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Hecaro is an advanced electrically conductive adhesive (ECA) that contains exceptionally little silver but delivers performance equivalent to high silver ECAs. In addition to the overall cost savings, Hecaro has been optimized for screen-printing, fast curing and long term reliability. All these factors position Hecaro to be an enabler of advanced solar cell interconnection designs such as shingling, IBC, HJT.
The product CAS² optimizes the highly precise manufacture of support systems for free-standing PV installations. After the CAD-based system design has been drawn up, individual and optimized plans are prepared for every PV project and the installation robots are controlled with pinpoint accuracy.
Creating technology that promises to make solar energy even more cost-competitive with energy derived from fossil fuels. To attain the highest silicon cell efficiencies at the lowest cost. Our technology promises to do both. They have attracted a team of scientists well known for their achievements in the solar industry. Established exclusive licenses and/or joint research agreements with Rice University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Fraunhofer ISE and the University of Virginia. Received 34 patents (with 31 more pending). Natcore is aggressively developing two primary technologies:Low-cost, all-back-contact solar cell structures.Black Silicon cells.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) work to refine the technique called hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE), which holds the potential to produce cheaper, more efficient solar cells capable of producing more electricity."HVPE is far from new," said Aaron Ptak, a senior scientist who joined NREL in 2001. "It's been around since the '50s and '60s. We fondly refer to it as our brand new, 50-year-old growth technique."
current record efficiency of 26.1%, which have been achieved using the contact structure of polysilicon on (silicon) oxide (POLO) developed at ISFH, has now been included in the list of the highest efficiencies of solar cells and modules confirmed by independent and recognised calibration and test laboratories
The Heraeus SOL9651B series front-side silver paste is an advanced platform; it was specially designed for the high efficiency PERC solar cells with advanced processes, such as Selective Emitter, Multiple busbar front-side grid pattern, and Knotless screen printing; The latest breakthrough in organic vehicle was implemented in SOL9651B, that provides not only further narrowed front-side fingers, but also a proven 10-15% paste usage in one customer's mass production. In addition to great cost reduction, SOL9651B is prepared for the "Ultra-fineline" printing with "Superior metallization contact" with all those advantages, it can raise the conversion efficiency of PERC mono cells by another > 0.1%. Specifically designed SOL9651B double-printing packages will also available soon, as well as the "Knotless" screen paste SOL9651BX.
Thanks to its special geometry and anti-reflective coating, the extremely low-reflection solar glass GMB DEFLECT for PV modules enables solar projects to be carried out in glare-sensitive areas such as traffic routes (rail, highways, intersections), flight paths or heavily built-up residential areas. Tube Filaments
GTAT’s proprietary Tube Filaments are a revolutionary new technology for the polysilicon industry. Used with any Siemens CVD reactor, Tube Filaments replace standard filaments to deliver dramatic improvements in both productivity and energy consumption – while improving reliability – all of which adds up to multi-dollar per kilogram savings with NO capital expense required. The unique design of the Tube Filaments maximizes the surface area available for silicon growth from the very start of the deposition cycle. This increases production capacity by greater than 30% while using 20% less electricity to achieve the same final rod diameter as normal production.
DuPont Solamet PV21x, the latest front side silver, is designed to enhance most mainstream cell technologies. Solamet® PV21x delivers better contact performance and high aspect ratios that enable cell efficiency enhancement 0.1% and maintains high throughput in mass production. Visitors to the booth will see TwinPeak 2 Series, a multi PERC module from REC that showcases power output up to 300W.
UNIQOAT, the only backsheet that has all the required properties combined in just one single layer. Be amazed by the benefits that the single-layer backsheet brings to PV module makers. Compared to old school laminated backsheet UNIQOAT boosts the durability of modules, contributes to higher power output and presents a unique and sustainable cost down roadmap. Truly the next-gen backsheet.
The cutting of ultra-thin, high-quality mono- and multi-crystalline n-type and p-type silicon wafers for the manufacture of high efficiency solar cells requires precision and refinement. Meyer Burger’s water-based environmentally friendly diamond wire cutting process sets the technology standard in the solar industry. The newest vanguard diamond wire cutting equipment offers versatile solutions and processes to increase considerably the equipment throughput, reduce material and to lower overall cost of ownership for wafer manufacturers.
