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SCHMID Group, SABIC and RIWAQ announced their collaboration at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Forum to set up joint ventures in the fields of Energy Storage and Advanced Silicon Material. At the Future Investment Initiative (FII) forum in Riyadh, SCHMID Group, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) and RIWAQ announced their collaboration for establishing a KSA based joint venture with the support of SABIC NATIONAL initiative “Nusaned” focusing on manufacturing and technology development in the fields of advanced silicon material and large scale energy storage solutions utilizing SCHMID’s redox flow technology, for which today the companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). With an estimated total investment of more than 430 million USD, the joint venture mission is fully aligned with KSA’s Vision “2030” and National Industrial Strategy to develop value chain silicon and high-tech industries in the Kingdom. Christian Schmid, President and CEO of the SCHMID Group, said: “Saudi Arabia’s strategic vision to enable establishment of a globally leading local industry focusing on future oriented segments provides an excellent growth platform for technology oriented companies. SCHMID is proud to have the opportunity of partnering with a KSA based global leader like SABIC. We are confident that the possibilities enabled with this partnership

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Heraeus are researching and optimizing novel, selectively coated cell connectors in a joint research project. The Selectively Coated Ribbon (SCRTM) cell connector achieves an average gain of 1.9 W in conventional 60-cell solar modules. The connector can be used in industrial PV module manufacturing without system modification and at no extra cost. Fraunhofer ISE has successfully tested modules with the SCR connector in its accredited TestLab PV Modules. Heraeus and Ulbrich developed a process for the production of the efficient cell connector and presented the new product to the professional audience in September 2018 at the EU PVSEC in Brussels. Crystalline silicon solar cells are usually interconnected by solder-coated copper connectors. These connectors are soldered to the front and backside metallization and conduct the electric current. While conventional cell connectors cannot harness incident light, the coated edges of the SCRTM connector reflect the light indirectly onto the cell surface, thereby providing increased performance. The effect works independently of the angle of incidence. Dr. Markus König, project manager of the publicly funded project for the development of SCRTM cell connector at Heraeus confirms: "Our project partner Fraunhofer ISE successfully supported the most important

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Australian renewable energy company Renew Estate has been granted planning approval to build Bomen Solar Farm, a 120-megawatt (MW) project near the Bomen Business Park, approximately 7km northeast of the Wagga Wagga Central Business District.  The approved project includes a 40MWh battery storage system. When built, Bomen Solar Farm will provide enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of approximately 36,000 homes with clean, green energy.  The project will utilise tracking photovoltaic (PV) systems which will increase the energy generation at the start and end of each day when energy demand is high.  Construction of the project is expected to commence shortly, and the project is scheduled to be fully operational by Q4 2019. Director Simon Currie said: “All elements needed for development such as connection, procurement, offtake and financing are well advanced, and we will proceed with construction of this project shortly. We believe that the Bomen Solar Farm project will play an important role in the development and expansion of the Bomen Business Park”. He added “The recent announcement about the partnership between the Wagga Wagga City Council and Visy to build the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub is very exciting and we are committed to the continuing expansion of

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The Berlin-based company Valentin Software, which is well-known for its worldwide industry solutions, has adapted its market-leading design programs for photovoltaic systems, PV*SOL and PV*SOL premium, to the latest technical developments for 2019 and expanded them for the latest applications. Valentin Software already presented its new products to the public in June 2018 at the world's leading trade fair Intersolar Europe in Munich. With the new versions, system designers and operators can design their solar systems according to the latest findings, simulate accurate yield calculations under site-specific conditions and thus also perform accurate financial calculations, taking state support measures into account. This applies both to the adoption and input of geometric data to represent a 3D model as the basis for positioning the modules as well as the inclusion of complex parameters for detailed technical replication of the entire PV system. Replicating electrical consumers now includes the detailed input of electric vehicles, which can be divided into several groups. For each group the user can determine the vehicle type, number and expected kilometers. The timings at the charging station can be set individually for each group on 7 days of the week. When inputting the installation of the module array, 3D models can

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Solar, marine and biomass all enjoy strong support in rural areas Survey marks UK Government’s Green Great Britain Week - designed to highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK Almost seven in ten Scots living in rural areas support the use of onshore wind energy, a new poll has found. The independent survey is the first to focus specifically on what people living outside urban areas think of renewable energy developments. Results show 66% of rural Scots support the use of onshore wind energy, with 22% saying they have no opinion or don't know and only 11% opposed to new onshore wind farms. All renewable energy technologies enjoy high levels of support, with rural Scots backing solar power (83% support), wave and tidal energy (83% support), offshore wind energy (78% support) and biomass (69% support). The poll, carried out by Survation, also found that eight in ten Scots living in rural areas (80%) think the next Scottish Government should continue to develop renewable energy sources. In comparison, support for building new fossil fuel (coal, gas or oil) power stations or extending the life of existing ones stands at 42%. Just 31% of rural Scots back fracking. Jenny Hogan, Deputy Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables said: “This latest poll

