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Raising Power will present Asset Coaster for efficient system operation

Technical operations manager of PV systems at Booth 271 in Hall B2 during Intersolar Europe 2018

Raising Power will present Asset Coaster for efficient system operation

At booth B2.271 Raising Power GmbH presents its product portfolio at Intersolar 2018. (Bildquelle: Raising Power GmbH)

Augsburg, June 18, 2018. – Raising Power GmbH has been restructured: As a white-label provider for technical operations management of photovoltaic systems, the Augsburg-based company offers tailored solutions for technical operations managers as well as EPC and Q&M companies. At booth 271 in hall B2 of Intersolar 2018, Raising Power will demonstrate how it makes sure its services are both secure and efficient. The newly developed software tool Asset Coaster will be the main attraction at the booth.

Asset Coaster: fast workflow, short reaction times
With Asset Coaster, Raising Power has developed a unique solution which is unique within the industry and is setting standards in terms of efficient, cost-saving operation management: The new software displays the entire process related to a PV system and enables operation managers to systematically and much more efficiently complete all scheduled tasks thanks to automated processes. Asset Coaster supports synchronization with the existing monitoring system of a PV system and can be closely linked to the ERP system. Service technicians will profit from the new tool thanks to easy bid preparation and immediate authorization. Based on a pre-defined process, they work down the list of tasks that are part of an order and document their activities. The reports are sent automatically to system operators and operations managers which means the latter do not have to initiate each process separately. As a white label, Raising Power provides individual reports based on the appropriate corporate design for every user.

Legally compliant: qualified service staff in use
In accordance with legal requirements, Raising Power uses only qualified service staff to handle disruptions, perform regular inspections and do the maintenance and repair of PV systems. In southern Germany, the company uses its own service technicians. Experienced external service staff is employed in the rest of Germany. All technicians have the expertise they need and meet basic requirements. Raising Power is listed in the Skilled Trades Register, has DIN ISO 9001:2015 certification and is included in the Register of Electricians. „With Raising Power acting as their partner, EPC and O&M companies can limit their risks without having to hire their own professional staff and investing in new equipment,“ said Michele Rascher and Dirk Stahf, the Managing Directors of Raising Power „In addition to the lower liability risk, professional execution and regular maintenance prevent yield losses. As a result, our work pays off twice.“

Technical operations managers as well as EPCs and O&Ms can contract Raising Power“s services based on their individual need – from individual service modules like monitoring or the Asset Coaster to the complete execution of technical operation management.

Visit Raising Power at booth B2.271 at Intersolar Europe in Munich from June 20-22, 2018.

Raising Power is a technical operations manager for photovoltaic systems. As a white-label provider, the Augsburg-based company offers solutions for technical operations managers as well as EPC and O&M companies – from individual services like monitoring, maintenance and repairs to the complete performance of technical operations management. The international company has more than 1,500 systems under contract around the world. It also specializes in the repowering of existing systems. Raising Power GmbH is a member of the SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited Group. Further information: www.raising-power.com

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

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blue“Log X Series, power plant controller, VCOM: meteocontrol to present future-oriented monitoring solutions

meteocontrol at Booth 251 in Hall B2 during Intersolar Europe 2018

blue"Log X Series, power plant controller, VCOM: meteocontrol to present future-oriented monitoring solutions

Intersolar 2018: meteocontrol presents its product portfolio at booth B2.251. (Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, June 14, 2018 – At Intersolar 2018 in Munich, meteocontrol GmbH will demonstrate just how far the monitoring and control of photovoltaic systems and solar parks have come. In this work, the world“s leading provider of independent monitoring systems has added a wide range of new features and the innovative power plant controller blue“Log X-Control to its solution. The stars of the company“s exhibition booth will be the data logger blue“Log X series and the monitoring and operation management platform VCOM. Visitors to the trade fair will also learn about the innovative methods that meteocontrol intends to use in the future to further optimize fault alarms with the help of data analytics. meteocontrol will present its latest innovations at Booth 251 in Hall B2.

