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Augsburg/San Salvador, December 07, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has just laid the groundwork for further growth. The world's leading provider of independent PV monitoring systems has signed an agreement to set up a joint venture in El Salvador. Together with the partner company ECOBLITZ S.A. de C.V., meteocontrol plans to expand its presence in Central America and Mexico and to intensify the customer support it provides there. The new company will operate under the name of meteocontrol Central America S.A. de C.V. and be based in San Salvador. “By establishing another joint venture, we are systematically continuing to apply our expansion strategy in Latin America,” said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. “The partnership with ECOBLITZ will give us a local presence in Mexico and Central America. We will be able to increase our market position and accelerate our growth as a result.” The photovoltaic market has great potential that will fuel this growth. In the wake of rising demand for electricity and widely fluctuating power rates, governments in these countries have begun to support the controlled expansion of renewable energies. Projections show that PV growth in Mexico alone will reach about 17 gigawatts within the next five years. meteocontrol

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Leading renewable energy underwriter develops $95 million of insurance capacity to meet market demands in the Middle East.    London, December 7th 2017 — Leading renewable energy insurer, GCube Underwriting Ltd, has announced that it has secured a new underwriting facility, led by reinsurer Trust Re, for the Middle Eastern clean energy markets. GCube, supported by Trust Re and in partnership with two other influential regional backers, has developed an additional $95 million of underwriting capacity for new wind and solar projects in the region. The first development to be completed under the new facility is a project forming part of the 1.8GW Ben Ban scheme, the largest PV development area in the world at 37km squared. The site, situated in the governorate of Aswan, comprises 41 plots, each with a power generation capacity of between 20 and 50MW. The development of the facility has been significantly driven by domestic policy in the Middle East; Egypt is seeking to source 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2022, while Saudi Arabia has a target of 9GW of installed capacity by 2023. These targets owe their existence to the international movement to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, as well as the recognition of the need to diversify away from

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Reduced manufacturing costs Improved efficiency New process for diamond wire sawn wafers integrated into LINEX inline system Market potential for 2018 in excess of 70 GW Kahl am Main, 6 December 2017 – SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) has brought a new texturing process for the machining of multicrystalline solar wafers to production readiness. Multicrystalline solar wafers are increasingly cut with diamond wire, which permits a markedly higher yield of wafers per block. The market for multicrystalline solar wafers is expected to continue to rise next year, with a growing proportion of wafers processed using diamond wire saws. This technology means the cost per wafer can be significantly reduced. Using this sawing technique is more environmentally friendly than the conventional slurry process, which involves a mixture of oil and silicon carbide. The sawing process damages the surface of the solar wafers; this is then processed by wet-chemical texturing. Texturing removes saw marks and produces a uniform, homogeneous structure. The new innovative manufacturing process from SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES incorporates two distinct steps developed in-house: the use of new additives and the use of ozone for post-cleaning. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Chief Executive Officer, explained: “The texturing of solar wafers is a manufacturing step that has

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GmbH (RENA) develops a new inline system for porous silicon etching and starts cooperation with Christian Albrecht University in Kiel (CAU) to develop a simple manufacturing concept for silicon anodes for use in lithium ion batteries. Further potential application for photovoltaics. Today’s lithium ion batteries typically rely on anodes made of graphite. The limited ability of the material to store lithium ions however restricts the energy density of such system s. Silicon can take up much more lithium ions and offers a theoretical specific energy density ten times higher than graphite, thus making it an appealing alternative approach. The problem: Silicon expands strongly when loaded with lithium ions which typic ally leads to cracking and destruction of the anode within a few cycles. Researchers at the Kiel University have overcome this limitation by structuring the silicon in an electrochemical etching step. “The voids within the structure allow for the expansi on of the silicon and avoid mechanical fracture of the material”, explains Sandra Hansen, researcher at the Kiel University who published outstanding results with th is technology. However, the current etching process is not appropriate for mass - production scale - up because it typically requires a sealing on the processed substrate

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Santiago, November 30, 2017. Verano Capital, an American project developer headquartered in Chile, announced today that it won 18% of the solar capacity in auction at the Argentinian energy tender with its 100 MW VeCaSo-1 solar project. Located near Mendoza, Verano’s PV project was selected on a winning bid at $42.50/MWh. This is yet another achievement for the company, who completed the development of a project that was awarded a large chunk of the Chilean energy auction just 2 weeks ago. The VeCaSo-1 100 MW project is set to be completed in 2019 and will run on a 20-year “take-or-pay” power purchase agreement. Within this PPA framework, the generator takes on the production risk, with its plant expected to deliver power on a must-run basis. CAMMESA, Argentina’s national utility company, on the other hand, must integrate all of the plant’s output, or remit compensatory energy payments if it fails to do so. “We are very pleased that our bid was able to meet the demanding qualification criteria of this second round of tender. We are taking pride in delivering a very sound project, in terms of economics and prices of course, but also mindful of the Argentinian people and economy with the

