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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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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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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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Andrea Schneider
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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
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Andrea Schneider
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86150 Augsburg
+49 821 450879-18
+49 821 450879-20
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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

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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
http://www.eoscript.de

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Excellent market opportunities with high temperature resistant Glass/Glass modules

Series production of the new Glass/Glass Desert modules imminent

Excellent market opportunities with high temperature resistant Glass/Glass modules

Hochtemperaturbeständige Glas/Glas-Module

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

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Nano? But of course!

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

Nano? But of course!

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

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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/