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Greensolver to advise ib vogt on HSE on 9.3 MWp Geldermalsen project Greensolver, the independent technical expert for wind & solar assets, has been selected by German solar EPC and expert, ib vogt to advise their team on Health & Safety topics. First of several projects to be built by ib vogt, the 9.3 MWp solar farm is located on a 10+-hectare landfill near Geldermalsen (Gelderland), alongside A15 motorway in the Netherlands. Commissioned by Avri Solar, who owns the project, ib vogt will deliver its expertise on design, construction management and maintenance. Health & Safety being a growing issue when building renewable assets, it is now mandatory for developers and construction managers to call-in independent experts able to secure those aspects in their projects and provide them with suitable risk management systems. “The Netherlands is a strategic and core market onto which we are looking to extend our presence in the coming years. If we want it to be a success, we need, for each project, to team-up with partners who benefits from a proven experience on the market, and in this particular case, a proven experience on Dutch HSEQ regulation. Greensolver was therefore our first choice. Moreover, we pride ourselves to build renewable assets

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Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), the pioneer and global market leader in electrical connectors for Photovoltaic solutions, and Power-Blox the award-winning Swiss start-up enter into a strategic partnership for innovative energy storage solutions. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, the specialist in advanced contact technology and the rewarded start-up company Power-Blox signed a strategic cooperation and will jointly offer efficient solutions in the field of energy storage and off-the-grid systems. With over 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry and more than 1 billion installed PV connector components, Stäubli Electrical Connectors provides more than 150 GW or 50% of the worldwide PV capacity. With the new technology called "Swarm Power", developed by the Swiss start-up company Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-the-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration. Power-Blox is the first modular solar energy system, which offers alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This revolutionary concept also allows for a completely mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet. "The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our 'alternative energies' business. Combined with our powerful and durable connector solutions for photovoltaic plants, these innovative systems and

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Munich, 1 June 2017. Renewable energy technology company BYD has announced the latest development of its “Fully Sustainable Power Solutions”, a renewable energy business model for advancing its energy storage system, as the company pointed to its success in combining it with photovoltaics. A case study highlighting frequency regulation, one of the benefits of the “Fully Sustainable Power Solutions”, was presented at Intersolar Europe 2017, the solar industry’s biggest trade show. The public showcase comes a year after this business model was unveiled at the same event. The contract for a 60MWh UK project was also signed then. Results from the 60MWh UK project a year on show that BYD’s energy storage system has operated smoothly over these 12 months. The system responds quickly to the grid’s demand, matching over 99% of aggregate demand with five to six cycles every day. This frequency regulation project is the biggest of its kind in the UK to date. Tom Zhao, Managing Director of BYD Solar Division said the success of the project is proof that the revolutionary business model works. “We want to pave the way for more projects to follow suit so that the new energy market becomes bigger and better,” he said. “There

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More than 50 different module models are evaluated in this year’s PV Module Reliability Scorecard Report identifies 20 high performing manufacturers, including several first-time manufacturers in the “high performers” ranking Modules included in the tests were produced in 10 different countries, reflecting the global deployment of manufacturing  Intersolar Europe, Munich, Germany (June 1, 2017) – DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has released its third annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard report, presenting the most complete publicly-available comparison of PV module reliability test results. Although the dramatic module price drop of recent years has helped to accelerate PV industry growth, concerns over cost reduction at the expense of module quality have persisted. As project financiers rely on performance prediction over several decades, it is important to understand the long-term performance of PV modules. The DNV GL Product Qualification Program (PQP) submits PV components to a unique set of tests which gives the clarity needed by module manufacturers, developers and financiers. Manufacturers that participate in DNV GL’s PQP can choose to participate in the Scorecard analysis. Currently about 70% of the largest PV manufacturers participate in the program.   Top findings in the 2017 Scorecard include: Most

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Hamburg, 31 May 2017 – At Intersolar, booth A2.571, Sharp Energy Solutions Europe will show the results of heavy investment in product development over the past 12 months. This includes a highly efficient and award-winning 48-cell back-contact module as well as the flexible "Smart Chap" energy management platform. The platform features a multitude of functions that are easy to use, and is compatible with hardware from a wide range of manufacturers. Positive outlook for Sharp Energy Solutions "In Europe, we have increased sales’ volume in the last six months by more than 20 percent as compared with the previous year, and we are continuing to grow," said Peter Thiele, President of Sharp Energy Solutions Europe. "Due to Foxconn’s investment in Sharp, we are now able to promote our business more aggressively. Sharp has always been known for its visionary focus and innovative force and we are focused on developing new, future-oriented solutions. We are pleased to introduce our latest products, such as Smart Chap and our new back-contact module at this year's Intersolar in Munich. Interested parties can also find out about our comprehensive portfolio and opportunities for partnership." New 48-cell back-contact high-performance module with a module efficiency of 19.8 percent The NQ-R256A (256 Wp)

