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The Technical University of Berlin (HTW) tested the efficiency of 20 renewable energy storage systems and rated BYD’s Battery-Box as No 1 Shenzhen/Berlin, December 4th, 2018 – BYD Co. Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, has been ranked as the most efficient energy storage system in the latest test by Technical University Berlin (HTW). The survey “Stromspeicher Inspektion 2018” compared 60 data sheets of the most active providers in the German market and then tested 20 systems of providers who have a combined market share of more than 50 percent in Germany. The focus of the survey was the analysis of information on storage capacity and efficiency. The test is aimed at providing more transparency and comparable data to help installers and consumers to choose the most suitable solution based on reliable and proven facts. Despite regulatory obstacles the adoption of de-central solar power and storage systems is gaining momentum. According to HWT more than 100,000 photovoltaic (PV) systems in combination with battery systems for powering buildings have been installed in Germany already. Every second newly installed PV system in the residential building area is now equipped with a battery storage system. How well storage systems can support

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Energy flow chart includes PV production, consumption, feed-in, and storage Visualize individual inverter performance Monthly PV production forecasts Intuitive chart navigation Now available on Google Play and the App Store Geislingen-Binsdorf, December 3, 2018: The new Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ App 1.2.0 offers even more intuitive ways to monitor solar PV plants. The innovative app is specially designed to make sure PV system operators can quickly and easily access the right information on the status of their photovoltaic plants. Data is immediately transferred from the Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ online portal to the app so solar plant performance details are available on-the-go, from anywhere around the world. Energy Flow – Complex Data Made Simple The Energy Flow chart is now available on the mobile app for Solar-Log WEB Enerest™ L and XL users.  This eye-catching graphic allows users to view the flow of electricity between the plant, building, grid, and battery. Users can see how much PV power is being produced, how much is being used, how much self-produced power is being fed into the grid. Users can also see if the battery is charging or discharging. Inverter Performance – Rapid Fault Detection The balance chart now includes a display of up to 10 individual inverters

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The new FuturaSun photovoltaic roof built by CPL CONCORDIA is now fully operational on the BAXI plant in Vicenza, in North Italy. Each new boiler is created using clean energy. The 1 MW semi-integrated photovoltaic plant occupies 6,000 sqm of the plant located in the Vicenza province, built by the top facility and energy management firm CPL CONCORDIA (MO), in its capacity as project EPC. The plant was connected in May 2018. A total of 3,675 FuturaSun FU270P photovoltaic panels were installed, manufactured by the dynamic company based in Padua, a consolidated name on the international photovoltaic scene. The panels are connected to 19 Inverters with 8 kilometres of electrical cables installed. The system provides 992 kWp of power, which satisfies 25% of the entire plant's annual electrical energy requirements, and 100% of requirements for the manufacture of boilers, which previously stood at 10.4 kWh per boiler. Overall annual energy generation amounts to 1,250,000 kWh, with emission saving amounting to 650 t/year of CO2. In this way, BAXI has succeeded in optimising self-consumption of energy generated by the photovoltaic system and rendering the boiler production line energy-renewable. These results stem from the above-average performance of FuturaSun panels compared to market standards, insofar as they guarantee

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Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Big and Beyond - Sustainable energy to reach the 1.5 degrees climate target The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) envisions a world with 100% renewable electricity supply where electricity is accessible to all and where electricity makes major inroads into satisfying the final energy demand for living including communications, zero-emission transport and mobility, efficient heating and cooling, and even sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials. By applying Solar PV, buildings will increasingly become places of energy production and not only of energy consumption. ETIP PV will distribute its vision paper right to the start of the UN climate summit “Cop 24” in Katowice, Poland. (www.cop24.katowice.eu) Marko Topič, ETIP PV Chairman: “Our vision is a sustainable future with a clean European and global energy system! Thanks to the abundant availability of sunlight, the technology’s modularity, and continuous cost reductions, Solar PV can become the largest source of energy worldwide and is able to meet the challenge of drastic decarbonisation and there is big potential for further improvements in all related technologies with accelerated research, development and innovation (RD&I).” Marko Topic continues with the main topics of the vision paper: Photovoltaic solar electricity (Solar PV) has recently become the lowest

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Alfa Laval has successfully completed additional tests at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) to verify the biological efficacy of Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 without holding time. As a result, PureBallast 3 is on target to be the first UV ballast water treatment system with zero holding time in its U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for all three water salinities. The test reporting is in its final stages. “The ability to discharge ballast without holding time in United States waters is an important issue for many customers,” says Peter Sahlén, Manager Research & Development, Alfa Laval PureBallast. “PureBallast 3 was the first ballast water treatment system to be revised G8 ready, and the new test results put it on track to be the first UV system with zero holding time under USCG regulations.” To learn more about Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 and Alfa Laval’s approach to ballast water treatment, visit www.alfalaval.com/pureballast About Alfa Laval PureBallast PureBallast, which was the first commercially available ballast water treatment solution, is a chemical-free technology sold and serviced by Alfa Laval. A vital component of PureBallast is the enhanced UV reactor, which was developed jointly by Alfa Laval and Wallenius Water based on Wallenius Water technology. All PureBallast systems