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- Photovoltaic system with east-west orientation and performance ratio of more than 86% - Q.FLAT-G4, the self-developed Q CELLS flat roof system, lowers energy costs for commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses - Q.PLUS solar modules with Q.ANTUM technology boast greater yield and lower electricity production costs [Thalheim, Germany, November 30, 2017] - A 100 kW Q.FLAT-G4 photovoltaic flat roof system has been installed on the roof of the fire protection company Nagel GmbH in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany. The flat roof solution Q.FLAT-G4 combines Q CELLS solar modules with a customised substructure. The system consists of 356 Q.PLUS-G4 solar modules with 280 Wp and Q.ANTUM technology. With a performance ratio of 86%, the system is designed to produce more than 80,000 kWh of clean energy per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 500 kg. Roeder Solar GmbH, headquartered in Halle, planned and installed the system with east-west orientation.  Over the past 13 years, the company has installed more than 1,200 solar energy systems in central Germany. Roeder Solar GmbH is a Q.PARTNER, a company within the Hanwha Q CELLS installer network. Q.FLAT-G.4 - Maximise yield, minimise power generation costs The Hanwha Q CELLS system solution Q.FLAT-G4 forms the basis for the system in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Q.FLAT-G4 is much more than just a substructure. The experts at Hanwha Q CELLS optimised it specifically for the

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) is holding its Technology Day 2017 at the technology and production site in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany, today. The primary focus of the event is on Meyer Burger’s PV cell technologies with participants enjoying a tour through production including the company’s Heterojunction production line and MB PERC technology assembly. One of the main themes at the Technology Day 2017 is Meyer Burger’s focus on innovation and the leading role its technologies have played in shaping the PV industry. A highlight of the visit will be the premier of the champion 334.9 Watt module as precisely measured and confirmed by TÜV Rheinland - Solar Energy Assessment Center Cologne (SEACC) and based on Heterojunction (HJT) cell technology and SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT). The HJT solar cells in the 60-cell glass/white backsheet module were processed on an industrial manufacturing line operating at Meyer Burger (Germany) in Hohenstein-Ernstthal. The results underscore the transfer of recent successful R&D progress. The HJT cells used for the 335 Watt module had an average busbar-less efficiency of 23.5% using commercially available 6-inch (M2) n-type wafers. The best cell achieved a busbar-less efficiency of 24.02% based on a Fraunhofer ISE certified measurement calibration. The production

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The Al-Zaatari refugee camp is located in Jordan, just 10 kilometers away from the Syrian border. It has gradually evolved into a permanent settlement and in 2015 the camp population was estimated at 83,000 refugees. Opened by the Jordanian government and UNHCR -the UN refugee agency- on July 28, 2012 to host Syrians fleeing the war, the camp has become one of Jordan’s biggest cities, with residents having developed their own economy by starting more than 3,000 businesses. The 12.9 MWp photovoltaic plant, the world’s largest solar farm of its kind, is already supplying energy to the Al-Zaatari refugee camp, mainly powering lighting systems, refrigerators, heaters and power outlets. The PV plant has been constructed by Belectric. Ingeteam has supplied five of its 2.33 MW power stations in order to inject the energy coming from the PV array into the camp’s internal grid. Every power station comprises two central inverters housed in a 20-foot-long container, in addition to a power transformer, low voltage switchgear, medium voltage switchgear and auxiliary services panel. This is all supplied on a turnkey basis in order to ensure immediate, simple installation and field commissioning. Scope of supply For this project, Ingeteam has supplied: Five power stations fitted with all the

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As concerns about increasing home energy costs continue, ABB expects to see stronger demand from ‘Prosumers’ in 2018 for smarter solutions to manage energy usage. With 80 percent of consumers now owning at least one smart home device and over a third (36 percent) investing in energy management technology to provide greater control of their energy usage*, the rise of the prosumer highlights one of the most exciting trends in renewable energy, with ABB predicting even greater competition and innovation in the energy sector for 2018. ABB believes that it is this desire to harness energy and use it only when required that will lead to increasing demand in 2018 for solar inverters with integrated energy storage, control and smart features, like its UNO-DM-PLUS inverter and REACT, that enables consumers to store excess energy for use it when it is most needed. These 'prosumers’, who install solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solutions, will look to maximize self-consumption. Research by IHS Markit™ **predicts that the rate of self-consumed power will increase to more than 2.5 percent of total final electricity consumption in Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom by 2020, with more than 25 TWh of electricity being generated and self-consumed

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New delivery contract for production machines signed First PVD coating machines for HJT ordered Contract includes SILEX II processing line Kahl am Main, November 27, 2017 - The SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG (SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES) continues to be successful in marketing production equipment for the manufacturing of heterojunction (HJT) high-performance solar cells. A few days ago, a delivery contract for a production line of the SILEX II type as well as the delivery of the new cathode sputtering system under the product name GENERIS PVD was signed. The still pending prepayment for this order is expected to be received shortly. New GENERIS PVD with high reproducibility and highest efficiency with low operating costs. SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES has already assembled and delivered numerous vacuum coating machines for the use in the solar industry. With the new GENERIS PVD sputtering system SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES transfers its know-how of these coating machines to the work area of heterojunction. The solar cells are automatically conveyed through the process chambers and are coated on both sides. The GENERIS PVD ensures a high level of uniformity in terms of layer thickness amid a level of reproducibility of the layer with highest efficiency and low operating costs. The GENERIS PVD was specifically

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