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Environment Energy

blue“Log X Series, power plant controller, VCOM: meteocontrol to present future-oriented monitoring solutions

meteocontrol at Booth 251 in Hall B2 during Intersolar Europe 2018

blue"Log X Series, power plant controller, VCOM: meteocontrol to present future-oriented monitoring solutions

Intersolar 2018: meteocontrol presents its product portfolio at booth B2.251. (Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, June 14, 2018 – At Intersolar 2018 in Munich, meteocontrol GmbH will demonstrate just how far the monitoring and control of photovoltaic systems and solar parks have come. In this work, the world“s leading provider of independent monitoring systems has added a wide range of new features and the innovative power plant controller blue“Log X-Control to its solution. The stars of the company“s exhibition booth will be the data logger blue“Log X series and the monitoring and operation management platform VCOM. Visitors to the trade fair will also learn about the innovative methods that meteocontrol intends to use in the future to further optimize fault alarms with the help of data analytics. meteocontrol will present its latest innovations at Booth 251 in Hall B2.

VCOM: systematically uncovering yield losses
About 45,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power output of more than 13 GWp are currently being monitored in the VCOM portal. meteocontrol is writing a new chapter in this success story by introducing a wide range of upgrades. The performance ratio and system availability can be parameterized so that operation managers can easily display contractually regulated formulas. As a way of quickly identifying small yield losses, meteocontrol has developed the actual/rated performance graphic and a heat map for string currents. Fully automated reporting has been made even simpler as well: Clearly structured portfolio reports comprehensively inform investors and stakeholders about the performance of their systems and portfolios. meteocontrol“s newly developed VCOM monitoring app for visualizations on mobile and devices also now includes solar power forecasts and performance values.

blue“Log X series: making the quality of measurement data transparent
With its major release for 2018, meteocontrol has made the blue“Log X series that has proved itself for three years more innovative and future-proof – while maintaining its high quality, performance and IT security. New functionalities provide a high level of transparency for measurement data and communications, including minute values and the recording of the communication quality between blue“Log and inverters, sensors and meters. Alarm management now includes parameters like sunrise and sunset in addition to offering efficient filter functions. „We also focused our enhancement efforts on smooth maintenance,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „This includes a lean firmware update, the simple add-on installation of driver packages, SD card replacement in case of a device defect and a configuration backup. And our individualized license model will ensure more cost efficiency.“

Plant control: blue“Log X-Control with integrated VPN client
With the X-Control – the heart of meteocontrol“s park controller – meteocontrol has developed an intelligent, ground-breaking solution. The new transparent controller core makes it possible to include the control functions in network simulation models. The X-Control also ensures that the continuously rising demands of energy providers can be met. Other enhancements assist solar trader activities that have proved effective in Germany for three years now: The integrated VPN client automatically establishes a connection to the solar trader in the blue“Log, without using an additional VPN router. Setup and the function test can be done much faster and easier. „With the help of X-Control, operators are prepared in the best-possible way for the European revision of the network codes and related changes to Germany“s medium- and high-voltage directives,“ Schneider said. „They can also work efficiently and cost effectively.“

Alarm management 2.0: heading into the future with data analytics
To further improve monitoring in the VCOM portal, meteocontrol plans to add an assistant to VCOM in the next step. At the meteocontrol booth, trade fair visitors will learn about how data analytics can help detect errors more quickly, report causes more precisely and recognize future error patterns – all in the name of „Alarming 2.0.“ „This works best in cooperation with the operation manager,“ Martin Schneider said. „User feedback is a key component for the learning system and can be integrated easily. We want to provide our customers with a tool that will enable them to technically operate a number of solar parks as easily as possible.“

Visit meteocontrol at Intersolar Europe 2018, at Booth 251 in Hall B2, from June 20-22, 2018, in Munich.

