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Berlin 11 April 2018 - The off-grid solar module company OPES Solutions has produced four million modules since the start of manufacturing in 2012. Production will be further expanded in the coming months, including the use of processes and machines developed in-house. In its factory, OPES Solutions processes and optimizes cells from various manufacturers and produces both standard off-grid modules and individually developed module types. Most recently, the company presented the ultra-light O-Lite solar module, which weighs only about a third of conventional products. Patented laser and stringer processes increase output OPES Solutions uses a Flying Fiber Laser to increase the output. The laser cuts the solar cells about ten times faster than conventional methods. A proprietary process for soldering the cells increases the throughput in the stringer fivefold. By combining these patented processes with proven production technology, the company can offer competitive prices while achieving a high level of quality. Ongrid quality level for off-grid modules "We have set ourselves the goal of setting high quality standards in the off-grid segment without neglecting profitability," says Robert Händel, founder and CEO of OPES Solutions. The company has a certified quality, environmental and occupational safety management system. OPES Solutions is also the first manufacturer to

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The new interoperability brings cost-effective module-level monitoring, safety and optimization features to PV customers worldwide. ABB and Tigo today announce an operational compatibility between ABB’s inverter line UNO-DM-PLUS and Tigo’s TS4 optimizer platform. The combined ABB and Tigo module solution is now available. Combining ABB’s world-class inverters with Tigo’s TS4 Platform offers a flexible and scalable solution to meet all the different needs of installers and end customers. The UNO-DM-PLUS family dramatically simplifies installation complexity via a self-commissioning routine that removes the manual configuration process and results in lowered installation time and costs. The connectivity package of the UNO-DM-PLUS allows for built-in smart grid capabilities such as dynamic feed-in control which manages the energy fed into the grid and uses SunSpec-compatible open communication protocols to ensure compliance with future grid codes and maintain off-the-shelf interoperability with other devices in the system.

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India/Dubai, 9th April, 2018: Vikram Solar, one of India’s leading module manufacturers and a prominent rooftop solar & EPC solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Mr Hatem Hamam as its new Head of Sales, EPC & Modules for MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region. Mr Hatem has around 15 years of diverse experience in sales, operations, strategy & business development and has proven experience in various roles in Middle East & Africa. Prior to joining Vikram, Hatem was earlier associated with Canadian Solar, Conergy and National Solar Systems in various capacities. Mr Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD and CEO of Vikram Solar said, “We have plans to penetrate the lucrative solar market of  MENA region. And we believe having Mr. Hatem with us would give us an edge in navigating the market.” Mr Rohit Dhar, Director- Sales, EPC said “Apart from identifing and realizing EPC and B2B opportunities, the company also plans to achieve rapid growth in the region through project deployments by assigning strong local partners for each focus country.” Commenting on the occasion, Mr Hatem Hamam said, “It is a real delight for me to be a part of Vikram Solar, that has become a name synonymous with quality, performance and customer

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After successful on schedule commissioning of the 64.1MW Egyptian Benban solar power plant in December 2017, Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions is pleased to announce that the company was repeatly chosen as supplier for the complete monitoring system for the next three plants in Benban complex with a total of 166.5MW. Gantners monitoring and control solution "Made in Germany" is an optimised, individually tailored system and - as result of high quality engineering - based on newest technology. Project scope and components provided by Gantner: Q.reader data logger and Power plant controller The heart of Gantners monitoring solution is the inverter independent datalogger Q.reader which tracks and controls all power plant information. The scalable modular design allows to control up to 100MW by one Q.reader. As Power plant controller (PPC) it provides all important functionality as absolute production constraint, power gradient constraint, voltage control, power factor control etc. The PPC fulfils the requirements of the Solar Energy Plants Grid Connection Code, in addition to the Egyptian Transmission Grid Code (ETGC). Also grid communication to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) is in the scope of our solution and based on IEC 60870 standard. DC Combiner boxes Gantners latest string level monitoring devices "string.bloxx" provide

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Asslar, Germany, April 5, 2018. The ASM 390 and ASM 392 are leak detection solutions adapted to the semiconductor and display industries as well as to other demanding applications where rapid pump down and high sensitivity is key. Both models are Semi S2 compliant. The leak detectors are fitted with a dry frictionless backing pump and a powerful high vacuum pump, making them the ideal tools for leak testing of various components in clean environments. Equipped with an additional turbopump, the ASM 392 will speed up the leak detection process to reduce the downtime of the production equipment. The ASM 390 and ASM 392 have been developed to provide full confidence in leak testing regardless of operator knowledge. They deliver accurate results in minimal time, making them highly efficient in the field. ASM 390 and ASM 392 are uniquely ergonomic with a convenient size and height, a secondary handle in the front, a fully rotatable, removable display, an inlet in the front for easy connection to test ports and maneuverability for access to all testing areas, even in tight spaces. Thanks to a wide, clear color touch panel display, an integrated toolbox with modular compartments and storage space for vacuum bellows, leak detection can be

