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PES had a very thought-provoking discussion with Matt Perry, who is a Technical Product Manager and co-founding member of the Renewable Energy Group, as well as the Chair of the Sustainability Committee, at Campbell Scientific, Inc. He also serves on the Logan City Renewable Energy and Conservation Advisory Board. Outside of work, Matt spends time with family and friends, traveling in pursuit of experience and adventure through climbing, time on (and off!) the trail, skiing, and the beach. PES: Why are meteorological measurements so critical in understanding the performance of solar farms? Matt Perry: There are two fundamental questions that require quality meteorological data to answer: ‘how much solar radiation reaches the surface of the PV modules’ and ‘how much of this solar radiation is converted into electricity for a given module configuration’? It may seem trivial to quantify with high accuracy and low uncertainty the amount of solar radiation that reaches the PV module surface given recent advancements in satellite and radiometric technologies; however, one must consider the seemingly random nature of solar radiation. The uncertainty associated with monthly mean values derived from characterization of a given site’s climate is more than is commonly assumed. The amount of solar radiation – or more accurately

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Backsheets are the important components of a solar PV panel. It is essential that they are of high quality to avoid degradation, unnecessary maintenance, and replacements, which all add to the costs and in turn decrease the user’s profit margin. PES gets the latest from Bischof + Klein on their new generation backsheets using their improved manufacturing process. History of Bischof + Klein In 1922, the company entered the packaging industry with the production of paper sacks for the neighbouring lime and cement works. Small paper packaging items and newspaper printing extended the product range. 1950 saw an increase in the production of consumer packaging. At the beginning of the 60s, B+K was amongst the pioneers in plastic processing, and has been producing industrial packaging manufactured from plastic since 1963. From 1980 onwards, the consumer packaging range was extended with the expansion of plastic processing. This period also saw the establishment of a new division: Technical Films. Focus in the Technical Films division is placed on the production of surface protection films, technical laminates, films for lamination and backsheets. The B+K-GROUP manufactures its products using state-of-the art systems for mono/co-extrusion, gravure/HD-flexographic printing, solvent-based/solvent-free lamination and coating plus for extrusion lamination and coating. Highly-developed conversion

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The fundamental standards for manufacturing semiconductors and solar cells are as concise as they are clear – they demand absolute protection of people and the environment against chemicals, while simultaneously protecting ultrapure chemicals from contamination. Lately of course, the requirement for highly efficient processes has been added. It is surprising that still little is known about how this can be achieved simply and economically by using modern dispensing systems. And in addition, there is potential for substantial savings during the various process steps. Dispensing chemicals more quickly, more safely and more efficiently There are very good reasons why the QC-System, produced by AS, has emerged over decades as one of the leading dispensing systems worldwide for ultrapure and aggressive chemicals. Customers including prestigious chemical manufacturers and end customers in various industrial sectors benefit from a highly flexible precision tool in more than 100,000 variants for almost any imaginable operational purpose. It is completely free of metals and made from 100% ultrapure, high-performance plastics, including a patented coding system that prevents product mix-ups. It includes a Quick-Connect System, every last detail of which is designed to maximize safety and purity during production. The QC-System: many ideas for maximum safety The QC-System undergoes continuous further development and improvement to

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Leonardo Botti, Global Head of Product Management ABB, reviews the impact of Blockchain and how digitalization can support the technology’s adoption. In 2009 a new disrupter finance model was launched- BitCoin. It heralded a new era in how currency and transactions were made and transferred globally. The emergence and rising popularity of this new cryptocurrency market reached a defining point in 2017 when the number of B2B enterprises adopting Bitcoin trebled and suddenly attracted the attention of global investors. But what does this decentralized digital currency have to do with the changing energy market? To answer this question we need to look at the technology that underpins BitCoin - ‘blockchain’. Blockchain is based on a peer-to-peer platform that has created new ways in which we can transact with one another. The underlying transaction model moves us away from a centralized architecture towards a more direct and decentralized system between peers. This reduces the need for a central server, authorization and authentication of transactions by one single authoritative body. For the energy market, it is presenting new opportunities for innovation within utilities and amongst homeowners. It is redefining how our energy is supplied and potentially creating a sustainable energy community. Role of the prosumer Energy transactions

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PES caught up with the joint managing directors of Isovoltaic Solinex, DI Thomas Rossegger and Mag. Matthias Meinl. They lead a very experienced team in backsheet technology and have customers all over the globe. Their latest offering is polypropylene-based and out performs similar products on the market. R&D and innovation remains a constant quest. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV magazine, it’s great to talk with you. Could you begin by explaining a little about the background of ISOVOLTAIC SOLINEX and the importance of the solar/PV industry to you? Thomas Rossegger & Matthias Meinl: At Solinex, we have accumulated more than 30 years in the backsheet business within the global PV industry. Being a carve-out of long-standing Isovoltaic AG, our team has extensive experience and an excellent network on the market. As such, we combine the benefits of a new and innovative company, offering a highly reputable product, to the global PV industry with an outstanding, qualified and experienced team. At Solinex, we are continuing the innovative spirit that our original company Isovoltaic, has always been known for and du to this we are leaders in the global backsheet market. Our dedicated mission is to cater to the global PV industry, with a

