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Ingeteam is finalizing the launch of its latest INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play TL M hybrid inverter. This highly versatile solar inverter features a battery input and two more inputs for PV modules. Each PV input has its own maximum power point tracking system, making it ideal for harnessing the maximum amount of energy on roof-mounted, self-consumption PV installations, with the PV modules positioned in two different orientations.

A further advantage is that the INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play TL M hybrid inverter features an EMS (Energy Management System), making it possible to implement advanced operating modes, such as self-consumption, and facilitating system monitoring through the INGECON® SUN Monitor smartphone application. Moreover, there is an application to easily and remotely set-up and upgrade the inverter firmware via PC, tablet or mobile phone. Moreover, the system commissioning and the inverter’s firmware update can be performed remotely with the application via PC, tablet or smartphone.

This new inverter is suitable for both grid-connected and stand-alone systems. In this latter case, the hybrid inverter is responsible for generating the grid. For grid-connected systems, the inverter features a back-up functionality so that, in the event of a grid outage, the critical loads can be powered from the batteries and PV panels.

Just like the previous model, this new hybrid inverter by Ingeteam is compatible with lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries, and is also compatible with the storage systems made by the market’s leading manufacturers.

Production of this new inverter is set to start in May and it will be available with two power outputs: 3 kW and 6 kW.

The first units of the INGECON® SUN STORAGE 1Play TL M will be showcased on the stands of Ingeteam’s main distributors during the GENERA fair to be held at the IFEMA exhibition grounds in Madrid, from 5th to 7th February.

Source: Ingeteam

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LONGi announces that it has achieved a new world record of 22.38% conversion efficiency for its monocrystalline module. The record has been verified by the global independent certification agency TÜV Rheinland.

LONGi has continuously pushed the PV modules efficiency limits of our high performance mono-crystalline products to further improve the price-performance ratio. This breakthrough once again confirms the development headroom of monocrystalline PV module technology. With continuous R&D investments in technologies and processes, new innovations can be rapidly applied to large-scale production, thus promoting the energy transformation led by solar energy.” Lv Jun, Vice President, LONGi Solar commented.

LONGi has always focused on the improvement of PV cell and module conversion efficiencies. In the past few years, LONGi’s mono-crystalline cell and module products have broken conversion efficiency world records many times.

As a global leading solar technology company, LONGi has the confidence and commitment to lead the global energy transformation with technological innovation. The large-scale production of high efficiency module validates LONGi relentless focus on technology.

Source: LONGi

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The photovoltaic industry enters into a new era of large-scale production

LONGi’s 10 GW mono-crystalline module production facility in Chuzhou is now running at full capacity, with its Phase II 5 GW reaching construction close. The additional capacity increased total global module production capacity of LONGi to an estimated 21 GW, exceeding its previously announced “Three-year Capacity Plan” (2019-2021).

Zhong Baoshen, Chairman of LONGi, said: “We are very optimistic about the rapid development of photovoltaic in the context of the global energy transition. The further build-up of LONGi’s global capacity of mono-crystalline modules will gradually increase LONGi’s ability to realize demand for high-efficiency products from global customers.

LONGi launched the new generation Hi-MO 4 module based on the new M6 (166 mm) silicon wafer in 2019 and has continued to optimize it. Currently, the power of Hi-MO 4 is up to 450 W in volume production with conversion efficiency of 20.7%. Further optimization has reduced the module size and weight, enabling easier installations on rooftops. Bifacial technology and high yield can reduce BOS cost and lower LCOE, making it the best choice for large photovoltaic power plants. Global potential order has surpassed 10 GW, with over 1.5 GW delivered. Customer feedback has been positive and exceeded expectations.

The market response to LONGi’s Hi-MO 4 module has exceeded expectations. We are optimistic that 166 mm wafers will become the mainstream of the photovoltaic industry’s next-generation and we will optimize the capacity of modules based on the 166 mm standard. In 2020, LONGi’s modules with 166mm wafers will exceed 20 GW, accounting for 80% of planned capacity. We will guarantee the global supply of high-power modules, helping the industry enter the era of large-scale mass production of 450 W high-power modules.” Zhong Baoshen said.

LONGi modules will meet more than 15% of newly installed photovoltaic installations worldwide. Our expansion strategy is not to compete for market dominance, but to promote the transformation of the global energy sector by improving the market supply capabilities of leading products, and to accelerate the path to 100% renewable energy globally,” added Mr. Zhong.

By 2020, global photovoltaic newly installed capacity is expected to increase to 150 GW, reaching a growth rate of more than 20%. The current market demand for high-power modules exceeds supply. Following on the heels of LONGi’s switch to modules based on the 166 mm standard, other mainstream photovoltaic module companies have also launched their 166 mm cells and modules.

Industry analysis forecasts that by the end of June 2020, the global production capacity of modules based on 166 mm cells will exceed 30 GW, and by year-end 2020, this may reach 60~70 GW. Under the backdrop of rapid industrialization and strong market response, the photovoltaic industry has officially entered the “166 era”.

