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Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) has by far achieved the highest efficiency for the conversion of sunlight into electricity. The basis for this latest achievement lies in the special multi-junction solar cells as well as the perfect interplay between the cell and the module optics. In the EU-funded project CPVMatch, a consortium of research institutions and companies has demonstrated how to optimize both of these aspects and thus better exploit the potential of this technology. The achieved module efficiency of 41.4 % is the highest value ever measured for a photovoltaic module. High-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) systems offer renewable electricity with the highest conversion efficiency and thus a correspondingly low use of resources especially in regions with high direct normal irradiance. In this technology multi-junction solar cells, based on III-V compound semiconductors, are used. In these solar cells, several thin subcells are stacked on top of each other in order to convert the solar irradiance more efficiently. Optical lenses concentrate the incoming sunlight onto the miniature sized solar cells. The modules are mounted on a two-axis tracking system that follows the sun’s path during the day. The industrial implementation of highest efficiencies for concentrator PV modules and thus the reduction of the gap between research

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− Latest iteration in Q CELLS’ storage product range is a modular system that can be scaled from 4 kWh to 20 kWh − Q.HOME MANAGER enables homeowners and small businesses to better monitor their energy usage − Hanwha Q CELLS Head of Sales EU, Maengyoon Kim remarked: “The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 energy storage system further cements Hanwha Q CELLS’ position as a full solutions provider of quality products for Germany’s competitive solar and storage market.” [Berlin, Germany, November 21, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or “The Company”), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, has today announced the launch of its new scalable and modular energy storage system – the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 – in Germany. The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a bundled product that comprises a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER, the energy management control platform. This new storage solution has been developed to help homeowners and small businesses make cost-saving decisions on their energy use patterns while take firmer control of how and when they store and consume their solar energy. This latest iteration – which complements Q CELLS´ existing All-In-One solution,

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Cleve Hill Solar Park - the pioneering solar and energy storage scheme which aims to be amongst the lowest cost generators of electricity in the UK and will not require government subsidies, submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) on the 16th November 2018 for determination by the Secretary of State for BEIS.  Having initiated the first bird survey four years ago in 2014 the submission is a significant milestone, marking the commitment and passion from the team for this ground-breaking project. Extensive pre-application consultations, rigorous environmental studies and engagement with nature conservation bodies have all shaped the application. Cleve Hill Solar Park will be the UK's first solar scheme to be classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) due to its anticipated generation capacity being over 50MW.  This landmark proposal located on the north Kent coast will aid a low carbon economy and support the UK target of reducing our carbon emissions by 80%. Cleve Hill Solar Park will power over 91,000 homes with clean, affordable electricity along with preventing the emissions of over 2.2 million tonnes of CO2. The project also includes energy storage provision, which is a fundamental part of the Government's Clean Growth Plan; Cleve Hill's energy

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At the end of November, the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in Argentina. Recently, CCTV G20 Summit "Roads of Argentina" has been launched and focused on the signing agreements of Cauchari 300MW smart PV power plant project, which is witnessed by the heads of state of China and Argentina. It is the largest PV power plant in South America as well as the first large-scale PV power generation project in Argentina. Located at 4,200 meters above sea level in Jujuy, Argentina, the 300MW smart PV power station is the highest-altitude PV power plant in Latin America. The plant is adopted Huawei Smart PV solutions entirely. The area of this site is equivalent to the half area of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. The completion of the project will terminate the status of Jujuy’s purchase of electricity from other provinces, achieving self-sufficiency in electricity. Moreover, the project adopts Huawei Smart PV solutions and high-altitude construction experience, which will provide valuable experience for Argentina's national energy development strategy. It is the first successful project in Argentina after the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China, which will help promote long-term mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

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− The 107 kW solar PV array at the Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm, Sweden was completed using 334 Hanwha Q CELLS’ Q.PEAK DUO 320 W half-cell modules − Power Purchase Agreement signed with Eneo Solutions and module installation carried out by Swedish developer Nordic Solar − The hotel will self-consume all the solar electricity generated by the array − Clarion Hotel Sign CEO Henrik Berghult said: “Throughout the life of this PV system, the hotel will save more than 130 tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is awesome.” [Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or “The Company”), the German subsidiary of one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), has supplied its award-winning Q.PEAK DUO half-cell modules to the largest hotel rooftop solar installation in Stockholm, Sweden. The Clarion Hotel Sign, located in the center of the Swedish capital, has this week connected its new 107 kW solar PV array to the grid. The system was installed by Swedish developer Nordic Solar and has been delivered to the Clarion Hotel by renewable energy firm Eneo Solutions under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Installed on the rooftop

