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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

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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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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

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

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

Rapid tempo in Retrofitting

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

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

meteocontrol for any (worst-case) scenario

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

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

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

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

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meteocontrol provides the monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

meteocontrol provides the monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

Augsburg, August 25, 2016 – With a major project, meteocontrol GmbH expands its presence in Japan’s growing photovolatic market. meteocontrol supplies a tailored monitoring system as a turnkey solution for the planned 18 MWp solar park by Advantec Co. Ltd: project management, monitoring design and commissioning included. The solar park will be built in Kirishima, a city located at the northern end of the Kagoshima Bay in southern Japan.

Ten monitoring stations with blue“Log X-6000 data loggers and 300 string combiner boxes with interfaces to inverters and sensors ensure the highest quality and reliability of data recording, monitoring and control. meteocontrol also supports Advantec during the planning phase and realizes the monitoring system in accordance with the company“s exact needs and the park“s layout. The monitoring solution enables Advantec to professionally operation management on meteocontrol“s remote monitoring platform „virtual control room“ (VCOM).

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

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

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Milk the Sun and meteocontrol launch alliance for technical consulting and system monitoring

Direct access to meteocontrol PV services for system operators and investors on the Milk the Sun platform

Milk the Sun and meteocontrol launch alliance for technical consulting and system monitoring

(Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Münster/Berlin/Augsburg, 07/12/2016 – Key elements of optimal operation of solar energy systems include the technical monitoring of these systems as well as the control and improvement of on-site energy consumption and grid feed-in management. To provide these services to system operators, Milk the Sun, the world’s largest open online marketplace for photovoltaic systems in operation, and meteocontrol GmbH, a leading provider of technical consulting and monitoring solutions for PV systems, will combine their expertise effective immediately.

Thanks to this alliance, system operators registered at Milk the Sun can quickly and easily receive the services of meteocontrol in such areas as the planning or execution of PV projects as well as the optimization of operational PV systems. The PV specialist offers services in the areas of yield reports, technical due diligence and technical acceptance as well as warranty checks, performance analyses, module tests and on-site system inspections. The new service called Pit Stop is particularly helpful to investors in the secondary market: The professional PV system check for a fixed price comprises an expert inspection of the system’s plants components and a valid report that outlines faults and recommends solutions. If Milk the Sun customers want to add a monitoring system to their PV systems, meteocontrol will develop and prepare the right concept for them free of charge. As a result, new systems can be seamlessly integrated into the existing portfolio and monitored.

Two market-leading partners who can help system operators
As an independent online marketplace, Milk the Sun offers a wide range of services covering all aspects of photovoltaics. With the new, customer-focused sales option created by the online marketplace operated by Milk the Sun, meteocontrol has significantly extended its customer reach. At the same time, Milk the Sun has gained a strong partner to enhance its range of services related to the optimization and life cycle of PV systems.

„We are really happy about the addition of meteocontrol to our service portfolio,“ said Dirk Petschick, a cofounder and Managing Director of Milk the Sun. „In this alliance, we’ve not only gained a strong, market-leading partner, but can also provide our customers with state-of-the-art services related to technical system monitoring and much more.“ „Milk the Sun and meteocontrol are a perfect match,“ added Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „Our joint customers will profit from the simple, fast processing in the online marktetplace. They will receive everything from a single source.“

About Milk the Sun:
Milk the Sun operates the world’s largest open online marketplace for photovoltaic systems. Through the portal, project developers and operators can offer solar systems for sale and investors can find exciting green investment opportunities. Milk the Sun also offers, in cooperation with specialized partners, PV services during the entire life cycle of a photovoltaic system. On its Utility Scale Network, a closed online market place, the company also offers selected investors utility scale solar investment opportunities. www.milkthesun.com

Milk the Sun Contact Details:
Milk the Sun GmbH, Mendelstraße 11, 48149 Münster, Tel.: +49 (0)30 46 999 0330, Fax: +49 (0)30 46 999 0331, Geschäftsführer: Philipp von Seherr-Thoss, Dirk Petschick

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

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

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

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Saharan dust: reliable predictions of performance for photovoltaics

The PerduS project is investigating yield losses experienced by solar energy systems as a result of desert dust – preliminary studies indicate reductions could range from 10 percent to 20 percent.

