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The WINAICO WST-MG GEMINI series reaches 375 watts Creglingen, 13.01.2021 – WINAICO Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Taiwan's largest solar module manufacturer Win Win Precision Technology Co, Ltd, will introduce the new WINAICO WST-MG GEMINI module series to the European market from March 2021. The WST-MG GEMINI consists of 120 monocrystalline half cells and achieves a module efficiency of 20.6 % with dimensions of only 1,759 cm in height and 1,034 cm in width. The half-cell technology achieves better temperature behaviour. In addition, reflective wires increase the luminous efficacy and boost the yield. The GEMINI photovoltaic modules are equipped with 9 busbars, which enables lower resistances and power ratings above 370 watts. They are the ideal solution for private and commercial rooftop installations. All solar modules from WINAICO are tested beyond international standards. For example, WINAICO's modules are hailstorm, salt mist, ammonia, PID and LeTID certified. "In view of the enormous growth potential for private and commercial rooftop systems, we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a compact module with strong wattage in the future as well. Of course, we also provide a 25-year product guarantee for the new WST GEMINI series," says Marc Ortmanns, Head of Sales & Marketing at

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The US Renewable Energy Testing Center (RETC) has released its "Photovoltaic Module Index Report” (PVMI) for 2020. Having won a "High Achievers" award in 2019, LONGi has once again carried off the award for outstanding performance following comprehensive evaluation of global photovoltaic modules by RETC. LONGi’s performance in three indicators of reliability, performance and quality identified it as one of only three companies to achieve the award. The company also became the only module manufacturer to perform well in all 8 individual tests, underlining the high reliability and excellent performance of its monocrystalline modules. The PVMI provides a high-level overview of relevant tests carried out by RETC within reliability, performance and quality indicators, followed by a sampling of test data to recognize high performers and showcase high achievement in manufacturing. To characterize reliability, the report presents performance distribution data based on a series of tests, including DH2000,HF30,TC600, DML, UV and PID196h. For the performance category, it presents data characterizing module conversion efficiency, PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) ratings*, Pvsyst simulation (PAN file) and LID. In regards to quality indicators, the results of Thresher Test qualification protocols are listed, exceeding minimum requirements. Being awarded as overall “High Achiever” and demonstrating solid top performance on all 8

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A new agreement between ABB Turbocharging, Hyundai Global Service (HGS) and Hyundai Heavy Industries’ Engine & Machinery Division (HHI-EMD) has established a ‘total service solution’ for ABB and Hyundai customers, delivering optimal efficiency and emissions performance across the entire vessel. Under the agreement, ABB Turbocharging will support HGS in providing long-term maintenance and service to its customers. As part of this support, HGS will be able to access ABB’s global network of turbocharging service stations. By adding this turbocharger service capability, HGS can offer customers a complete lifetime service agreement covering engines and turbochargers. HHI-EMD, HGS and ABB have also agreed to co-operate more closely on data sharing. This will enable the companies to help customers further reduce their operating costs and minimize emissions by maintaining the highest possible engine efficiency. Insights gained through data sharing will also facilitate the development of more data-based offerings to further enhance customers’ service experiences. In addition, HHI-EMD and ABB will collaborate on the development of eco-friendly, efficient upgrade solutions for existing HiMSEN four-stroke engines, further supporting their customers in delivering more sustainable operations. Lee Ki Dong, CEO & President of Hyundai Global Service, said: “The agreement with ABB Turbocharging means that HGS becomes a one-stop service company

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Using drones for solar plant inspections has started to become the norm amongst plant owners and O&M companies because it is quicker, more accurate, more economical and safer. However, plants aren’t being inspected nearly enough to ensure their functionality. PES caught up with Mauro Migliazzi, the CEO of Wesii, to find out how their new product launch this coming February is going to change the way we do solar plant inspections. PES: A warm welcome to PES Solar/PV Mauro, it’s good to talk with you. Would you like to begin by introducing us to WESII S.r.l and telling us how you got started? Mauro Migliazzi: Absolutely, thank you for having me, I’m happy to be here. I first started Wesii in 2016 after 10 years of working in hyper spectral and multispectral remote sensing elsewhere. I had always worked with airplanes but starting my own company you could say that an airplane was out of budget for me, so I decided to spend all my money on a drone instead. My initial idea for Wesii was to help the everyday person learn how to use drones and infrared wavelengths to take better care of their businesses and assets. However, after one

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The state of Saxony-Anhalt and the Federal Republic of Germany are pledging up to 15 million euros in environmental protection aid for the establishment of heterojunction (HJT) solar cell production in Thalheim (city of Bitterfeld-Wolfen). In addition, an investment grant in the amount of 7.5 million euros has been awarded within the framework of public financial assistance for the improvement of the regional economic structure (GRW) for the assembling of the production facility in Thalheim (city of Bitterfeld-Wolfen).The two positive grant notifications were received by Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) at the end of 2020. The basis for the approval of the environmental protection aid is a specifically drafted expert’s opinion from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. The report confirms that Meyer Burger's heterojunction technology (HJT) for solar cell production has significant environmental advantages compared to conventional manufacturing processes. Meyer Burger's investments are considered exceptionally innovative and environmentally friendly, allowing for the award of the maximum grant volume of 15 million euros. "We are pleased to receive this significant environmental aid. It proves that heterojunction technology is not only more efficient but also more environmentally friendly than conventional solar cell technologies," says CEO Gunter

