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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

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

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Environment Energy

Raising Power Unveils Full Service at Intersolar 2016

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

Raising Power Unveils Full Service at Intersolar 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Environment Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background: The BHS indexing belt filter of type BF

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

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

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

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

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

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

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

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BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
+49 8321 6099-231
press@bhs-sonthofen.de
http://www.bhs-sonthofen.de

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Environment Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

REC’s Q1 2016 Solar Market Insight Report:

Continued Strong Growth and Rankings, Product Expansions and an Outlook on Solar“s Role in Closing the COP2

REC, a leading global provider of solar energy solutions, today released its Q1 2016 Solar Market Insight report, with regional and global performance highlights and an outlook for key solar markets. The Q1 report also outlines the exceptional potential for solar energy in driving down CO2 emissions worldwide in accordance with agreements at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last December, COP21, and presents some of the key findings of the new REC market study „Climate Change – Closing the COP21 Gap“. The complete study will be published for the Intersolar Europe in Munich, June 22-24, 2016, where REC will be present at booth A2.380.

REC’s growth highlights:

-Year-on-year Q1 growth of 37% in module shipments from 229 to 314 MW
-Almost 60% of Q1 2016 shipments were to the US – more than doubling the volumes compared to Q1 2015
-REC moves up from 3rd to 2nd place in residential solar PV module manufacturers on the US market
-REC scores best among PV manufacturers with regard to financial health and bankability according to third party analysis
-Start of expansion of the award-winning REC TwinPeak Series
-Investment plans of S$200m to further increase productivity at REC’s manufacturing facility in Singapore and further investments of S$50m in R&D efforts

Strong global and regional performance

With 37% year-on-year Q1 growth in module shipments, from 229 to 314 MW, REC has started 2016 with exceptionally strong performance. Almost 60% of the Q1 shipments went to the USA, where the extension of the Federal Investment Tax Credit has led to more sustainable growth in demand at the start of the year, with many projects now able to run into 2017. REC sales into the utility and residential markets continued strong, and were more than double the capacity of sales over the same period last year (from 90 MW to 185 MW). REC currently ranks as the second largest module supplier into the US residential market. During this quarter, REC solar panels also made their US debut in a floating solar PV array under full warranty in Central Florida – testament to the reliability of REC solar panels under any conditions.

In EMEA, sales remained steady, putting REC on a strong path for the rest of 2016. The UK and German markets continue to account for the bulk of EMEA sales, with 40 MW in the UK and 17 MW in Germany in Q1 2016. Despite stable feed-in tariffs since September 2015 and continuously decreasing tariffs bid in auctions, overall demand in Germany still lags behind the planned annual installation capacity. A slight decline of REC sales in Germany this quarter compared to the last three quarters was offset by strong growth of sales into France, where authorities have also recently given the green light to a proposal to triple solar PV capacity by 2023 to 20 GW.

In Africa, REC continues its commitment to develop markets across the continent: in Ghana, for example, commercial PV installations for self-consumption are becoming an increasingly attractive proposition due to electricity tariff hikes of 59%. REC secured shipments for several community projects in Ghana, where solar panels are to provide clean power to four villages. The four systems, designed as microgrids for off-grid rural areas, provide solar electricity to 573 households as well as street lighting.

India was REC’s top APAC sales region in Q1 2016, with module shipments of 13 MW, including the company’s largest order to date in that market – a 7 MW supply agreement. The solar industry continues to develop across the region: Indonesia is expected to shortly launch feed-in tariff programmes with a quota of 1.5 GW in place, and REC anticipates this initiative to further drive sales. In Japan, solar PV installations are expected to peak in 2016. REC’s sales into the commercial and utility segments remained solid in Q1 2016.

REC: an industry leader on performance, reputation and innovation

REC continued to expand the award-winning TwinPeak series in Q1 2016 and is currently preparing the launch of the TwinPeak 72 version in June. With nominal power of up to 320Wp, the 72 panel is bigger in size, delivers more power per m², and is perfectly suited to commercial and industrial applications.