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Recently, the leading global developer, service supplier, wholesaler and energy solutions provider BayWa r.e. and Huawei renewed a comprehensive cooperation agreement in Shenzhen. The two parties jointly announced a deep cooperation on the global PV power plant project business and promote the intelligent upgrade of the global renewable energy industry. Mr. Benedikt Ortmann, Managing Director and Mr. Tino Weiss, Director of Global Purchasing of BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH, Mr. Chen Guoguang, President of Huawei Smart PV Global Sales and Service, as well as many other senior leaders attended the annual cooperation meeting to expand the framework agreement. In 2016, BayWa r.e. chose to cooperate with Huawei. Within two years, Huawei provided BayWa r.e. with around 600MW inverters and Smart PV solutions, which was highly recognized by BayWa r.e. The Company’s solar project pipeline consists of more than 5 GW. As a core supplier, Huawei will apply the most advanced technologies to BayWa's PV power plants. BayWa r.e.’s Don Rodrigo 175MW Smart PV Plant, Spain The age of intelligence is coming to us. Huawei brings digital to every PV plant and renewable energy enterprises, enabling our customers and partners to lead in the intelligent world. Huawei is willing to continue the deep cooperation

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The investment will amount to 500 million Euros ·         This multinational corporation will build seven photovoltaic plants in Spain located in Extremadura, Andalucia and Aragon which will reach a power capacity of 300MW. ·         It will also build two wind farms in Mexico (144 MW) and carry out projects in Chile that will add up to 50 MW of power. 16th November 2018. - The multinational corporation OPDEnergy - specializing in the production of energy assets and in the management of all related phases (development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance) - will build 500 MW distributed in various photovoltaic solar projects located in Spain, Chile and Mexico next year. The investment for the aforementioned projects will be of approximately 500 million Euros, financed through the Project Finance Scheme with various financial institutions. With regards to the projects that OPDEnergy will build in Spain, there are seven photovoltaic solar plants totalling 300 MW of power and they are scheduled to start operating by the end of 2019. These projects are located in: Extremadura, with 50 MW in the La Fernandina solar plant; Andalucia, with 100 MW distributed in two 50 MW plants located in Puerto Real (Cadiz) and Alcala de Guadaira (Seville); and Aragon,

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This deal represents another important cooperation between Hanwha Q CELLS and CGN New Energy,following a 66 MW module supply deal for a Top Runner Project in July − Total module volume supplied by Hanwha Q CELLS to CGN Power Group has now reached nearly 400 MW − General Manager of China Business Division, Hanwha Q CELLS, said: “This deal represents the customer's high recognition of our Q.ANTUM mono solar module Q.PEAK-G5 series. It will inspire the Company to continuously improve the quality of our product and service.” [Shanghai, China, Nov.16, 2018] Hanwha Q CELLS (Qidong) Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or the “Company”), the subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, has recently signed a 100 MW module supply agreement with an EPC contractor, Central Southern China Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd. of China Power Engineering Consulting Group Corporation, with respect to a solar plant to be constructed for CGN New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (“CGN New Energy“) in Hubei Province, China. This deal marks another important cooperation between the two enterprises following Hanwha Q CELLS securing a 66 MW module supply tender for CGN New Energy’s

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HERZLIYA, ISRAEL (November 15, 2018) – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, is a winner of the 2018 BIG Awards for Business. The Company received the "New Product of the Year Award" for its EV-charging inverter in the Energy Category. Founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world, the Business Intelligence Group awards companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers. SolarEdge developed the world’s first EV-charging solar inverter which offers the fastest AC EV charging rates by supplementing grid power with PV power. The Level 2 EV charger offers charging of up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger with its innovative solar boost mode. SolarEdge’s inverter with HD-Wave technology integrated with an EV charger enables PV production and EV charging from a single inverter and monitoring and management platform. The combined solution allows EV owners to charge their vehicles with renewable energy and offers considerable cost savings on both hardware and installation. “The BIG awards recognize truly innovative thinking that leads to both business excellence and industry breakthroughs,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer of Business Intelligence Group. “By combining EV charging with

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Fast-track project delivery allows customer to maximize revenues from feed-in-tariffs. ABB has delivered an integrated automation solution that controls production at China’s first commercially operated concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. Fast completion of the project enabled the plant to become the first to produce power in the Government’s CSP initiative while also beating the deadline to qualify for the maximum feed-in tariff. Located at Delingha in central China and operated by China General Nuclear Power Group, the 50-megawatt plant, which is equivalent to the power produced by 45,000 tonnes of coal a year, started producing renewable power on 30 September this year. It is one of 20 demonstration plants in a government initiative to establish CSP commercially and boost the country’s growing capacity to produce emission-free renewable energy. China is already the world’s largest producer of solar photovoltaic (PV) power but generates little with CSP. Whereas PV converts light from the sun into electricity, CSP uses the sun’s heat to produce steam and generate power. Unlike PV plants which operate only during daylight, CSP plants can store the heat and use it at night. The brain of the CSP plant is the ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus distributed control system (DCS), which unifies all the

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