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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

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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
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Environment Energy

Remote maintenance for photovoltaic systems: E.ON cooperates with meteocontrol

meteocontrol supplies the monitoring solution VCOM virtual control room to E.ON control console in Munich

Remote maintenance for photovoltaic systems: E.ON cooperates with meteocontrol

(Source: gettyimages, Digital Vision)

Augsburg/Munich, 10/25/2016 – Operate, control and monitor: Munich-based E.ON Energie Deutschland GmbH has set up a control console designed to professionally monitor and manage photovoltaic systems. Its partner in this endeavor is meteocontrol GmbH of Augsburg, which is contributing its monitoring software VCOM virtual control room. E.ON“s customized monitoring solution is a key element of a new business strategy that also involves the production of renewable energies and energy networks.

„We now look after more than 230 systems across Germany. Their total output could meet the power needs of a medium-sized city,“ said Matthias Krieg, Head of PV Maintenance/Services at E.ON Energie Deutschland. „With the help of our central monitoring system, we can ensure reliable operation management for small units on company roofs as well as large solar parks. The key for us is being able to use proven technology made in Germany. The virtual control room software offered by meteocontrol makes it possible for us to monitor our continually expanding portfolio efficiently and centrally.“

VCOM virtual control room is used not only to analyze incoming alarm reports, but also for all incident management. Thanks to smart, precise fault detection, the cause of problems can be pinpointed quickly and the time required for possible on-site repairs can be kept to a minimum. „With this monitoring solution, E.ON can provide customers with secure, long-range support that has been optimized across all process steps,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We are looking forward to our partnership with E.ON, in part because it will also produce synergies for globally scalable models designed to optimize the returns of PV systems.“ Customers of E.ON Energie Deutschland will be able to access their data on a personalized website. Among other features, the website offers an investor view with a transparent presentation of key performance indicators to highlight the benefits of professional support.

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

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

Pressekontakt
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Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
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Environment Energy

meteocontrol provides the monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

meteocontrol provides the monitoring system for a Japanese solar park

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

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

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

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

Pressekontakt
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Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
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Environment Energy

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
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Environment Energy

At Mining Sites Renewable Energy Systems Are up to 70 Percent Less Expensive than Diesel Power

At Mining Sites Renewable Energy Systems Are up to 70 Percent Less Expensive than Diesel Power

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THEnergy Launches Online Platform for Wind and Solar Applications in the Mining Industry

Munich, Germany, October 15, 2014 – Mining companies were not traditionally considered a good fit for renewable energy. A closer look shows that this is not true anymore. Numerous renewable energy systems already power mines today, and experts from both worlds – mining and renewables – agree that a boom in this field is ahead.
Mining companies have been facing price pressure for the last few years. Many high-yield mining locations are already exhausted, the material that is extracted today is more difficult to access and it also requires more energy in reduction and purification processes afterwards. The amount of energy per unit is increasing, and so are electricity and diesel prices, whereas the prices for renewable energy, wind and solar, have been falling considerably during the last few years. This is why mining companies are paying more and more attention to renewable energy topics. There is a big demand for information on both sides.
„The objective of THEnergy is to accelerate the application of renewable energy in the mining sector by providing missing information,“ points out Dr. Thomas Hillig, founder of THEnergy. One of the key elements of the platform „Renewables & Mining“ (www.th-energy/mining) is a plant database for renewable energy systems near mines. It contains wind, PV, CPV, CSP and solar thermal plants. „Successful examples in the same industry are very often the catalyst that lays the basis for a breakthrough. They eliminate existing doubts to a large extent,“ explains Hillig. By using the platform mining companies also get to know which renewable energy players are already experienced in this field. For renewable energy companies the platform is a good source to discover who the progressive first movers are in the mining industry.
The platform also collects background information such as technical overviews and business models. On a monthly basis, reports and white papers will be published. Finally, a blog allows for discussions among experts and players that are new to the field.
The best business case can be observed for hybrid power plants. In mining, these are solar or wind power systems that are combined with or integrated into existing diesel power plants. Wind and solar energy are often more than 70 percent less expensive than electricity from diesel, especially in remote areas where transportation makes up a large share of the total diesel cost.
For more information visit www.th-energy.net
About Dr. Thomas Hillig Energy Consulting (THEnergy)
THEnergy assists companies in dealing with energy related challenges. Renewable energy companies are offered strategy, marketing and sales consulting services. For industrial companies THEnergy develops energy concepts and shows how they can become more sustainable. THEnergy combines experience from conventional and renewable energy with industry knowledge in consulting. In addition to business consulting, THEnergy is active in marketing intelligence and as an information provider in select fields such as renewables and mining.
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THEnergy assists companies in dealing with energy related challenges. Renewable energy companies are offered strategy, marketing and sales consulting services. For industrial companies THEnergy develops energy concepts and shows how they can become more sustainable. THEnergy combines experience from conventional and renewable energy with industry knowledge in consulting. In addition to business consulting, THEnergy is active in marketing intelligence and as an information provider in select fields such as renewables and mining.

