Category Archives: Environment Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Source: fotolia)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pressekontakt
VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
www.vip-kommunikation.de

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

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

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.

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

Pressekontakt
Schwartz Public Relations
Hermann Aulinger
Sendlinger Straße 42a
80331 München
+49-(0)89-211871-45
ha@schwartzpr.de
http://www.schwartzpr.de

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

Pressekontakt
VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
www.vip-kommunikation.de

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

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