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meteocontrol and Ingetrace awarded the contract for the „Public Solar Rooftop Program“ in Chile

Chilean Ministry of Energy relies on meteocontrol’s monitoring capabilities

meteocontrol and Ingetrace awarded the contract for the "Public Solar Rooftop Program" in Chile

(Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, February 16, 2017 – The Chilean government continues to pursue its planned energy transition with the installation of 300 PV systems on top of public buildings. In collaboration with Ingetrace SPA, meteocontrol has won the call for tenders for monitoring the first 103 rooftop systems as part of the „Programa de Techos Solares Publicos (PTSP)“. The Augsburg-based PV service provider already supplied the cooperation partner in Santiago de Chile with 119 data loggers as well as sensors in December 2016. Therefore, meteocontrol has been able to bolster its presence in one of South America’s most important PV markets.

The goal is to equip all 300 PV systems under the Public Solar Rooftop Program in Chile with a monitoring system and to monitor them centrally via an online platform by 2018. Together with its cooperation partner Ingetrace, meteocontrol has been awarded the contract for monitoring 103 PV systems on top of public buildings in North and Central Chile, which have a total capacity of approximately 3.3 MWp.

„From the beginning on, we have worked extremely well together“, explains Ingetrace Managing Director, Fernando de la Rosa. „We’re thrilled to have such an experienced and well-established company as meteocontrol on our side. Everyone involved in the project is benefiting from the collaboration, and the implementation process is running extremely smoothly, thanks in no small part to meteocontrol’s technical support.“ meteocontrol is supplying the monitoring hardware and providing the portal as well as expertise. Ingetrace advises the ministry on the installation process and receives support from meteocontrol regarding the set up of the monitoring platform. The monitoring system enables the monitoring of all PV systems via the central platform and can therefore be assessed in direct comparison to one another, regardless of their built-in components. The system displays yield losses and immediately reports any malfunctions, and reporting is carried out automatically.

Thanks to its high level of solar irradiance, particularly in northern regions, Chile provides ideal conditions for solar power generation and is therefore one of the world’s top ten most attractive markets for renewable energy. With the quota law, the Chilean government laid the foundation for integrating renewable energy sources into the market in 2008. In 2015, the Ministry of Energy further specified the ambitious development targets: by 2035, the proportion of power generated from clean sources of energy should be 60%, and by 2050 it should even be 70%. „The Public Solar Rooftop Program represents a significant milestone for our company in terms of our market presence in Chile. With our product solutions, we intend to further promote the power generation transition taking place and improve supply reliability, while ensuring competitive costs“, says meteocontrol Managing Director, Martin Schneider. Solar power growth rates in Chile are already impressive: in 2015, solar power accounted for 2% of power generation with 741 MWp, and in 2017 it is expected to account for 8%.

About Ingetrace
Ingetrace is a Chilean engineering company, founded in 2015, whose main focus is to develop and implement innovative technological solutions applicable to the critical business processes of different industries. With its own equipment and software platforms, Ingetrace provides online visibility to its customers of operational variables whose behavior within controlled ranges avoids significant economic losses and direct impact on the final customer. Through the association with important international companies Ingetrace has expanded its portfolio of products and services with solutions to the area of photovoltaic energy production.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
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http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

PV monitoring system upgraded in record time

meteocontrol: Fixed-price service for retrofitting monitoring units in solar energy systems

PV monitoring system upgraded in record time

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Augsburg, 12/07/2016 – meteocontrol GmbH, a PV service provider headquartered in Augsburg, delivers plant owners and operators an efficient total package for the rapid, cost-efficient upgrade of the monitoring units in their PV systems. The company has provided proof of its expertise once again at the 3 MW solar park „Abuzaderas“ operated by Tauber-Solar in southeastern Spain: it took just three-quarters of a day to replace the failure-prone monitoring solution at the park with the high-performance system made by meteocontrol.

In light of the old system“s very unstable data communications and an increasing number of failures in the bus system, Tauber-Solar decided to retrofit the monitoring system used by the „Abuzaderas“ PV system as quickly as possible and meteocontrol received the order.