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 45,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 13 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 450879-18
Fax: +49 821 450879-20
E-Mail: as@epr-online.com
Url: http://epr-online.com

Environment Energy

Asahi Kasei starts green hydrogen demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima

Asahi Kasei starts green hydrogen demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima

Large-Scale Alkaline-Water Electrolysis Plant (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, May 24, 2018 – Asahi Kasei continues to strengthen its activities in the hydrogen business. Following the start of a demonstration project in Herten, Germany, in April 2018, the Japanese technology company now launched an alkaline-water electrolysis demonstration project in Soma, Fukushima, Japan. The new project aims at the development of a large-scale production system for green hydrogen by using power input from renewable energy sources.

Asahi Kasei started an alkaline-water electrolysis demonstration project for the production of green hydrogen using renewable energy in Soma, Fukushima, Japan. The project is a joint project with the Japanese IHI Corporation. The alkaline-water electrolyser is installed at the Soma IHI Green Energy Center, which was launched in April 2018 by Soma City and IHI. It features large electrodes, maximum electrolytic capacity of 120 KW and hydrogen production capacity of 25 Nm3/h. Green hydrogen is produced by only using electric power from renewable energy sources.

The project uses a large-scale alkaline-water electrolysis system having the world“s largest electrodes developed on commission by Japan“s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Previous tests by Asahi Kasei have confirmed that the system enables high energy efficiency of over 90%. It furthermore features outstanding responsiveness with fluctuating power input which makes this system suitable for power input from renewable energy sources. The demonstration project is expected to verify the practicability of the alkaline-water electrolyser employed in an integrated configuration with an actual photovoltaic power generation facility. The project is scheduled from April 2018 to March 2020.

Intensifying activities in the field of clean environmental energy
Asahi Kasei will utilize the know-how gained through this demonstration project to advance the commercialization of an alkaline-water electrolysis system featuring the world-leading scale of 10 MW in a single unit, in accordance with the company“s strategic management focus on providing solutions to society in the area of clean environmental energy.

The demonstration project in Soma is Asahi Kasei“s next step in the expansion of its green hydrogen business. On April 27, Asahi Kasei Europe, the operational headquarter of the Asahi Kasei Group in Europe, started a demonstration project with an alkaline-water electrolyser in the Hydrogen City of Herten in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The joint project together with the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten simulates the production of hydrogen from wind energy and contributes to the development of an electrolysis system for the production of green hydrogen on a large scale.

About the Asahi Kasei Corporation
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries and achieved sales of 15.3 billion euros in fiscal year 2017.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world. You can find further information at

www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/
www.asahi-kasei.eu/

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Company-Contact
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

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Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

Environment Energy

Recovering more marketable material from waste

Pre-shredder with a special crossbeam facilitates precise sorting

Recovering more marketable material from waste

The pre-shredder is particularly suited for the pre-shredding of large or voluminous materials

BHS-Sonthofen will present the pre-shredder of type VRS 1215 at IFAT 2018. It is used for the pre-shredding of domestic and commercial waste, white goods, electronic waste and building materials. For the first time, BHS optionally supplies the machine with either a tearing table or a counter-crossbeam. This allows customers to adapt it to a wide range of feed materials and desired granulation of the shredded material – which is a key prerequisite for cleanly separating the material by type. BHS will also be presenting a Rotorshredder of type RS 2018, which the company has developed specifically for shredding electronic waste.

The pre-shredder of type VSR is a low-speed, high-torque twin-shaft shredder. Due to the rotor shafts“ relatively large diameter and the special blade geometry, the machine is particularly suited for the tearing pre-shredding of large or voluminous materials such as household, industrial, commercial and bulky waste.

The tearing table is used when processing bulky feed material. The new counter-crossbeam is ideal for the pre-shredding of materials such as electronic waste. In this application, it is particularly important to cleanly break apart solid components – for example, printer steel shafts – without damaging batteries and capacitors.

BHS will also be presenting the Rotorshredder of type RS 2018 with new discharge doors developed specifically for shredding electronic waste. Thanks to the doors“ arrangement, material that has already been separated is prevented from once again mixing with other components. As a result, the machine delivers cleanly separated materials for efficient downstream processing.