VCOM: systematically uncovering yield losses
About 45,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power output of more than 13 GWp are currently being monitored in the VCOM portal. meteocontrol is writing a new chapter in this success story by introducing a wide range of upgrades. The performance ratio and system availability can be parameterized so that operation managers can easily display contractually regulated formulas. As a way of quickly identifying small yield losses, meteocontrol has developed the actual/rated performance graphic and a heat map for string currents. Fully automated reporting has been made even simpler as well: Clearly structured portfolio reports comprehensively inform investors and stakeholders about the performance of their systems and portfolios. meteocontrol“s newly developed VCOM monitoring app for visualizations on mobile and devices also now includes solar power forecasts and performance values.

blue“Log X series: making the quality of measurement data transparent
With its major release for 2018, meteocontrol has made the blue“Log X series that has proved itself for three years more innovative and future-proof – while maintaining its high quality, performance and IT security. New functionalities provide a high level of transparency for measurement data and communications, including minute values and the recording of the communication quality between blue“Log and inverters, sensors and meters. Alarm management now includes parameters like sunrise and sunset in addition to offering efficient filter functions. „We also focused our enhancement efforts on smooth maintenance,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „This includes a lean firmware update, the simple add-on installation of driver packages, SD card replacement in case of a device defect and a configuration backup. And our individualized license model will ensure more cost efficiency.“

Plant control: blue“Log X-Control with integrated VPN client
With the X-Control – the heart of meteocontrol“s park controller – meteocontrol has developed an intelligent, ground-breaking solution. The new transparent controller core makes it possible to include the control functions in network simulation models. The X-Control also ensures that the continuously rising demands of energy providers can be met. Other enhancements assist solar trader activities that have proved effective in Germany for three years now: The integrated VPN client automatically establishes a connection to the solar trader in the blue“Log, without using an additional VPN router. Setup and the function test can be done much faster and easier. „With the help of X-Control, operators are prepared in the best-possible way for the European revision of the network codes and related changes to Germany“s medium- and high-voltage directives,“ Schneider said. „They can also work efficiently and cost effectively.“

Alarm management 2.0: heading into the future with data analytics
To further improve monitoring in the VCOM portal, meteocontrol plans to add an assistant to VCOM in the next step. At the meteocontrol booth, trade fair visitors will learn about how data analytics can help detect errors more quickly, report causes more precisely and recognize future error patterns – all in the name of „Alarming 2.0.“ „This works best in cooperation with the operation manager,“ Martin Schneider said. „User feedback is a key component for the learning system and can be integrated easily. We want to provide our customers with a tool that will enable them to technically operate a number of solar parks as easily as possible.“

Visit meteocontrol at Intersolar Europe 2018, at Booth 251 in Hall B2, from June 20-22, 2018, in Munich.

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 45,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 13 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

Power plant controller made by meteocontrol is managing the largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey

meteocontrol and Altungrup Solar Enerji team up: comprehensive power plant management for PV system in Antalya

Power plant controller made by meteocontrol is managing the largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey

meteocontrol and Altungrup Solar Enerji cooperate on a zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey (Source: Altungrup Solar Enerji)

Augsburg/Ankara/Antalya, April 04, 2018 – As a cooperation partner of the Turkish EPC service provider Altungrup Solar Enerji, who is specialized in rooftop solar installations, meteocontrol GmbH has developed the monitoring and control concept for the largest zero-feed-in PV project in Turkey. The 400 kWp rooftop system provides 90 percent of the power needed each day to run the warehouse operated by Reysas REIT in Antalya. The power plant controller made by meteocontrol manages the inverter’s power in response to energy needs: If power production begins to exceed demand, the system is slowed down.

Reysas REIT is committed to solar energy: The leading provider of warehouses and logistics facilities in Turkey has been installing photovoltaic systems on its warehouses for five years now. In the beginning, the company fed the energy generated by the systems into the Turkish power grid. As a result of grid feed-in regulations, the investor has shifted the focus of newly installed PV systems to solely on-site energy consumption. The first and largest zero-feed-in PV system in Turkey was installed on a warehouse in Antalya. The roof unit erected by Altungrup Solar Enerji as a turnkey solution produces 90 percent of the power the Reysas GYT warehouse needs to operate each day.