Rapid tempo in Retrofitting

It took less than one day to complete the work at the Abuzaderas solar energy park. „One reason for our speed is definitely the modular and scalable technology we use in our products,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We can integrate existing data loggers into the current IT environment without a lot of extra work and merge the data in the monitoring portal into a complete system again.“ The new solution includes meteocontrol“s high-performance data loggers in conjunction with the company’s remote monitoring platform.

The monitoring system enables PV systems to be operated easily, reliably and cost-efficiently on a uniform Internet platform. Extensive analysis and alarm functions provide operators with a reliable tool that they can use to secure long-term earnings. The retrofit benefited from another plus as well: meteocontrol“s experts conducted the engineering for the project in advance at the company’s base in Augsburg and were able to provide the right accessories – such as the RS485 hub – on-site in Spain. „The experts from meteocontrol convinced us with their experience and their extensive, competent consulting,“ said Martin Schmitt, Managing Director of the Tauber-Solar service center. „They ensured the fast, safe installation of a complete solution that is both economical and user-friendly.“ Because integration into the meteocontrol system turned out to be so easy, Tauber-Solar is planning to carry out similar upgrades of other PV systems.

meteocontrol for any (worst-case) scenario

Demand is rising at meteocontrol among PV plant operators who want to retrofit their equipment with reliable monitoring systems. They have many reasons for seeking upgrades: their existing systems have failed to live up to requirements, were improperly installed, or are failure-prone owing to unstable data communications. „One real problem faced by technical operations management is a suboptimal monitoring system from a provider who has gone out of business,“ Martin Schneider said. „In such cases, a fast upgrade is tremendously important – and our fixed-price package makes it financially manageable for customers, too.“

meteocontrol provides upgrading and retrofitting solutions that represent holistic solutions for monitoring, grid feed-in management and direct marketing. The company monitors about 41,000 PV systems around the world with a total output of 11 GWp, and is the international leader among independent providers of PV monitoring systems.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
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+49 821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

Vapour Recovery Units Market Growth to Remain Moderate through 2026

Demand for vapour recovery units is waning globally, with total revenues declining from US$ 481 Mn in 2015 to US$ 471 Mn in 2016. During 2016-2026, the vapour recovery units market will grow at a moderate 3.2% CAGR.

Vapour Recovery Units Market Growth to Remain Moderate through 2026

Vapour Recovery Units Market

Environment pollution legislation will continue to drive the adoption of vapour recovery units, especially in developing regions. Rising awareness on reducing the impact of pollutants, combined with regulatory pressures on providing workers with safer working environments will continue to influence installation decisions. Potential economic benefits of installing vapour recovery units are expected to drive adoption; however, high initial costs can impede growth. The prevailing oil crisis in the Middle East is expected to have a ripple effect on the global vapour recovery market, with global revenues declining to US$ 471 Mn in 2016, down from US$ 481 Mn in 2015. The long-term outlook on the market remains positive, with the global market expected to increase at a moderate CAGR of 3.2% during the forecast period 2016-2026.

North America, the largest market for vapour recovery units, will witness further proliferation of compressor-based VRU; however, the market will continue to have a low presence of players engaged in distribution of VRU at downstream process. John Zink, AEREON and ZEECO are key players in the production and distribution of VRU at downstream process.

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VRU installations will continue to increase at a steady rate in Europe. While the current oil crisis will negatively impact the market in Middle East, the market will grow moderately in the long run. Asia Pacific and Latin America will witness moderate growth, and like North America, compressor-based VRUs will witness steady demand.

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VRU installations will continue to remain higher in upstream process vis-à-vis downstream process. Increasing preference for VRUs over flare gas recovery technologies will continue to impact VRU installations for upstream processes. The upstream process will continue to account for leading revenue share of the global vapour recovery unit market. By application, storage tank vents will continue to account for leading market share at upstream, whereas marine loading will remain a key application segment at downstream process. By end-use, oil & gas will remain the most attractive sector for VRU manufacturers and distributors, followed by brewery & food processing.