REC also continues to rank as a strong financial performer: the March 2016 „Altman Z“ rankings of financial health and bankability put REC in first place among all PV manufacturers worldwide. Reflecting REC“s reputation as a leader in the solar industry, the company is joining the Global Solar Council as a founding Corporate Member. Leading organisations around the world are joining forces in this council to accelerate the deployment of clean, reliable solar energy, an engagement that is aligned with REC’s broader commitment to climate health.

Solar’s role in meeting emissions reduction targets: REC analysis

The Q1 Solar Market Insight report also presents REC’s estimates of the global solar PV deployments that will be necessary to meet COP21 targets. The REC study is one of the first of its type to calculate the specific impact of COP21 for the solar industry. Steve O’Neil, CEO at REC, explains what is entailed: „To limit temperature increases to 1.5C and to prevent the cumulative negative impact of emissions in later years, CO2 emissions need to be reduced by 144 Gt by 2025. REC has also investigated necessary individual country contributions, estimating the new solar capacities that will be required above the actually forecasted capacities under current policies. The results are eye-opening.“

Every country investigated needs to ramp up installations substantially, and to make a quick start in order to head off even greater negative impact later. The US, for example, will need to add cumulative solar PV installations of 790 GW by 2025, four times the current forecast; Germany, contending with an additional commitment to phase out nuclear, will need to ramp-up current forecast by 4.6 times.

A briefing of REC’s Q1 2016 Solar Market Insight is available here (http://www.recgroup.com/en/downloads/company?tab=39). The presentation includes statements and outlooks that are based on views of industry analysts as well as REC“s top management expertise and are subject to uncertainties.

For further information please contact:
Agnieszka Schulze
Head of Global PR, REC
Leopoldstr. 175, 80804 Munich, Germany
Phone +49 89 54 04 67 225
Email agnieszka.schulze@recgroup.com

About REC:
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, REC is a leading European brand of solar panels. Through integrated manufacturing from polysilicon to wafers, cells, panels and turnkey solar solutions, REC strives to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. Founded in 1996, REC is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. REC concluded 2015 with 2,000 employees worldwide, 1.3 GW solar panel production capacity, and annual revenues of USD 755 million.

Find out more about REC at www.recgroup.com (http://www.recgroup.com)

REC ist die größte europäische Marke für Solarmodule und hat bis Ende 2014 bereits mehr als 15 Millionen Solarmodule produziert. Mit der integrierter Fertigung von Polysilizium zu Wafern, Zellen, Modulen sowie mit schlüsselfertigen Lösungen trägt REC dazu bei, den weltweit wachsenden Strombedarf zu decken. Mithilfe eines Vertriebs- und Partnernetzwerks aus Distributoren, Installateuren und EPCs werden Module von REC weltweit vertrieben und installiert. REC wurde 1996 gegründet und ist ein Bluestar Elkem-Unternehmen mit Hauptsitz in Norwegen sowie operativen Geschäftssitz in Singapur. Im Geschäftsjahr 2014 haben die 1.800 Mitarbeiter von REC einen Umsatz von 680 Millionen US-Dollar erwirtschaftet. Mehr über REC auf www.recgroup.com/de.

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REC
Agnieszka Schulze
Leopoldstr. 175
80804 München
+49 89 54 04 67 225
agnieszka.schulze@recgroup.com
http://www.recgroup.com/de/

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Schwartz Public Relations
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Environment Energy

More efficient crushed sand production

Rotor impact mills with a narrow milling gap produce a higher proportion of fine sand

More efficient crushed sand production

The feed material is thrown against the anvil ring of the rotor impact mill .

BHS-Sonthofen introduced their new rotor impact mill of type RPMF, a variant of the proven rotor impact mills of type RPM, at bauma 2016. The new RPMF machines produce even finer fractions as well as output material with a significantly higher proportion of fine sand. As such, machines of this type are more efficient in producing crushed sand.

The RPMF design is a variant of the rotor impact mills of type RPM, which are known in the industry as „sand makers.“ BHS designed both types of machines to be used primarily with pre-crushed, brittle and mildly abrasive materials such as limestone. Impact crushing has proven to be the best method for crushing these kinds of materials.

