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Photovoltaics in South Africa: meteocontrol supplies monitoring system

Modular monitoring and control system for commercial rooftop projects

Photovoltaics in South Africa: meteocontrol supplies monitoring system

(Source: @ Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd.)

Augsburg, 3/21/2017 – South Africa is increasingly focusing on renewable energies. By 2020, solar energy is forecast to expand to over 5.7 gigawatts. meteocontrol GmbH, one of the world’s leading companies for PV monitoring, offers a manufacturer-independent monitoring and control system for solar systems of all sizes with the blue’Log X series and the VCOM virtual control room. In cooperation with Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town, meteocontrol has recently equipped four rooftop systems in South Africa with the monitoring system.

Due to the sharp rise in energy demand, the South African energy market has been confronted with bottlenecks for years. The main source of energy has always been coal. In order to ensure energy security and reduce emissions, the country’s government would like to focus more strongly on renewable energies in the future, especially on wind power and solar energy. Through numerous tenders within the framework of the „Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme“ (REIPPPP) and the high expansion target of 8.3 gigawatts by 2030, South Africa has strengthened its position as a PV growth market.

A professional monitoring system is required to ensure the smooth operation and maximum energy yield of PV systems. meteocontrol is one of the leading suppliers thereof and implements projects of all sizes throughout the world. The modular system of the blue’Log X series, which is tailored to individual systems, in combination with the VCOM virtual control room, reliably monitors solar systems, optimizes on-site energy consumption, and controls grid feed-in management. „This leads to a considerable reduction in terms of the time and cost expended on operation management. Furthermore, thanks to remote access, significantly fewer on-site operations are required,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol.

Together with the South African EPC partner Sustainable Power Solutions (SPS), meteocontrol has implemented this monitoring functionality in four rooftop systems in Cape Town and Bloemfontein with a total output of around 1,400 kilowatts. The project team has equipped one of the solar systems with Power Control for implementation of the zero percent grid feed-in (zero feed-in). The data loggers of the blue’Log-X series are compatible with current inverter manufacturers and enable reliable interaction for remote configuration and live values. Thaine Sasman, Head of Operations & Maintenance at Sustainable Power Solutions, is happy about the collaboration with meteocontrol: „At SPS we pride ourselves in realising optimal plant performance through effective monitoring and analysis of our solar project portfolio. The meteocontrol hardware and VCOM platform enables SPS a new level of performance excellence through these sophisticated tools and collaborative company 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

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 821 34 666-40
+49 821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

BHS-Sonthofen presented with the German Resources Efficiency Award

Turning previous unusable materials into valuable resources

BHS-Sonthofen presented with the German Resources Efficiency Award

The trophy: The German Resources Efficiency Award 2016

BHS-Sonthofen and MSW Mineralstoffwerke Südwest received the German Resources Efficiency Award 2016 on 16 February 2017. The prestigious prize was awarded by the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy to the two companies to commend the development and successful implementation of the Combimix process. This process turns a previously worthless mining by-product accumulated in quarries into a valuable building resource.

BHS developed the Combimix process based on their twin-shaft batch mixers and implemented it together with MSW at their quarry in Mönsheim. This marked the first German project of this kind. It helped to increase raw material efficiency from the previous level of 65-70% to around 93%.

In quarries and gravel pits, the Combimix process takes clay-and-rock mixtures – which previously had to be refilled or disposed at a landfill – and turns them into a marketable building material. Furthermore, this means that millions of tons of material previously considered worthless and dumped can now be reactivated.

BHS has also installed the Combimix system in several quarries in France using continuous mixers. Before the system was installed, in one facility more than 100,000 t of rock/clay mixture from the quarry had to be dumped every year. More than 90 % of contaminated feed material is now sold as rock grade thanks to the Combimix system. The plant manager is extremely pleased about the significant reduction in costs: „Before the mixer was installed, we had to break down 400,000 t of rock each year to obtain 300,000 t of salable material. The new procedure means we only require 330,000 t to achieve the same delivery quantity.“

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie) awards the German Resources Efficiency Award to exemplary products that efficiently use raw materials and other materials, processes or services, as well as application-oriented research results. A jury comprising 14 members screened over 40 submissions to select four winners in the „Companies“ category and a single winner in the „Research Facilities“ category.

Andre Däschlein, Director of International Sales for Mixing & Crushing Technology at BHS, and Benedikt Fahrland, Managing Director of MSW Mineralstoffwerke Südwest GmbH & Co. KG, accepted the award presented by Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy at the „Efficient use of raw materials – Market success“ symposium.

A happy moment for Däschlein: „This award demonstrates yet again that deep industry know-how and close ties to their customers allow mid-sized companies, in particular, to create innovative processes and solutions that deliver true efficiency gains.“

Except from the laudation of State Secretary Beckmeyer: „The sparing and efficient use of natural resources is a key skill needed to create a sustainable society. This year“s winning projects serve as role models of innovative and competitive industrial entrepreneurship in Germany. They furthermore pave our way to becoming less dependent on resource imports.“

MSW introduced the process at their Mönsheim quarry in the summer of 2016. It allowed the company to increase their repository“s yield by 25%. To produce the same volume of the final product, it was previously necessary to extract about 620,000 tons of limestone annually. Now the total is around 188,000 tons less, which corresponds to a relative reduction of around 30%. It helped to increase raw material efficiency from the previous level of 65-70% to around 93%.