Key market participants covered in the report include Hy Bon/EDI, PSG Dover, AEREON, Petrogas Systems, John Zink Company, LLC, Cimarron Energy Inc.,Wintek Corporation, Accel Compression Inc., Whirlwind Methane Recovery Systems, LLC.

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Environment Energy

Remote maintenance for photovoltaic systems: E.ON cooperates with meteocontrol

meteocontrol supplies the monitoring solution VCOM virtual control room to E.ON control console in Munich

Remote maintenance for photovoltaic systems: E.ON cooperates with meteocontrol

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Augsburg/Munich, 10/25/2016 – Operate, control and monitor: Munich-based E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH has set up a control console designed to professionally monitor and manage photovoltaic systems. Its partner in this endeavor is meteocontrol GmbH of Augsburg, which is contributing its monitoring software VCOM virtual control room. E.ON“s customized monitoring solution is a key element of a new business strategy that also involves the production of renewable energies and energy networks.

„We now look after more than 230 systems across Germany. Their total output could meet the power needs of a medium-sized city,“ said Matthias Krieg, Head of PV Maintenance/Services at E.ON Energie Deutschland. „With the help of our central monitoring system, we can ensure reliable operation management for small units on company roofs as well as large solar parks. The key for us is being able to use proven technology made in Germany. The virtual control room software offered by meteocontrol makes it possible for us to monitor our continually expanding portfolio efficiently and centrally.“

VCOM virtual control room is used not only to analyze incoming alarm reports, but also for all incident management. Thanks to smart, precise fault detection, the cause of problems can be pinpointed quickly and the time required for possible on-site repairs can be kept to a minimum. „With this monitoring solution, E.ON can provide customers with secure, long-range support that has been optimized across all process steps,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We are looking forward to our partnership with E.ON, in part because it will also produce synergies for globally scalable models designed to optimize the returns of PV systems.“ Customers of E.ON Energie Deutschland will be able to access their data on a personalized website. Among other features, the website offers an investor view with a transparent presentation of key performance indicators to highlight the benefits of professional support.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol provides the monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

meteocontrol provides the monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

Augsburg, August 25, 2016 – With a major project, meteocontrol GmbH expands its presence in Japan’s growing photovolatic market. meteocontrol supplies a tailored monitoring system as a turnkey solution for the planned 18 MWp solar park by Advantec Co. Ltd: project management, monitoring design and commissioning included. The solar park will be built in Kirishima, a city located at the northern end of the Kagoshima Bay in southern Japan.

Ten monitoring stations with blue“Log X-6000 data loggers and 300 string combiner boxes with interfaces to inverters and sensors ensure the highest quality and reliability of data recording, monitoring and control. meteocontrol also supports Advantec during the planning phase and realizes the monitoring system in accordance with the company“s exact needs and the park“s layout. The monitoring solution enables Advantec to professionally operation management on meteocontrol“s remote monitoring platform „virtual control room“ (VCOM).

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-40
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

Milk the Sun and meteocontrol launch alliance for technical consulting and system monitoring

Direct access to meteocontrol PV services for system operators and investors on the Milk the Sun platform

Milk the Sun and meteocontrol launch alliance for technical consulting and system monitoring

(Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Münster/Berlin/Augsburg, 07/12/2016 – Key elements of optimal operation of solar energy systems include the technical monitoring of these systems as well as the control and improvement of on-site energy consumption and grid feed-in management. To provide these services to system operators, Milk the Sun, the world’s largest open online marketplace for photovoltaic systems in operation, and meteocontrol GmbH, a leading provider of technical consulting and monitoring solutions for PV systems, will combine their expertise effective immediately.