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Edinburgh-headquartered independent energy company InterGen has been granted consent for the UK’s largest battery energy storage project. The project is more than ten times the size of the UK’s largest operational battery project and is set to be one of the world’s largest. It will provide fast-reacting power and system balancing to support the ongoing growth and integration of renewable energy sources and is a significant piece of system architecture critical to the UK’s transition to Net Zero.   InterGen, which currently supplies around 5% of the UK’s power generating capacity, has been granted consent by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for a lithium-ion battery energy storage project as part of their Gateway Energy Centre development on the banks of the River Thames in Essex. The £200 million project will have a capacity of at least 320 MW / 640 MWh, with the potential to expand to 1.3 GWh. When fully charged, the project could power up to 300,000 homes for two hours. However, it will mostly be used to support and stabilise existing electricity supplies by providing fast-reacting power and system balancing. The UK’s transition to Net Zero The ongoing growth and integration of renewable energy sources, such as

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Cornwall Insight examines the Energy Network Association’s (ENA) forecast for Distribution Network Opeators (DNO) flexibility service procurement over the next 10 years. These latest forecasts show more than 1.3GW requirement across all services in DNO regions in 2021. The largest share of the requirement (636MW) is attributed to the Dynamic service which supports the network during fault conditions. The figures also show the largest forecast procurement to be throughout the WPD region, with nearly 800MW of serviced need out to 2023. It should be noted that these latest figures have not published requirements for both NPG and SSEN regions. This suggests that these regions are yet to disclose their future needs, or that they have no requirement for these services in the coming years. Joe Camish, Analyst at Cornwall Insight, said: “Since 2018, DNOs have been tendering and procuring for various flexibility services to help solve congestion (thermal constraints) in local electricity grids. More recently DNOs have started procuring for additional services to meet other network needs such as voltage and reactive power support. “To date, providers of these services have typically been made up of battery storage units, demand-side response (commercial and industrial), gas reciprocating engines and EV fleets. “Procurement of these flexibility services has

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meteocontrol continues its growth trajectory Augsburg, 18. December 2020 – meteocontrol GmbH on course for continued growth. The provider of independent PV monitoring systems heads into the new year with a new management structure, expertise focussed in four business units, in addition to reinforced and expanded existing products and services. At the same time, the Augsburg-based company with its international subsidiaries continues to rely on high quality. This strategy has proven effective: the number of photovoltaic systems monitored by the VCOM Cloud, meteocontrol’s monitoring and portfolio management platform, now numbers 50,000. meteocontrol is starting to play an increasingly important role in the global photovoltaic market, thanks to increasing international project success with well-known customers and key photovoltaic stakeholders. The company has now reached a further milestone with 50,000 PV systems being monitored by its VCOM Cloud monitoring and portfolio management platform. "We are thrilled about the trust and confidence our customers have placed in us. We have set up the VCOM Cloud to respond to the needs of our customers and are constantly enhancing it. The success of our monitoring platform confirms that our approach using high-quality products and services is the right one, even if the competition and price pressure in

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The Government’s latest call for evidence cites ‘community acceptance’ as a key barrier to overcome as it considers how the UK can best deploy 75 – 90 GW of solar power to meet net zero. Sunderland, UK 18 December 2020 – Power Roll, the developer of ultra-low cost and lightweight flexible film for energy generation and storage, has concluded that commercial roof space can easily support the levels of solar PV required to meet the UK’s net-zero targets – without putting further pressure on greenfield sites. The Climate Change Committee in its Sixth Carbon Budget states that 75 GW – 90 GW will be required to achieve net zero under a range of scenarios. Development of solar farms is growing rapidly across the UK. According to research by Solar Media, the cumulative pipeline of UK solar farms has reached 11.6 GW across 469 sites, which includes 4 GW of new sites being scoped or put into full application over the past six months. Typically, developers require about 5 acres (2 hectares) of land per megawatt of solar power, which means an average 50 MW solar farm can occupy up to 250 acres of land. In a recent call for evidence, BEIS is seeking

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Solar farms in Herlheim and Neusitz to go online in 2021 BELECTRIC retains overall responsibility for project development, construction and operation Tuebingen/Kolitzheim (Germany) – Stadtwerke Tübingen (the city’s municipal utility) has already taken on five solar farms from project developer BELECTRIC: Now number six and seven are to be added, including Herlheim – the solar farm with the highest capacity so far in the utility’s portfolio. The two solar farms will significantly increase the green power capacity of Stadtwerke Tübingen by a further 23 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year – which is a big step forward in the utility’s drive to expand its use of renewables. As its long-standing partner, BELECTRIC will develop and then install and operate the two solar farms as a service provider for Stadtwerke Tübingen (swt). Both new solar farms are due to go online in 2021. The green power produced by the two new solar assets will be sufficient to supply the equivalent of around 5,750 four-person households with climate-friendly electricity. “These two solar farms are an important step forward in our expansion drive”, says Ortwin Wiebecke, CEO of swt. “It brings us a big step closer towards our goal of covering 75 percent of Tübingen’s

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