Power plant controller manages zero feed-in
In its role as project partner, meteocontrol supplied the control and monitoring system. The Augsburg-based PV specialist used its own power plant controller, which meets all PV system grid-connection requirements, to perform the grid feed-in management. To implement the grid operator“s signals, the power plant controller measures relevant values at the grid connection point and passes on relevant commands to the inverters. In larger PV systems, a constant comparison of target and actual yields takes place within a closed loop. This job usually involves managing active and reactive power. „Zero feed-in creates a special challenge,“ said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „No power may enter the grid – and this is exactly what we’ve accomplished at Reysa REIT. Our power plant controller manages the inverters so they produce only the amount of power the building currently needs.“

Lucrative investment thanks to high on-site energy consumption
The high on-site energy consumption rate of 90 percent has turned the PV system into an attractive investment: It will pay for itself in less than nine years. Power from the grid is needed only when solar irradiance levels are low: in the morning hours and late in the afternoon. „The PV system in Antalya is a successful flagship project,“ said Oray Altun, Managing Director of Altungrup Solar Enerji. „It has been reliably producing power for three months now and also covers peaks that occur during the day. Reysa“s power bill is falling, and the investor couldn’t be any happier. „Working together with meteocontrol, we were able to successfully meet the challenges of this project: The PV specialists planned the monitoring and control system and commissioned it on site. meteocontrol“s monitoring portal gives us an optimal solution to keep an eye on the system and watch over it remotely.“

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol: Grid stability thanks to accurate solar energy online feed in and forecasts

meteocontrol forecasts feed-in power from solar energy around the world

meteocontrol: Grid stability thanks to accurate solar energy online feed in and forecasts

meteocontrol GmbH produces solar-energy online feed in and forecasts for all global PV markets. (Source: @ meteocontrol)

Augsburg, March 06, 2018 – meteocontrol provides accurate online feed in and forecasts that make solar energy predictable for grid operators and energy trading companies around the world. The market leader for independent PV monitoring systems reliably forecasts and monitors the amount of fed-in solar energy for individual systems and grid areas or even for entire countries. meteocontrol’s sophisticated forecasting techniques combine highly precise weather information with the yield data of more than 43,000 photovoltaic systems that meteocontrol monitors globally. The exact live online feed in help ensure a high level of grid stability and the optimum energy mix.

meteocontrol has many years‘ experience monitoring PV systems, which in turn gives the company access to an enormous quantity of measurement data. As a result, meteocontrol draws from a highly representative basis for calculating the projected capacity of fed-in power from solar energy. Instead of relying on assumptions, the forecasts draw from real operating data provided by over 43,000 PV systems registered in the meteocontrol portal that together produce a total installed power output of around 12 gigawatts. This gives meteocontrol the ability to compare the predicted energy quantity with the quantity actually generated. Forecasts with exact coordinates provided by national and international weather services are considered in the calculations. With the help of machine learning, the very latest in computer learning methods, meteocontrol links this information to the live online feed in and forecasts derived from satellite images in order to produce an optimum grid prediction. By calculating the current status, the Augsburg-based company achieves much higher-quality predictions for intraday forecasts than conventional procedures yield.

Online feed in for the emerging PV markets
„For grid operators, the online feed in and forecasts are extremely important for ensuring stable grids and the optimum power supply. In many European countries, using online feed in and forecasts has already become standard practice as they are also used for market regulation as well as serve as a basis for such remuneration models as the EEG remuneration in Germany,“ explains Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „For many years, the four German grid operators have used our forecasts and online feed in. With the current solar boom on every continent around the globe, they’re becoming more important on an international level, too. India, China, the whole of Latin America: These and many other countries and regions have ambitious development targets and need quick, reliable forecasts. meteocontrol can provide them!“

Highlighting potential improvements
Using the PV feed-in data collected by meteocontrol, interesting developments and possible potential for optimization can be highlighted. The latest evaluation shows that solar-energy production in Germany increased only very slightly over the last three years and was less than the 2.5 gigawatts per year needed to achieve the country’s climate targets. Although fed-in energy reached a record level last year, maximum feed-in fell from 72.5 percent to 72 percent. One reason for this was bad weather during periods when the maximum solar-energy yield was to be expected from a meteorological point of view. Other reasons include aging PV systems with reduced efficiency and the feed-in management of grid operators. With precise grid predictions and highly accurate live online feed in, down-regulation can be largely avoided and solar systems are only rarely affected by this. Optimum grid management also reduces the use of conventional generation systems. meteocontrol“s aim is to establish this standard in all PV markets worldwide and thus encourage the integration of solar energy.

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, Chicago and San Salvador. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Phone: +49 821 450879-18
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E-Mail: as@epr-online.com
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On track for success in Turkey: meteocontrol provides monitoring for Kon-Tek’s entire PV portfolio

Leading Turkish operation management provider for photovoltaic systems opts for meteocontrol

On track for success in Turkey: meteocontrol provides monitoring for Kon-Tek

meteocontrol GmbH provides monitoring system for the entire portfolio of Kon-Tek Otomasyon (Turkey). (Source: @Kon-Tek Otomasyon)

Augsburg, November 07, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has won a strong partner in the shape of Kon-Tek Otomasyon AS, one of Turkey’s leading O&M service providers: Kon-Tek wants to control and monitor its entire portfolio of existing PV systems and all new systems using the meteocontrol monitoring system. meteocontrol has already equipped four new solar parks and the first existing systems with its monitoring components. All the systems will be monitored via the central platform VCOM (virtual control room).