Thanks to this alliance, system operators registered at Milk the Sun can quickly and easily receive the services of meteocontrol in such areas as the planning or execution of PV projects as well as the optimization of operational PV systems. The PV specialist offers services in the areas of yield reports, technical due diligence and technical acceptance as well as warranty checks, performance analyses, module tests and on-site system inspections. The new service called Pit Stop is particularly helpful to investors in the secondary market: The professional PV system check for a fixed price comprises an expert inspection of the system’s plants components and a valid report that outlines faults and recommends solutions. If Milk the Sun customers want to add a monitoring system to their PV systems, meteocontrol will develop and prepare the right concept for them free of charge. As a result, new systems can be seamlessly integrated into the existing portfolio and monitored.

Two market-leading partners who can help system operators
As an independent online marketplace, Milk the Sun offers a wide range of services covering all aspects of photovoltaics. With the new, customer-focused sales option created by the online marketplace operated by Milk the Sun, meteocontrol has significantly extended its customer reach. At the same time, Milk the Sun has gained a strong partner to enhance its range of services related to the optimization and life cycle of PV systems.

„We are really happy about the addition of meteocontrol to our service portfolio,“ said Dirk Petschick, a cofounder and Managing Director of Milk the Sun. „In this alliance, we’ve not only gained a strong, market-leading partner, but can also provide our customers with state-of-the-art services related to technical system monitoring and much more.“ „Milk the Sun and meteocontrol are a perfect match,“ added Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „Our joint customers will profit from the simple, fast processing in the online marktetplace. They will receive everything from a single source.“

About Milk the Sun:
Milk the Sun operates the world’s largest open online marketplace for photovoltaic systems. Through the portal, project developers and operators can offer solar systems for sale and investors can find exciting green investment opportunities. Milk the Sun also offers, in cooperation with specialized partners, PV services during the entire life cycle of a photovoltaic system. On its Utility Scale Network, a closed online market place, the company also offers selected investors utility scale solar investment opportunities. www.milkthesun.com

Milk the Sun Contact Details:
Milk the Sun GmbH, Mendelstraße 11, 48149 Münster, Tel.: +49 (0)30 46 999 0330, Fax: +49 (0)30 46 999 0331, Geschäftsführer: Philipp von Seherr-Thoss, Dirk Petschick

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meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-40
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

Saharan dust: reliable predictions of performance for photovoltaics

The PerduS project is investigating yield losses experienced by solar energy systems as a result of desert dust – preliminary studies indicate reductions could range from 10 percent to 20 percent.

Saharan dust: reliable predictions of performance for photovoltaics

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Augsburg, July 11, 2016 – Hazy skies and dusty cars: Many people are well acquainted with the impact of the Saharan dust that travels to Europe by air. The impact of this dust – as haze in the atmosphere and as a residue on solar panels – on the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems is being studied by the German Weather Service, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and meteocontrol in a project called „PerduS.“ The objective of the research is to facilitate better performance predictions for PV systems by improving projections about the dispersion of dust.

Saharan dust affects PV performance in two ways: First, the haze it creates, which can be substantial at times, can reduce performance by 10 percent to 20 percent. Second, it forms a residue on the PV modules that further impacts performance. These findings were reached during the preliminary studies conducted by the project partners. The term „blood rain“ is frequently used when talking about the grimy layer left behind on cars following rain storms.

„During an outbreak of Saharan dust, atmospheric streams transport the dust whipped up by the Sahara over great distances that extend all the way to central Europe,“ says Dr. Bernhard Vogel, a KIT meteorologist. „In terms of a long-range average, we see this four days a month in the spring and summer. In some years, the number even reaches up to nine days in a month.“

Photovoltaic systems generated 6 percent of gross electricity production in Germany during 2015, according to the German Statistical Office. The installed capacity of all PV systems totals about 39 gigawatts across Germany. As a result, the systems can produce peak yields of more than 30 gigawatts of power on clear days. This equals the production of more than 20 German nuclear power stations. Up to now, PV performance predictions have been unable to realistically factor in the effect of Saharan dust. The project team says this is necessary to ensure grid stability.

