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SolarEdge will present at its booth (Hall B3, booth 110) during Intersolar Europe 2018, its complete residential solution, commercial solution with new product releases, and grid services solution. A German translation is available below. Expanding its commercial solution, SolarEdge will unveil new additions to its commercial portfolio that further improve its scalability and cost-effectiveness A complete residential solution with a full range of residential power optimizers and inverters, StorEdge solution, and smart energy suite An EV-charging inverter, shortlisted as a Smarter E Award finalist, offering faster, eco-friendly and economical EV charging utilizing grid and PV power with solar boost mode Grid services solution that enables cloud-based, real-time aggregative control, management and reporting of a pool of distributed energy resources SolarEdge will present a variety of new innovative solutions, provide hourly tours, and display its new Designer tool with an opportunity to win prizes. In the main courtyard next to Hall B3, SolarEdge will present its Smart Home, showcasing its live smart energy solution and invite attendees to stop by and take part in live demos. SolarEdge will also display its EV-charging single-phase inverter at the entrance to the event. About SolarEdge SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering

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Frankfurt (Oder), 5 June 2018 — The solar module manufacturer Astronergy is profiting from the favourable market conditions in the wholesale sector. The company has won over a majority of electrical and photovoltaics wholesale customers who previously obtained their modules from SolarWorld. Astronergy’s solar modules are produced in one of the world’s most cutting-edge factories at its Frankfurt (Oder) site, Germany, and are sold via wholesale partners. Please find press pictures for download here: http://www.astronergy-solarmodule.de/en/presse-leser/astronergy-wins-further-wholesale-market-shares.html “We’ve acquired important players in the electrical and PV wholesale sector as new customers,” reports Sebastian Mäscher, who has been Head of Sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Astronergy Solarmodule GmbH since October 2017 after leaving his role as Head of Sales Germany North at SolarWorld AG. “This also shows us that we’re on the right path with our sales strategy. We’ll be continuing to rely on distribution via strong partners in the wholesale sector, establishing a convincing market presence to close the gap created by SolarWorld.” High demand for German-made solar modules “The demand for high-quality solar modules manufactured in Germany is as strong as ever, and monocrystalline modules in particular are very popular. Our German production site means that we can deliver large quantities of

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Wittenberg/Berlin, 5 June 2018 – The commercial storage system manufacturer Tesvolt has been nominated for the renowned German Entrepreneur Award. The panel of judges has named the Wittenberg-based company as one of the top three finalists in the Rising Star category, rating it as being among the most successful start-ups in Germany of recent years. The German Entrepreneur Award is presented by ZDF, stern, Sparkasse and Porsche. Please find press pictures for download here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/tesvolt-ist-fuer-den-deutschen-gruenderpreis-nominiert__prr25.html First fully automated storage system production facility “We are delighted to have been nominated. Since being founded, Tesvolt has achieved an excellent rate of growth. We would never have imagined that our storage systems would have taken off so quickly around the world,” comments Daniel Hannemann, Managing Director of Tesvolt, who established the company with Simon Schandert in 2014. The two engineers started out by using their own savings to develop their very first prototype storage solution. “The demand was there and we both had a large network of connections in the photovoltaics industry,” recalls Hannemann. The company soon found strong partners in the form of SMA and Samsung SDI. SMA Solar Technology supplies the powerful inverters used in Tesvolt’s storage systems, while Samsung provides the lithium-based prismatic high-efficiency

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The future of solar farm security lies in communications technology. And in an optimised cooperation between security service providers and authorities. PES wanted to find out what advancements had been made at viamon since last hearing from them. Worldwide – but especially in sun-drenched regions such as the so-called Sun Belt near the equator – the number of large solar farms is growing continuously. But the environmentally friendly production of electricity and heat with solar collectors is now also booming in regions that are comparatively less sunny. In the UK, for example, more and more agricultural land is being used for the ‘cultivation’ of photovoltaic (PV) modules to harvest solar power. However, the valuable solar modules arouse desires. Protecting installed systems from specialised and often well-organised gangs of thieves is a complex challenge for security service providers. After all, the security-relevant objects are placed – visible to everyone – under the open sky. Solar farms are, of course, not placed on greenfield sites completely unprotected. But many operators of on-grid PV systems have already found out that their technological assets are not sufficiently protected by fences, surveillance cameras and alarm systems alone. A fact that also affects off-grid systems, such as water pumps

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Gordon Clements, General Manager Residential Power & Energy VARTA Storage GmbH, caught up with PES, during his very busy schedule, to bring us up to date with the latest news from this innovative company. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV publication. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of VARTA storage and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you? Gordon Clements: We are located in the Bavarian town of Nördlingen, Germany. We have 130 years of experience in the battery industry and have become a leading manufacturer of energy storage devices for private households and tailor-made, large-scale storage applications. Plus, we provide powerful and reliable energy solutions for the requirements of cordless devices. So we are very experienced in mastering the challenges of lithium-ion batteries efficiently and safely. Our worldwide presence ensures fast and flexible solutions. The solar and PV industry is really important for us. The global energy storage is one of the vital challenges and growth opportunities of the 21st Century and we see energy storage systems as key to success in this. PES: Is this a growing market for you? GC: Yes we are pleased to say the energy storage is a