Saharan dust: reliable predictions of performance for photovoltaics

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Augsburg, July 11, 2016 – Hazy skies and dusty cars: Many people are well acquainted with the impact of the Saharan dust that travels to Europe by air. The impact of this dust – as haze in the atmosphere and as a residue on solar panels – on the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems is being studied by the German Weather Service, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and meteocontrol in a project called „PerduS.“ The objective of the research is to facilitate better performance predictions for PV systems by improving projections about the dispersion of dust.

Saharan dust affects PV performance in two ways: First, the haze it creates, which can be substantial at times, can reduce performance by 10 percent to 20 percent. Second, it forms a residue on the PV modules that further impacts performance. These findings were reached during the preliminary studies conducted by the project partners. The term „blood rain“ is frequently used when talking about the grimy layer left behind on cars following rain storms.

„During an outbreak of Saharan dust, atmospheric streams transport the dust whipped up by the Sahara over great distances that extend all the way to central Europe,“ says Dr. Bernhard Vogel, a KIT meteorologist. „In terms of a long-range average, we see this four days a month in the spring and summer. In some years, the number even reaches up to nine days in a month.“

Photovoltaic systems generated 6 percent of gross electricity production in Germany during 2015, according to the German Statistical Office. The installed capacity of all PV systems totals about 39 gigawatts across Germany. As a result, the systems can produce peak yields of more than 30 gigawatts of power on clear days. This equals the production of more than 20 German nuclear power stations. Up to now, PV performance predictions have been unable to realistically factor in the effect of Saharan dust. The project team says this is necessary to ensure grid stability.

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the research project PerduS (a German acronym that stands for photovoltaic yield reduction caused by Saharan dust) for four years. The main objective is to combine all components necessary for consideration of Saharan dust outbreaks when projecting PV performance in a forecasting process. In cooperation with KIT, an improved dispersion forecast for desert dust is being added to the German Weather Service’s numerical weather-forecasting model ICON. The ICON-ART forecast system will be used during future dust outbreaks along with the conventional numerical weather forecast. Simulating dust dispersion, the system will provide predictions about a reduction in solar irradiance. Drawing on this information, the forecast service provider meteocontrol will develop PV performance predictions as well as evaluate the technical and commercial use of the new forecasting system. In addition, an estimate will be made regarding the expected amount of residue on PV systems left behind by the Saharan dust and the cleansing effect on the units by subsequent rain storms.

Model system ICON-ART and measurement systems in use
To expand the ICON model system that has been used by the German Weather Service since January 2015 to prepare daily weather forecasts, the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at KIT developed a module called ART (aerosols and reactive trace gases). This module makes it possible to simulate the dispersion of such particles as mineral dust and sea salt and their interaction with clouds. In the past, ICON-ART was used, also in cooperation with the German Weather Service, to simulate the dispersion of ash particles following volcano eruptions in order to prepare weather forecasts. The research focal points being pursued by KIT in PerduS are refining the description of dust emissions in the Sahara and improving the description of the interaction of dust particles and atmospheric radiation.

Measurements have also been taken at the Solar Storage Park on the KIT north campus to determine the amount of residue left on solar panels by mineral dust and its impact on PV performance. In this measurement project, researchers are also examining how precipitation can cleanse solar panels. In this process, they are using a precipitation radar, the measurement tower at KIT, additional devices for measuring drop sizes and precipitation quantities, and an aerosol lidar of the German Weather Service. The descriptions of the relevant processes drawn from these measurements will then be integrated into the ICON-ART model system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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meteocontrol ensures maximum returns for solar projects

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

meteocontrol ensures maximum returns for solar projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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meteocontrol delivers its first monitoring systems for Turkish solar parks

Growing demand for PV monitoring from meteocontrol in Turkey

meteocontrol delivers its first monitoring systems for Turkish solar parks

meteocontrol has delivered monitoring solutions for photovoltaic plant in Burdur Yarisli. (Source: meteocontrol)

Augsburg, March 29, 2016 – meteocontrol is expanding its presence in Turkey and has delivered monitoring solutions for two photovoltaic plants. A meteocontrol system is now monitoring an 8.3 MWp site of Hanwha Q CELLS in Burdur Yarisli in southwestern Turkey. The second PV system, with total capacity of 2.1 MWp, is near Korkuteli, a city located about 100 kilometers northwest of Antalya. meteocontrol provides complete solutions for the single-source monitoring of solar power plants – from the planning phase and delivery of all components to smooth commissioning of remote monitoring.

