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Rotor Impact Mill turns previously unusable automotive shredder residue into a valuable resource

Recovering metals from fine shredder fractions: Non-ferrous metal fractions become usable thanks to enhanced processing.

Rotor Impact Mill turns previously unusable automotive shredder residue into a valuable resource

The BHS Rotor Impact Mill of type RPMV is shown in the center

Kajaanin Romu Oy operates one of Finland“s most advanced plants for recycling scrap in the town of Kajaani, located approximately 500 km northeast of Helsinki. The company recently commissioned a BHS-Sonthofen plant for processing automotive shredder residue (ASR) fine fractions of particle sizes between 0 and 30 mm. It separates the feed material abundant with valuable metals into „light“ and „heavy“ fractions in a single pass. This allows the plant operators to economically produce fractions that can be sold profitably. Moreover, the plant significantly reduces the cost of material disposal at landfills.

Experience with operating shredders in the context of recycling has proven time and again that heavy non-ferrous fractions of material left over after shredding and processing large automotive, electrical or electronic scrap components still hold value. A metric ton can contain up to 20 grams of gold and up to 300 grams of silver, as well as platinum and other precious and non-ferrous metals.

Operators report that they are able to earn about EUR 3,000 per metric ton just from selling the heavy fraction of non-ferrous metals. BHS has taken improved fine fraction processing even further by integrating secondary cleaning of metals into the processing stage. This allows Finnish operator Kajaanin Romu Oy to unlock the value of reusable materials present in the ASR fine fraction. The system delivers a throughput of around 10 metric tons per hour.

At the end of the process, even the non-ferrous metal fractions are cleanly separated in silos. This includes heavy ones such as copper, gold and silver as well as light fractions such as aluminum. Presently, the proportion of salable non-ferrous metals amounts to about five to seven percent of the processed volume.

BHS-Sonthofen ASR systems do not only process fine fractions from automotive shredders. They are also suitable for processing waste incineration plant slag and electronics scrap. This means that recycling companies can adapt their product portfolio to meet increasing requirements: The higher the proportion of electronic components and platinum in vehicles and electronic devices, the greater the volume of valuable substances that can be extracted for reuse.

The technology in detail

The plant installed at Kajaanin Romu is fed fine fractions with a particle size of under 30 mm from the automotive shredder. In other words, it processes fractions that could not be used prior to introducing this system. The Rotor Impact Mill of type RPMV 1513 – a system uniquely offered by BHS-Sonthofen – crushes the material and separates it. In doing so, it works selectively, finely crushing brittle materials such as mineral substances, glass and castings and separating composites. Elastic materials such as rubber, on the other hand, remain intact.

The metals can be reclaimed since the Rotor Impact Mill shapes the pliable metals into balls. This is necessary in order for non-ferrous metals to be cleanly separated from other materials in the downstream process. The material, which is often long and flat when inserted into the mill, has to be compact and as round as possible to enable separation of the non-ferrous metal pieces.

Following this step, the material passes through a hopper into a screening machine that separates it into three fractions of 0 to 3, 3 to 6, and 6 to 12 mm. Each of these is separated into „heavy“ and „light“ through density separation. The heavy material that contains the metallic components is further separated into magnetic and non-magnetic metallic fractions using magnetic separators.

In the final processing stage, non-ferrous metals are separated into heavy (e.g., copper, gold and silver) and light (e.g., aluminum) fractions.

Moreover, the plant also generates a light fraction that primarily consists of plastic parts. This fraction is suitable for thermal utilization and does not need to be disposed of at landfills.

About BHS-Sonthofen GmbH

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

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

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

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

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol to present monitoring highlights at Intersolar 2017

SCADA and monitoring solutions at meteocontrol“s tradeshow booth B2.230

meteocontrol to present monitoring highlights at Intersolar 2017

Augsburg, 05/23/2017. New portal features in the virtual control room, a new turnkey solution for systems up to 750 kWp and SCADA for solar parks with local maintenance personnel: These are just a few of the things visitors can expect to see live at meteocontrol GmbH“s booth 230 in hall B2 under the thematic umbrella of information security.