BHS-Sonthofen at IFAT 2018 (Munich, Germany, 14 to 18 May 2018): Hall B4, Booth 351/450

The VSR“s technology in detail

The pre-shredder of type VSR is fed from above via a large feed hopper. The feed material is captured by the two rotating shafts, which change their direction of rotation at regular intervals. The tearing tools are arranged on the shaft in a mirror-symmetric formation that allows them to act in both directions during rotation. A pusher presses the feed material between the shafts, thus ensuring a high throughput.

If a high degree of shredding is required, BHS offers to install a tearing table under the rotor shafts, which is designed as a single-unit cassette. If a lower degree of shredding is desired – for example, in the pre-shredding of electronic waste – BHS will set up a counter-crossbeam below the two rotor shafts instead of the tearing table. The beam ensures that batteries and capacitors remain intact.

In both cases, the design delivers a double shredding action: Shredding takes place between the rotating tools on both shafts as well as between these and the stationary tearing table or crossbeam.

As soon as the feed material has reached the target size, it exits the machine through the bottom and is transported to the sorting chamber via a conveyor belt. Scrapers prevent material from wrapping around the shafts or adhering to them.

The machine housing is designed as a highly robust, one-piece, welded steel construction devoid of any screw connections. This design ensures high availability, long service life of wear parts and low maintenance requirements.

Both the rotor shafts and the tearing table or the crossbeam can be regenerated by means of simple surfacing jobs. Moreover, a quick-change system makes it possible to replace the rotor shafts within just four hours. When the infeed hopper has been disassembled, the rotor shafts equipped with their quick coupling are exposed. As a special feature of BHS products, the bridges of the bearing shells can be removed without having to remove the gear unit. This also exposes the tearing table cassette, allowing it to be replaced.

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

BHS-Sonthofen GmbH is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of machinery and plant engineering based in Sonthofen, Germany. The company offers technical solutions for mechanical process technology, concentrating primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration. BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence with more than 400 employees and several subsidiaries.

The Recycling Technology division offers a broad range of machines and plants for the recycling industry. The product portfolio comprises recycling machines for processing and pre-/post-shredding a diverse range of recyclable and waste materials using crushing and cutting technology. This includes scrap, shredder residual fractions, slags and incinerator bottom ash as well as tires or domestic, commercial and industrial waste. Moreover, we plan and implement complete turnkey recycling plants for our customers.

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

Company-Contact
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
Phone: +49 8321 6099-231
Fax: +49 8321 6099-220
E-Mail: press@bhs-sonthofen.de
Url: http://www.bhs-sonthofen.de

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VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Environment Energy

Hanover Fair 2018: ENTRADE AG presents high-performance compact power plant fueled by biogenic waste

High plant flexibility: modular power plants with an energy output from 25 kW to 5 MW

Hanover Fair 2018: ENTRADE AG presents high-performance compact power plant fueled by biogenic waste

CEO Julien Uhlig explains the power plant

At this year“s Hanover Fair ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG is presenting a further model of the biogenic-waste fueled power plant it has developed in-house. Currently two versions are available, with a respective electrical output of 25 kW (E3) or 50 kW (E4). These can be combined on the modular principle to form larger units, resulting in power plants of up to 5 MW.

The E3 and the new, more powerful E4 compact power plant – which are protected by numerous patents – are based on years of research and development. In a high-temperature reactor they use previously unused biogenic waste to produce a high-quality synthesis gas, which in turn drives an internal combustion engine and supplies electricity as well as heat or, if required, cooling.

Power plant can start operation within two days

It is the world’s first modular, series-produced, patented, fully automatic biomass power plant for grid-connected and off-grid power generation. Each individual small power plant (E4) has a generator output of 50 kWel and a nominal heat output of 120 kWth, and can be put into operation on a turnkey basis within 48 hours. This capacity can supply around 50 households with electricity and heat.

With a length of 186 cm, a width of 156 cm and a height of only two metres, the individual system modules are particularly compact and can be shipped worldwide, even by air freight. Even without renewable energy subsidies the electric power they generate is competitive compared to other conventional or renewable power sources, and can be used locally in the stand-alone operation or fed into the public grid. The waste heat is used for heating purposes or can be transformed into cooling. The special feature: the individual small power plants can be connected to form larger units, resulting in power plants of up to 5 MW. In the last 18 months more than 150 of these power plants have been planned or commissioned in nine different countries worldwide.