The Energy Market Act that took effect in 2001, and the latest developments of relevance to feed-in tariffs, are boosting the appeal of the Turkish energy market among international PV providers. This is also significant for meteocontrol in its role as an innovative provider of PV monitoring and quality assurance services comprised of end-to-end, worry-free solutions for reliable, legally compliant monitoring and control support for PV plant operators. The monitoring solutions offered are designed in line with PV plant requirements and specific customer wishes. Experienced meteocontrol engineers configure the monitoring systems, check for potential on-site wiring problems and resolve any issues that may arise.

Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey relies on meteocontrol monitoring
The PV power plant in Burdur was completed in November 2015 by Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey after just two and a half months of construction. With total capacity of 8.3 MWp, it is one of Turkey’s biggest PV systems. The approximately 128,600 m² free-field system is expected to feed about 13,467 MWh of clean energy into the grid each year – enough to supply power to around 2,700 average Turkish households. Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey, the Turkish entity of one of the world’s most recognized photovoltaic companies, partnered with meteocontrol for its solution provider of the monitoring system. Ten data loggers from meteocontrol’s WEB“log series, as well as reliable string monitoring stations, are in operation. WEB“log data loggers dependably monitor and control photovoltaic systems and comply with legal regulations and standards. The loggers collect all system data and store it centrally. This data is also quickly transmitted through various interfaces for evaluation with the monitoring system’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM).

2.1 MWp solar park already in operation
meteocontrol is also proud to announce the successful implementation of remote monitoring at the 2.1 MWp solar park near Korkuteli. The contract called for the complete installation of the PV monitoring solution, including the string current monitoring based on meteocontrol string monitoring stations. Work was completed in 2015. The solar park is managed by the blue“Log X-6000 equipped with two expansion modules. The new generation of data loggers offers innovative functions like the live access of safer“Sun and VCOM to the blue“Log and a flexibly expandable system to meet the requirements of the future energy landscape. Other benefits include cost savings from system modularity, time-saving commissioning facilitated by a quick-start assistant, reduced capital commitments thanks to efficient warehousing, and increased data security based on encryption.

„Together with our Turkish partners, we assure the optimal operation of both systems, guarantee the highest level of reliability and offer maximum investment protection,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We are looking forward to continuing our good business relationship. Other projects in the still nascent Turkish photovoltaic market are now in the planning stage.“

As a way of intensifying the dialogue between operators and builders of photovoltaic systems in Turkey, meteocontrol plans to participate in the Solarex trade fair scheduled for April 7-9, 2016, in Istanbul.

About Hanwha Q CELLS
Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HQCL) is one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-quality, high-efficiency solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ) and Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ). With its diverse international manufacturing facilities in South Korea, Malaysia and China, Hanwha Q CELLS is in a unique position to flexibly address all global markets. Hanwha Q CELLS offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, from modules to kits to systems to large scale solar power plants. Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnership to its customers in the utility, commercial, government and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top 10 business enterprise in South Korea. For more information, visit http://investors.hanwha-qcells.com.

About metecontrol:
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 40,500 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 10,7 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Nadja Sagnotti
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
n.sagnotti@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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

meteocontrol to concentrate activities in Augsburg

PV service provider meteocontrol to combine hardware and software development at one site

meteocontrol to concentrate activities in Augsburg

meteocontrol is moving the development and production of its data loggers to the company base in Aug

Augsburg, 02/15/2016 – meteocontrol GmbH, a specialist for monitoring systems and quality assurance of photovoltaic systems, plans to move the development and production of its data loggers from Moers to Augsburg. The company’s base in Augsburg will take over these areas in July 2016. Until recently, meteocontrol has focused exclusively on developing Web portals that monitor and manage PV systems in Augsburg. The company expects the combination of operations to produce a range of synergies.

„By concentrating our activities in Augsburg, we intend to increase our competitiveness,“ Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol, said in explaining the reasons for the decision. „We also intend to tap the synergies that will result from combining hardware and software development at one development and production location.“

Beginning in July 2016, meteocontrol will develop and produce its data loggers, like the blue“Log X series of data loggers, at the company’s base in Augsburg. Through the use of meteocontrol’s monitoring portals such as the VCOM Web application, the data loggers provide an efficient system for use in the professional remote monitoring and control of PV systems.