Systematic security concept
„Information security has been our highest priority at meteocontrol since long before the „WannaCry“ cyber attacks,“ says Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We work continuously on bettering our security concept and are pursuing ISO 27001-certification. Even if the operator is ultimately responsible for system security, we implement the most current security standards in our hardware and software so that our customers are always secured.“ The company will present the latest updates at Intersolar. Port forwarding in conjunction with the blue“log X series has long been unnecessary. The public accessibility of the data loggers is thus systematically prevented from the outset. The encrypted connection to the VCOM enables secure, convenient remote access for maintenance and setup. The data logger itself is upgradeable at every level up to the Linux Kernel so that general vulnerabilities such as those found in TLS encryption can be rectified quickly, too. Special security against digital attacks is also a requirement in direct marketing. „We use Insys routers in our stations for encrypted VPN connection to the direct marketer so that we can stay up-to-date even with rapid technological advancements and high standards,“ explains Pfatischer.

What to see at the booth: Station for 750 kWp solutions and the SCADA system
At our booth, operators of PV systems with an installed output of up to 750 kWp can discover our fully encrypted turnkey solutions for monitoring, grid feed-in management and direct marketing. For a fixed price you will receive a system solution – including the control cabinet and the necessary components – that is customized to meet your requirements. meteocontrol manages every phase of the project, from project planning to system commissioning. The package price includes all travel costs within Germany.

In a live demo, meteocontrol will present the SCADA Center for system monitoring on site. Data is stored in a local industrial server, enabling monitoring to take place independent of a stable internet connection. The maintenance personnel can monitor and control the system in real time and rectify any faults quickly. meteocontrol recently installed the local monitoring system for a 20-MWp PV system in Japan.

meteocontrol grants longer manufacturer“s warranty
For projects with complete solutions, meteocontrol is now granting its partners a project-related manufacturer’s warranty of five years on all supplied hardware components. The warranty applies to complete solutions that comprise the planning, supply and commissioning of the system by meteocontrol. Naturally the statutory warranty period of 24 months applies even if the customer does not take advantage of the project-related manufacturer’s warranty.

VCOM: Monthly releases with new features
meteocontrol continuously refines the virtual control room and delivers new software features every month to make the portal more user-friendly, provide innovative analysis tools, and make the monitoring of large system portfolios more effective. The company has been able to successfully integrate the measurement data of different monitoring systems and platforms into the VCOM. Different PV projects can thus be bundled together ideally and monitored and controlled efficiently. The new VCOM API (Application Programming Interface) is another example of the innovative development ongoing in the software division: The interface enables data retrieval from measuring and technical system data, as well as the VCOM connection to third-party systems. meteocontrol plans to present its innovations in reporting with the next release in June.

Visit meteocontrol at Intersolar 2017 at booth 230, hall B2.

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 43,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 12 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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

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

Environment Energy

meteocontrol and Reuniwatt form a partnership for satellite estimations and forecasts in Asia

meteocontrol and Reuniwatt form a partnership for satellite estimations and forecasts in Asia

(Source: @ Reuniwatt)

Augsburg / La Reunion, May 17, 2017. French solar forecasting pioneer Reuniwatt and German leading provider of technical consulting and monitoring solutions for PV systems meteocontrol GmbH have decided to intensify their business relationship. The partnership concerns real-time estimations and intraday forecasts for different sites in Asia.

The need for satellite data in China and Japan
Since 2014, meteocontrol has been getting a growing demand from Asian market players who are looking for monitoring and yield assessment solutions. Moreover, the Asian market is currently the largest global expanding market in the solar industry. meteocontrol has asked Reuniwatt to provide them with real-time estimations (also called „nowcasts“) and intraday forecasts for their Asian portfolio. Indeed, Reuniwatt has a known expertise in satellite data treatment, necessary to obtain such services. The French company has access to real-time raw satellite data issuing from five geostationary satellites covering all continents: Himawari-8 for Asia-Pacific, Meteosat-10 for Europe and Africa, Meteosat-8 for the Indian Ocean and the Middle East, GOES-East for North and South America, GOES-West for the Pacific islands.