Firmenkontakt
THEnergy
Thomas Hillig
Pestalozzistr. 40b
80469 Muenchen
+4915236186442
press@th-energy.net
www.th-energy.net

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Thomas Hillig
Thomas Hillig
Pestalozzistr. 40b
80469 Muenchen
+4915236186442
press@th-energy.net
www.th-energy.net

Wissenschaft Technik Umwelt

WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2013: Batterien und Wasserstoff als Energiespeicher haben großes Potential

WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS 2013: Batterien und Wasserstoff als Energiespeicher haben großes Potential

Messe 2012: ads-tec Li-Io Batteriespeicher im Container als Exponat in Stuttgart

Angebot und Nachfrage nach Strom zu koordinieren, das ist eine Herausforderung die sich mit einem regenerativen Energie-System in ganz neuer Weise stellt. Energie-Speicher sollen dazu beitragen, Schwankungen im Strom-Netz auszugleichen. Vom 30. September bis 2. Oktober 2013 nutzen Fachleute die Konferenzen f-cell, BATTERY+STORAGE, e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG und Solar Energy Solutions in Stuttgart, um unterschiedliche Lösungen vorzustellen und zu diskutieren.

Stuttgart (eos) – Den Energie-Bedarf aus erneuerbaren Energien zu decken, damit das Klima zu schützen und das Land von Energie-Importen unabhängiger zu machen ist langfristiges Ziel. Eine Herausforderung dabei: Mit einer Stromproduktion aus Sonne und Wind lässt sich die Herstellung nicht mehr einfach der aktuellen Nachfrage im Netz anpassen. Sie läuft unabhängig vom momentanen Bedarf und produziert dabei phasenweise deutlich zu viel Strom. Batterien, die chemischen Speicher Wasserstoff oder Methan und Brennstoffzellen können in einem künftigen regenerativen Energie-System eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Darüber diskutieren Experten auf den Konferenzen f-cell, BATTERY+STORAGE, Solar Energy Solutions und e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG, die unter dem gemeinsamen Dach der WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS vom 30. September bis 2. Oktober 2013 in Stuttgart stattfinden.

„Keine Einzellösungen schaffen, sondern Gesamtstrategien entwickeln“
„Eine gute und bislang die einzige Option um große Mengen „überschüssiger“ Energie über einen längeren Zeitraum zu speichern, ist ihre Umwandlung in Wasserstoff“, berichtet f-cell-Referent Dr. Ulrich Bünger von der Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH in Ottobrunn bei München. „Grüner Überschussstrom treibt dabei einen Elektrolyseur an, der aus Wasser den chemischen Energieträger Wasserstoff herstellt.“ Gasversorger seien daran interessiert, das Gas in dieser Form oder methanisiert in ihr bestehendes insgesamt 420.000 Kilometer langes Netz einzuleiten. „Wenn offene technische Fragen geklärt sind, ist das eine gute Möglichkeit, Energie zu speichern. Ein Geschäftsmodell ist das so allerdings noch nicht“, erläutert Bünger.
Er fordert daher dazu auf, das Gesamtsystem zu betrachten: Künftig werde der Transportsektor größere Mengen Wasserstoff nachfragen, denn die Hersteller Daimler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, Renault und Toyota wollen zwischen 2014 und 2018 die Serienproduktion von Brennstoffzellenfahrzeugen beginnen. Hyundai starte bereits eine Kleinserie. Außerdem gäbe es in der Industrie Bedarf an dem Element. „Die bisherigen Initiativen zum Aufbau einer Wasserstoff-Infrastruktur greifen zu kurz. Wir müssen das Thema im Zusammenhang mit dem gesamten Energie-System sehen und mit allen relevanten Interessengruppen zusammenarbeiten.“