The LED solar simulator Ecosun Bifacial, offering an excellent measurement accuracy (AAA), was developed to measure the I/V characteristics of the front and rear side of bifacial PV modules at the same time. Different irradiation intensities can be selected for the rear side, ensuring that the testing is flexible and realistic.
INDEOTec OCTOPUS III system is going to be our high-volume or mass production tool and is still under development. Based on the concept of the OCTOPUS II design advantages all the unique features, such as the mirror reactor design or the cost-minimizing handling concept, will make a very reliable and cost saving production.Platform options for the production of Heterojunction PV cell devices:
centrotherm has deposited the polysilicon layer of the POLO solar cell in a LPCVD process, the new centrotherm LPCVD production system, the c.DEPO LP. These include already established solutions for mono and bifacial PERC solar cells as well as coming solar cell concepts with passivated contacts such as TOPcon (Tunnel Oxide Passivated contacts) and POLO (Polysilicon on Oxide).
Profitably processing a silicon wafer into a flawless solar cell is a key step in photovoltaic manufacturing. FABiA® cell deposition equipment is the only passivation machine on the market which combines three processes in one tool and offers benefits for future upgrades as a flexible modular system in mass production. FABiA® is qualified for PERC, PERx, p-type and n-type cell concepts, as well as mono- and multicrystalline wafers. The new FABiA® combines all market proven benefits of the industry leading passivation technology MAiA®, with over 30GW equipment installed and in operation on the market worldwide. This makes FABiA® the ideal technological evolution for delivering top quality passivation process for reduced overall production costs and ensuring a high return on investment. Advanced interfaces and no vacuum breakage provide further improved cell passivation, resulting in increased cell efficiency and equipment reliability which significantly reduces overall costs throughout the operational cycle.
DW PreTex only requires one process step to enable the processing of diamond-wire-cut multi-wafers with the standard HF/HNO3 texture. The pre-treatment with DW PreTex costs less than 0.01 Euro per wafer. This innovation enables PV manufacturers to save 0.05 to 0.07 Euros per wafer
Enthone Helios PoSi Plating Process Helios PoSi utilizes an innovative laser ablation process to expose silicon, then deposits nickel, copper, and a small amount of silver into the opening. The process could dramatically reduce the amount of costly silver required in cell metallization.
Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar module from Q CELLS impresses thanks to innovative Q.ANTUM DUO Technology, which enables particularly high performance on a small surface. Q.ANTUM’s world-record-holding cell concept has now been combined with state-of-the-art circuitry half cells and a six-busbar design, thus achieving outstanding performance under real conditions — both with low-intensity solar radiation as well as on hot, clear summer days.
The LG NeON R module series features 6-inch monocrystalline high-efficiency cells, entirely rear contacted, with multi ribbon busbar technology. An extremely high module efficiency of over 21% along with a 25-year module performance warranty, high mechanical resilience, reverse current carrying capacity and impressive temperature behaviour. While strong sunlight helps solar modules generate energy, it also increases the system’s temperature and decreasesperformance. The LG NeON® R module maintains peak performance on hot, sunny days using an improved temperature coefficient.
Hi-MO3 half-cut bifacial PERC module series have led the industry in technology development of monocrystalline PERC with high power, high yield and low LID. Hi-MO3 combines advanced monocrystalline PERC cell technology and bifacial, half-cut module construction to provide energy producers with a brand new choice to reduce LCOE.Hi-MO3 uses half-cut techniques to reduce the operating current of the cell by half, effectively reducing resistance losses and increasing power by 5-10 watts on average. With bifacial technology, the front-side power of the module reaches 320W (60-cell), and the bifaciality is higher than 75%. Under shaded conditions, Hi-MO3 yields more energy than a full-cell module array. The advantages of Hi-MO3 include lower hot spot temperature that reduces LCOE by a factor of 10% or more compared to conventional products at all irradiation levels.
