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The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) elected during the meeting today in Brussels the Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen for the term 2018 - 2020. Marko Topic, Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Elec. Eng. and Affiliate Professor at the Colorado State University, was reelected as ETIP PV Chairman. Wim C Sinke, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and Gaëtan Masson, Managing Director of Becquerel Institute, Brussels, had been reelected as vice-chairmen of the ETIP PV. Marko Topic stated: “It has been a privilege and honor for the three of us to act as the chairman and vice-chairmen of ETIP PV and we enjoyed the cooperation in developing and communicating strategies for the further growth and technological progress of PV in Europe”. He continued: “We believe in the need to re-strengthen the ETIP PV working groups and further work on becoming the point of reference for all stakeholders, especially the PV research and manufacturing industry, but also European and Member State officials”. On Wednesday, 2nd May 2018, ETIP PV also reelected Steering Committee members and elected new members representing European countries. The new members of the Steering Committee are: Franz Karg                         Avancis Richard Moreth                  VITRONIC Riccardo Po                       Eni spa Uwe

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The European market for residential storage systems is continuously growing. Where around 31.500 systems were sold in 2016, the market reached 50.000 new installed systems in 2017. A current analysis from EuPD Research shows that despite various market entries, sonnen and LG Chem were able to maintain their strong positions ahead of VARTA Storage. Bonn. The positive development of the European photovoltaic market continues and has an immediate effect on the progress of the storage industry. After merely 7 GW in 2016 around 8,5 GW of new systems were installed in 2017. A current prognosis from EuPD Research estimates the market in 2018 will reach around 10 GW. In 2017 the segment below 10 kWp, which is relevant for residential storage systems, increased by 31% as compared to 2016 and covered around 2,8 GW. The storage industry benefitted from the rise in new photovoltaic systems as, based on an analysis of sales numbers by market- and economic research institute EuPD Research, around 50.000 new storage systems were installed in 2017. In comparison to 2016 this results in an increase of around 60%. Germany still plays the dominant role within this development. In 2017 around 37.000 new systems were installed in Germany.

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 Focus on innovation in solar building skins / building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)  The second IPV workshop was organized in Berlin with the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin and SETA Network, London  Further events planned in Spain, France and the Netherlands The conference and workshop on Innovation in Solar Building Skins & Energy Efficiency towards Sustainable Cities took place in Berlin. Experts from the building sector, politics, finance and photovoltaics have discussed the implementation of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). The German event was organized by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB), together with SETA Network, London, and in collaboration with the BIPV group of the European Technology & Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV). “Highly attractive lighthouse projects demonstrate the feasibility of BIPV solutions, but implementation on a massive scale is still too slow”, states Prof. Rutger Schlatmann, one of the organizers of the conference and Director of HZB-Institute PVcomB. Buildings, facades, and streets offer large surfaces that can be used to produce climate-friendly energy through photovoltaics. At the same time, buildings can also house various kinds of storage media for renewable energy or charging stations for vehicles and thus help stabilize the power grid, as explained by Dr. Silke Krawietz in the context

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April 26, 2018 - ABB inaugurates innovative microgrid with battery energy storage at its Vadodora manufacturing campus - a first in India. ABB’s world-class power institute to train customers on latest technologies ABB today inaugurated an innovative microgrid solution at its Vadodora manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India. This is the company’s largest facility in India, with over 3,000 employees and among ABB’s biggest manufacturing hubs in the world. The microgrid is the first of its kind to be installed at a manufacturing campus in India, and will harness the area’s abundant solar energy supply to help the expanding factory meet its growing electricity needs, while lowering its carbon footprint. The microgrid’s rooftop photovoltaic field and its innovative battery-energy storage system will support the factory’s productivity and enable green power supplies in the evening hours or during cloudy periods during the day. A sophisticated ABB Ability™ control and automation system, serves as the brain of the microgrid, ensuring the maximizing the use of renewable energy. The use of renewables will lower the facility’s carbon footprint by approximately 1,400 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Microgrids with integrated battery energy storage offer industrial and business establishments a viable solution to mitigate planned and unplanned power

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At Intersolar Europe, leading manufacturers and experts will showcase how digital solutions and business models are driving the market for inverters Munich, April 26, 2018 – Inverters have become all-rounders, used not just for converting direct current into alternating current but for analyzing and controlling PV installations as well as solar batteries, power-to-heat and smart home solutions. They include interfaces for digital communication and are connected with energy management systems which also incorporate electric vehicles. Inverters owe their growing versatility primarily to digitalization and the new fields of use this opens up. Their diverse capabilities are also reflected in supply figures: 2017 was a record-breaking year, with continued growth of 23 percent over the previous year bringing inverter shipments to 98 gigawatts, according to an analysis by GTM Research. Industry professionals can learn more about the trends shaping this future-oriented market at Intersolar Europe 2018 from June 20–22 in Munich. In addition to efficiency currently approaching the 99 percent mark, inverters are gaining entirely new innovative potential all along the energy supply chain. Digitalization is opening up new fields of use and business models for manufacturers. For example, inverters with an integrated charging function can refuel electric vehicles up to two and a half times