Another focus at ENTRADE AG is to combine various renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics, wind power and biogas into a hybrid grid, thus forming a single power plant unit. Here the advantages of the respective technologies are optimally used in order to exploit the resulting synergies.

Many advantages over conventional power plants

Compared to conventional power plants, the E3 and E4 have a range of advantages.

– Flexible system sizes in electrical output steps of 25 kW.
– Biogenic waste serves as fuel, which makes power generation particularly sustainable.
– Even in the lower output range the modules have a very high efficiency level of over 85 percent.
– The compact power plants can be set up wherever the energy is needed or the waste is available.
– They do not require long approval procedures and can therefore be connected to the grid within 48 hours.
– Due to their modular design they are highly protected from breakdown and require little maintenance.
– It can be combined with other renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy to form a hybrid grid, with the biomass power plant providing the base load and compensating for any fluctuation on the part of other energy sources.
– In terms of price the compact power plants are below usual costs for power plant construction.

CEO Julien Uhlig and ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG staff will be available at the Hanover Fair from 23 to 27 April 2018 at the joint stand of the state of NRW in Hall 27/ Stand F73. Further information is available at www.entrade.de

Worldwide ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG develops, builds, operates and distributes innovative powersystems for the generation of electricity, heating and cooling from biomass and waste materials.

Company-Contact
ENTRADE Energiesysteme AG
Shelby Leigh Bradley
Berliner Allee 42
40212 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 24 79 23 50
E-Mail: info@entrade-e3.co.uk
Url: http://www.entrade.co

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Dr. Schulz Public Relations GmbH
Dr. Volker Schulz
Berrenrather Str. 190
50937 Köln
Phone: +49 (0)221 425812
Fax: +49 (0) 221 4249880
E-Mail: info@dr-schulz-pr.de
Url: http://www.dr-schulz-pr.de

Environment Energy

The #binbagchallenge: For clean beaches and oceans worldwide

The #binbagchallenge: For clean beaches and oceans worldwide

For clean beaches and oceans worldwide: The #binbagchallenge of rateyourdive.com and Ban’s Diving Resort

Plastic waste, especially in the oceans, is a problem for nature worldwide. In order to combat this, everyone can do something. This is the reason why the #binbagchallenge of rateyourdive.com, the world’s unique platform to compare and rate dive-professionals, dive Centres and liveaboards, and the German division of Ban’s Diving Resort, a diving school on Koh Tao, invites you to do the following: Users collect waste wherever they are and share their success stories via social media. By doing so, awareness for this problem will be raised and, bit by bit, action is taken against it at the same time.

Bayreuth, Germany 16/04/2018 Hundreds of thousands of large and small pieces of plastic waste are floating in every square kilometre of ocean worldwide. This growing pile of garbage constitutes a danger for the entire ecosystem of the oceans: Fish, mammals and birds perish painfully due to plastic swallowed by mistake, the quality of the water sinks because of the large quantities of waste and, finally, dangerous micro plastic substances end up in human bodies via the food chain. In short: It is time to take action! The #binbagchallenge emerged because of these issues, calling for the collection of waste around and in bodies of water.

„We use the idea of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which went around the world a few years ago. With the #binbagchallenge we want to raise awareness for the worldwide pollution, of the oceans in particular and, at the same time, provide part of the solution“, explains Ricardo Wenzel, CEO of rateyourdive.com and co-initiator of the challenge. The principle is simple: Users are encouraged to collect garbage on beaches, in the ocean or simply at a nearby park and to photograph themselves with the filled bin bag (hence the name of the challenge). These photos are compiled with the hashtag #binbagchallenge and posted on one’s own Facebook page. Who has participated then nominates other friends to collect waste as well.