BHS-Sonthofen developed the new machine type specifically for finer output sizes. Thanks to a longer, narrower milling gap and increased circumferential speed (of up to 90 m/s) in the rotor, machines of type RPMF archive higher reduction ration than other machines do. As a result, they provide users with output material that contains a higher proportion of fine-sand.

Ludwig Bechteler, Sales Director of Mixing Technology at BHS, oversaw testing for the new machines: „The tests conducted in our technology center demonstrated that RPMF machines produce a significantly higher proportion of usable fine sand in the grain-size range of 0 to 1 mm than rotor impact mills of type RPM do. For example, RPMFs produce over 50 percent more usable dry mortar sand.“

The new machines of type RPMF also feature a significantly narrower gap between the grinding tools and the anvil ring. The gap width can be set to a minimum of 5 mm.

The new machines yield significantly more fine sand and make plants more efficient in producing sand by reducing the return flow of coarse material, which in turn reduces the number of times that material needs to pass through the mills. This also means that these machines require less screening and conveyor technology. Moreover, since they produce finer feed material, these machines reduce workloads for ball mills, which can crush material to a particle size of under 40 µm.

The feed material can have a particle size of up to 32 mm. A BHS rotor impact mill of type RPM can be used to pre-crush feed fractions up to 56 mm.

BHS-Sonthofen produces the new rotor impact mills of type RPMF in two different designs:
-RPMF1116, which has a circumferential speed of up to 90 m/s and a throughput of up to 25 t/h
-RPMF1516, which has a circumferential speed of up to 90 m/s and a throughput of up to 55 t/h

The technology in detail

The RPMF machines combine high rotation speeds and a narrower milling gap, so the engineers who designed them needed to control significantly greater centrifugal forces while maintaining a tighter production tolerance.

The feed material is inserted into the machine from above via the central feed-in pipe. When it impacts with the rotor, the material is accelerated towards the outside through centrifugal forces; there, the horseshoe-shaped hammers hit it and throw it against the anvil ring. As the material impacts with the ring, it is subjected to impact and shear forces that crush it. After the material rebounds from the anvil ring, it comes into contact with the hammers once again, which further crush it and throw it back against the anvil ring. The process is repeated multiple times, subjecting the feed material to intense stress. The material leaves the rotor through the gap between the rotor and the anvil ring, falling down through the two outlet chutes.

The mill can be operated alternately clockwise and counter-clockwise, which reduces wear on the hammers. Easy-to-replace spacers allow the operator to modify the milling gap in accordance with the wear on the impact hammers.

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

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

The Crushing Technology division produces impact crushers and impact mills with vertical and horizontal shafts. These tools are used for processing mineral substances at quarries, gravel plants, mining sites and the like.

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
http://www.bhs-sonthofen.de

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VIP Kommunikation
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Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
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Environment Energy

meteocontrol ensures maximum returns for solar projects

Schipkau Solar Park: meteocontrol responsible for construction supervision and quality control

meteocontrol ensures maximum returns for solar projects

meteocontrol took over quality assurance at Schipkau Solar Park and delivered the monitoring system. (Source: Trianel Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG)

Augsburg, May 31, 2016 – meteocontrol GmbH, an international PV specialist for monitoring and quality assurance, has assisted Trianel Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG (TEE) in building the Schipkau Solar Park by providing comprehensive quality services. By continually supervising construction and carrying out regular checks, meteocontrol ensures that construction work meets the required quality standards and the entire project is carried out according to the tight schedule for solar projects. The aim is to make sure that systems are commissioned on time, operate reliably and produce good yields in the long term. In order to monitor and control the Schipkau Solar Park, meteocontrol installed the monitoring solution from its blue“Log X series.

