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Latest U.S. PV Leaderboard report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables shows that Q CELLS’ market share in the residential sector rose to 26.4%, which nearly equals the share of the next three competitors combined [Irvine, United States, September 28, 2020] Q CELLS, a renowned total energy solutions provider in solar cell and module, energy storage, downstream project business and energy retail, announced today that it has retained top market share in the U.S. residential and commercial solar module markets, underscoring the Company’s consistent leadership in the industry. According to the Q3 2020 U.S. PV Leaderboard report by leading energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Q CELLS captured 26.4% market share in the U.S. residential market for Q2 2020, a 6.4% increase from Q1 2020’s 20% market share. Q CELLS maintained its No.1 position for eight consecutive quarters and its newly recorded market share nearly equaled the share of the next three competitors combined during Q2 2020. The Leaderboard report also ranks Q CELLS as the U.S. commercial market leader with a 13.3% market share. Q CELLS’ commitment to new energy solutions with a core focus on quality Q CELLS continues to meet customer needs with the company’s

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Solar power is the most cost-effective form of energy worldwide, thanks to the many significant research contributions continuously made up to today. A decisive factor here is resource-saving production technology, which plays an important role along with increasing efficiency. HighLine Technology GmbH is the most recent Fraunhofer ISE spin-off company. The Freiburg-based start-up aims to commercialize a new process which was developed at the institute, whereby a contactless dispensing process is used to apply front metal contacts onto solar cells. This process not only saves resources but also increases the electricity yield and the potential for cost reductions. Applications also include production processes outside the field of photovoltaics. The expertise behind the young company HighLine Technology is an accumulation of ten years’ research work on dispensing processes for silicon solar cell metallization at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. During this period in which a multi-nozzle dispensing print head was developed, expansive knowledge was acquired on printing pastes and processes. The developed technology can easily be integrated into conventional production lines for silicon solar cells, replacing the screen printing process normally used for the front-side metal contacts. In addition, the material consumption of the costly silver is reduced

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ArcVera Renewables, an international provider of consulting and technical services for wind, solar and hybrid energy storage projects, has announced its entry into India’s fast-growing renewables market. ArcVera’s new Indian offices are located in Bangalore, India. The company has assembled a team of international experts to deliver industry-leading technical expertise to project developers, lenders, and investors in India as well as other Southeast Asia and Pacific Rim countries. “Several factors have converged to make this a timely and strategically sound long-term business expansion decision for ArcVera. On one hand, India is a large and rapidly growing renewables market.  Now with energy tenders and hybrid project requirements, it is an even more complex and competitive market.  Local developers and investors are seeking best-in-class technical expertise to lower project risk, find advantages no other company has uncovered, and raise project value. On the other hand, the recent exit of a competitor from the Indian wind market has left a vacuum that ArcVera is ideally positioned to fill in,” commented Gregory S. Poulos, CEO of ArcVera Renewables. ArcVera’s services cover the full project lifecycle, including finance-grade resource assessments, project design, technology assessments, financing, M&A, due diligence, construction, operations, and repowering. Its team comprises experienced atmospheric

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Jürgen Schiffer is appointed as the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Meyer Burger Technology AG as of October 1, 2020. In this role he succeeds Manfred Häner, who is retiring. Jürgen Schiffer (*27. 06. 1966) is an experienced financial expert focusing on reporting, accounting, treasury management and tax law. In recent years, the graduate banker has held senior finance and CFO positions at European companies on a mandate basis. In addition to his core competencies in Finance & Controlling, Jürgen Schiffer has gained significant experience as a management consultant and interim manager in dealing with complex turnaround situations. He is familiar with company analyses, the design of quality assurance processes and the development of reporting structures. The responsibilities of the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) include transforming the existing structures and aligning reporting with Meyer Burger's new business model as a technologically leading manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules. Jürgen Schiffer is already familiar with the solar industry from his previous work for solar companies such as Conergy AG and Q-Cells AG. When he takes up his position on 1 October 2020, he will also become a member of the Executive Board. Chairman of the Board of Directors Franz Richter says:

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In the field of organic photovoltaics, researchers are working hard to further increase the solar cell efficiency. New materials obtained from synthetic organic chemistry have enabled significant efficiency increases in recent years. Maintaining the efficiencies achieved in the laboratory on tiny solar cells is often a challenge when the cell area becomes larger. Now Fraunhofer ISE together with the Freiburg Materials Research Center FMF of the University of Freiburg has achieved a record efficiency of 14.9% for organic solar cells with an area of at least 1 cm². This marks an important step for this cost-effective technology on its way to application maturity. The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE has been working on organic solar cells and modules in close cooperation with the Freiburg Materials Research Center FMF of the University of Freiburg for many years with the aim of further developing this technology together with industry partners and making it available at low cost. The principle research focus is to use cost-effective and environmentally friendly materials as well as to develop upscaling methods using roll-to-roll processes enabling solar modules to be produced in a similar manner as films. Organic photovoltaics has special properties that enable numerous new fields of