The Lumeta Lynx 60 is a 300W 18.1% efficient module is designed for both tile roofs, where it is installed using inserts that create a level surface, and composition shingle roofs. The Lumeta Lynx 72 is a 360W 18.3% efficient module designed for installation on almost all commercial roof systems.The glassless module Lumeta Lynx for lightweight roofs is attached to the roof surface using a thermoplastic adhesive. Special cable ducts and junction boxes round off the concept. The use of monocrystalline PERC cells enables a module efficiency of 18.3% to be achieved.The module was tested to NREL’s demanding Qualification Plus standard and passed a Black Veatch-developed reliability and robustness testing protocol that ensures the module withstands the rigors of real-life handling.
The FLEX Series module is a CIGS based flexible thin-film PV module that provides high power density for many types of roof applications. The panels are the highest efficiency, flexible, thin-film product on the market today, with 16% cell efficiency. The FLEX-W Series module bonds to the roof surface with a simple peel-and-stick adhesive. This adhesive approach eliminates the need for racking and reduces labor and logistics cost to provide a 20% lower BOS cost than traditional glass solar systems. The FLEX Series module is IEC 61646 IEC 61730, UL 1703 and Class A over TPO: Slope 2.5:12 certified.
The REFUsol 100K is based on REFUâ€™s next generation platform of solar string inverters. It is a grid-connected inverter for medium and large-scale 1.000 VDC projects worldwide with a whole new design-approach. Depending on the AC voltage from 200 to 460 VAC , it offers a power output from 48 to 100 kW. It offers to the customer ultimate system performance, design flexibility and installation simplicity. The REFUsol 100K convinces with its two-part mechanical design â€“separating the ConnectionBox and PowerUnit, which offers several advantages. On the one hand it simplifies the installation of the inverter. The cabling with large diameters is done in the roomy ConnectionBox, while the PowerUnit is then easily hooked in. In addition in case of problems, the PowerUnit can be quickly detached from the ConnectionBox for trouble-shooting and measurements without disconnecting the power cables on the DC or AC side. On the other hand the two part design allow a time-shifted installation, with the ConnectionBox delivered and installed first, while the PowerUnit is only installed shortly before commissioning. This prevents a long storage of the power electronics in the field prior to commissioning and can optimize the project cash-flow.
The Q CELLS flat roof system for lowest LCOE and outstanding power density Hanwha Q CELLS is constantly working on user-friendly possibilities to decrease the cost of electricity by the using energy from the sun. As a leading company in solar module technology, Q CELLS is always looking to push technological boundaries. The new Q.FLAT-G5 is a revolutionary flat roof system for an easy, fast and safe installation without the need for any roof penetration. The innovative mounting system minimises the installation effort, and the float mounting of the modules increases long-term stability and safety. By using our exceptional Q.PEAK DUO-G5 solar modules (last yearâ€™s Solar + Power Award winner and the Intersolar 2018 Award winner) weâ€™re reaching an outstanding power density of up to 170 Wp/mÂ², which sets a new standard in power-per-surface-area on flat roofs. With a 10Â° inclination on both sides, Q.FLAT-G5 is the ideal solution for highest energy yields and lowest LCOE. Furthermore, compared to its predecessor the Q.FLAT-G4, installation time has been halved.
The EnergyHub system offers a new approach to maximizing the investment in solar power. It does that by introducing smart flexibility and technology that increases the output of the system. The EnergyHub system includes ACE functionality and a smart integrated energy storage that continues utilizing the power modules after sunset.The brain in the system is the EnergyHub process control that communicates with all system components. EnergyHub gathers relevant information to optimize the energy flow between solar panels, energy storage, the grid, using advanced algorithms.The heart of the system is the Power Module, a 3 x 5 A (3,5 kW) three phase, scalable bi-directional power inverter. The Power Module converts the DC energy from the solar panels and energy storage into AC energy that can be used in the building or sold to the electric grid company. The EnergyHub inverter has a unique function that converts AC from the electric grid into DC to charge the batteries in the energy storage.
The DuraTrack HZ v3 is the most reliable solar tracker for utility-scale power plants, with a time-proven design forged from decades of experience. The single-axis solar tracker features a flexibly linked architecture which delivers the lowest of cost of ownership, built to withstand the test of time. Array’s industry-leading design is verified by an unparalleled track record of high uptime, excellent performance, and zero scheduled maintenance. The DuraTrack HZ v3 is built to deliver the highest returns through exceptional long-term asset performance.