Satellite data are available in near-real time: every 10 minutes for Himawari-8 and every 15 minutes for the other satellites. Reuniwatt“s operational method for providing nowcasts and intra-day solar forecasts is based on the most performing techniques to convert satellite images into solar irradiance maps.

„We are absolutely convinced that meteocontrol“s solutions are essential for all asset owners and we are very proud to accompany such a market leader on their Asian adventure“ said Reuniwatt CEO and Founder Nicolas Schmutz.

„We are happy to provide our Asian customers with the high quality forecasts from Reuniwatt to ensure grid integration of PV power in this important market“ said Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol.

Intersolar 2017
Both companies will be exhibiting at Intersolar, the world“s leading show for the solar industry. The fair will take place in Munich from May 31-June 2 2017 for the 25th year.
Meet meteocontrol on booth B2.230 and Reuniwatt on booth B2.280 in the ees section.

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

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

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

Environment Energy

meteocontrol integrates SolarEdge“s module-level monitoring platform into the VCOM virtual control room

Expanded offering for an enhanced customer experience and standardized monitoring

meteocontrol integrates SolarEdge"s module-level monitoring platform into the VCOM virtual control room

(Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, May 10, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH, the specialist for professional remote monitoring and quality assurance for solar systems, has expanded its monitoring portal: The newly developed portlet in the VCOM virtual control room now visualizes the measured values from SolarEdge“s module-level monitoring platform. SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEDG) is one of the world“s leading providers of PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring.

„The operators of large systems and system portfolios in particular will benefit from the collaboration between meteocontrol and SolarEdge,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The integration of SolarEdge measured values from its monitoring platform into the VCOM results in a standardized, comprehensive monitoring system for all PV plants in a portfolio, while allowing the monitoring of each individual plant at the module level.“ The virtual control room is the ideal monitoring platform when bundling together various PV projects: Thanks to standardized reporting, clear analyses and system comparability, system operators can work efficiently and immediately respond to incidents or power losses.

With the virtual control room, meteocontrol offers a flexible monitoring solution which can integrate measurement data from monitoring components of various manufacturers and prepare it for analysis and visualization purposes. The integration of SolarEdge measurement data on the module plane represents a further technological advancement for the meteocontrol portal and offers numerous advantages. Holger Schroth, Technical Marketing Manager at SolarEdge, stated: „SolarEdge is committed to working with solar energy leaders, like meteocontrol, in order to improve the solar energy experience and advance the industry. This combination means that shared SolarEdge and meteocontrol VCOM customers will have an integrated monitoring solution to help ensure optimum system performance.“ With its monitoring solutions, meteocontrol is one of the world“s leading providers and currently monitors around 41,000 solar systems with a total power output of over 11 GWp.

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

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

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

Environment Energy

meteocontrol establishes joint venture in Japan

PV monitoring: meteocontrol drives internationalization in Japan

meteocontrol establishes joint venture in Japan

Yoshitaka Santoki (Suntech Japan) and Martin Schneider (meteocontrol) (Source: @meteocontrol)

Augsburg, 3/29/2017 – meteocontrol GmbH, a leading provider of independent photovoltaic monitoring systems, has officially entered into Japan market and launched a new company „meteocontrol Japan“ starting business operation in April. Meteocontrol Japan is a joint venture with Suntech Power Japan Corporation, a subsidiary of one of the major Chinese module manufacturers, Suntech Power. Meteocontrol Japan will offer the entire meteocontrol product portfolio – monitoring hardware and monitoring in the online portal and locally at SCADA Center – plus yield reports and technical consulting.

On the basis of a number of successfully completed projects in Japan, the two companies are intensifying their close cooperation with the newly formed joint venture. Its objective is to rigorously tap the Japanese PV market through product launches, nationwide sales and technical support.