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announces that it has entered into a Preferred Partnership Agreement (PPA) with Mondragon Assembly Group, a global specialist in the development of automation and assembly solutions and an internationally recognized producer of equipment for the manufacture of solar modules. Both Meyer Burger and Mondragon view this as an important strategic milestone which further strengthens two global technology leaders in the PV module market. Mondragon Assembly is part of the Mondragon Group, a leading global industrial company, and it specializes in the development of automation and assembly solutions and the manufacturing of equipment in a wide range of industries. Mondragon Assembly produces machinery for PV systems including core equipment for solar module production and it is also a leading integrator and international turnkey contractor for module lines. With its expertise in integration and contract manufacturing, Mondragon is ideally positioned as outsourcing partner for the production of equipment for Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection Technology. The preferred partnership agreement enables Meyer Burger to benefit from Mondragon’s international manufacturing network and established supply chain. For Mondragon, it is an opportunity to produce manufacturing equipment for the most cost effective cell connection technology on the market today both for

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Huawei and BayWa r.e., have signed a deal to build Don Rodrigo, which will become the biggest single-site PV plant in Spain and the first truly subsidy-free fully commercialized utility-scale PV plant in the world. Huawei will provide its fully digitalized Smart PV Solution complete with a combination of SUN2000-60KTL and SUN2000-100KTL inverters.. This will be a significant milestone for the Spanish solar industry and marks another step for advancing the digitalization of solar technology. Huawei’s vision is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world and its digitalized solar solutions fits with this plan. Huawei’s FusionSolar Smart PV Solution is very innovative, with “less cooper and more silicon”, Huawei’s multi-level topology enables its string inverters to generate higher yields with leading high-weighted European efficiency at 98.8%. In addition, the natural cooling technology and fuseless design - developed over 30 years within Huawei’s global, leading, wireless equipment research and development - provides the project with 0-Touch maintenance. By optimizing and innovating the entire process, from power plant design, construction to O&M, Huawei demonstrates its core value of “Higher Yields, Smart O&M and Safe and Reliable”.

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced the successful conclusion of a repeat order for its high performance MAiA® platform and the first industrial order for its integrated FABiA® system from a major Asian customer. The MAiA® and the FABiA® both deliver an impressive throughput of over 4,800 wafers per hour for the mass production scalable MB PERC technology. A global leader in the PV industry, the customer has chosen the industrialized MAiA® 4.1 for rear-side cell passivation coating to drive the expansion of its production of high quality PERC solar cells at its manufacturing location in Malaysia. The customer has also selected Meyer Burger’s fully integrated FABiA® 4.1 for its production site in China. The innovative FABiA® delivers both front- and rear-side cell passivation in a single platform which significantly decreases production complexity while reducing the overall manufacturing footprint by more than 30%. The FABiA® 4.1 is based on Meyer Burger’s proven inline cell coating technology and delivers the lowest total cost of ownership for manufacturers of high efficiency PERC solar cells in the PV industry today. The contract volume is about CHF 16 million with equipment delivery scheduled to begin in the third quarter and revenue recognition expected

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Huawei and BayWa r.e., have signed a deal to build Don Rodrigo, which will become the biggest single-site PV plant in Spain and the first truly subsidy-free fully commercialized utility-scale PV plant in the world. Huawei will provide its fully digitalized Smart PV Solution complete with a combination of SUN2000-60KTL and SUN2000-100KTL inverters. This will be a significant milestone for the Spanish solar industry and marks another step for advancing the digitalization of solar technology. Huawei’s vision is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world and its digitalized solar solutions fits with this plan. Huawei’s FusionSolar Smart PV Solution is very innovative, with “less cooper and more silicon”, Huawei’s multi-level topology enables its string inverters to generate higher yields with leading high-weighted European efficiency at 98.8%. In addition,  the natural cooling technology and fuseless design -  developed over 30 years within Huawei’s global, leading, wireless equipment research and development - provides the project with 0-Touch maintenance. By optimizing and innovating the entire process, from power plant design, construction to O&M, Huawei demonstrates its core value of “Higher Yields, Smart O&M and Safe and Reliable”. Mr. Sebastian Mohr, Key Account Director of Europe said: “Based

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and teamtechnik, an international leader in production technology, report that it is now possible to connect high efficiency solar cells using electrically conductive adhesives in series production. The results of the joint research project »KleVer« show that the adhesive technology is ready for the market and can be used as an alternative to the widespread soft soldering interconnection technology. Due to the much lower process temperatures of this technology compared to soldering, temperature-sensitive high efficiency solar cells can be connected using adhesives in a gentle and material-saving process. In industrial production, the throughput is only slightly lower than with soldering. The reliability of the adhesive connection was confirmed in tests carried out in a climate chamber. »In the last few years, we were able to greatly expand our expertise in connecting solar cells using electrically conductive adhesives and test this process on the laboratory scale. With the stringer unit, we were then able to further optimize the lead-free interconnection technology on the industrial scale,« explains Dr. Achim Kraft, project manager and team head of Interconnection Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE. Axel Riethmüller, project manager and Chief Operating Officer of teamtechnik, is also pleased: »As

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