Quality assurance was a key requirement for the solar park in Schipkau, Brandenburg, from the very beginning. The general contractor therefore called on meteocontrol as an independent expert during the planning phase and enlisted it to produce a yield report. For quality assurance during the construction phase, Trianel Erneuerbare Energien, a joint venture involving Aachen-based municipal utility companies, also enlisted the PV service provider from Augsburg to monitor all installation procedures. meteocontrol carried out regular quality checks and oversaw the inspection for the technical acceptance of the solar park with an output of around 10 MWp.

Security for the investor and the bank providing finance
„meteocontrol supervised the construction phase and provided sound technical advice,“ said Andreas Lemke, Head of Decentralized Energy Systems at Trianel. „At each stage of the project, we knew that our high quality standards were being met and that the system would go online in accordance with the set schedule.“ Trianel received detailed documentation and the results of recurrent plausibility tests for the schedule – essential elements when it comes to the approval of part payments and bank financing. In order to monitor and control the solar park, meteocontrol supplied and commissioned a suitable monitoring system, ensuring that the facility operated reliably from the very beginning.

Quality services during the planning and operating phase
For Managing Director Robert Pfatischer, the aim is to achieve the highest possible quality standards for meteocontrol customers: „Numerous studies have shown that inadequate quality during construction and a lack of monitoring during operation result in lower yields in the long term and prevent the calculated project revenue from being achieved.“ meteocontrol therefore offers a comprehensive portfolio of quality services covering all phases from planning to operation. „As an independent third party, we identify construction defects early on and use our wealth of experience to provide manufacturer-neutral recommendations. Naturally, quality assurance costs money initially but is worthwhile in the long term and secures investments,“ said the Managing Director.

In addition to yield reports in the run-up to the construction phase, meteocontrol offers technical due diligence and monitoring/SCADA planning. Together with individual services such as performance checks, module tests and the commissioning of monitoring systems and SCADA, the construction supervision and acceptance procedures ensure reliability and trouble-free system operation in the long term.

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

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol and Phoenix Solar establish alliance in the MENAT region

Professional remote monitoring and control of PV systems in a complete package

meteocontrol and Phoenix Solar establish alliance in the MENAT region

Solar AG relies on the monitoring solutions of meteocontrol to operate their solar portfolio. (Source: Phoenix Solar AG)

Augsburg, May 18, 2016. – The Middle East, northern Africa and Turkey (MENAT) are the focal point of the partnership between the photovoltaic service providers meteocontrol GmbH and Phoenix Solar AG. Phoenix Solar, an international photovoltaic company, will rely on meteocontrol’s monitoring systems to operate PV power plants in the MENAT region. The companies are launching the partnership with a joint project in central Anatolia.

meteocontrol has developed a cost-optimized monitoring concept for a complex of six PV power plants near the city of Kayseri in central Anatolia. The blue’Log Station X-Series will monitor and control the individual units of the entire power plant, which produces nominal power of 6.9 MWp. Phoenix Solar has been awarded a contract by a Turkish consortium to perform all planning and purchasing work in the group’s first plant-sized project. Another complex that generates power of 4.9 MWp is currently being constructed at the Kayseri site. „The partnership with Phoenix Solar enhances our growth strategy in the MENAT region,“ says Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol, who adds: „For this reason, we are really looking forward to a long-term partnership. We“re also happy about already having two more orders in the project pipeline.“

Largest private PV power plant in Jordan
One particularly promising project is the largest private PV power plant in Jordan: The 11 MWp PV power plant will consist of three individual units. It is designed to meet all the electricity needs of the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in Jordan. It will also serve as a pilot project for similar power plants in Jordan and other MENAT countries. The systems are being installed in the Muwaqqar and Damikhi, Qatrana, regions and will be connected to the grids of Jordan Electric Power Co., plc., and Electric Distribution Company, plc. Under Jordan’s renewable energy law, which is considered one of the most progressive in the entire Middle East, the Power Wheeling Regulation permits solar energy to be generated at sites located away from the area of consumption. Once the plant is completed, Phoenix Solar will also manage operation of the three power plants. For this work, meteocontrol is supplying both the remote monitoring system for the VCOM virtual control room and a local SCADA system for on-site monitoring.