„The joint venture with Suntech Japan is another important step in meteocontrol“s globalization strategy and will help us further improve our competitive position in Asia,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „Suntech has an extensive network in the region and has profound industry expertise, which makes it the ideal partner for meteocontrol. In addition, our collaboration is already well established.“

With its modularly structured monitoring systems consisting of data loggers and monitoring platforms, meteocontrol offers solutions for remote monitoring, grid feed-in management and on-site energy use optimization for every size of system and country-specific requirement. Yoshitaka Santoki, the future managing director of meteocontrol Japan, comments: „We look forward to the close cooperation with meteocontrol, and meteocontrol can provide strong products and services of their remote monitoring solutions into the Japanese market from their experience and knowledge in the energy market.“

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

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

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

Environment Energy

Wasserbedingte Krankheiten führen jährlich zu 3,5 Millionen Todesfällen

Der Weltwasserrat (World Water Council) fordert alle Regierungen dazu auf, sich auf die Wasserprobleme zu konzentrieren

Wasserbedingte Krankheiten führen jährlich zu 3,5 Millionen Todesfällen

Benedito Braga, Präsident des Weltwasserrats (WWC)

Ohne Wasser gibt es kein Leben, keine Nahrung, keine Entwicklung. Ohne Wasser können sich weder Länder noch Gesellschaften wirtschaftlich, kulturell, sozial oder politisch entwickeln. Der Zugang zu Wasser ist wichtig und beeinflusst unser aller Leben, nicht nur in direkt betroffenen Regionen Afrikas oder des Asien-Pazifik-Raums und in bestimmten Regionen Lateinamerikas, sondern auch in entwickelten Ländern in Europa und Nordamerika. Der fehlende Zugang zu sauberem Wasser kann Hungersnot, Kriege und unkontrollierte und irreguläre Migration zur Folge haben.

Gegenwärtig haben 319 Millionen oder 32 % der Subsahara-Afrikaner, 554 Millionen Asiaten oder 12,5 % und 50 Millionen Lateinamerikaner oder 8 % keinen Zugang zu sicherem Trinkwasser. In diesen Regionen hat Papua-Neuguinea die niedrigste Verfügbarkeit, da nur 40 % der Menschen Zugang haben, gefolgt von Äquatorialguinea mit 48 %, Angola mit 49 %, Tschad und Mosambik mit 51 %, der Demokratischen Republik Kongo und Madagaskar mit 52 % und Afghanistan mit 55 %.

Wasser: ein Weckruf, den Regierungen ansprechen müssen

Weltweit verursacht die Wasserunsicherheit der globalen Wirtschaft geschätzte Gesamtkosten in Höhe von jährlich 500 Milliarden USD. Einschließlich der Umweltbelastung kann diese Zahl auf 1 % des globalen Bruttoinlandsprodukts (BIP) ansteigen.

Unter Beachtung des Weltwassertags am 22. März fordert der Weltwasserrat ( World Water Council, WWC) alle Regierungen dazu auf, sich auf die Wasserprobleme zu konzentrieren, und ermutigt sie dazu, mit einem entsprechenden Teil ihrer Budgets Projekte zu unterstützen, die allen Menschen auf dem Planeten Zugang zu sicherem Wasser ermöglichen, da 12 % der Weltbevölkerung gegenwärtig keinen Zugang zu sicherem Trinkwasser hat und wasserbedingte Krankheiten jährlich zu 3,5 Millionen Todesfällen führen.

