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The E-world energy & water trade fair will take place from February 5-7, 2019 in the exhibition halls of Essen. BKW AG from Switzerland and its subsidiary Solare Datensysteme GmbH (Solar-Log™) will also be present. Together they will show the visitors a couple of interesting energy solutions. Geislingen-Binsdorf, January 16, 2019: With 25,000 visitors, the E-world trade fair brings together the key players in the European energy industry. This makes it the perfect place to discuss the latest topics and trends. As an international trader, distribution specialist and producer, BKW develops solutions for yield maximization in the electricity market, power plant portfolio optimization and innovative maintenance concepts. Solar-Log™, as a leading company in the sectors of solar monitoring, smart energy, feed-in management and services, develops and distributes the Solar-Log™ energy management system. At the E-world in Essen, the two companies will present a full range of solutions for a sustainable and successful energy industry.

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The simple fact that PV energy generation peaks during the daytime when many homes have low demand has seen the rise of innovative hot water diversion devices and energy storage additions to residential PV arrays. The makers of the Solar iBoost, Marlec and VARTA Storage have been co-operating to ensure that when users of the VARTA energy storage system also want to benefit from free hot water the two systems work in harmony at capturing excess energy. Users of these systems save more on their home energy bills for electricity and water heating simply by self consuming the solar energy generated on site at their convenience rather than solely as it’s generated. With Feed in Tariffs at their lowest and set to end in 2019 homeowners will certainly seek to maximize any investment in rooftop solar and as it is estimated that homes without any form of storage consume less than half of on-site power generation, storage systems are rapidly becoming a critical component of PV systems. Marlec and VARTA Storage have co-operated in trials which have shown that the two technologies operate in harmony where energy storage is prioritized, drawing excess energy to recharge and provide power for electrical appliances when PV

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− Installer data from EuPD Research shows Hanwha Q CELLS captured the largest share of solar module market in Germany last year − Leadership position attained by focusing on high efficiency modules with residential and commercial solutions − Growth of Q.PARTNER sales network helped boost sales, while  brand awareness increased through sponsorship of German Bundesliga football club RB Leipzig − Wood Mackenzie data further indicates Hanwha Q CELLS’ market leadership in U.S. residential solar market in third quarter of 2018 − Hanwha Q CELLS’ CEO Mr. Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim remarked: “Based on superior technology leadership and quality competitiveness, we will continue to accelerate Hanwha Q CELLS’ market penetration not just in Germany, but the whole of Europe.” [Thalheim (Bitterfeld-Wolfen), Germany, January 15, 2019] Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HQCL) (“Hanwha Q CELLS” or the “Company”), one of the largest solar cell and module manufacturers in the world, today announced that it achieved top market share in Germany’s solar module market in 2018. According to the survey titled Global PV InstallerMonitor 2018/2019 by EuPD Research, Hanwha Q CELLS cornered a larger share of module sales than any other company in Germany last year. This performance is the result of steadily targeted

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 innogy is taking on solar development projects with over 50 MW of installed capacity  Primus will supervise projects up to completion  innogy is implementing 750 kW solar projects in GermanyEssen, 14 January 2019 innogy SE is building on its cooperative relationship with Primus Group. From now on, innogy and Primus Solar GmbH will tackle solar projects together, in addition to onshore wind projects. This was confirmed in a cooperation agreement, signed by both companies End of December. Part of the agreement allows innogy to take over solar projects with a total capacity of over 50 megawatts peak (MWp) in Thuringia, central Germany, and Bavaria, southern Germany. Primus, which is a developer based in Regensburg in Bavaria, will continue to further develop projects for innogy as a service provider. However, the rights to the projects will be fully transferred to innogy. Both parties have agreed to keep the purchase price and other contractual details confidential. Thorsten Blanke, Head of Solar at innogy SE, explains: “Entering into specific cooperative agreements with other project developers is part of our growth strategy. We have already worked with Primus in developing onshore wind power plants. We are now set to extend this cooperative relationship to the

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Silicon solar cells dominate the photovoltaic market today but the technology approaches the theoretical maximum efficiency that can be achieved with silicon as the only absorber material. Tandem solar cells, on the other hand, combine several absorber materials, enabling a better energetic use of the solar irradiance spectrum. Due to their higher efficiency potential, tandem solar cells have a promising future. After intensive research, scientists at Fraunhofer ISE in cooperation with partners have achieved a new efficiency record of 22.3 percent for a multi-junction solar cell made of silicon and III-V semiconductor materials. The outstanding achievement is that the III-V layers were directly grown on the silicon. Combining the Best Materials By combining different semiconductor materials, solar cell researchers are attempting to surpass the theoretical efficiency limit of 29.4 percent for a single-junction silicon solar cell, and convert sunlight into electricity even more efficiently. Promising is the combination of silicon material with III-V semiconductor compounds like gallium arsenide. To realize this, one approach is to first deposit the III-V solar cell structures on gallium arsenide substrates, then transfer to a silicon solar cell using semiconductor bonding technology and lastly etch away the gallium-arsenide substrate.  Another less costly approach, however, is to directly grow the