Dennis Kemmann, the Managing Director of BHS-Sonthofen GmbH, is already thinking ahead: „Our Combimix process holds a vast potential as it enables companies across the globe and throughout various industries to utilize resources more efficiently. In the context of rehabilitating contaminated soil, Combimix can be used to remove oil and other harmful substances. As a result, only a small fraction of the feed material needs to be dumped in hazardous waste landfills. The process is also viable for the cement industry. Here, it can be applied to processing limestone, a key ingredient that improves the burning process in rotary kilns and thus contributes to reducing fuel consumption.“

Background information:

The technology in detail: Combimix process

The unique characteristics of the BHS twin-shaft continuous mixer of type DKXC lays the foundation for the Combimix process. Specifically, this type of mixer is the first to allow regulation of the retention time of the material in the mixer within broad limits. Thanks to this feature, the lime has enough time to mix intensively with the clay, to dry and to undergo a chemical reaction that allows it to be reliably separated from the rock in the next processing step.

The new process thus conserves limestone resources and extends the usable lifetime of quarries. Because less material will be classified as unmarketable, Combimix also creates space in landfills and backfills. Furthermore, this means that millions of tons of material previously considered worthless and dumped can now be reactivated. Given that roughly 25% of the material no longer needs to be backfilled, the BHS method also helps to make space in the landfill – space that can be used to deposit other materials.

Small limestone deposits or those previously labeled unprofitable can be turned into viable sites at very little effort using this technology. For example, the method allows for the extended operation of quarries that were on the verge of being shut down due to a large share of clay in the rock or because of insufficient backfill capacity.

Combimix also contributes to securing resources by providing the means necessary to reactivate large quantities of dumped materials that had been considered unmarketable in previous decades. As a result, millions of tons of material can be processed and sold at a profit.

Another innovation is that operators can now opt for a dry process instead of a wet process. In many quarries, not enough water is available for wet processing in a log washer, and the subsequent water treatment as well as sludge disposal prescribed by law are extremely costly.

BHS is the only mixer manufacturer to offer a continuous twin-shaft mixer with adjustable retention time, which is precisely the tool needed for this task.

MSW case study

The shell limestone extracted at the Mönsheim quarry operated by MSW Mineralstoffwerke Südwest has a high clay and silt content, which contaminates the valuable rock. For this reason, an average of 30 to 35% of the material extracted at the quarry could not be marketed. On top of that, the clayey screen waste had to be backfilled on site as overburden.

In the summer of 2016, MSW commissioned a Combimix system based on a customer-specific twin-shaft batch mixer that admixes the clayey screen waste with approx. 1% fine-ground high-calcium lime.

The mixer processes the material such that the clay cleanly separates from the rock in the next process step. Thanks to this, the use of raw materials, normalized to an annual production of 365,000 t, is reduced by roughly 130,000 t. This figure corresponds to a reduction of 25%, so the resource efficiency is boosted from 65 to 70% to approx. 93%.

As an added benefit, the Combimix process reduces the energy needed for processing. The annual consumption was reduced by around 235,000 kWh and 100,000 liters of diesel. This results in a total power reduction in the order of 17%.

While MSW previously produced a maximum of 280 t salable material per hour, the supply capacity has now increased to 430-460 t per hour, despite the reduced resource expenditure.

About BHS-Sonthofen

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. With more than 350 employees and several subsidiaries, BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence.

The Mixing Technology division produces batch and continuous mixers and offers the full range of process technology services for mixing applications. The twin-shaft batch mixer, which is considered a global benchmark in the concrete industry, is a key product.

Building companies use the mixers first and foremost to produce transport, precast, high-performance and dam concrete or concrete paving blocks. BHS mixers are also highly suited for mixing dry mortar, cement and sand-lime products or for processing clay-and-rock mixtures.

They are widely used for processing mineral mixes, landfill substances, fly ash, dusts or other bulk materials or for the conditioning of sludges and the production of suspensions. The latter is often done in the context of backfilling mines or depositing mineral waste.

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

Firmenkontakt
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
+49 8321 6099-231
press@bhs-sonthofen.de
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Environment Energy

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

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 821 34 666-40
+49 821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
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

(Source: @meteocontrol)

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

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 821 34 666-40
+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

(Source: gettyimages, Digital Vision)

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

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

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

Media Contact Details:
Milk the Sun GmbH, Chausseestraße 123, 10115 Berlin, Manuel Gonzalez, mg@milkthesun.com, +49 (0)30 46 999 0330, www.milkthesun.com

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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Andrea Schneider
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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

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

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