„Die Wassersicherheit muss unbedingt erhöht werden, um die durch den Klimawandel und menschlichen Einfluss ausgelösten Herausforderungen zu meistern. Staatsoberhäupter sind sich bewusst, dass Sanitärversorgung ein wesentlicher Bestandteil der Volksgesundheit ist, aber wir müssen jetzt handeln, um das globale Ziel Nr. 6 der UN für nachhaltige Entwicklung – die Gewährleistung des Zugangs zu sicherem Wasser und Sanitärversorgung für alle weltweit bis 2030 – zu erreichen. Wir benötigen Engagement auf den höchsten Ebenen, sodass jeder Ort und jede Stadt weltweit sicherstellen kann, dass sichere, saubere Wasserressourcen zur Verfügung stehen.“

Der Weltwasserrat (WWC), gegründet im Jahre 1996, besteht aus weltweit über 300 Mitgliedsorganisationen, deren Hauptziel die Förderung der Verfügbarkeit von sicherem Wasser für alle und der Beitrag zur allgemeinen Erhöhung der Wassersicherheit ist. Als wichtiger Förderer der Finanzierung von Projekten für die Wassersicherheit und als treibende Kraft für politische Veränderung im Kampf für Wassersicherheit, vereint der Weltwasserrat weltweit hunderte von Verbänden, Thinktanks, Universitätsorganen, Regierungen und Institutionen, privaten und öffentlichen Unternehmern, Dienstleistungsanbietern und Wasserexperten, um die Wassersicherheit zu verbessern. Der Weltwasserrat ermutigt Regierungen und Bürger dazu, die Wassersicherheit in ihren Heimatländern zu erhöhen, und die Nationen zu unterstützen, die am dringendsten Hilfe benötigen, nämlich die in Subsahara-Afrika und Asien, wo 32 % bzw. 12,5 % der Bevölkerung keinen Zugang zu sicherem Wasser haben.

Wasser: ein universelles Menschenrecht

„Der diesjährige Weltwassertag konzentriert sich auf die Auswirkung von Abwasser“, erklärte Benedito Braga, Präsident des Weltwasserrats. „Ungefähr 90 % des weltweiten Abwassers gelangen unbehandelt in die Umwelt, während mehr als 923 Millionen Menschen auf der Welt keinen Zugang zu sicherem Trinkwasser haben, 2,4 Milliarden keine angemessene Sanitärversorgung haben, eines von fünf Kindern unter 5 Jahren vorzeitig an wasserbedingten Krankheiten stirbt und fast 40 % der Bevölkerung bereits vor einer Wasserknappheit steht, die sich bis 2025 auf 66 % oder zwei Drittel der Bevölkerung erhöhen können. Darüber hinaus leben ungefähr 700 Millionen Menschen in ländlichen Gegenden, in denen es keine sicheren Toiletten gibt.“

Viele Länder wissen, dass Wassersicherheit wichtig ist. Während die UN das Recht auf Wasser und Sanitärversorgung 2010 anerkannt hat, erkannten zwei Drittel der 94 Länder, die die Weltgesundheitsorganisation 2014 befragte, Trinkwasser und Sanitärversorgung als universelles Menschenrecht ausdrücklich in der nationalen Gesetzgebung an. Circa 90 % gaben an, dass nationale Richtlinien für Trinkwasser und Sanitärversorgung vorhanden sind und mehr als 75 % haben Richtlinien für Hygiene eingeführt. Jedoch muss noch viel mehr getan werden. Ab jetzt bis 2030 werden jährlich Investitionen in geschätzter Höhe von 650 Milliarden USD benötigt, um sicherzustellen, dass die für die universelle Wassersicherheit erforderliche Infrastruktur eingerichtet wird.

Wassersicherheit: eine Investition mit hoher Rentabilität

Braga merkt an: „Wasser ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil der sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung in fast allen Bereichen. Es stellt sicher, neben anderen Vorteilen, dass für alle genügend Nahrung vorhanden ist, bietet ausreichende und stabile Energieversorgung und stellt eine Markt- und industrielle Stabilität sicher. In Bezug auf Naturkatastrophen und Klimawandel sind Überschwemmungen und Dürren die Grundursache für die Leiden vieler unserer Gesellschaften. Eine verbesserte Mehrzweckinfrastruktur ist ein wesentlicher Schritt in Richtung Wachstum für viele Entwicklungsländer.“