The Turkish PV market has reached its peak value to date in 2017 with newly installed capacity of around 1 GWp. Ever greater solar portfolios require professional monitoring. O&M service providers such as the Kon-Tek Energy Department face the challenge of consistently and efficiently implementing monitoring for their constantly growing system portfolio. This calls for an independent monitoring system that is flexible in terms of the integrated components and brings together both existing and new systems in one platform.

Well positioned with monitoring from meteocontrol
Kon-Tek wants to be ideally equipped for the future with a uniform monitoring system. The PV service provider is focusing on growth: By the end of 2017, the portfolio should cover around 100 MWp installed capacity, with the target of doubling that amount in 2018. To monitor all the systems efficiently and securely, Kon-Tek is retrofitting the entire portfolio of existing systems to the monitoring solution from meteocontrol and also installing the hardware and software of the market leader for independent monitoring systems into new systems. meteocontrol has equipped four solar parks, each with a capacity of between 4 and 5 MWp, with data loggers from the blue’Log X series, set up the systems in the VCOM monitoring portal, and put them into operation. „We have experience in the Turkish market and offer special packages for unlicensed and licensed projects, in other words, systems greater than 1 MWp,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The flexibility of our data loggers and the VCOM software with its analysis options are hugely important specifically for operation management providers like Kon-Tek. We also offer our customers the necessary engineering to ensure smooth implementation. This includes planning, design and commissioning of the entire monitoring system.“

Simple upgrading of existing systems
meteocontrol has upgraded the first existing Kon-Tek systems with a capacity of 12 MWp to the uniform monitoring system. Where necessary, new hardware is also installed, but, for the most part, the upgrade is carried out simply and quickly by importing the system data. „The professional monitoring system offers security, since the contingency risk is noticeably reduced as a result, and yields rise. That convinces investors, especially those who already know the system and appreciate the added value,“ says Martin Schneider.

Successful cooperation
„We are delighted to be working with meteocontrol. We want to fully exploit the growth potential offered by the PV market in Turkey and in our neighboring countries, and be a key player. To achieve that we need a monitoring partner with reliable technology and innovative solutions,“ says Lütfi Yücel, Director Energy and Automation. „The meteocontrol monitoring solution has proven its worth. The projects are running smoothly. We appreciate, in particular, the training and joint workshops on site. The meteocontrol team provides our employees with the know-how they need to install, configure and commission the monitoring hardware themselves in the future. We are thus in a position to implement our projects even quicker.“

meteocontrol is the leading global provider of independent solar monitoring systems and currently monitors more than 43,000 PV systems with a total power output of over 12 GWp. For more than 40 years, meteocontrol has developed monitoring software and hardware for solar PV systems. They offer planning and commissioning of monitoring systems, as well as yield forecasts, technical due diligence, and energy and weather data analytics. Their independent engineering division has supported projects with a total investment of more than 13 billion euros. meteocontrol GmbH is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, with headquarters in Augsburg, Germany, and Shanghai, as well as subsidiaries in Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo, and Chicago. Further information: http://www.meteocontrol.com

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 450879-18
Fax: +49 821 450879-20
E-Mail: as@epr-online.com
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Distributed solar industrial rooftop-system in Dubai: Phanes Group cooperates with meteocontrol

Photovoltaic monitoring by meteocontrol for the largest distributed solar project in the Middle East

Distributed solar industrial rooftop-system in Dubai: Phanes Group cooperates with meteocontrol

(Source: @ Phanes Group)

Augsburg/Dubai, 07/31/2017 – meteocontrol GmbH, a leading provider of independent photovoltaic monitoring systems, is the monitoring partner for Phanes Group who is currently delivering Phase I of Dubai’s largest distributed solar industrial rooftop project for the international port operator DP World. Together with the project developer Phanes Group and its asset construction company Oryx Solar System Solutions LLC (Oryx), meteocontrol is implementing complex photovoltaic rooftop systems with a total installed volume of 25.8 MWp. meteocontrol designed the customized monitoring platform for these rooftop solar systems.