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the research project PerduS (a German acronym that stands for photovoltaic yield reduction caused by Saharan dust) for four years. The main objective is to combine all components necessary for consideration of Saharan dust outbreaks when projecting PV performance in a forecasting process. In cooperation with KIT, an improved dispersion forecast for desert dust is being added to the German Weather Service’s numerical weather-forecasting model ICON. The ICON-ART forecast system will be used during future dust outbreaks along with the conventional numerical weather forecast. Simulating dust dispersion, the system will provide predictions about a reduction in solar irradiance. Drawing on this information, the forecast service provider meteocontrol will develop PV performance predictions as well as evaluate the technical and commercial use of the new forecasting system. In addition, an estimate will be made regarding the expected amount of residue on PV systems left behind by the Saharan dust and the cleansing effect on the units by subsequent rain storms.

Model system ICON-ART and measurement systems in use
To expand the ICON model system that has been used by the German Weather Service since January 2015 to prepare daily weather forecasts, the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at KIT developed a module called ART (aerosols and reactive trace gases). This module makes it possible to simulate the dispersion of such particles as mineral dust and sea salt and their interaction with clouds. In the past, ICON-ART was used, also in cooperation with the German Weather Service, to simulate the dispersion of ash particles following volcano eruptions in order to prepare weather forecasts. The research focal points being pursued by KIT in PerduS are refining the description of dust emissions in the Sahara and improving the description of the interaction of dust particles and atmospheric radiation.

Measurements have also been taken at the Solar Storage Park on the KIT north campus to determine the amount of residue left on solar panels by mineral dust and its impact on PV performance. In this measurement project, researchers are also examining how precipitation can cleanse solar panels. In this process, they are using a precipitation radar, the measurement tower at KIT, additional devices for measuring drop sizes and precipitation quantities, and an aerosol lidar of the German Weather Service. The descriptions of the relevant processes drawn from these measurements will then be integrated into the ICON-ART model system.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-40
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

Raising Power Unveils Full Service at Intersolar 2016

Raising Power Network ensures high quality and fast O&M for PV systems

Raising Power Unveils Full Service at Intersolar 2016

Raising Power services the global customers with local certified technicians. (Source: Raising Power GmbH)

Augsburg, 20 June 2016. Raising Power GmbH announced today it will unveil its full service offerings for the technical operation management of photovoltaic systems at Intersolar Europe in Munich from June 22 – 24, 2016. Raising Power“s exhibition at Booth 253 in Hall B2 will focus on its service network that offers customers and partners comprehensive O&M solutions with locally based and certified service technicians to ensure a high level of quality and rapid service call-outs for system operators and manufacturers.

As an independent operation manager, Raising Power focuses primarily on the technical operation management of photovoltaic systems and offers a full range of services from technical organization to monitoring and fault management. By establishing a global service network, the PV specialist from Augsburg is expanding its portfolio, creating an integrated solution for system operators, O&M providers and component manufacturers.

Raising Power Network – rapid coordination of service call-outs
Raising Power not only offers services for fault rectification, maintenance and servicing of PV systems – it strives to improve these services, too. The service partners registered with the Raising Power Network are automatically enlisted for the necessary call-out via a software solution. Thanks to locally based service technicians, Raising Power can guarantee extremely short reaction times. This is particularly helpful for ad hoc call-outs, for example to replace an inverter or fix a defect. In order to ensure high quality on the part of service partners, Raising Power uses only qualified and certified partner companies.

Raising Power – an effective partner for O&M providers and component manufacturers
As an expert when it comes to providing operation management for systems of any size and from any manufacturer, Raising Power provides operation management or individual service modules for O&M providers and component manufacturers. Inverter manufacturers, for example, can take advantage of this service around the world and save money as they do not require external technicians or additional personnel of their own. Raising Power can also provide comprehensive training for its products by request.

With Raising Power’s expertise, companies are able to offer their customers a 100% O&M solution and concentrate on their core skills. „With our services, companies can expand their service portfolios and launch new projects without having to gain extra know-how or bring in additional manpower,“ explained Michele Rascher, Managing Director of Raising Power. „As a result, O&M providers are able to take on even large system portfolios without risk. The fact that all popular monitoring systems are integrated into our control center guarantees reliable and effective monitoring and management of all systems in a PV portfolio – always with the intent to achieve maximum performance and minimal downtimes. This is where the Raising Power Network pays off with its extremely quick reaction times,“ added Raising Power Managing Director Dirk Stahf.