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LONGi Solar has received CERTISOLIS’ low carbon footprint certification for its latest generation of high-efficiency mono-crystalline modules. This is validation that LONGi’s PV solar products are qualified for France’s CRE projects and paves the way for LONGi to offer its customers high quality solar products that drives lower LCOE.

LONGi has received the certificates under the Lifecycle Analysis criteria for both CRE3 and CRE4 regimes. LONGi’s solar panels can now be specified for CRE 4 tenders in France as well as unbuilt project pipeline under CRE 3. The certification is required by the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) to be eligible for CRE auctions and covers carbon emissions of the entire product life cycle, from raw materials, manufacturing, transportation and storage, disposal to recycling and other stages.

We are very excited to receive the carbon footprint verification from CERTISOLIS, which is a validation of LONGi’s leadership in green production,” said Dennis She, Senior Vice President, LONGi Solar. “LONGi always advocates the concept of using clean energy to produce clean energy products. We take sustainable development as a core measurement for business decisions. The successful verification of the CRE carbon footprint is affirmation of our green commitment to the whole processes of production. In the future, LONGi will continue to improve production management, improve manufacturing processes, and further reduce the carbon footprint of our products.

As a driver of the global energy transformation, LONGi leads the industrial photovoltaic development with technological innovations and advances clean energy for sustainable development. The company has made significant progress in realizing its “Solar for Solar” concept of manufacturing clean energy products using 100% clean energy. As a signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100, LONGi has committed to achieving 100% clean energy. LONGi’s green production facilities are already in operation in Yunnan, China and Kuching, Malaysia. The clean energy consumption of three factories in Lijiang, Baoshan, and Chuxiong in China’s Yunnan accounts for 100%, 100%, and 96.6% respectively. “Solar for Solar” will also promote the application of PV in seawater desalination and desertification control to reduce carbon emissions and achieve a negative carbon earth.

LONGi supplies more than 30 GW of high-efficiency solar silicon wafers and modules each year, about a quarter of the global market demand. In order to meet the continuous large-scale growth demand brought about by energy transition, and to continuously and steadily meet the global customers for high-efficiency PV products, LONGi will continue to increase its production capacity and secure supply chains for solar products. LONGi will work with our customers and partners to promote the global energy transformation and the development of global renewable energy.

Source: LONGi Solar

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The Spanish company TSO, The South Oracle, has patented an exclusive software for the automatic identification of failures in the images taken with drones in PV modules, which in addition to guaranteeing the maintenance of PV plants, also allows repowering.

In order to develop this project called OSR, Optimized Solar Repowering, TSO has a team of engineers and scientists within the Biomedical Technology Centre of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) who work with leading-edge technology to complete this software that will be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2020.

What is OSR?

After an exhaustive analysis of PV plants in Europe, TSO’s R&D department saw the need to accelerate the maintenance process, minimizing costs and its duration. Therefore, the research focused on developing a computer system connected to drones, the aim of which was to provide in record time, a complete report of the current status of each photovoltaic panel within a plant.

Thus OSR, the preventive-predictive and corrective Smart Solar Maintenance (SSM) software, was born, which through thermography and visible image with drones also guarantees the Repowering/Revamping of solar plants, detecting failures in PV modules instantly and allowing the reinstallation of damaged panels for optimal solar production, even offering an economic study of such repowering/revamping. In this way, OSR will be presented as an innovative solution in the updating of PV plants that have already completed their warranty period and need to return to full performance.

With this software, TSO will put an end to the problems many current installations have nowadays, which gradually affect their production during their useful life, by predicting the modules that are going to fail before compliance with the guarantee and those that have to be changed in plants that have completed 10 years of operation and are therefore out of guarantee. Reports of this company indicate that around 6-8% of the PV modules present failures in plants installed 10 years ago and that 2% of the modules will fail throughout their useful life in any solar plant.

In conclusion, The South Oracle’s OSR will cover three existing needs in PV plants. Firstly, the preventive-predictive and corrective Smart Solar Maintenance (SSM); secondly, the plant repowering/revamping to optimize the production and finally, the economic study and the new proposal that will guarantee the maximum profitability of the solar plant.

The company has announced that a demonstration of the advantages of its OSR patent will be conducted during the O&M and Asset Management International Congress to be held on 5 December in London.

This R&D&I project is financed by ERDF funds from the European Union, through the CDTI, a public entity dependent on the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities of the Government of Spain, to promote innovation and technological development of Spanish companies.

Source: TSO

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Prodiel and Power China have been selected by Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build its second solar energy facility, Potrero Solar, with a capacity of 296 MW, in Mexico. The project will be located in Lagos de Moreno, in the state of Jalisco, and construction is to begin in October 2019 on a site measuring 640 hectares.