Er fügt hinzu: „Die Welt hat ihr Sanitärversorgungsziel nicht erreicht, wodurch 2,4 Milliarden Menschen keinen Zugang zu verbesserten Sanitäreinrichtungen haben. Aus diesem Grund ist es unbedingt erforderlich, dass alle Nationen weiterhin das Wasser und die Sanitärversorgung verbessern. Für jeden Dollar, der in Wasser und Sanitärversorgung investiert wird, gibt es eine geschätzte Rendite von 4,3 USD (400 %) in Form von geringeren Gesundheitskosten für Einzelne und die Gesellschaft weltweit. Im Vorfeld des Weltwasserforums im März 2018 in Brasilien, das über 30.000 Politiker, Experten, Akademiker und Nichtregierungsorganisationen zusammenführt, um an einer verbesserten Wassersicherheit und Wasserverfügbarkeit zu arbeiten, ermutige ich alle Regierungen dazu, einen höheren Prozentsatz ihrer Gesamtbudgets in Projekte zu investieren, die die Wassersicherheit verbessern.“

Der Weltwasserrat setzt seine Mission zur Verwirklichung einer größeren Wassersicherheit für alle fort und organisiert gegenwärtig das 8. Weltwasserforum, die weltweit größte wasserbezogene Veranstaltung. Zu der kommenden Veranstaltung werden über 30.000 Teilnehmer erwartet und sie wird in nur einem Jahr vom 18. bis zum 23. März 2018 unter dem Motto „Wasser teilen“ in Brasilien stattfinden. Das letzte Weltwasserforum wurde vom Weltwasserrat in der Republik Korea veranstaltet und vereinte zehntausende Teilnehmer aus 168 Ländern, einschließlich 9 Staatsoberhäupter, 80 Regierungsminister und hunderte von offiziellen nationalen und lokalen Regierungsdelegationen.

Über den Weltwasserrat:
Der Weltwasserrat (World Water Council, WWC) ist eine internationale Multi-Stakeholder-Plattformorganisation, der Gründer und Mitveranstalter des Weltwasserforums. Die Mission des Weltwasserrats ist es, alle Ebenen, einschließlich der höchsten Führungsebenen, zum Handeln in Bezug auf kritische Wasserprobleme zu bewegen, indem Gespräche mit Menschen aufgenommen und die konventionelle Denkweise herausgefordert werden. Der Rat konzentriert sich auf die politischen Dimensionen der Wassersicherheit, Anpassung und Nachhaltigkeit und arbeitet darauf hin, dass Wasser an die Spitze der weltweiten politischen Agenda gesetzt wird. Der Weltwasserrat hat seinen Sitz in Marseille, Frankreich, wurde 1996 gegründet und vereint über 300 Mitgliedsorganisationen aus über 50 verschiedenen Ländern. Mehr darüber unter www.worldwatercouncil.org @wwatercouncil #wwatercouncil

Multi-Stakeholder-Plattformorganisation

Kontakt
World Water Council (WWC)
Guiomar Togores
Caleruega 81
28033 Madrid
0034914585490
guiomar@marcodecomunicacion.com
http://www.worldwatercouncil.org

Environment Energy

Photovoltaics in South Africa: meteocontrol supplies monitoring system

Modular monitoring and control system for commercial rooftop projects

Photovoltaics in South Africa: meteocontrol supplies monitoring system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Environment Energy

BHS-Sonthofen presented with the German Resources Efficiency Award

Turning previous unusable materials into valuable resources

BHS-Sonthofen presented with the German Resources Efficiency Award

The trophy: The German Resources Efficiency Award 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background information:

The technology in detail: Combimix process

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSW case study

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

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

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

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

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

About BHS-Sonthofen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Environment Energy

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

Chilean Ministry of Energy relies on meteocontrol’s monitoring capabilities

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

(Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
+49 821 450879-18
+49 821 450879-20
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Environment Energy

PV monitoring system upgraded in record time

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

PV monitoring system upgraded in record time

(Source: @meteocontrol)

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

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

Rapid tempo in Retrofitting

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

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

meteocontrol for any (worst-case) scenario

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

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

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

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

Pressekontakt
epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
+49 821 450879-18
+49 821 450879-20
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