale solar installations, as well as some off-grid and hybrid systems. The residential market is also growing at a rapid pace, and SMA is supporting the development of this segment with its reliable residential solutions. In addition to solar inverter sales and support, the company offers SMA OPTIM in the region—one of the world’s leading PV plant O&M

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250MW PV Module factory, supplied by Ecoprogetti The 1st and only fully Glass Glass and Bifacial automatic manufacturing line in Morocco, produced entirely in Italy, close to Venice, using the highest European Standards. Ecoprogetti delivered Africa’s largest and most modern PV module factory to Almaden Morocco, which has initiated the automatic production line on the 5th of July 2018 and expects the commissioning and production to start in late October 2018. The New 250 MW automatic production line is equipped with the latest technologies for manufacturing high quality Bifacial double glass modules. The configuration of the automatic production line supplied by ECOPROGETTI was designed to manufacture the highest quality of Glass Glass solar panels, the most sensitive areas of the line that make this possible are the stringer machines and the laminators. The Electric laminator (ECOLAM DS 10) has the shortest and most reliable cycle times, as well as the best temperature uniformity over the complete plates which enables a rapid lamination process with excellent Gel Content tests results. Each heating plate of the laminator can be controlled separately to optimize the lamination of each panel produced. In addition the ECOLAM's fast air evacuation system blocks the formation of air bubbles in the panel during the

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Alberta Oil Producer placed a follow-up order for more of Simark’s successful, fully integrated Variable Frequency Drive Systems (VFDs). Simark’s VFD systems help the oil producer to significantly reduce costs with unique installation and operations benefits. Total order amount: CAD 0.5 million. Brunnthal/Munich, Germany, October 9, 2018 – Simark Controls Ltd., a subsidiary of SFC Energy, leading provider of hybrid power solutions to the stationary and mobile power generation markets, has delivered another follow-up order for their fully integrated Variable Frequency Drive systems (VFDs) to an Alberta Oil Producer. The order amounts to CAD 0.5 million. These VFD Systems operate electric submersible pumps (ESPs) used to artificially lift heavy oil from well-pads. The VFDs significantly reduce installation and operating costs. Additional benefits are improved pump uptimes, optimized pump operation and augmented oil production. “We continue to adapt our Variable Frequency Drive solutions to suit the unique requirements of each one of our users”, says Mark Vandenbrink, Vice-President Drives & Motor Control of Simark Controls. “Oil & gas producers are looking for intelligent customized solutions to help them increase their performance, automate their operations, reduce their integration and operating costs, and facilitate their logistics. Our Simark systems portfolio is perfectly

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The FABiA® coating system developed by Meyer Burger was awarded this year's Solar + Power Award in the category Solar PV Process Award during the EU PVSEC in Brussels. The Solar + Power Award annually recognizes innovative manufacturing and product solutions within the entire value chain of the PV industry. Meyer Burger’s process engineer Valdimir Breus and development engineer Marcel Leonhardt accepted the award during the ceremony from Michael McCarthy (CEO of the Irish Solar Energy Association). FABiA® cell deposition equipment is the only passivation machine on the market which combines three processes in one tool and offers benefits for future upgrades as a flexible modular system for mass production. FABiA® is qualified for PERC, PERx, p-type and n-type cell concepts, as well as for mono- and multi-crystalline wafers. The new FABiA® combines all market proven benefits of Meyer Burger’s industry leading MAiA® passivation technology which has over 30 GW equipment installed and in operation globally. This makes FABiA® the ideal technological platform to deliver top quality passivation processes for reduced overall production costs while ensuring customers a high return on investment. Advanced interfaces and no vacuum breakage provide further improved cell passivation, resulting in increased cell efficiency and equipment reliability, which

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Combining Energy for a Greener Future Installation of solar PV plants under 10kWp increased by 46% from July 2015 to July 2018 and is still climbing (source: BSW Solar). The reduction of feed-in tariffs has made the consumption of self-produced power one of the most important aspects of PV power. It is essential to integrate energy storage and energy management systems to continue to improve the efficiency of solar power. For this reason, VARTA Storage GmbH and Solare Datensysteme GmbH are intensifying the cooperation that they established in 2015. Geislingen-Binsdorf, Germany, 4 October 2018: After successfully developing the intelligent charging time shift function, both companies are intensifying their cooperation. The goal is to make PV power even more appealing. Regarding increased cooperation, Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO of Solare Datensysteme GmbH, says, "We look forward to continuing our working relationship with VARTA Storage GmbH to ensure that PV power is used where it is generated. The two components of energy storage and energy management have to be optimally matched to each other. The professional cooperation of VARTA and SDS is based on the common goal of 'a successful transition to clean energy.' This is our motivation and a significant factor in our success." Gordon Clements,

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Kolitzheim (Germany); Mumbai (India) – BELECTRIC, a German based company, further increases its footprint in the ever-growing solar PV industry of India by securing a major contract for a large-scale solar project. “India is not only one of the largest PV markets but also one of the most challenging. That’s why we are particularly proud to have been awarded a contract for a 250 MW-AC solar plant by Fortum Solar India Private Limited,” explains Ingo Alphéus, CEO of BELECTRIC Solar & Battery GmbH. “It is also by far the most sizeable project we have won so far from a third-party customer. Together with the 349 MWp (250 MW-AC) project Limondale, which we are starting to build for our parent company innogy SE in Australia, this underpins our strong position in large-scale EPC and O&M for ground-mounted PV.” Jitendra Singh, CEO & Managing Director of BELECTRIC Photovoltaic India Pvt. Ltd, adds: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract for this new project in Karnataka which is going to be the largest capacity installation we have done in India. This project includes five sites in a solar park totaling to 250 MW-AC and we plan to start construction next month. This new contract

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