„Thanks to the idea of „virality“, small steps are taken worldwide to fight environmental pollution. The objective above all is to raise awareness for this issue and put pressure on politicians and the economy, forcing them to do something as well“, as Wenzel summarises the intention of the challenge. In doing so, rubbish collection is deliberately not limited to the oceans, because the problem of waste begins already directly on your doorstep. Co-initiator Alex Mitsch of the German team of Ban’s Diving Resorts on Koh Tao (bansdiving.de) exemplifies: „No matter where you are, whether in Thailand or Germany – if you walk around anywhere for an hour and do not find any rubbish that you can pick up, then you will get a free diving course from me!“

Our supporters
Up to now, we have received active support for the diffusion of the initiative from these organisations, among others: DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe, NAUI Green Diver, Green Fins and the Marine Conservation Society UK. Also from diving magazines: DIVER, Scuba H2O Adventures, Unterwasser and Dive.in, as well as from the websites brightvibes.com, deeperblue.com, divebooker.com, divebuddies4life.com and diveoclock.com.

All the accomplishments of the challenge up to now can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/binbagchallenge/

About Rateyourdive.com
Rateyourdive.com is the world’s first portal for comparing, booking and rating diving offers in particular. Since January 2017, more than 5,000 profiles of diving schools, diving professionals and liveaboards have been listed on the platform and almost 2,000 reviews have already been entered.

The objective of rateyourdive.com is to achieve more transparency regarding quality and performance and to simplify finding the perfect diving experiences. To do so, the hotel booking approach was taken as a model, in order to design the search intuitively. Therefore, not only can ratings be submitted, but offers and prices of the desired region can also be compared.
Further details
In case of enquiries, Mr. Ricardo Wenzel, CEO of rateyourdive.com, is at your disposal:

Ricardo Wenzel
CEO rateyourdive.com
Balthasar-Neumann-Str. 14
95444 Bayreuth

ricardo@rateyourdive.com

Rateyourdive.com is the world’s first portal for comparing, booking and rating diving offers in particular. Since January 2017, more than 5,000 profiles of diving schools, diving professionals and liveaboards have been listed on the platform and almost 2,000 reviews have already been entered.

The objective of rateyourdive.com is to achieve more transparency regarding quality and performance and to simplify finding the perfect diving experiences. To do so, the hotel booking approach was taken as a model, in order to design the search intuitively. Therefore, not only can ratings be submitted, but offers and prices of the desired region can also be compared.

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rateyourdive UG
Ricardo Wenzel
Balthasar-Neumann-Str. 14
95444 Bayreuth
Phone: 017657886640
E-Mail: ricardo@rateyourdive.com
Url: http://www.rateyourdive.com

Environment Energy

meteocontrol, viasys partner to revolutionize solar monitoring in the United States

PV system-monitoring and security-system providers to pool core competencies to maximize returns for solar investors

meteocontrol, viasys partner to revolutionize solar monitoring in the United States

Anson Moran, CEO meteocontrol North America (Source: @ meteocontrol)

Augsburg/Chicago, April 19, 2018 – meteocontrol North America, a subsidiary of meteocontrol GmbH in Germany, and viasys Intelligent Video GmbH are set to revolutionize solar monitoring in the United States PV market by entering into a long-term partnership. The aim of the collaboration is to offer PV-system operators a turn-key monitoring solution at a great value and provide North American customers with professional technical support.

Consolidating the systems will result in cost savings for customers because video surveillance can be integrated into meteocontrol“s monitoring portal without the need for any additional infrastructure in solar farms, since the systems can share the same network components, cabling and control cabinet.

„The challenges involved in securing and monitoring solar parks are impressively similar,“ said Anson Moran, CEO of meteocontrol North America. „The solution is optimized alarm management. We will conduct high-level data assessments using video, data analysis and artificial intelligence,“

As the founder of viasys Solar Secure, Anson has the necessary background for the position as well as extensive experience in perimeter security for PV plants.