The DP World’s Solar Power Programme represents the largest solar rooftop-system project in the Middle East to date. During the first phase of the project 88,000 photovoltaic modules are being installed and will produce energy that equals the power supply to 3,000 households. The total installed output power amounts to 25.8 MWp. With its solar program, DP World is making a significant contribution to the planned expansion of clean-energy production in Dubai, operating under the „Shams Dubai“ initiative.

Custom-fit monitoring system, support and training
DP World’s first solar systems are already connected to the grid and meteocontrol is providing the monitoring. „The entire system portfolio is equipped with data loggers from the blue’Log X series and the VCOM (virtual control room). Therefore, it can be easily taken stock of and professionally monitored,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. meteocontrol adapted the modularly constructed monitoring system to meet system as well as country-specific requirements, put it into operation and conducted training sessions at Oryx.

Monitoring „made in Germany“
meteocontrol is relying on the collaboration with experienced local companies during project execution. „This has tremendous advantages for the investor, off-taker and project developer alike. They receive proven high-tech solutions „made in Germany“ but also have the possibility to contact experts directly on site. With Oryx, we were able to collaborate with a competent partner in the United Arab Emirates,“ says Martin Schneider, clearly delighted. meteocontrol“s comprehensive monitoring solution is effective and cost-efficient for large photovoltaic projects such as that of DP World. „Once set up, additional solar systems can easily be integrated into the monitoring platform, allowing comprehensive surveillance at a glance. This reduces the amount of time and efforts associated with operation management,“ says Dr. Rainer Gegenwart, Managing Director for Projects, Phanes Group. „So far everything has been running according to plan. The collaboration with meteocontrol is very efficient, as it has been in operation and monitoring of other utility scale PV systems“. Future continued collaboration is targeted between Phanes Group and meteocontrol.

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

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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PV monitoring: TGE and meteocontrol expand their business relationship

TGE chooses meteocontrol“s latest „VCOM“ technology to monitor solar systems in Italy

PV monitoring: TGE and meteocontrol expand their business relationship

(Source: @TGE S.r.l.)

Augsburg/Leini, 07/13/2017 – The monitoring systems made by meteocontrol GmbH have just achieved their next success: The Italian company TGE S.r.l. is now using the VCOM monitoring portal to control its 102 photovoltaic systems. The O&M provider also plans to integrate other existing systems into the latest portal solution and to equip new systems with meteocontrol hardware and software for its customers.

TGE currently manages 102 photovoltaic systems with an installed output of about 17,000 kWp under an O&M agreement. To create the most efficient monitoring system possible, the technical operational manager decided to combine all of the solar systems in the VCOM monitoring portal. „Thanks to our long working relationship with meteocontrol, our choice was obvious: We would switch from the previous system to the latest portal solution offered by meteocontrol,“ said Davide Forastiere, the Technical Director of TGE. Regardless of their size, components or monitoring systems, solar systems can be integrated with VCOM“s help. Because of this, TGE is planning to add 15 other existing systems to the platform. „The uniform monitoring solution enables us to monitor the entire system portfolio at once and integrate existing or new systems into the portal,“ Davide Forastiere said. „The operation management is now much more efficient, and we get the maximum energy yield for our customers.“

VCOM conducts comprehensive analyses and provides overviews that facilitate direct comparison of solar systems in a portfolio. „With the help of a sophisticated alarm system, operation management can react to malfunctions very quickly as well as uncover problems that could result in permanent yield losses,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol, in outlining the strengths of the remote monitoring system. „Our goal is to provide our customers with a portal that is always state of the art. In our efforts to achieve this goal, we are implementing new software features each month and installing the latest security updates to meet all requirements in terms of data security.“

Both companies are looking forward to the intense working relationship. „With meteocontrol, we have a partner who offers mature product solutions we can trust,“ said Davide Forastiere of TGE. „One thing in particular is useful: The local support of meteocontrol Italia.“ In addition to O&M services, TGE plans and erects solar systems. The company plans to equip 25 new PV plants with the meteocontrol monitoring system, consisting of data loggers from the blue“Log X series and the VCOM monitoring portal.