ABB’s PVS-175-TL delivers up to 65 percent savings on installation and logistic costs for ground mounted utility scale applications, the largest capacity on the market for a 1500Vdc string inverter.Together with all the key benefits of traditional string inverters, its innovative modular design means that up to 65 percent fewer inverters are required to complete the optimal power block, without the need for AC recombiners. This delivers up to 65 percent savings on installation and logistic costs, improving Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) for utility-scale installations.The three-phase PVS-175-TL with advanced digital capabilities through ABB Ability™, ABB’s comprehensive cross-divisional digital offering, delivers up to 185 kVA at 800 Vac and ultra-high-power density of 1.3 kW/kg. This not only maximizes the ROI for ground-mounted utility-scale applications but also reduces Balance of System costs for small to large scale, free field ground mounted PV installations.It is highly efficient and has an enormous power density. Other noteworthy aspects are its ability to operate at 1500 V, the integrated data logging and communication standards, the installation app, diverse grid integration features and the connection to ABB’s cloud system.
VPP and Grid Services - SolarEdge’s innovative solution for grid services and virtual power plants (VPP) supports a new model of energy generation based on an interconnected grid and distributed generation. Promoting a shared energy economy, SolarEdge’s grid services offer near real-time aggregative control and data reporting enabling the pooling of PV, storage, EV chargers and loads in the cloud for the creation of VPPs. Offering benefits to all stakeholders, the solution provides utilities with the tools to leverage distributed energy generation systems to more efficiently meet demand. Energy retailers can enjoy increased protection from price peaks and PV system owners can increase their revenue by joining this new energy economy.
Solar - PCU SUN MAGIC+ is a state of art PCU product from ENERTECH UPS product basket with Global standards. This unit will give operational flexibility to its customers. Lift Inverter Increased power shortage and shutdown has made lift Inverters an essential factor at every place including offices, multi-storied building, manufacturing plants. Volt.Stabilizer Servo controlled voltage stabilizer is a stabilizer which constantly monitors the output voltage and controls variations in the input voltage by the movements of a motor Online UPS Enertech group one of the popular online UPS manufacturers provides Online UPS to solve energy problems. With its offices in Mumbai and Pune. RMU Enertech group one of the popular online UPS manufacturers provides Online UPS to solve energy problems. With its offices in Mumbai and Pune. Battery Charger Enertech group one of the popular online UPS manufacturers provides Online UPS to solve energy problems. With its offices in Mumbai and Pune.
Each PV system is unique. Different roof structures, system alignments and various types of shading influence the PV system's energy yield.The TS4-R module system is a cost-effective system that fits into any PV module design, making it the right solution for every application. With the TS4-R platform, for the first time, every PV module can now be flexibly equipped with an additional function. Only the modules affected by energy yield loss are equipped/fitted with TS4-R This means energy yields can be strategically increased and system costs reduced.
Huawei SUN2000-60KTL-M0: the 60kW Smart string inverter with extremely high efficiency (98,9% max. efficiency, european efficiency 98,7%),requires only passive ventilation, has features such as online monitoring of all connected strings including characteristic curve measurement, power line communications and PID recovery mode.
Mobisol’s Bright Future SHS includes a lighting package of 12 light bulbs, a torch, as well as a HD 32” flatscreen television, radio, and mobile phone charging. This system can easily be used for institutional and productive use – e.g. by illuminating an entire rural school, health center or small business, while simultaneously providing entertainment through the large TV radio and charging cell phones.
Humbrella is a new thin-film solar product developed by Hanergy. Weighing only 8.8 kilograms and a diameter of 2.7 meters, Humbrella is covered with thin-film solar panels, which is available for power generation on both sunny and cloudy days. Equipped with integrated functions of off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting and terminal charging, the newly unveiled product is expected to store as much as 40,000 mAh, ensuring a 10-hour high-quality reading time for children, or charging more than ten 3,000mAh smartphones.
