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- Hanwha Q CELLS aims for market leadership in all market segments in Europe - Self-developed flat roof system Q.FLAT-G4 for commercial and industrial (C&I) market segments and Q.HOME+ ESS-G.1 storage solution for the residential segment introduced - Growing Q.PARTNER network deepens market penetration in rooftop markets - Hanwha Q CELLS fully eligible to participate in solar tenders in France Thalheim, Germany, July 3 2017 - Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. ("Hanwha Q CELLS" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: HQCL), the world´s largest producer of in-house solar cells in 2016, is on a strong growth path in European solar markets and has now announced to launch an additional offensive in all market segments in Europe. "European solar customers are looking for high performance and high quality from a stable and highly bankable partner", says Maengyoon Kim, Head of EU Sales at Hanwha Q CELLS. "Our solar module portfolio based on the proprietary Q.ANTUM technology delivers just that, but in addition, the customers require individual solutions. That´s why we have now added a new PV solution range for the commercial and industrial segment (C&I) as well as for home owners to our Q.ANTUM based product portfolio." Maengyoon Kim added: "We are aiming for overall market leadership in Europe!" Growing rooftop segment in Europe while maintaining pure module sales Coming from a sales

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he technology group Wärtsilä today announces that it has closed the acquisition of Greensmith Energy Management Systems Inc., a market leader in grid-scale energy storage software and integrated solutions. The companies announced the acquisition in May following a year-long global cooperation on stand-alone energy storage and hybrid energy solutions. In 2016, Greensmith's revenue was USD 32 million with over 40 employees. The transaction is valued at USD 170 million (enterprise value). Greensmith will operate as a business unit within Wärtsilä Energy Solutions providing both stand-alone energy storage as well as hybridized energy systems, control software, and integration expertise. The acquisition will enable Wärtsilä to rapidly expand its footprint in the energy storage market globally and position itself as a premier energy system integrator. Growth in the energy storage market is expanding from the United States to new regions including the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia. When Wärtsilä engine plants are further optimized with energy storage, new sources of value can be offered to customers and partners. Also, the growing capacity of renewable generation, including solar PV, becomes more sustainable and attractive when integrated with advanced energy storage. "The acquisition of Greensmith positions Wärtsilä as a global leader in energy system integration and hybrid

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Kolkata, 03 June 2017 – The quality of the photovoltaic modules manufactured by Vikram Solar has convinced the authors of the PV Module Reliability Scorecard Report 2017. Vikram modules were ranked among the best products in three of the five categories tested in the report. The report is published by the leading global certification body DNV GL. Press photos are available at: https://www.vikramsolar.com/photos/nggallery/press-photos/team-vikram The report is available for download from: https://www.dnvgl.com/publications/pv-module-reliability-scorecard-2017-93448 The DNV GL Module Reliability Scorecard Report has been published for the third time. This year’s edition saw products from 22 module manufacturers undergo comprehensive testing in five categories. The report aims to deliver well-founded information on the long-term reliability of solar modules. Vikram modules scored above average in highly accelerated stress tests of dynamic mechanical load and damp heat at high ambient temperatures, as well as under humidity freeze tests which represent frosty conditions in regions of Europe, North America and Asia.  Such aggressive tests can have a detrimental effect on the lifespan of solar modules. Damp heat prevails in many of the sub tropical countries where Vikram markets its solar modules. Similarly, dynamic cyclic loads are often caused by wind or snow, and can lead to cell cracks and other damage

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WACKER and Royal Tech CSP Sign Partnership Agreement for New Heat Transfer Medium for Use in Solar Thermal Power Plants in China Munich and Shanghai, June 29, 2017 – Munich-based Wacker Chemie AG has intensified its cooperation with Royal Tech CSP Limited of China, a specialist for highly efficient solar thermal systems that are based on CSP (concentrated solar power) technologies. The two companies signed an agreement to this effect. Under its terms, WACKER will supply its newly developed HELISOL® silicone fluid to Royal Tech, its exclusive partner in China. Royal Tech uses the silicone fluid as a heat-transfer medium in its solar power plants. HELISOL® can withstand thermal stress of up to 425 °C for a long period of time and its viscosity remains low even at -40 °C. In combination with Royal Tech’s parabolic trough collectors, the fluid enables efficiency levels that are not possible with conven- tional heat-transfer fluids. At present, Royal Tech is building a 50- megawatt solar power plant in the city of Yumen in western China. Auguste Willems, member of WACKER’s Executive Board, under- scored the importance of the new partnership: “As a leading poly- silicon manufacturer, we have become a key player in the global expansion

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ABB will provide an advanced microgrid to WEB Aruba N.V., the main power utility serving the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. ABB’s software, automation and control technologies will help WEB Aruba integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time, while meeting Aruba’s growing demand for electricity. The island is 32 km long and 10 km across its widest point. It has a land area of 179 square km and a population of about 103,000 inhabitants. A popular tourism destination, Aruba has a peak demand of 134 megawatts currently met by a mix of thermal, wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The utility has set a goal to generate half its annual average energy supplied from renewable energy sources and the other half from alternative fuels by 2020, supporting the government’s vision to become completely fossil-fuel free. ABB’s microgrid solution allows for integration of a complex energy generation portfolio and maximizes the use of renewable energy, while optimizing operations in real-time. Using 24 hour forecasts of both renewable output and system load, the system will help plan operations and adjust dispatch in real-time to accommodate changes in renewable output, load or generation availability. This leads to a more