Individual monitoring solutions from a single source
Augsburg, Germany-based meteocontrol provides its customers complete packages to monitor and control all sizes of PV systems. Thanks to its many years of experience and international expertise, the PV service provider with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America enjoys a broad base of knowledge about the equipment- and country-specific implementation of PV system monitoring: On the basis of the system design and following customer requests, meteocontrol plans the monitoring solution and configures the system. The company“s employees work around the world to install monitoring systems and commission them. „With meteocontrol, we have gained a skilled partner who can help us with our projects in the MENAT region,“ said Klaus Friedl, Director of the Middle East region at Phoenix Solar AG. „We are looking forward to jointly tapping the huge potential of this rapidly growing solar market and to further strengthening our position.“

About Phoenix Solar AG
Phoenix Solar AG, that has its headquarters in Sulzemoos near Munich, is an international photovoltaic system integrator. The Group develops, plans, builds and operates large-scale photovoltaic plants and on a smaller scale is a specialist wholesaler for turnkey power plants, solar modules and accessories. As an EPC contractor specializing in building solar power plants, Phoenix Solar lays special emphasis on on-budget and on-time construction and delivery of solar power plants optimized to deliver superior return. With subsidiaries on three continents, the company has sold solar modules with an output of significantly more than 1.3 gigawatt since its founding. The stocks of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93) are listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. www.phoenixsolar-group.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), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

Pressekontakt
epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
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Environment Energy

ZENNER develops water meters with LoRa® and Sigfox communication standards for the Internet of Things

The German measuring instrument manufacturer ZENNER develops smart water meters, heat meters and heat cost allocators for the Internet of Things. When used comprehensively they allow the reading of consumer data for an entire city in minutes.

Intensive work is currently being undertaken in many countries on infrastructure for the Internet of Things in the form of wireless networks, for example in France, Belgium and The Netherlands and now also in Germany. The necessary network coverage is to be available in more than 100 countries worldwide by 2018.

Energy consumption measurement is one area in which the Internet of Things will come to fruition comprehensively around the world. The consumption data for water, heat, gas and electricity will soon be read in many places using stationary wireless networks with long ranges, in minutes and over large distances. One of the network technologies used in the Internet of Things is LPWAN. LPWAN stands for Low Power Wide Area Network.

This technology is particularly suited to the reading of battery-operated equipment such as wireless water meters, wireless heat meters, wireless heat cost allocators and wireless smoke detectors. Energy consumption in wireless transmission via the LPWAN network is minimal and the lifespan of the battery is maximized. In coming years corresponding LPWAN networks are to be developed around the world in more than 100 countries.

The Internet of Things offers enormous opportunities and potential savings for communal utility companies in the areas of gas, water and electricity as well as in many other sectors.
The housing sector and metering service companies in particular, who are concerned with billing per household in accordance with consumption, can profit from the Internet of Things as it is not only possible to use the LPWAN network to read consumption meters simply and at almost any frequency, but also to read different smart home devices such as temperature sensors and wireless smoke detectors. This also allows faults, defects or attempted manipulation to be recognized promptly.

Zenner, one of the leading global manufacturers in the areas of water meters, heat meters, gas meters, heat cost allocation and smoke detectors, is certain that a large proportion of smart metering will move onto the Internet of Things in the future. Accordingly they have already been working for some time on the development of new wireless models that allow the integration of meters and devices into LPWAN networks.

Zenner is relying on two communication standards in the development of smart LPWAN solutions for the Internet of Things. On the one hand on the internationally increasingly established communication standard LoRaWAN™ and on the other hand on Sigfox. LoRaWAN™ was developed by the LoRa® Alliance, an international non-profit organisation with the declared aim of establishing LoRaWAN™ as the communication standard for the Internet of Things.

On the other hand it is also relying on the solution SIGFOX. The French company Sigfox specialises globally in the development of wireless networks for the Internet of Things. Water meters and heat meters, heat cost allocation and smoke detectors will be developed by Zenner in the future in such a way that they are in a position to understand both standards – LoRaWAN™ und SIGFOX.