„The collaboration will solidify our reputation as a reliable partner because our product portfolios complement each other perfectly,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol GmbH. „Through our new collaboration with viasys Intelligent Video, we will be able to provide additional value to the market.“
„Our customers will immediately benefit from an improved range of products and a more efficient service, from a single source,“ Schneider added. „In addition, we will be able to position ourselves even better within the PV market. This will make us more competitive and help us increase existing market share as well as tap into new markets.“

Interlocking the viasys and meteocontrol systems will simplify the technical operation management of solar parks and make them even more secure. When the viasys security system is integrated into an operation manager“s portal view, for example, they will be able to see what is happening near the system at any time and track it with precision all the way up to the access control. The meteocontrol monitoring portal signals the operating status in the status message and provides information as to whether the security system is active.

„There are also other developments in the pipeline,“ adds Moran. „The operation manager should be able to receive the alarm messages directly in the ticket system, log them there and create the report for the investor. The messages will no longer need to be processed separately from monitoring in the security control room. We also want to set up an O&M camera-based „Awareness System“ designed to provide operation managers with the required view of the system on site without the need to invest in an extensive and complete perimeter security system.“

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 450879-18
Fax: +49 821 450879-20
E-Mail: as@epr-online.com
Url: http://epr-online.com

Environment Energy

Power plant controller made by meteocontrol is managing the largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey

meteocontrol and Altungrup Solar Enerji team up: comprehensive power plant management for PV system in Antalya

Power plant controller made by meteocontrol is managing the largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey

meteocontrol and Altungrup Solar Enerji cooperate on a zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey (Source: Altungrup Solar Enerji)

Augsburg/Ankara/Antalya, April 04, 2018 – As a cooperation partner of the Turkish EPC service provider Altungrup Solar Enerji, who is specialized in rooftop solar installations, meteocontrol GmbH has developed the monitoring and control concept for the largest zero-feed-in PV project in Turkey. The 400 kWp rooftop system provides 90 percent of the power needed each day to run the warehouse operated by Reysas REIT in Antalya. The power plant controller made by meteocontrol manages the inverter’s power in response to energy needs: If power production begins to exceed demand, the system is slowed down.

Reysas REIT is committed to solar energy: The leading provider of warehouses and logistics facilities in Turkey has been installing photovoltaic systems on its warehouses for five years now. In the beginning, the company fed the energy generated by the systems into the Turkish power grid. As a result of grid feed-in regulations, the investor has shifted the focus of newly installed PV systems to solely on-site energy consumption. The first and largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey was installed on a warehouse in Antalya. The roof unit erected by Altungrup Solar Enerji as a turnkey solution produces 90 percent of the power the Reysas GYT warehouse needs to operate each day.

Power plant controller manages zero feed-in
In its role as project partner, meteocontrol supplied the control and monitoring system. The Augsburg-based PV specialist used its own power plant controller, which meets all PV system grid-connection requirements, to perform the grid feed-in management. To implement the grid operator“s signals, the power plant controller measures relevant values at the grid connection point and passes on relevant commands to the inverters. In larger PV systems, a constant comparison of target and actual yields takes place within a closed loop. This job usually involves managing active and reactive power. „Zero feed-in creates a special challenge,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „No power may enter the grid – and this is exactly what we’ve accomplished at Reysa REIT. Our power plant controller manages the inverters so they produce only the amount of power the building currently needs.“

Lucrative investment thanks to high on-site energy consumption
The high on-site energy consumption rate of 90 percent has turned the PV system into an attractive investment: It will pay for itself in less than nine years. Power from the grid is needed only when solar irradiance levels are low: in the morning hours and late in the afternoon. „The PV system in Antalya is a successful flagship project,“ said Oray Altun, Managing Director of Altungrup Solar Enerji. „It has been reliably producing power for three months now and also covers peaks that occur during the day. Reysa“s power bill is falling, and the investor couldn’t be any happier. „Working together with meteocontrol, we were able to successfully meet the challenges of this project: The PV specialists planned the monitoring and control system and commissioned it on site. meteocontrol“s monitoring portal gives us an optimal solution to keep an eye on the system and watch over it remotely.“

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

Gantner Environment contracted for 230MW Egyptian solar park monitoring

Gantner Environment contracted for 230MW Egyptian solar park monitoring

After successful on schedule commissioning of the 64.1MW Egyptian Benban solar power plant in December 2017, Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions is pleased to announce that the company was repeatly chosen as supplier for the complete monitoring system for the next three plants in Benban complex with a total of 166.5MW.