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31 May 2017, Munich, Germany – Huawei today announces the launch of Huawei FusionHome Smart Energy Solution for the European residential market. Unveiled at Intersolar 2017, Munich, Huawei FusionHome combines smart PV hardware and intelligent monitoring software with the connected technologies of the modern home. This combined solution enables customers to effectively manage their power consumption and maximize energy yields, delivering smarter energy for a better life. Speaking at the launch, Steven Zhoutao, General Manager for Huawei’s Smart PV Business Residential Solution, said:“Huawei FusionHome Smart Energy Solution aims to refine smart energy management, providing an easy-to-distribute, easy-to-install and easy-to-use solution that maximizes the return on investment of installing solar pv at home.” Providing a Smart PV solution that is suitable for all rooftop layouts, Huawei FusionHome has the flexibility to meet the range of customer requirements across the residential market. Huawei FusionHome Smart PV Optimizers can maximize space utilization on the most complex of rooftops, enabling modules to be installed in shade-prone areas, in various directions, and the use of different module types within one string, resulting in increased energy yields ranging from 5-30%. Through the use of more silicon and less copper and Huawei-patented 5-level topology, Huawei FusionHome increases inverter efficiency up

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Neuchâtel, May 2017 – INDEOtec SA (Switzerland) reports a further order intake by the institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). By the reception of this order, the company continues its strong sales momentum for innovative PECVD system concepts in the field of high-efficiency cell architectures. The dedicated OCTOPUS PECVD system configuration is aimed to facilitate advanced research of certain layer stacks for heterojunction and other high-efficiency PV cell devices. Beside the cell concept research, Indeotec is looking forward to the collaboration with Fraunhofer ISE for the further improvement and optimization of process and equipment specific topics. The aspects of the collaboration are intended to form a key element of the extensive tool qualification for the OCTOPUS III mass production platform dedicated for heterojunction cell devices. INDEOtec SA (www.indeotec.com) is a highly innovative thin film deposition equipment manufacturer, located in Neuchâtel (Switzerland). With its OCTOPUS platform the company offers a modular and fully automated cluster deposition system for the deposition of various singular or multiple stacks of thin films by means of PECVD or PVD. The OCTOPUS system significantly reduces the substrate handling and avoids vacuum breakage between top and bottom side deposition cycles.

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Intersolar 2017: Both companies present their latest products and services at booth A4.650 Kitzingen, 31 May 2017. PV power plant developers will now be able to access a complete utility scale and commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop solar solution under a new partnership between PADCON and Jurchen Technology. The partnership, which comes into effect June 1, 2017, will offer a comprehensive balance-of-system (BoS) solution to developers and EPCs from mounting structures and DC cabling, right up to SCADA-based monitoring and potential induced degradation (PID) prevention and reversal solutions. “With this step, we want to expand our product and service portfolio for our customers,” said Jurchen Technology’s CEO Michael Jurchen. “PV plant operators and owners will now benefit from a comprehensive, full service package from a single source for their plant portfolio worldwide.” Through the new partnership the two companies will serve international solar markets. The companies will be establishing branch offices in Spain, France, the U.S., and India, and expand their team with additional staff. In exciting growth markets such as Chile, Australia, Turkey, and Pakistan, the combined offering will be rolled out through an existing network of service partners. “The partnership will provide SCADA hardware and software components,” said PADCON’s CEO Constantin Wenzlik.

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced the successful conclusion of two orders with existing Asian customers for its MAiA 2.1 technology platform with the mass production scalable MB PERC technology. Both of these orders are second instalments to contracts with leading manufacturers of both mono and multi crystalline solar cells which Meyer Burger published on 1 March and 20 March2017 respectively. With these second instalments, the two customers have ordered a total of CHF 120 million in MAiA equipment this year representing more than 7 GW of PERC capacity. Around one third of the equipment ordered is for the PERC upgrade of existing cell production capacity and the remaining two thirds are for additional cell production capacity. With PERC technology, cell efficiency can easily be increased by 1% absolute or more. For example, a cell efficiency of 19% increases with PERC to 20% and more. Hans Brändle, CEO of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd, stated: “The increase of about 1% in cell efficiency seems like a small step but it is very significant for the PV industry enabling further reductions in the cost per Watt (Wp). The fact that two leading PV manufacturers have already ordered a total of more than 7 GW

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Smart solar panel and mechanical engineering from Freiburg: SI Module and M10 Industries show new developments for the solar industry Joint presentation for the M10 Solar Campus at the Intersolar Europe in Munich: The Freiburg-based company group, consisting of the mechanical engineering company M10 Industries AG and the solar module manufacturer SI Module GmbH, will be showing its product range for building-integrated photovoltaics and PV automation between May 31st and June 2nd 2017 (Hall A1, Booth 620). Colourful facades with "Saphir-Skin" photovoltaik panels This year, SI Module will again focus on photovoltaic panels for building integration (BIPV): “Our latest product innovation is the frameless glass-glass panel "Saphir-Skin", which is ideally suited for the design of facades thanks to the general approval for overhead installation”, explains Gregor Reddemann, Managing Director of SI Module and M10 Industries. The solar manufacturer, specializing in special module design, uses "Saphir-Skin" to apply colour to the facade: The solar module offers a multitude of colour variants and the front glass, which is printed with a special pattern, appears as a homogeneous coloured surface. The individual solar cells are almost invisible, but the remaining power yield of almost 90 percent compared to previous solutions is very high. "With the use

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