By mid-2016 the new technology will have been added to the entire wireless portfolio and all wireless modules will have been developed correspondingly.

Alexander Lehmann, Managing Director of Zenner International GmbH & Co. KG explained the benefit of LPWAN-Technology to the user: „Up to now the primary systems used for remote meter reading were walk-by or drive-by systems with some fixed network solutions. However, now the use of the wide-ranging technologies LoRaWAN and SIGFOX allows low-cost and really fixed-network remote reading of thousands of consumption measurement instruments. Communication between meters and devices via the Internet of Things also means that meters can be read more often, faster and at a lower cost. Up to now individual meters (e.g. meters in shafts) were complicated to read. Now this can also be realized using LPWAN.“

Learn more about the ZENNER IoT strategy: www.zenner.com/iot.html, www.twitter.com/zenner_news

ZENNER International GmbH & Co. KG, with headquarters in Saarbrücken, develops, produces and sells measurement technology for the global market. The product line includes apartment, household and bulk water meters and modern system technology such as remote-controlled and M-Bus systems. Zenner customers primarily include power suppliers and public utilities, but also industrial companies, wholesalers and measurement service providers. ZENNER has production facilities in Europe, Asia and the USA and is globally present with 20 local sites. Founded in 1903, the company has been a member of the family-managed corporate group Minol-ZENNER since 2005. Around 1200 employees work for ZENNER worldwide. More information: www.zenner.com.

Kontakt
ZENNER International GmbH & Co. KG
Patrik Sartor
Römerstadt 6
66121 Saarbrücken
+49 (0)681 – 9967630
+49 (0)681 – 996763100
info@zenner.com
http://www.zenner.de

Environment Energy

meteocontrol installs monitoring systems for 130 MWp PV power in Great Britain

BayWa r.e. relies on blue“Log X series at six large solar parks

meteocontrol installs monitoring systems for 130 MWp PV power in Great Britain

meteocontrol realized the monitoring for 130 MWp solar power for BayWa r.e. in UK. (Source: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH)

Augsburg, May 10, 2016 – meteocontrol GmbH has equipped six British solar parks belonging to BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH with its monitoring systems and put them into operation. 60 data loggers of the blue“Log X series help to ensure trouble-free operation and standards-compliant electricity feed-in. BayWa r.e. built the turnkey facilities with a total power capacity of around 130 MWp within six months. The company then worked with meteocontrol to connect them to the grid on schedule in March 2016.

meteocontrol provided the monitoring systems for the solar parks in Southern England and Wales as a turnkey solution. Based on comprehensive planning, each PV system was equipped with the necessary measuring technology in stations as well as pre-wired and fully assembled metrological control cabinets. meteocontrol installed a total of 60 data loggers from the innovative blue“Log X series. 30 meteocontrol stations are in place at the 30 MWp Rose & Crown free field system in Wisbech alone. Working on site, the PV specialists from Augsburg then put the monitoring systems into operation and thus ensured that the PV facilities were commissioned according to schedule.

„Finishing the solar parks on time allows us to gain accreditation for the ROC 1.3 program in Great Britain and once again demonstrates our competence as a quality-oriented project developer and general contractor,“ said Matthias Taft, Energy Director at BayWa AG and Managing Director of BayWa r.e. „With meteocontrol as a dependable partner, the monitoring systems were installed and commissioned quickly and efficiently.“ BayWa r.e. has taken on operation management for the six PV plants itself and thus oversees wind and solar parks producing around 440 MW in the UK.
For project developers, system operators and EPC companies, meteocontrol provides tailor-made monitoring solutions and a complete service from planning to commissioning. „This ensures cost-effectiveness and short project runtimes. In the end, our customers get everything from a single source,“ explained Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „However, the quality of our turnkey solution is even more important. The components are optimally matched to each other and ensure trouble-free operation and maximum yields in the long term. BayWa r.e. places highest demands on system components and system integration. We’re therefore delighted that meteocontrol was enlisted for these system projects in Great Britain,“ said Martin Schneider.

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

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

Pressekontakt
epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
0821-4508 7918
as@epr-online.com
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