Gantners monitoring and control solution „Made in Germany“ is an optimised, individually tailored system and – as result of high quality engineering – based on newest technology.

Project scope and components provided by Gantner:

Q.reader data logger and Power plant controller

The heart of Gantners monitoring solution is the inverter independent datalogger Q.reader which tracks and controls all power plant information. The scalable modular design allows to control up to 100MW by one Q.reader. As Power plant controller (PPC) it provides all important functionality as absolute production constraint, power gradient constraint, voltage control, power factor control etc.

The PPC fulfils the requirements of the Solar Energy Plants Grid Connection Code, in addition to the Egyptian Transmission Grid Code (ETGC). Also grid communication to the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) is in the scope of our solution and based on IEC 60870 standard.

DC Combiner boxes

Gantners latest string level monitoring devices „string.bloxx“ provide current measurements 10 times more accurate compared with competing monitoring solutions, not susceptible to temperature variance. Designed as an integral component of our individually customized DC Combiner boxes (DCB) „string.CB/CC“ they are applicable for string voltage up to 1500V and dimensioned for up to 32 PV strings. The composition of our highly demanded DCBs has been ten of thousand times successfully proven itself in various solar projects, often with very special requirements in terms of both technical performance and of regional standards as well as in extreme climatic conditions.

Meteo

Meteorological data such as solar irradiance, ambient temperature, module surface temperature and wind parameters are monitored according to IEC 61853 standard.

Commissioning

Commissioning of the power plant has been performed onsite by our engineers. Remote support is provided via high security connection with help of „gantner.RAS“. Gantner.RAS is a remote access service for global fleet management of onsite DAQ devices.

Cloud based analysis software

Gantner.webportal is a cloud-based software solution for PV monitoring, data storage, visualization and analysis. Automated reporting and a dashboard provide traceability of the PV plant performance for the investor/owner. Forecasting for PV power production is based on semi-physical models that make use of PV system configuration information. Gantner.webportal is fully compliant with international standards as IEC 61724-2.

Since 2011 Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions has built up its position as prominent global supplier for utility scale solar power plant monitoring and control solutions. Numerous large projects on all continents have been equipped with Gantners products. In recently fastest growing markets as Australia and Egypt Gantner has gained a leadership position in its segment and is valued as a strong and competent partner for EPCs and investors.

Company-Contact
Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions GmbH
Jörg Scholz
Werner-von-Siemens-Strasse 5
08297 Zwönitz
Phone: 037754 3351 0
E-Mail: j.scholz@gantner-environment.com
Url: http://www.gantner-environment.com

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Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions GmbH
Dirk Franke
Werner-von-Siemens-Strasse 5
08297 Zwönitz
Phone: 037754 3351 25
E-Mail: d.franke@gantner-environment.com
Url: http://www.gantner-environment.com

Environment Energy

PRC Europe 2018 – Petrochemical and Refining Congress

PRC Europe 2018 - Petrochemical and Refining Congress

PRC Europe 2018 – Petrochemical and Refining Congress is going to take place in Berlin, Germany on May 7-8, 2018. The Congress is a closed-door event devoted to the downstream sector in Europe and it includes business program, an exhibition area and has a focus on networking.

PRC Europe 2018 will unite more than 300 leaders of major Oil and Gas companies, EPC contractors, Refineries, Trading houses, Solution providers and Equipment manufacturers.

The Business Program starts with the Plenary Session attended by all the participants. Among already confirmed speakers of this session there are such as:
Dr. Claus-Peter Hälsig (VP Process Engineering & Technology at Fluor)
David Pullan (Group Downstream Technology & Development VP at MOL Group)
Arch. Gianni Bardazzi (Senior Vice President Group Special Initiatives and Regions Coordination – Maire Tecnimont Group)

At PRC Europe 2018 new technologies and solutions will be presented on the focus-exhibition by the leading service providers of the market. Based on the clients“ feedback the special focus of the Business Program this year is made on downstream market outlook and challenges, downstream oil trading, operational excellence, asset management, latest regulations, process safety, automation, residue processing, maintenance and reliability, catalysts.