Raising Power, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany is an independent provider of technical operations management for renewable energy plants of any size. The company is a global player with more than 1.500 systems under contract worldwide. Raising Power is also a specialist when it comes to repowering existing energy plants. The end-to-end service portfolio addresses the needs of investors, PV plant builders and operators as well as manufacturers and end customers. Raising Power GmbH is a member company of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited. Further information: www.raising-power.com

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Raising Power GmbH
Michèle Rascher
Gögginger Str. 93
86199 Augsburg
+49 821 268416-00
+49 821 268416-99
info@raising-power.com
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Environment Energy

BHS-Sonthofen supplies the largest indexing belt filter in the company“s history

Extraction of reusable substances from plant waste: New plant makes several process stages superfluous.

BHS-Sonthofen supplies the largest indexing belt filter in the company"s history

The BHS indexing belt filter during final assembly at the beginning of 2016 at the Sonthofen plant.

BHS-Sonthofen has received the order from an American customer to supply an indexing belt filter for extracting reusable substances from plant waste. With a filter area of almost 90 m², the type BF 350-255 filter plant is not only the largest plant that BHS has ever built, but it is also one of the most efficient of its kind in the world.

The indexing belt filter of type BF 350-255 will process up to 5,000 kg of fibrous plant waste hourly, extracting recoverable liquid components generated in a previous production process. The filtrate is used for the manufacture of basic chemicals, while the remaining solids, which could not previously be used, are reprocessed.

During project planning, the customer had initially envisaged a multi-stage process with a sequence of consecutive screening and filtration steps and with the solids being resuspended several times. The proposal from BHS-Sonthofen to use an indexing belt filter of type BF with a single process step convinced the customer, however. Not only is the process much simpler, but it also concentrates the reusable substances to a greater extent. This means that less energy is required for extracting the substances at a later stage in the process.

As part of the treatment process, the plant waste is first suspended in water. To ensure that the reusable substances dissolved in this can be extracted as effectively from the solid as possible, BHS implements a multistage counter-current wash process in the filter plant. This allows the filter to achieve a very good washout quality, thereby significantly increasing the concentration of the dissolved reusable product in the liquid. The BHS indexing belt filter of type BF 350-255 extracts approximately 10 percent more recoverable materials than conventional procedures.

Moreover, the operating costs are lower because the indexing belt filter requires about 30 percent less water than the multistage process. This also results in considerably lower investment costs as no multiple cascades of stirring tanks and filters are required. As the entire filter plant is much simpler in design than conventional plants, it ensures a high operational reliability. At the same time, maintenance costs are significantly lower in comparison to conventional plants.

After receiving the order in December 2015, BHS supplied the filter plant in spring 2016. Commissioning is planned for autumn 2016.

Background: The BHS indexing belt filter of type BF

The indexing belt filter is a continuously operating, horizontal vacuum filter that allows for reliable and gentle separation of sedimentation solids from suspensions. The filter medium is a circulating belt, which moves forward in cycles.

Each time the cloth stops, the filtrate is sucked downwards. Then the vacuum is switched off to release the filter cloth, which can now be moved forward. The filter cake forms on top of the belt and can undergo further treatment by washing (co-current or counter-current), reslurrying, steaming, extraction, vacuum drying or pressing. During this process, the filtrates can be recovered individually from each vacuum tray and further processed without any cross-contamination. The filter cake is discharged at the discharge roller. The cloth is cleaned as the belt returns.

The design of the BHS indexing belt filter allows continuous, even feeding of the suspension via distribution devices, which also spread the solids gently. The filter cake formed by gravity and vacuum is not subject to any mechanical forces during transportation or further treatment. This makes the indexing belt filter suitable for pressure-sensitive solids as these can be processed without grain particle breakage.