Made in Germany – made in Augsburg
„With our strategic concentration on one German site, we plan to strengthen meteocontrol’s development department, optimize processes and dynamically create innovative product solutions,“ Schneider added. The company plans to develop innovative software solutions even faster with the help of streamlined processes and short lines of communication. meteocontrol intends to maintain its production base in Germany.

About metecontrol:
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 40,500 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 10,7 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Nadja Sagnotti
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
n.sagnotti@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

Electric Electronics

Innovative equipment for solar cell production

Rehm presents an information stand at the EU PVSEC in Hamburg

Innovative equipment for solar cell production

Fast firing system process

The EU PVSEC is one of the leading trade fairs in the photovoltaic industry and is considered a major science-to-science, business-to-business and science-to-industry platform. At this year’s fair, which will take place in Hamburg from 15 to 17 September, visitors will have the opportunity to consult numerous exhibitors of the latest developments in the world of solar energy. Rehm Thermal Systems (http://www.rehm-group.com) presents an information stand on innovative equipment for solar cell production in Hall 7, Booth E2. We look forward to your visit!

Rehm“s RFS Fast Firing Systems and RDS Solar Dryer for typical mono- and multicrystalline solar cells achieve metallization with first-class results thanks to their excellent profiling capability. Their flexible, modular system design allows a wide variety of production layouts, while their low energy consumption and high throughput make them versatile.

Fast Firing Systems – the best quality for the best solar cells
The Rehm Fast Firing Systems win customers over with their high quality. High-efficiency solar cells with very low breakage rates, even at high throughput, can be manufactured thanks to sophisticated systems engineering. Many advancements in terms of low power consumption as well as numerous software tools help to optimize the production process. All RFS systems are equipped with powerful IR emitters in the upper and lower side heating, whereby the metallization of solar cells is carried out with maximum process stability. The systems are available as a pure Fast Firing System or with integrated dryer.

RDS solar dryer for optimal processes
The production of solar cells requires a drying system that is perfectly adapted to the diverse combinations of wafers and pastes. Rehm“s RDS Solar Dryer dries a paste applied via screen printing onto silicon solar cells at temperatures of up to 300 °C, or in the RDS HTX version at temperatures of up to 450 °C. The system consists of a combination of multiple infrared and convection zones. As a result, the temperature profile can be flexible, but still set with pinpoint accuracy. The solar cell is then cooled down gently so that it can be further processed immediately. Also available is the optional VOC Thermal Oxidizer for purifying the exhaust air.
In addition, newly developed dryers that operate under a nitrogen atmosphere have opened up new fields of innovative processes in solar manufacturing.

99.9 % less VOC – the Thermal Oxidizer makes it possible!
Rehm“s VOC Thermal Oxidizer offers one of the most effective residue management systems on the market. The organic compounds released from the pastes during the heating process (Volatile Organic Compounds – VOCs) are cracked and almost completely converted into carbon dioxide and water. All available systems operate with a separation of max. 99.9 % and thus comply with the legal standards of the TA-Air/Germany. Oxidizer systems with heat recovery, such as the available CFR (Counter Flow Reactor), are also particularly energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Our experts will gladly inform you on the spot regarding Rehm (http://www.rehm-group.com) Solar Equipment in Hall 7 at Stand E2!

Rehm Thermal Systems was founded in 1990 by Johannes Rehm and is a provider of reflow soldering systems and drying systems for the electronics industry as well as a manufacturer of fast firing systems and solar dryers for the metallization of solar cells. With Simply. More. Ideas. our goal is to become technological leaders in all areas of production and offer our customers sustainable, future-oriented products.

Firmenkontakt
Rehm Thermal Systems GmbH
Marketing Department
Leinenstrasse 7
89143 Blaubeuren-Seissen
+49 7344 9606-0
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.rehm-group.com/

Pressekontakt
APROS Int. Consulting & Services
Volker Feyerabend
Rennengaessle 9
72800 Eningen
+49-7121-9809911
info@APROS-Consulting.com
http://www.apros-consulting.com