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Working together for an energy transition with solar films - Made in Germany Duisburg, Germany 17 October 2018 - Approximately 185 m² of Heliatek's organic photovoltaic films were installed on the façade of a warehouse of the Duisburger Hafen AG in August. It is a sub-project within the cooperation agreement "Drehkreuz Energiewende", which was established between the Duisburger Hafen AG and the energy company innogy in 2016. The trial installation has 192, three metre long HeliaSol® film panels, making it the largest facade installation to date with organic photovoltaics (OPV). HeliaSol® is an extremely lightweight, very thin and flexible solar film that is produced in an energy-efficient, roll-to-roll process in Germany. Equipped with a self-adhesive backing, the film can be applied directly to a variety of surfaces without further assembly efforts, and without affecting the structure underneath. With the project in Duisburg, the solar films were glued directly onto the metal facade of the warehouse. Ventilation or cooling is not necessary as the films do not lose power or efficiency at high temperatures, unlike crystalline solar technology. The solar films cover an area of approximately 185 m², and generate about as much energy as a 5-person household would consume annually. Due to the

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Leading renewable energy and infrastructure consultancy, Natural Power, has provided technical due diligence support to Statkraft for the acquisition of the Irish and UK wind development businesses of the Element Power Group. The transaction provides Statkraft with a large onshore wind development pipeline in Ireland and strengthens its position in the UK. It is already Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy and has an ambition to grow further within the hydropower, wind and solar sectors. Natural Power was selected for this project thanks to the team’s understanding of Statkraft’s requirements of the task. It was important for the company that the team was adaptable and able to make a thorough and professional assessment within tight timescales. The transaction comprises Element Power Ireland Ltd and three UK project companies, including the current organisation with around 50 employees that will be integrated into Statkraft. The portfolio of wind farms currently under development in Ireland (c. 1,300MW) and the UK (c. 250MW) fits well with Statkraft’s growth strategy and its plan to increase its portfolio of wind power assets to 6,000MW by 2025. Marc Lamphiere, Country Director for Natural Power in Ireland, said: “We were delighted to be working with Statkraft as part of this deal. It’s

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New location in Australia: meteocontrol continues its strategic growth Augsburg and Melbourne, 17. October 2018 – meteocontrol GmbH has opened another branch office: With meteocontrol Australia Pty Ltd. in Melbourne, the leading provider of independent monitoring systems is driving its international growth. An important component of the globalisation strategy is meteocontrol's local presence in growing PV markets in order to provide customers and partners with more intensive advice and better support during installation and commissioning of monitoring systems. The use of solar energy is rapidly growing in Australia. In 2017, the Australian solar industry had a record year with a leap in growth of around 50 percent. By 2022, installed PV capacity is expected to more than double from its current level of around 7 Gigawatts. “The commercial and utility segments in Australia are booming like never before and we have already implemented our first PV projects,” reports Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. “With the new subsidiary in Melbourne, we are expanding our presence Down Under, because proximity to our customers has absolute priority. This is the only way we can provide them our expert advice and immediate technical support.” Leading the new location is David Barshevski as Managing Director of meteocontrol

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17.10.2018 08:45:00 CEST, Reutlingen German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG served as technology partner to French industrial group Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in developing a new laser process for surface treatment of heat-insulating glass for several years – alongside laser specialist TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG. In implementing ACTILAZ™, Manz draws on its many years of expertise in its thin-film solar business segment. ACTILAZ™ uses "laser annealing" to increase the efficiency of metallic coatings on very large glass substrates such as those required for architectural applications. From the very beginning, the development goal of Saint-Gobain's extended development partnership with TRUMPF and Manz was to improve the thermal insulation properties of the glass while at the same time maximizing light transmission. The world's first ACTILAZ™ equipment has been in operation at the Saint-Gobain site in Cologne since 2016. The French glass manufacturer uses it to produce its new ECLAZ high-performance thermal insulation glass for windows, verandas and fully glazed high-rise facades. As a high-tech equipment manufacturer with many years of expertise in the production of thin-film solar modules, Manz was responsible for three technological sub-projects during the development of ACTILAZ™: the conveyor section for the glass substrate, which is up to 3.30 meters wide and

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Hevel Group signs an agreement with Saft about integration of lithium-ion energy storage systems in solar plants to deliver reliable green energy in Altai Republic. Pilot installation will be for the 10 MW Kosh-Agach solar plant near the Mongolian border. Moscow, October 5, 2018 – Saft and Hevel Group, Russia’s largest solar module manufacturer and PV project developer, have signed an agreement to pioneer megawatt-scale energy storage systems (ESS) for solar power plants in the Altai Republic, a remote region in southern Siberia. Integrating Saft’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage technology with the solar plants will ensure a reliable and predictable supply of electricity as well as providing a range of ancillary services to maintain the stability of the local power grids. Hervé Amossé, executive vice president of Saft’s TTG division, said: “This agreement with Hevel is an important development that will see Saft’s first ever ESS deployed for a project in Russia. We look forward to helping to deliver reliable, green electricity for one of the world’s last remaining relatively untouched wilderness regions. As the project develops into its commercial stages we look forward to exploring the opportunities for key elements, such as power conversion systems, to be sourced within the Russia Federation.” As Hevel

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