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of mechanical and plant engineering, based in Sonthofen (Germany). The company offers technical solutions for mechanical process engineering, concentrating primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling, and filtration. With more than 350 employees and several subsidiaries, BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence.

The Filtration Technology division manufactures machines and plants for mechanical solid/liquid separation using pressure or vacuum filtration. Key applications are processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, the plastics industry, as well as for energy and raw material extraction.

For further information, please visit: www.bhs-sonthofen.de

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meteocontrol at the Intersolar 2016: innovative monitoring and effective system check

World’s market leader for independent PV monitoring at the Intersolar Europe in Munich on June 22-24, 2016

meteocontrol at the Intersolar 2016: innovative monitoring and effective system check

Booth 219,Hall B1, meteocontrol will present its range of monitoring solutions and quality-assurance (Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, June 14, 2016 – At this year’s Intersolar Europe 2016, meteocontrol GmbH, the world’s market leader for manufacturer-independent PV monitoring, will unveil its Pit Stop service for existing systems as well as the latest refinements made to its SCADA Center and VCOM monitoring solutions. meteocontrol’s exhibition at Booth 219 in Hall B1 will also highlight the blue“Log X series of data loggers with improved functions and the MX Module AO add-on module.

New service: Pit Stop
As part of its comprehensive quality-assurance portfolio, meteocontrol will present the new Pit Stop service at its booth. The professional system check for a fixed price comprises an expert inspection of components and a valid report that outlines faults and recommends solutions. „Our new service has been very well received by the market,“ says Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The objective assessment of the actual system quality allows operators to identify hidden defects and increase yields. The service is immensely helpful for investors on the secondary market. Risks can be minimized and profits maximized when buying or selling systems.“

Efficient monitoring from the world’s market leader
Further refinements to the blue“Log X series of data loggers focus on new functions that enable status information to be quickly and easily processed. These enhancements include configuration of the status inputs, real-time visualization of status changes and alerts from current status alarms. With the MX Module AO add-on module, system operators can use analog outputs to react even more flexibly to the needs of grid operators. The goal of the company is to maximize the efficiency of operation management, even for large system portfolios. „Thanks to virtually automatic processes, the operation manager can concentrate on essential system-management tasks such as analyzing performance and managing incidents,“ says Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol, in explaining the benefits of the system.

meteocontrol currently monitors around 41,000 systems around the globe that produce a total output of approximately 11 GWp. This places the independent provider of monitoring systems in first place worldwide in the overall ranking of a new market study published by GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting.

VCOM – the modern monitoring platform for PV portfolios
Guided by the motto Innovation by Experience, meteocontrol is further refining its VCOM (Virtual Control Room). Functions such as the heat-map diagram, keyboard shortcuts for faster operation and analysis diagrams for ticket evaluation underscore the company’s commitment to providing an effective monitoring platform. The improved alarm system with user-defined alarm rules is another highlight. Improved usability is found, for example, in a new feature that optimizes the further processing of incoming alarms by filtering and prioritizing them on a system-specific basis.

Condition monitoring – avoiding errors and yield losses before they ever occur
meteocontrol would like to set standards in developing condition monitoring, too. Drawing on its wealth of experience and comprehensive operating data from the systems it monitors, the Augsburg-based PV specialist is developing new types of alarm algorithms to help identify or predict the causes of faults. Operation managers and investors benefit from the self-learning alarm system: They save time and money thanks to efficient monitoring and trouble-free system operation.

SCADA Center for utility-scale environments
For operation management and managing large PV power plants, meteocontrol has developed a high-performance SCADA system that it continuously adapts to meet market requirements. Because this system does not depend on having a stable Internet connection and features a flexible user interface, it can be used anywhere and adapted to suit local requirements. Data is stored on a high-performance industry server and available on location for analyses. High-resolution live values allow errors to be located quickly and easily. „At the same time, the SCADA Center provides everything needed for operation management in the control room,“ says Schneider. „For on-site and VCOM-based system monitoring, we are supplying the SCADA Center to the biggest private solar power plant in Jordan, which produces an output of around 11 MWp with its three individual units.“

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
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