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Luxcara, one of the leading asset managers for renewable energy investments, has acquired the solar project Guillena-Salteras located in southern Spain. The plant will have a projected capacity of approximately 121 MWp. Construction works will begin shortly. The facility is expected to be connected to the grid in Q2/2020. Like project El Salobral, which Luxcara acquired in December 2017, Guillena-Salteras will sell the produced electricity directly to an off-taker on the basis of a power purchase agreement (PPA). The solar park is situated north of Sevilla in the intensely sunny region of Andalusia and will be connected to the Salteras transformer substation, owned by Red Eléctrica de España S.A. The project, acquired for a portfolio for institutional investors, was developed by Solarig Global Services S.A., who will also build the plant as an EPC contractor. "This is our second investment in southern Spain within a year. Andalusia continues to convince us with its high specific yield and very low LCOE," says Dr. Philip Sander, managing partner of Luxcara. About Luxcara Luxcara is an independent asset manager offering institutional investors equity and debt investment opportunities in renewable energy and infrastructure. The owner-managed company was founded in 2009 by Dr. Alexandra von Bernstorff and Kathrin Oechtering.

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A pioneering motorsport team, Craft Bearings, has adopted ABB REACT 2 inverter and energy storage solution to help achieve its most ambitious target yet – to become the first team in Dakar Rally history to reduce its use of traditional diesel generators and be 100 percent solar powered for the service and support team. Working in close collaboration with its partner, SoliTek, ABB’s efficient REACT 2 solar storage solution, has been installed as part of an off-grid solar installation on the Craft Bearings multipurpose Service truck. The set-up is being used to harness enough solar energy during the day to support the service and ancillary team as they undertake essential repairs to the race cars at night, as well as supply power to the team’s bivouacs, media and IT center. The Dakar rally, which is currently underway in Peru, 6th to 17th January 2019, is known and respected as one of the most challenging and toughest events in motorsport. Often the routes take in mountainous and rocky terrains combined with extreme heat and dry conditions in very remote locations. As such, all the crews require access to remote power, which has traditionally been supplied by diesel generator sets. For the

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DARMSTADT, Germany – Jan. 9, 2018 – TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, announces the new SOLARLOK PV Edge decentralized junction box that can be attached to glass-to-glass photovoltaic panels without drilling holes. The new junction box aims to reduce installation costs, raise energy outputs from the panels and improve reliability. Glass-to-glass photovoltaic cells continue to increase in efficiency, fall in price, and grow in popularity. TE’s new PV Edge junction box is aligned to these market and customer needs, providing easy installation, lower pricing and simple design. “This small junction box can be positioned right on the edge of the glass to prevent shade falling on the cells on the rear side of the panel,” says Frank Rosenkranz, product manager at TE’s Industrial business unit. The SOLARLOK PV Edge is the first junction box on the market that can be mounted on the edge of the PV panel without the panel manufacturer having to drill any holes or use a potting resin that can take over six hours to cure. Installation can takes only seconds. “The junction box has a flap design, which protects the foils while facilitating attachment to the PV panel,” adds Rosenkranz. “The flaps

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Wittenberg, 8 January 2019 — The beginning of January marks the addition of Thomas Franken, a native of Germany’s Rhineland region, as Tesvolt’s Senior Director of International Marketing. Following stints as a marketing director at SolarEdge, Q CELLS and Hanwha Solar, Franken wishes to boost the international growth of Tesvolt, already a leading manufacturer of storage systems for industry and commerce. Press photos are available here: https://www.tesvolt.com/en/presse/marketing-expert-thomas-franken-augments-the-tesvolt-team__prr32.html The area with the strongest growth outlook “Until now, commercial storage systems have represented the smallest area of the battery storage system market — but the one with the strongest outlook for growth. Tesvolt’s special battery management system has already earned it the title of technology leader. But I want to help the company earn the title of market leader,” Thomas Franken explains. He has been working in the photovoltaics industry for over 30 years and was most recently employed at SolarEdge as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for Europe, sharing responsibility for the company’s resounding market growth. At Hanwha Q CELLS, he drove the successful repositioning of the Q CELLS and Hanwha Solar brands as the director of global marketing.   Tesvolt opts for agile organization “Thomas Franken is an extraordinary marketing expert. We’re delighted to

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January 5, 2019: Vikram Solar, the globally recognized leading solar energy solutions provider  was today awarded with ‘Best Contribution in Solar Energy’ at the CBIP Awards 2019 for outstanding contribution to the nation in the development of renewable energy sector. The award was conferred to Vikram Solar by the Hon’ble Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri. R. K. Singh. CBIP celebrated CBIP Day 2019 on Friday, January 4, 2019 at SCOPE Convention Centre in New Delhi. Amongst other awardees were Hero Future Energies Private Limited and West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL). Vikram Solar was the only organisation to be recognised under the Solar category at the coveted award ceremony. The award was in recognition of the company’s active contribution in shaping the solar revolution in India. Vikram Solar’s annual PV Module production capacity is 1 GW, and EPC portfolio (including commissioned and under-commissioning projects) stands at around 950 MW. Mr. Gyanesh Chaudhary, CEO and Managing Director, Vikram Solar, said, “This is indeed a matter of great pride and honour for us. We thank Central Board of Irrigation & Power and the jury for acknowledging our work and conferring us with the award for ‘Best Contribution in Solar Energy’.

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