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Following the faster and easier use of the collector and boiler databases in T*SOL 2017, the new version T*SOL 2018 now includes further improvements. More than 3,650 flat plate and evacuated tube collectors and 1,550 boilers and auxiliary heaters can be accessed. Storage tanks can now also be defined and saved by the user, in addition to collectors and boilers. To optimize the solar thermal system, each component (collector, pipes, storage tank, boiler, etc.) can be parameterized individually. And with the help of the parameter variation, it is also possible to perform several simulations simultaneously, e.g. to automatically dimension the collector area and storage tank volume. A variety of tools are available for the evaluation of the results. The project report provides detailed simulation outputs, which are recognized by German government funding programs. Furthermore, graphs can be created with a wide range of temperature and energy data for more in-depth analysis. If an energy label is required according to EU directives, you can also create this with T*SOL. About Valentin Software Valentin Software GmbH has been in business for 30 years. With the PV*SOL, T*SOL and GeoT*SOL brands for dynamic simulation, design, yield and profitability forecasts for photovoltaic, solar thermal and heat pump systems,

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Power plant controller made by meteocontrol is managing the largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey Augsburg/Ankara/Antalya, April 04, 2018 – As a cooperation partner of the Turkish EPC service provider Altungrup Solar Enerji, who is specialized in rooftop solar installations, meteocontrol GmbH has developed the monitoring and control concept for the largest zero-feed-in PV project in Turkey. The 400 kWp rooftop system provides 90 percent of the power needed each day to run the warehouse operated by Reysaş REIT in Antalya. The power plant controller made by meteocontrol manages the inverter's power in response to energy needs: If power production begins to exceed demand, the system is slowed down. Reysaş REIT is committed to solar energy: The leading provider of warehouses and logistics facilities in Turkey has been installing photovoltaic systems on its warehouses for five years now. In the beginning, the company fed the energy generated by the systems into the Turkish power grid. As a result of grid feed-in regulations, the investor has shifted the focus of newly installed PV systems to solely on-site energy consumption. The first and largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey was installed on a warehouse in Antalya. The roof unit erected by Altungrup Solar Enerji

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with the company EV Group (EVG) have developed a new silicon-based multi-junction solar cell, which can convert exactly one-third of the incident sunlight into useful electricity. This newest result is now published in the renowned scientific magazine Nature Energy. Silicon solar cells dominate the global photovoltaic market today with a share of 90 percent. With ever new technological developments, research and industry are nearing the theoretical efficiency limit for semiconductor silicon. At the same time, they are forging new paths to develop a new generation of even more efficient solar cells. The Fraunhofer researchers achieved the high conversion efficiency of the silicon-based multi-junction solar cell with extremely thin 0.002 mm semiconductor layers of III-V compound semiconductors, bonding them to a silicon solar cell. To compare, the thickness of these layers is less than one twentieth the thickness of a human hair. The visible sunlight is absorbed in a gallium-indium-phosphide (GaInP) top cell, the near infrared light in gallium-arsenide (GaAs) and the longer wavelengths in the silicon subcell. In this way, the efficiency of silicon solar cells can be significantly increased. “Photovoltaics is a key pillar for the energy transformation,” says Dr. Andreas Bett,

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Alencon Systems will unveil its latest SPOT, the SPOT-ES V5 specifically targeted at Solar + Storage and Microgrids at the Energy Storage Association’s Annual Conference Hatboro, PA – Alencon Systems LLC will unveil the latest generation of its DC-DC optimizer, the SPOT-ES V5, at the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) Annual Conference, April 18 – 20 in Boston, MA. The newest generation of the SPOT-ES features several exciting features and enhancements specifically targeted at achieving more cost effective and reliable DC-coupled Solar + Storage and Microgrid projects. The Alencon SPOT – which stands for String Power Optimizer and Transmitter – is a string level DC-DC optimizer which optimizes the power from four PV string inputs with voltages ranging from 600 to 1500 volts. The SPOT outputs power through two outputs at any range of voltage that is completely configurable from one deployment to the next. The ES suffix designates “Energy Storage.” The SPOT-ES family of products has been specifically designed for the needs of DC-coupled Solar + Storage deployments. The improvements in the SPOT-ES V5 are vast from previous generations of the SPOT family of products. The enhancements include a true 1500-volt input based on 1700 volt rated Silicon Carbide (SiC) rated mosfets,

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Figures show 2017 was record year for green energy Enough electricity produced to power all Scotland’s homes more than twice overThe amount of power produced by Scotland’s renewable energy industry grew by 26% between 2016 and 2017. Almost 25 terawatt hours – enough to power all Scotland’s homes more than twice over – were produced by the country’s fleet of wind, hydro, solar, biomass, tidal and green gas generators in 2017. New UK Government figures also show Scotland is punching above its weight in renewable energy generation, with 25% of all UK renewable electricity produced north of the border in 2017. Claire Mack, Chief Executive of industry body Scottish Renewables, said: “Scotland has an enormous renewable energy resource: our winds, waves, tides, rainfall and even our longer daylight hours are tremendous assets to the country, and renewable energy enables us to use them to produce direct economic and environmental benefits. “These figures show Scotland as a renewable energy powerhouse, producing more electricity than ever and transferring much of it to markets in the rest of Great Britain, all the time reducing carbon emissions from our power sector. “What’s also clear is that with a turnover of almost £5,500 million in 2016, renewable energy continues to more

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