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The battery market has gained added momentum. There is now a global awareness that renewable energies can only be successfully expanded in combination with efficient energy storage. The greatest efficiency – and profit margin – is currently offered by battery storage systems, as this technology is already extremely advanced. At Tesvolt we specialise in high-performance Lithium-Ion storage systems for use in industry and commerce. Lithium batteries are safe and especially low maintenance, and can store electricity and supply it again extremely quickly. We have a wide range of products with storage systems for every application, offering capacities from 4.8 kWh to several Megawatt-hours. Countless applications The need for battery storage systems is growing worldwide, at the same rate as the expansion of renewable energies, especially photovoltaic energy. While yields from renewable energy sources fluctuate over the course of a day and a year, for example because a PV installation does not absorb solar energy overnight or during winter, a storage system can balance supply and consumption. A battery can keep the energy stored during the day for times when demand is higher, thus helping the user to increase their self-consumption and save costs, or become less dependent on energy companies. But this is

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Mini-grids have become the solution for efficient and economic electrification in developing countries and in remote areas. PES gets an overview of the different configurations available from Pablo Muñoz, Technical Support Manager at Studer Innotec*. He will also be a guest speaker, at the Intersolar Europe Conference 2018, on this topic. PES: Welcome to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Being a mini-grid expert, perhaps you could start by clarifying the terminology used in this field. For instance, mini-grids, microgrids and nanogrids, are these many names for the same thing? Pablo Muñoz: Yes and no. All three terms refer to an electricity distribution network that is smaller than typical regional or nationwide distribution networks. It is easy to find more specific definitions online but they are sometimes contradictory. At Studer Innotec, we use the term mini-grid to describe an energy system with distinct economic entities between the producer/operator and user/consumers. More than a specific technological solution, it is a business model. PES: Please tell us why you think we should use mini-grids for electrification? PM: There are several reasons for using a mini-grid. For economic reasons, because for example, extending the national grid to certain areas of a country can become very

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Olivier Haldi, Global Business Development Photovoltaics and Alternative Energies, met up with PES to share the reason behind the recent rebranding from Multi-Contact to Stäubli Electrical Connectors and the importance of using high-quality components. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our newer readers, would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of Stäubli and the importance of the Solar/PV industry to you? Olivier Haldi: Originally founded in 1892 as a small workshop in Horgen/Zurich, today Stäubli is a multi-national group headquartered in Pfäffikon, Switzerland. We are a global mechatronics solution provider with three dedicated activities: fluid and electrical connectors, robotics, which are also used in PV panel production lines and textiles. We serve customers who want to increase their productivity in many industrial sectors. We are an international group that currently operates in 29 countries, with agents in 50 countries on four continents. Our global workforce of 5000 shares a commitment to partnering with customers in nearly every industry to provide comprehensive solutions with longterm support. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, formerly Multi-Contact, was founded in 1962 and is part of the Swiss Stäubli family. We have over 55 years of practical

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PV energy has become indispensable for power companies. About 390 GW are installed around the world and a growth of 113 GW is expected this year. PES investigates the importance of monitoring. Why PV monitoring is important There are many reasons for the success of PV energy. It is decentralised, has a simple technology and, above all, it is cost-effective to produce. In fact it’s the most cost-effective way of generating energy. Most PV plants even pay for themselves thanks to feed-in tariffs, direct marketing, net-metering, and self-consumption. Thus, every hour of sunshine is worth hard cash, which needs to be ensured. PV energy is becoming more and more relevant. Real interest in solar PV power began about 20 years ago. Slowly but surely, the new technology for generating power from sunshine established itself. As it became more popular, the technology was optimised and became more efficient and durable. At the same time, the price for modules decreased, accelerating the spread of PV power. However, a growing PV market also means rising investments. More and more money from companies or private entities goes towards solar power generation and PV is becoming essential as a reliable power supply. It is critical, regardless of whether or not it

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Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, CEO Singulus Technologies AG, caught up with PES to tell us about the latest business activities and technology.This is a company which makes a significant contribution to the solar/PV market. It is innovative and always strives to improve performance and save costs. PES: Welcome back to PES Solar/PV magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG and how you currently serve the solar industry? Stefan Rinck: SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG’s business activities centre on developing, manufacturing, and marketing machinery and equipment in the fields of vacuum coating technology, surface engineering, wet chemistry, and thermal processing technologies. The company’s primary focus is on the solar, optical disc, and semiconductor applications, with particular attention to consumer goods and medical technology in the future. In the solar segment, SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES AG offers machinery for manufacturing crystalline solar cells and thin-film solar cells based on copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), cadmium telluride (CdTe) vacuum deposition equipment and equipment for wet-chemical processing. The field of activity of crystalline solar cells includes production solutions for high-efficiency solar cell concepts such as HJT (heterojunction), IBC (interdigited back contact) and PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar

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