Rafiki Power currently operates solar PV and battery mini-grid projects in ten villages in Tanzania, supplying electricity to more than 4000 people. Customers are connected to the distribution grid with pre-paid smart meters which enable mobile money payments and a fully automated control of the energy consumption. The solution provides electricity access for an average 24 hours, given expected demand levels.Rafiki Power focuses on mini-grids because they are more cost-efficient, i.e. more than 50% cheaper than national grid extension and much faster to deploy. Furthermore, compared to other solutions, such as stand-alone systems, mini-grids provide reliable AC power enabling productive use and are long lasting (20+ years).
UAE-based Enviromena Power Systems installed a 1 megawatt solar rooftop at the Dubai World Trade Centre, installing more than 3,000 solar PV panels in a record installation time of four months. This was a major accomplishment based on two very important reasons that have previously halted the installation time including structural issues requiring further evaluation and approvals. The EPS team navigated through the hurdles of the new regulatory framework of Dubai to expedite this project on one of the most iconic buildings in the emirate which will save more than US$1 million and 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over the next five years. This highlights the growing ease of installing solar PV on rooftops across Dubai to help hit the emirate's targets of having solar on every roof by 2050.
Alectris has been developing the first worldwide unique solar ERP system since 2011 called ACTIS. The software is unique in a way that is the only fully integrated platform for operational solar PV assets covering Monitoring, Service Management, Asset Management, Project Management, Cost Management, Billing and Integrated Reporting in one uniform platform. The software has been developed completely in-house from a high-level IT professionals with the assistance of the engineering team of Alectris based on real plants and out of real life experience throughout the years. It combines virtually everything that relates to managing operational PV assets in one uniform database and interface, allowing for standardization and streamlining of processes, aggregating all information and data (even from external software systems, like monitoring and accounting systems) in a uniform way allowing for in-depth insight of the operations and performance of individual plants and portfolios. In a world of rapid consolidation, ACTIS is a unique tool to efficiently manage PV assets, streamline operations, decrease costs and increase performances in the most cost-effective way. ACTIS has received already three awards for its innovative approach in the past, one of which has been with Solar + Power in 2017.
Performing the plants supervision in real-time, 24/7, and acting together with our local OM teams, our services ensure a fast failures detection time, reducing the plant production losses and maximizing our clients revenues. Voltalia is a certified company with the Solar OM Best Practices Mark. A self-certification-based label developed by the SolarPower Europe OM Task Force based on the recommendations of the OM Best Practices Guidelines. The aim of the Mark is to promote transparency and excellence in solar OM.
OM Services with over 129 Solar installations with 557 MW installed capacity, on-site technicians ensure the smooth running of your plants and instantly react if anything is not running perfectly. Utilising state-of-the-art maintenance techniques, including drones with infrared thermography, to identify and resolve faults quickly and keep production losses to an absolute minimum.
SUNNY CENTRAL STORAGE Grid-connected storage systems enable the integration of large amounts of intermittent renewable energy into the utility grid while ensuring maximum grid stability. The Sunny Central Storage is the central component of the SMA system solution for integration of large-scale storage systems. It is designed to compensate for fluctuations in solar energy generation and offers comprehensive grid management services. The battery inverter is optimized for the continuous operation at nominal load and temperatures of –25 °C to +50 °C and is compatible with different types of battery technologies.Thanks to its high input voltage range, the innovative, grid-forming Sunny Central Storage battery inverter is compatible with a wide range of batteries and integrates up to 100% of the renewable energy generated into stand-alone grids. The robustly designed medium-voltage stand-alone inverter in the megawatt class is able to perform black starts and is equipped with a SCADA-based communication system. It can offset fluctuations in the generation of renewable energies and provides a wide range of grid services.