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PES caught up with the joint managing directors of Isovoltaic Solinex, DI Thomas Rossegger and Mag. Matthias Meinl. They lead a very experienced team in backsheet technology and have customers all over the globe. Their latest offering is polypropylene-based and out performs similar products on the market. R&D and innovation remains a constant quest. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV magazine, it’s great to talk with you. Could you begin by explaining a little about the background of ISOVOLTAIC SOLINEX and the importance of the solar/PV industry to you? Thomas Rossegger & Matthias Meinl: At Solinex, we have accumulated more than 30 years in the backsheet business within the global PV industry. Being a carve-out of long-standing Isovoltaic AG, our team has extensive experience and an excellent network on the market. As such, we combine the benefits of a new and innovative company, offering a highly reputable product, to the global PV industry with an outstanding, qualified and experienced team. At Solinex, we are continuing the innovative spirit that our original company Isovoltaic, has always been known for and du to this we are leaders in the global backsheet market. Our dedicated mission is to cater to the global PV industry, with a product

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10 September 2018 - Sharp today announces the expansion of its Solar Energy Solutions business to the African continent. The solar sector in Africa is an important part in Sharp’s strategic worldwide diversification plan, where access to energy is challenging for so many people. Sharp introduces its industry leading range of 12 photovoltaic (PV) modules and various battery storage solutions which are now available to all customers across Africa. With a company history of over 100 years, Sharp brings almost 60 years of solar expertise gained from markets across the globe to help address the pressing need to boost electricity access, and the demand for a reliable electricity supply across the African continent. The growing population of Africa is already putting an increasing strain on existing energy sources. Coupled with a changing climate and longer dry seasons in many countries, the reliance on fossil fuel and hydropower is not sustainable in the long term. Solar PV panels offer an ideal solution thanks to the speed and ease of deployment, and the abundance of sunlight. Customers across the African continent will have access to Sharp’s full range of reliable, efficient energy solutions and services suitable for residential, commercial and industrial use. Sharp’s range of

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Our daily objectives are to meet the challenges of façade aesthetics and energy production, as well as to meet the highest requirements for architects, building owners and solar panel manufacturers. Thanks to this commitment from the first days, we are proud to announce 4 good news. WINNER OF 2018 PRIX SUD (START-UP DURABLE) After winning the Zürich insurance climate prize in the construction and housing category in 2016 and the international PV-Magazine innovation prize in 2017, Solaxess was selected last August as a finalist for the SUD Sustainable Start-up prize, initiated by the newspaper “Le Temps” and supported by Romande Energie. Following the votes of readers and internet users, as well as votes of jury experts, Solaxess wins this first 2018 edition! AN ALMOST INVISIBLE SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC FAÇADE A small PPE located in the north of the commune of Boudry (NE), requested a local façade specialist for the realization of a part of facade in photovoltaic panels. The objective was to completely blend in a few dozen m2 of panels (to power the heat pump and the common premises) with the rest of the plastered façade. Thanks to our white film integrated during the PV-panels manufacturing, the colour of the whole building is

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Grid connection begins on Hanwha Q CELLS’ 45 MW solar PV portfolio in Poland − First megawatt of PV portfolio commissioned in the Polish town of Smętowo Graniczne − Remaining 44 MW, comprised of small clusters of single-MW solar plants, to be grid-connected across Poland by early 2019 − Acquisition of 30 MW of PV projects in Poland complete [Berlin, Germany, September 7, 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 this week observed grid connection of the first megawatt of the Company’s solar PV portfolio in Poland. The first 1 MW plant to be grid-connected is located in Smętowo Graniczne and was built to Hanwha Q CELLS’ superior standards of quality, design, engineering and construction. This development comes after Hanwha Q CELLS’ recent finalization of the acquisition of an additional 30 MW of shovel-ready PV projects, thus increasing its portfolio to 45 MWp of solar plants up to 1 MW each. This represents 15% of all solar projects secured under Poland’s new RES auction system. Each of the 50 solar parks has been awarded with

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The strategic collaboration provides highly efficient energy storage solutions for residential and commercial applications – simply smart connected September 6th, 2018, Germany – BYD Co. Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, announces the extension of the collaboration with German inverter specialist KOSTAL as the companies form a strategic partnership. Both companies share the goal of providing high quality and highly effective storage solutions to the European and global market to support the adoption of renewable energy utilization for residential and commercial applications. The new strategic partnership was sealed today at BYD’s company headquarters in Pingshan, Shenzhen,China on September 6th. Since the start of the partnership in 2017, KOSTAL has lined-up BYD’s Battery-Box lithium storage solution, for the use with the PIKO inverter line and have later expanded the offering with their latest product lines such as the PLENTICORE plus. The combined system of the highly flexible modular battery solutions and battery inverters can be used for both commercial and residential applications. Both companies have worked closely together in assuring the compatibility of their solutions as well as on joint channel and marketing initiatives. With the new strategic partnership the companies are now planning to expand their successful cooperation to partner in

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