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With the best technology available, the Sheridan Community School has developed a plan to eliminate their energy costs using and selling self-generated solar power. Schools are among the largest energy consumers in a municipality. In order to create a pleasant learning atmosphere, electricity is needed for classrooms, gymnasiums, and much more. The costs are correspondingly high, but can be significantly reduced when creative solutions using solar technology are applied, as in the example of this forward looking strategy. In Sheridan, Indiana, the Sheridan Community Schools were given particularly attention for their electricity consumption, because the annual cost of electricity has soared to over $ 290,000 and should rise by up to 7 percent in the coming years. But with the installation of 5,900 solar collectors on the school grounds, the electricity bill could be significantly reduced. Also, seven DEGERtrackers D60H with 175 solar modules and an installed capacity of 54.52 kWp generate solar energy every day. With the installation of additional fixed solar systems and rooftop systems, around 960,260 kWh solar energy are produced and fed into the public grid every year. By selling the generated electricity, the school covers the costs of the institutions consumed electricity and is a net-zero energy building. Instead

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•   Five Siemens Gamesa turbines of Six-Megawatt-class have now been installed on floating foundations in Stord, Norway, at the 30 MW “Hywind Scotland” project – the world’s largest floating wind farm •   Strong collaboration between Siemens Gamesa and Norwegian company Statoil can make a new step towards unlocking offshore areas in the future and develop a niche into a large market From the deep fjord outside Stord on the west coast of Norway, the floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters. The world´s largest floating wind project will be located 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at water depths between 90 and 120 meters. “Siemens Gamesa views the floating wind farm market area the same way as we did with offshore wind farms in the early beginning: it is a very interesting area that is initially a niche market. This niche may, however, develop over time into a large market. It is a niche in which we would like to build a strong position for this reason” said Michael Hannibal, CEO of Offshore at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The floating foundations in the Hywind project are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed with mooring lines. With their lightweight nacelles, Siemens

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Munich, 23 June 2017: As a part of a major programme of ongoing investment in the UK renewable energy operation services market, BayWa r.e. has opened new offices in Milton Keynes. This follows the successful acquisition of Green Hedge Operational Services in December 2016, and complements ambitious ongoing investment in recruitment, internal systems and software. BayWa r.e. currently services over 700 MW of large-scale solar and wind farms in the UK, and is expecting significant business growth. BayWa r.e. also continues to consider further acquisitions to grow its capabilities and market reach further. Matthias Taft, Board Member of BayWa AG, responsible for the energy business, explains: “Over past years there has been significant renewable energy development in the UK, which has grown the market of operating assets to a considerable size. A significant proportion of plants are now seeing their initial post-build service contracts come to an end, and portfolios are being retendered. With BayWa r.e.’s industry-leading resources and the local team’s strong capabilities and track record, we believe our Service Division to be uniquely placed to meet the evolving needs of this growing market.” BayWa r.e. Operation Services Limited’s new Milton Keynes office acts as the main hub for the company’s solar PV

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Heraeus Photovoltaics signs new strategic cooperation with Solar Space (Zhonghui Photovoltaics) to develop High-performance Silver Pastes Solutions Heraeus Photovoltaics, a leading provider of technology and service solutions for the renewable energy industry, announces that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Solar Space. Under the agreement, the two parties will carry out comprehensive cooperation in regular processes, dual printing and other new technologies and solutions to optimize metallization paste performance and application, as well as production process improvements in the solar cell production of Solar Space and Zhonghui Photovoltaics. Liu Guyan, general manager of Solar Space, said, “Based on the remarkable advantages of Heraeus Photovoltaics’ SOL9641BX in single process, we will be able to improve our competitiveness with more powerful support from Heraeus in our dual printing and the other processes that are planned for the future. Together with Heraeus expertise, we also expect further breakthroughs in performance through optimization of the SOL9642BX product and production processes.” Liu expressed that the exchange and cooperation with Heraeus regarding technologies, development and other cores would be enhanced by Solar Space’s planning for four phases’ development.

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Easy measurement of photovoltaic panel soiling ratio with an innovative, solid-state solution. Delft, the Netherlands (25 May 2017) – Kipp & Zonen, the world leader in solar radiation measurement, will proudly present a completely new technology and product to monitor PV panel soiling at Intersolar Europe 2017 in Munich. Soiling of the panel glass is one of the major problems in the rapidly expanding solar energy market, with the attendant loss of efficiency and reduction in performance ratios. Now, there’s a new, simple and very cost-effective alternative. Based on Kipp & Zonen’s unique Optical Soiling Measurement (OSM) technology, DustIQ can be easily added to new or existing solar arrays and integrated into plant management systems. The unit is mounted to the frame of a PV panel and does not need sunlight to operate. It continuously measures the transmission loss through glass caused by soiling, so that the reduction in light reaching the solar cells can be calculated. Know exactly when and where to clean DustIQ measures the soiling ratio (SR), which can be translated to power loss in real time. This enables the plant operation and maintenance staff to know when a critical level of soiling is reached and it has become necessary to

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