UNSYS XTEND ESS enables modular flexibility later on. This solution may evolve and extend at a later date by adding additional SUNSYS PCS² and/or batteries with their associated protection equipment. Creates a complete solution with a limited number of references for easy ordering and covering a wide range of configurations, power and back-up time. Offers services dedicated to commercial and industrial installations. The solution enables peak shaving, load shifting and photovoltaic self-consumption with or without associated EMS
The EverFlow® Storage Container from SCHMID is integrated into an AC test network for smart grid applications at the Technical University of Dortmund. Due to flexible scalability of capacity and power the Vanadium Redox Flow Technology is predestined for smart grids.The EverFlow® Storage Container is installed in projects from kW to MW scale. A single 20’ container typically offers 50 kW of power and a capacity of 200 kWh. Storage Containers can be integrated in neighborhood power stations and car charging stations or large scale projects. The batteries are scalable, intrinsically safe, and fast and easy to install, since all components and tanks are integrated in a container.
The sonnenBatterie eco is not just a battery, it's an intelligent storage system that automatically adjusts the energy usage in your household. In combination with solar panels the sonnenBatterie will enable you to supply yourself with clean energy – thus making you independent and protecting you from energy price hikes.The sonnenBatterie eco is a Lithium-ion phosphate storage system that utilises intelligent software to help you monitor your energy consumption and reduce your reliance on the National Grid. It does this either by storing the energy generated by a solar PV system or energy taken from the National Grid at off-peak times. By storing this free or cheaper energy you can significantly reduce the amount of higher cost electricity that you use and lower your home’s carbon footprint.It’s a multi-storage system which means you can purchase multiple units in steps of 2kWh. This not only means that there will be a capacity to suit most homes or businesses, but also that you can expand the system gradually if your energy demands increase over time.
The storage system TS HV 70 Battery features extremely high-quality cells and is scalable from 67 kWh into the MWh range. The efficient system is easy to install, with modules which auto-configure. Can be used to realise storage solutions up to the megawatt range. Thanks to the energy management systems integrated in the battery inverter, and the high C-rate of the TS HV 70 storage system, a wide range of ancillary services can be provided.Investment costs are considerably lower than for conventional storage systems and TESVOLT TS HV 70 storage systems are among the most durable products on the market.
The compact redox flow battery system VoltStorage Home Battery with an integrated inverter was designed for domestic use. The system is installed without electrolyte, thereby guaranteeing an easy assembly, and is designed to ensure maintenance-free operation and a service life lasting over 10,000 cycles. The fully automated manufacturing of the built-in stack combines high product quality with an attractive price for the entire system. Its 220-liter, made-in-Germany vanadium redox flow battery is the safest and cleanest home energy storage solution on the market.
Our past winning 2010 award for walking smart with people was confronted with a 150 year old Moreton Bay Fig Tree with a big growing canopy. The solution was a ground based solar array out of sight by the tree canopy on an easy to expand upwards pole system, all secured on the ground by a large seat foundation. And we went further to use the passing walking detection system to trigger a switch from horticulture LEDS to 'all white light' so the grass would grow and the roses would bloom for the passerbys under the sun blocking canopy.
Jordan’s largest PV Plant Quweira solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant. Located in the south near Aqaba, the 103 megawatt project is nearly double that of existing plants in the country and spans the size of nearly 300 football fields. 50/50 joint venture partners Enviromena and TSK completed the construction in 18 months. “The Quweira solar PV project is another notch in Jordan’s solar belt, generating 16 percent of all solar capacity in the country.
Dubai-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor has commissioned 2.1 GW of solar power globally, and has another 2.5 GW of solar power under development and construction.
BELECTRIC is one of the most successful enterprises in the realization of free-field Solar PV power plants and utility-grade energy storage systems. Since 2001 the company group has Comissioned over 300 solar pv power plants with over 2GWp PV capacity. At BELECTRIC, engineers and project developers conduct interdisciplinary research in all areas of solar pv technology and battery storage systems for the development of innovative technologies. As one of the largest OM provider globally BELECTRIC’s full-integrated services support continuous operation, giving higher energy yield and therefore high return on investment across life-cycle.
WIRSOL is one of the world’s most experienced EPC players in the ground-mounted system segment, combining classic German engineering with tailor-made financing solutions. We can assist you through the entire process of building your solar farm – from the initial expert assessment through project development, installation and contract management to discussions with local residents and the authorities. Together with you we develop bespoke solutions for your site and its specific characteristics. WIRSOL specialists contribute their experience without losing sight of the project’s potential for ínnovation.
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