Hausbesitzer produzieren Strom
Unterdessen schaffen Bürger für das Gesamtsystem relevante Fakten. „Mit mehr als 1,9 Millionen Photovoltaik-Anlagen (PV-Anlagen) auf Privathäusern und landwirtschaftlichen Gebäuden sind viele Hausbesitzer zu Stromproduzenten geworden“, sagt Dr. Jann Binder, Geschäftsführer des Solar Cluster Baden-Württemberg e.V. und Veranstalter des Konferenzteils Solar Energy Solutions. 4,6 Prozent der Bruttoerzeugung entfiel 2012 bereits auf Solarstrom. Und trotz sinkender Einspeisevergütungen hält der Boom an: PV-Anlagen mit einer Leistung von 7,6 Gigawatt wurden allein 2012 installiert. Für 2013 rechnet das Bundesumweltministerium mit weiteren drei bis vier Gigawatt.

PV-Strom selbst nutzen und in Batterien zwischenspeichern
Dr. Andreas Gutsch vom Karlsruher Institut für Technologie und Referent der BATTERY+STORAGE bemerkt ein zunehmendes Interesse, den in Photovoltaik-Anlagen produzierten Strom vor Ort selbst zu verbrauchen. „Wer sich energetisch vom bundesweiten Netz unabhängig machen möchte, benötigt Batterien, um Energie auch abends verfügbar zu haben, wenn die Sonne nicht scheint“, berichtet er. Mit weiter sinkenden Batteriepreisen würden solche Anlagen schon bald wirtschaftlich. Batterien für einen Ausgleich über die Jahreszeiten hinweg einzusetzen, sei jedoch nicht sinnvoll, denn Batterien seien selbst bei fallenden Preisen zu teuer, um nur sporadisch darauf zuzugreifen. „Mit einem Batterie-Speicher und einer intelligent gesteuerten Wärmepumpe kann ein Anlagenbetreiber die Eigenversorgung mit PV-Strom auf 50 Prozent des jährlichen Gesamtenergiebedarfs erhöhen“, erklärt Binder.

Wärme und Strom aus dem Brennstoffzellenheizgerät
Der Wärme- und restliche Strombedarf lässt sich durch Brennstoffzellenheizgeräte decken, die diese Energieformen hoch effizient produzieren. Dazu sind sie an das Erdgasnetz – künftig vielleicht an eine Wasserstoffleitung – angeschlossen. Bereits seit 2008 sind solche Geräte in Deutschland im groß angelegten Feldtest „Callux“ im Einsatz. Energieversorger und Gerätehersteller berichten auf der f-cell über ihre Fortschritte.

Das komplette Konferenzprogramm von f-cell, BATTERY+STORAGE und e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG mit rund 140 Vorträgen sowie weitere Informationen zum Beispiel zur Messe WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS finden Interessierte unter: www.f-cell.de und www.world-of-energy-solutions.de .

Bildrechte: Peter Sauber Agentur / Messe Stuttgart

WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS

BATTERY+STORAGE, f-cell und e-mobil BW TECHNOLOGIETAG präsentieren sich 2013 zum zweiten Mal unter einem Dach – und erstmals unter dem gemeinsamen Motto WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS. Der Claim WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS reflektiert das umfassende Angebotsportfolio, das im Rahmen der Messe und Konferenz geboten wird. Die Plattform soll in Zukunft verstärkt als zentraler Marktplatz, Industriemotor und Think Tank für die Weiterentwicklung von Batterie- und Energiespeicher-Technologien, Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Anwendungen sowie Innovationen aus dem Bereich der E-Mobilität etabliert werden. Ergänzt wird die Veranstaltung im Jahr 2013 durch den Konferenzteil Solar Energy Solutions.