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Mammoet is delighted to announce it has won two awards at the European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes (ESTA) Awards of Excellence 2020. Mammoet won the ‘Safety’ award for its reverse signaling solution, which creates safer reversing conditions when trailer drivers are working with a spotter. Mammoet then won its second award of the afternoon for the design, build, and debut of its revolutionary technology, Trailer Power Assist (TPA), in the ‘Innovation: end user’ category. ESTA announced the winners on 24 September 2020 during a virtual ceremony, after the event – originally due to take place six months earlier – was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Safety ESTA Award Mammoet won its first award of the afternoon in the ‘safety’ category because of its reverse signaling solution. While reverse alarms have long been a safety feature when trailer drivers are reversing, they can obstruct communication between the driver and their spotter when operating in a noisy environment. To overcome this challenge, Mammoet’s engineers designed an alarm shutoff button that allows the spotter to turn the reverse alarm off to enable a clearer communication channel with the driver, while simultaneously triggering two flashing orange LED lights on the back of the

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The FEED offers an integrated solution for enhanced protection and safety in PV and battery energy systems along with greater field wiring and installation flexibility across a variety of high power, high voltage DC:DC conversion applications Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC has launched a new installation option for its BOSS and SPOT lines of galvanically isolated DC:DC converters – the FEED. The FEED – which stands for fused electrical disconnect – is an integrated unit installed with a SPOT or BOSS device in the factory. The FEED allows for a variety of interconnection and fusing options for Alencon’s DC:DC products. The FEED offers end users supreme flexibility in deploying Alencon’s products. The FEED allows the user to specify the type of terminations on both the input and output of the device, including either screw terminals or PV connectors, appropriately rated disconnects and fuses as well as ground fault indication and fusing. The FEED has been specifically designed to simplify the deployment of Alencon devices across a broad variety of applications including repowering aged PV systems, DC coupling solar plus storage, EV charging and integration with fuel cells, among others. “The rapid expansion of DC sources and loads such as solar, battery

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The “Hof van Twente” solar energy park (9 MWp) is already operational The “Hoogeveen” solar project (24 MWp) is expected to be commissioned in Q4 2020 With installed plants producing over 100 MW, BELECTRIC is one of the leading builders and operators of PV power plants in the Dutch market Kolitzheim (Germany) – The German solar power specialist BELECTRIC continues to expand its presence in the Dutch solar market: With the completion of the “Hof van Twente” solar energy park (over 9 MW), the EPC (engineering-procurement-construction) provider BELECTRIC has achieved a successful on-time launch and connection of the first of two projects for its German client Kronos Solar. The photovoltaic system in the Province of Overijssel consists of over 23,000 solar cells and produces enough climate-friendly green energy to supply around 3,000 households per year. In addition, BELECTRIC is currently constructing the “Hoogeveen” solar plant in the Province of Drenthe. This will have a capacity of around 24 MW when it commences commercial operations in the fourth quarter of this year. BELECTRIC will also assume operations and maintenance services for both solar plants on behalf of Kronos Solar. “By the end of 2020, we will have built a solar capacity of more

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Solar technology tenders activity in August 2020 saw 131 tenders announced, marking a rise of 25% over the last 12-month average of 105, according to GlobalData’s power industry tenders database. Looking at global power tenders activity divided by the type of technology, solar held the second position in terms of number of tenders during August 2020 with a 37.5% share. The proportion of tenders by category in the Solar technology tracked by GlobalData in the month was as follows: Project Implementation: 107 tenders and an 81.7% share Supply & Erection: nine tenders and a 6.9% share Repair, Maintenance, Upgrade & Others: six tenders and a 4.6% share Consulting & Similar Services: four tenders and a 3.1% share Power Purchase Agreement: four tenders and a 3.1% share Electricity Supply: one tender and a 0.8% share. Asia-Pacific leads solar tenders activity in August 2020 Comparing tenders activity in solar technology in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position with 80 tenders and a share of 61.1% during August 2020, followed by Europe with 23 tenders and a 17.6% share and North America with 16 tenders and a 12.2% share. In fourth place was Middle East and Africa with nine tenders and a 6.9% share

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