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

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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E-Mail: as@epr-online.com
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Environment Energy

Stern Energy opts for monitoring from meteocontrol

Retrofit for Italian PV O&M provider: Uniforming monitoring system on its O&M Portfolio

Stern Energy opts for monitoring from meteocontrol

(Source: @Stern Energy)

Augsburg/Parma, 07/11/2017 – Stern Energy S.p.a has reached a decision: The Italian O&M operator of photovoltaic systems will further rely on the monitoring platform of Germany-based meteocontrol GmbH to run operations on its portfolio. 25 MWp of the overall 195 MWp installed power that Stern Energy monitors and operates in Italy are already integrated in VCOM (virtual control room) and therefore can be monitored and controlled by means of the central platform. Stern Energy receives direct, on-site support in the Italian language by meteocontrol Italia S.r.l.

„We want to provide our customers with optimal systems performance and maximum returns, while working effectively and cost-efficiently,“ explains Stefan Torri, CEO of Stern Energy. „That is why we decided to place all the solar parks onto one monitoring platform. The first 25 MWp have already been integrated in the VCOM central monitoring portal and another almost 30 MWp are currently in the project pipeline.“

With the modular structure of its monitoring solution, meteocontrol offers the best conditions for the implementation thereof. The scalability of the system allows the hardware and software to be adjusted to meet complex park layouts, constantly growing technical requirements and currently applicable standards. „We can also integrate existing systems in the VCOM with a wide range of software solutions and hardware components,“ explains Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „If it“s necessary to retrofit with hardware, as is partially the case with Stern Energy, the costs are relatively low in comparison to complex operation management with different systems and portal environments.“ In addition, bundling all systems onto one monitoring platform creates transparency and comparability, thus enabling the early detection of any hidden errors as well as a prompt response in the event of a disruption.

„We“re looking forward to having a long-term partnership with meteocontrol. The products and solutions are high-quality and represent state-of-the-art technology. The support and services from meteocontrol provide optimal assistance during implementation. In addition to the ongoing retrofit of the current 13 MWp, we are in the final negotiations with our customers regarding the modification of another 15 MWp,“ reports Stefan Torri of Stern Energy.

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

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Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol to perform monitoring and feed-in management for Arkolia Energies in France

German-French partnership between meteocontrol and Arkolia Energies

meteocontrol to perform monitoring and feed-in management for Arkolia Energies in France

(Source: Arkolia Energies)

Augsburg, July 06, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has become a partner of Arkolia Energies in Montpellier, France. The aim of the partnership is to equip all of the solar parks operated by the solar-energy company with a uniform monitoring system and to facilitate electricity feed-in. meteocontrol will integrate the existing PV systems into the manufacture-independent monitoring platform VCOM. For its new systems, Arkolia Energies plans to use the complete monitoring solution offered by meteocontrol, including hardware components. meteocontrol also developed the necessary interface with Enedis, a French grid operator, for this purpose.

Arkolia Energies has a solar portfolio of about 150 MWp of installed power. More than 400 MWp is currently in the development phase as well. To ensure that the solar systems can be efficiently and securely monitored, the company decided to work with meteocontrol. The flexibility of the monitoring system is what sold Arkolia Energies on meteocontrol: The existing systems equipped with a broad range of different monitoring systems can be imported into the VCOM monitoring portal without any hardware changes. Arkolia Energies can now monitor and manage all systems in VCOM.

„We entered a partnership with meteocontrol for one main reason: Its monitoring solution is a system with open interfaces that can be modified to meet our needs,“ said Guillaume Bringard, the O&M Manager at Arkolia Energies. In 2015, the French grid operator Enedis imposed requirements regarding the management of feed-in active power (P0) and reactive power (Q0) on energy producers. meteocontrol developed the interface that enables Arkolia Energies to meet these needs.

VCOM – all systems at a glance
meteocontrol has designed the central monitoring platform VCOM with flexibility in mind. As a result, the measurement data of components made by the widest range of manufacturers can be integrated and processed for analysis and visualization. „This is a cost-efficient solution for system operators, one that also generates real savings in operation management,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The management of large system portfolios in particular becomes much more effective, error analysis easier and response time to system failures faster.“ meteocontrol also adapts software applications to the individual system and is developing additional remote-monitoring features for Arkolia Energies.

meteocontrol also offers a special monitoring and control solution that is designed to meet French market requirements regarding dynamic reactive power (DEIE). This solution will be used in future projects with Arkolia. „We are really excited about this partnership,“ Martin Schneider said. „Together with Arkolia Energies, interesting projects and new challenges will arise, and they will significantly increase our presence in the French 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 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

Company-Contact
meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
Phone: +49 821 34 666-40
Fax: +49 821 34 666-11
E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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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

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