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Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory acted as financial advisor to its client NOMADD Desert Solar Solutions, a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) cleaning technology company, facilitating a strategic investment by specialist Saudi Arabian construction company CEPCO. This Series B investment round will support NOMADD’s current project pipeline and further strengthen NOMADD’s growth ambitions, whose unique and patented PV cleaning robot system is ideally placed to serve the burgeoning growth of PV installations in dusty desert environments, such as the MENA region. After a comprehensive search for a suitable strategic investment partner, Apricum identified CEPCO, who is specialized in the design and execution of projects in the power transmission and distribution sectors. “With CEPCO’s manufacturing and engineering expertise, we will be able to optimize and commercialize our patented robot technology, reducing costs and providing a superior, cost-effective cleaning solution to our customers,” said Jos van der Hyden, co-founder and CEO of NOMADD. “Through our robotic cleaning solution and dust mitigation services, our customers are able to dramatically maximize their energy yields. This investment, therefore perfectly supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by not only maximizing local content, but by increasing yields for PV projects, which supports the expansion of PV capacities in the Kingdom,” said

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EDF Energy, through a new partnership with Powervault, is offering existing solar PV owners the chance to earn more from their systems by purchasing one of the most advanced and cost effective home battery systems on the market at a heavily discounted price, when they sign up to EDF Energy grid services. Compatible with any solar PV system, Powervault 3 is a smart battery that stores energy generated by solar panels during the day to use at night; it also has the capacity to store cheap energy from the grid, helping customers to reduce their electricity bills. Powervault say that customers who’ve installed a Powervault 3 to store solar energy can expect to save up to 50%[i] on their energy bills. This saving is even higher for customers on time of use tariffs that draw electricity from the grid when it is cheaper to store for later use. The Powervault 3 battery will be offered as a standalone product, or can be combined with EDF Energy’s new grid services package. By adding grid services, customers will be allowing the energy stored in their Powervault 3 battery to form part of a network of small, domestic batteries across the country, which can be used

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− The Q.PEAK-G4.1 310 Wp solar modules manufactured by Hanwha Q CELLS have been certified in the highest quality category by Altroconsumo and Istituto Tecnologie Avanzate − The criteria for obtaining the recognition of Excellent Quality cover a range of performance, reliability and cost factors − Alberto Nadai, Hanwha Q CELLS’ Area Sales Manager of Italy, said: “This accolade from Altroconsumo and ITA serves to underline just why Hanwha Q CELLS’ modules are an attractive choice for solar developers looking for a cost-effective solution that will enhance their own reputations as reliable installers of PV systems.” [Berlin, Germany, November 27, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL) (“Hanwha Q CELLS” or the “Company”), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, can this week confirm that its Q.PEAK-G4.1 solar modules have been awarded the highest rating for quality by Italy’s Altroconsumo and the Istituto Tecnologie Avanzate (ITA). In tests conducted on 14 solar modules from leading suppliers, Altroconsumo and the ITA ranked Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK-G4.1 310 Wp solar module in the “Excellent Quality” category thanks to the module’s superior performance, durability, reliability and competitive price-point. The Altroconsumo and ITA tests are marked by exclusive seals that serve to certify

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Fronius wins two prizes at once  (Wels, 26/11/2018) Fronius International GmbH was recently honoured not only for the outstanding design of its products, but also for its pioneering services. The Fronius Ohmpilot, a clever consumption regulator that uses excess PV energy to heat water, and the Fronius SOLH2UB, the first green hydrogen filling station to be operated at an Austrian company, proved to be equally adept at winning the plaudits. “The Fronius Ohmpilot is not only a practical helper in the efficient use of solar energy – and thus an important building block for the vision of 24 hours of sun – but it is also a real design wonder,” explains Martin Hackl, the head of solar energy at Fronius International GmbH. The jury of the German Design Award 2019 agreed. Good design is not just about looking good – good design is the translation of complex technical functions into easy-to-use and easy-to-understand forms that are fit for the intended purpose. This is exactly what the Fronius design team led by product designer Martin Frittajon achieved with the Ohmpilot, which is why the top-class international jury of the German Design Award 2019 has recognised the outstanding product design of the Fronius Ohmpilot with

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Winterthur/Switzerland, 22nd of November 2018 – The leading simulation and design software for building-integrated energy systems has just been released in version 11.0 and comes with a completely new look. The new logo, the new website, the new color scheme of the templates, the newly-designed diagrams, the new product range and the new licensing scheme all reflect the fresh breeze blowing through the Swiss software maker Vela Solaris. The new, hexagonal logo frames the letter Y central to the brand name Polysun, thus underlining the modern set-up of Vela Solaris, the producing company, with a view to the future. Generation Y, a name given to the generation born between 1980 and the early 2000s, are the first digital natives. They usually are highly professional and have grown up with computers, the internet and mobile communication. Their affinity towards technology and software combined with a pronounced interest in the protection of the environment makes them the ideal Polysun users. As a consequence, they increasingly occupy key positions in a new, digitized world. The alveolar logo also features prominently on the newly designed web page www.velasolaris.com. Swiss mountain landscapes coupled with high-tech buildings make it clear that for Vela Solaris, having close affinities to

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