Kontakt
Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse GmbH
Lena Jauernig
Wankelstraße 1
70563 Stuttgart
0711-656960-56
f-cell@messe-sauber.de
http://www.messe-sauber.de

Pressekontakt:
eoscript Public Relations
Eike Ostendorf-Servisoglou
Löwen-Markt 8
70499 Stuttgart
0711-65227930
eos@eoscript.de
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Environment Energy

Excellent market opportunities with high temperature resistant Glass/Glass modules

Excellent market opportunities with high temperature resistant Glass/Glass modules

Hochtemperaturbeständige Glas/Glas-Module

Series production of the new Glass/Glass Desert modules imminent

Freystadt, Oberpfalz – Solar energy must now become competitive, as the honeymoon period is over. Considering the recent pressure on the industry, the focus is much stronger on innovations than until now. Thanks to its latest developments, solar technology specialist J.v.G. Thoma is offering attractive perspectives to investors and enterprises. The high temperature module from J.v.G. Thoma, also known as Desert module, can be manufactured also in Glass/Glass design with immediate effect.

In these Glass/Glass modules, the so called cell matrix is protected by two glass discs. This offers advantages in many ways: the risk of microscopic cracks is minimized; heavy snowfall, storms and assembling pose far less risks for the modules. Just like the „normal“ Desert modules these Glass/Glass modules, too, are 100% free from PID and can be fully recycled. Whereas until now Glass/Glass modules were considerably heavier than other modules, the new modules from Jurawatt have the same weight than the EVA standard modules. Other benefits: as Desert modules they tolerate continuous temperatures of 125 °C and peaks of 145 °C. In service, they generate nearly two to five percent more yield. And that too, for a period of, believe it or not, 40, 50 or even more years.

Everything is possible: flexible multitalented
The new modules can be used as hybrid modules for power generation as well for heat generation – by integrating thermal collectors on the rear side. Optionally, a ground heat exchanger can be used or even warm water can be produced directly.

An achievement for man and environment – for decades to come
The new modules can be amortized for a period extending to more than 40 years. „At last, this development makes solar energy truly competitive against conventional energy sources“, explains Hans Thoma, General Manager of the Thoma Group. Apart from the fact that coal and nuclear energy are nowhere near becoming competitive if we were to take also the consequential costs into consideration.

Aesthetical solutions – new market niche for modules
What may be of interest to house owners and architects: the new Desert glass modules look particularly aesthetical and high class. Since they can be fitted with or without a frame, there can be innumerable possibilities of integrating them into the building and shaping. They are excellently suitable for making shades and marquees. Even this opens up absolutely new market areas for solar module manufacturers.

About J.v.G. Thoma GmbH
Whether it is about high temperature Glass/Glass module, CIGS flex module or nanotechnology for solar power: behind all these innovations stands J.v.G. Thoma GmbH that has transformed itself over the past fifteen years into a segment leader for turnkey production lines of solar plants. The experts at J.v.G. provide consulting and support to its clients all over the world. Headed by Diplom-Ingenieur Hans Thoma, the family enterprise has its headquarters in Freystadt in Germany“s Oberpfalz region.

Kontakt:
J. v. G. Thoma GmbH
Birgit Thoma
Möningerberg 1a
92342 Freystadt
+49(0)9179 964117
info@jvgthoma.de
http://www.jvg-thoma.de

Environment Energy

Nano? But of course!

Nano? But of course!

Why J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is deploying a top-class research team to calculate a simple 20 + 4

Hundred minus 80 gives 20. What has this simple arithmetic to do with solar energy? Quite a lot! Because till now 80% of the solar energy is lost if a monocrystalline PV module generates electric current, and of this only 20% is utilized. But in near future a special nano-coating will change all this, reports J.v.G. Thoma GmbH.