The speakers will cover the latest and most significant topics of the segment, for example:
Refining and Petrochemical integration: how to target efficiency, environment and best value for money.
Techno-Economic Risk Analysis as a cost-to-risk predictive tool for investment decision-making.
Reducing plant OpEx by increasing reliability and efficiency of fired heaters.

Speakers and sponsors get an opportunity to have pre-organized B2B meetings. They choose the companies before the Congress that they wish to meet with. During the Congress they are provided with a private B2B area where they can network, in order to make new business leads and exchange contacts.

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BGS Group is a team of professionals with solid experience in organization of business events in energy sector worldwide.

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol: Grid stability thanks to accurate solar energy online feed in and forecasts

meteocontrol forecasts feed-in power from solar energy around the world

meteocontrol: Grid stability thanks to accurate solar energy online feed in and forecasts

meteocontrol GmbH produces solar-energy online feed in and forecasts for all global PV markets. (Source: @ meteocontrol)

Augsburg, March 06, 2018 – meteocontrol provides accurate online feed in and forecasts that make solar energy predictable for grid operators and energy trading companies around the world. The market leader for independent PV monitoring systems reliably forecasts and monitors the amount of fed-in solar energy for individual systems and grid areas or even for entire countries. meteocontrol’s sophisticated forecasting techniques combine highly precise weather information with the yield data of more than 43,000 photovoltaic systems that meteocontrol monitors globally. The exact live online feed in help ensure a high level of grid stability and the optimum energy mix.

meteocontrol has many years‘ experience monitoring PV systems, which in turn gives the company access to an enormous quantity of measurement data. As a result, meteocontrol draws from a highly representative basis for calculating the projected capacity of fed-in power from solar energy. Instead of relying on assumptions, the forecasts draw from real operating data provided by over 43,000 PV systems registered in the meteocontrol portal that together produce a total installed power output of around 12 gigawatts. This gives meteocontrol the ability to compare the predicted energy quantity with the quantity actually generated. Forecasts with exact coordinates provided by national and international weather services are considered in the calculations. With the help of machine learning, the very latest in computer learning methods, meteocontrol links this information to the live online feed in and forecasts derived from satellite images in order to produce an optimum grid prediction. By calculating the current status, the Augsburg-based company achieves much higher-quality predictions for intraday forecasts than conventional procedures yield.

Online feed in for the emerging PV markets
„For grid operators, the online feed in and forecasts are extremely important for ensuring stable grids and the optimum power supply. In many European countries, using online feed in and forecasts has already become standard practice as they are also used for market regulation as well as serve as a basis for such remuneration models as the EEG remuneration in Germany,“ explains Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „For many years, the four German grid operators have used our forecasts and online feed in. With the current solar boom on every continent around the globe, they’re becoming more important on an international level, too. India, China, the whole of Latin America: These and many other countries and regions have ambitious development targets and need quick, reliable forecasts. meteocontrol can provide them!“

Highlighting potential improvements
Using the PV feed-in data collected by meteocontrol, interesting developments and possible potential for optimization can be highlighted. The latest evaluation shows that solar-energy production in Germany increased only very slightly over the last three years and was less than the 2.5 gigawatts per year needed to achieve the country’s climate targets. Although fed-in energy reached a record level last year, maximum feed-in fell from 72.5 percent to 72 percent. One reason for this was bad weather during periods when the maximum solar-energy yield was to be expected from a meteorological point of view. Other reasons include aging PV systems with reduced efficiency and the feed-in management of grid operators. With precise grid predictions and highly accurate live online feed in, down-regulation can be largely avoided and solar systems are only rarely affected by this. Optimum grid management also reduces the use of conventional generation systems. meteocontrol“s aim is to establish this standard in all PV markets worldwide and thus encourage the integration of solar energy.

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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