Freystadt/Oberpfalz – No farmer would be satisfied with just 20% of his harvest. Hans Thoma, General Manager of the solar specialist company J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, too, feels the same way, and thus assigns a perfect task to the in-house research team. Now, the experts assisting their manager Dr. Claudia Gemmel are about to see a breakthrough. „By means of a special nano-coating we succeeded in significantly increasing the so-called „light harvesting“, and consequently the efficiency factor“, says Claudia Gemmel.

In cooperation with a German start-up enterprise J.v.G. Thoma GmbH has conducted the initial simulations, which indicate that the cell performance can be increased by employing the nano-technology effectively by 20% – in relative terms. What does that mean concretely? A cell with 20% efficiency factor would have an efficiency factor of 24% as a result.

This enhancement of efficiency has been since also experimentally confirmed. „These four percent are just the beginning for us“, Hans Thoma points out. And it is not yet a reason for him to lay back with the laurels he would probably receive. After all 100 minus 76 gives merely 24.

About J.v.G. Thoma GmbH

As an industry leader in the construction of turnkey solar production units, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH takes care of customers in Europe, Americas and Asia. The range of services provided by the family enterprise includes Consulting in the domain of solar produc- tion, the implementation of solar factories as well as sale and purchase of solar com- ponents. In addition to this, J.v.G. operates also as consultant for large-scale clients in Europe and Japan. The company has its headquarters in Germany“s Freystadt / Oberpfalz.

Kontakt:
J. v. G. Thoma GmbH
Birgit Thoma
Möningerberg 1 a
92342 Freystadt
0049 / (0)9179 – 27 47
info@jvg-thoma.de
http://www.jvg-thoma.de

Pressekontakt:
J. v. G. Thoma GmbH
Birgit Thoma
Möningerberg 1 a
92342 Freystadt
0049 / (0)9179 – 27 47
info@jvg-thoma.de
http://www.jvg-thoma.de

Environment Energy

A Revolution for Solar Energy Providers and Photovoltaic Systems

Gold Medals All Around for J.v.G. Thoma: Innovative Lamination Technology Makes This Photovoltaic Module Series The New Standard.

Freystadt/Oberpfalz – If there were a World Cup event for the solar industry J.v.G. Thoma GmbH would have secured their position among the winners, because this specialist in the development and marketing of production equipment is the innovation engine for the entire industry.

The latest development from Thoma, an almost revolutionary high-performance module, is breaking several records at the same time. For one thing, it is extremely heat resistant and very appropriate for deployment in desert regions, since it can handle temperatures up to 125°C. For another, it has three times the life span in comparison with equivalent modules. The module is PID-free, which is extremely important for solar plants, because the Potentially Induced Degradation (PID) is one of the primary causes of performance losses in solar plants over the life their operations. This new, high-performance module was developed in close cooperation with the Bavarian solar provider, Jurawatt. A number of patents have already been registered for the new technology.

The development was made possible by a completely new lamination process. J.v.G. Thoma will offer this technology as a process to all customers who want to invest in manufacturing equipment and thereby open up attractive opportunities for themselves on the market.

Jurawatt GmbH, located in Neumarkt, will make the „desert-capable“ high-performance module into a production series from January 2012. Production of the module will start almost simultaneously in Korea upon completion of the new Jurasolar plants in February 2012.

The module has been subjected to the strictest testing in accordance with the IEC and DIN standards. Among other tests, this includes testing UV behavior, temperature cycling, humidity-freezing behavior and steam-heat testing, which has been conducted for over 3,000 hours. Overall, the module received the best grades. The values were confirmed both by TÜV Germany (technical inspection association) as well as the Institut National de l“Énergie Solaire (INES, national institute of solar energy).

J.v.G. Thoma can look back over more than 20 years of experience. As industry leader in the construction of ready-to-run solar product equipment, the company has been active internationally and supports customers throughout Europe, America and Asia. Their spectrum of services includes consultation in the field of solar energy production, implementation of solar factories and the purchase and sale of solar components. J.v.G. is also active as a consultant for corporate customers in Europe and Japan.

Kontakt:
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH
Birgit Thoma
Möningerberg 1a
92342 Freystadt
info@jvg-thoma.de
0049(0)9179 / 2747
http://www.jvg-thoma.de/en/