The contract is based on the Full EPC model and includes engineering, construction of the facility and the building of a 400 kV substation, as well as operation and maintenance (O&M) during the first two years of the facility’s life. In addition, this project will encourage the economic development of the area and the creation of employment opportunities, by generating over 1,500 jobs during the execution phase for the facility.

The plant will be made up of bifacial photovoltaic modules and therefore upon completion it will be one of the largest photovoltaic facilities with this technology in the world. It is estimated that production at the plant will be 750 GWh/year, which would be equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 350,000 Mexican households. When Potrero Solar is fully operational it will prevent emissions of 345,000 T of CO2 to the atmosphere every year.

Potrero Solar is FRV’s first 100% merchant-financed project in Mexico, which is a milestone in the country as it is not associated with a long-term energy auction price.

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Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and a leading global developer of renewable utility-scale projects, has announced the financial close for Potrero Solar (296 MW dc), the Company’s second solar farm in Mexico.

FRV reached financial close last March with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext), and it is expected that the plant which began construction in late May, will be completed by mid- 2020.

Potrero Solar is FRV’s first project in Mexico to be financed before having any of its products (energy, CELs or capacity) committed in the tender schemes, and one of the largest merchant PV projects worldwide. It is also one of the world’s largest PV projects to use bifacial technology. Once operational, the plant will trade the electricity generated as well as the associated clean energy certificates at the country’s energy market.

With an approximate area of 700 ha, Potrero Solar will be located in Lagos de Moreno, in the state of Jalisco, and will use bifacial PV modules, a new technology that has the ability to capture both direct sunlight from both the front and reflected light from the rear side.

The solar power farm will generate around 700 GWh of clean energy each year, enough to supply around 350,000 average Mexican homes and reduce the emission of 345,000 T/year of CO2. In addition, Potrero, which will be built by a consortium formed by multinationals Power China and Prodiel under an EPC contract, will boost the economic development of the local community including the potential of around 1,500 jobs during its construction phase.

Fernando Salinas, Managing Director of FRV Mexico and Central America, highlights: “Mexico is a country that offers numerous opportunities for both FRV and international investors, due to its favorable market and weather conditions for renewable energy projects. Potrero’s financial close marks a milestone as the largest bifacial plant in the world and FRV’s first fully merchant project in Mexico. By carrying out this flagship project that will lead the way for other large-scale bifacial PV plants and that is also one of the largest PV merchant projects worldwide, FRV demonstrates its leadership once again and its ability to be a spearhead in the wider renewable energy industry.”

Bancomext assures that “Potrero Solar has all the features a financial institution looks for during a transaction: an experienced, highly professional sponsor, high-quality technology, an EPC provider with a well-proven track-record and a solid financial structure. With this project, Bancomext reaffirms its leading position in the Mexican market, supporting renewable energies under the ‘spot market price’ scheme and fostering job creation in the country during the construction and operation phases.”

Fady Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel, said: “At Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, we are delighted to move forward to the next phase of the Potrero project. Potrero confirms FRV’s positioning as one of the leaders in the global renewable energy sector and further reinforces our long-term commitment to Mexico’s drive for clean energy. Mexico is a strong and promising market for FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, and we look forward to seeing Potrero spearhead the development of the sector in the country and further afield.”

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Acciona has created a hub in its El Romero Solar plant (Atacama, Chile) to test new photovoltaic technologies that will improve the efficiency and performance of solar energy facilities.
The hub will focus on the mechanical and energy capacity of double-sided crystalline, split-cell and thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) technologies, all of them in the development phase, with the intention of shaping PV energy’s evolution. The solar modules have been produced by JA Solar and First Solar, and a variety of solar trackers will be used, manufactured by STI Nordland and Soltec.

The innovation center, in which two of the three tracker zones have already been installed, will have a power generation facility with a total capacity of 492 kWp (180 kW rated) consisting of 1,280 modules in three series of trackers connected to nine inverters. These will be assisted by other equipment to measure and monitor parameters such as incident and reflected solar radiation, ambient temperature or the production temperature of each kind of module, among others.

Unlike conventional solar modules, which only have photovoltaic cells on one side, the double-sided modules have cells on both sides of the panel to capture reflected solar radiation and increase output per surface unit occupied.

In split-cell modules each cell is divided into two parts. This reduces energy losses and improves the durability of the panel.

Finally, the thin-film modules are made from semi-conductive materials as alternatives to conventional crystalline silicon –such as cadmium telluride- that reduce both manufacturing costs and their carbon footprint during their working life.

Advanced technologies

Advanced technologies in photovoltaic solar are one of the main strategic approaches that guide Acciona’s innovation activities in the field of clean energies. One of the most innovative projects to date is the hybridization of organic photovoltaic panels in a wind turbine tower to power a turbine in the Breña wind farm (Albacete, Spain).

El Romero Solar is one of the biggest photovoltaic plants owned and operated by Acciona, with a capacity of 246 MWp. Located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, an area with some of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, it produces energy equivalent to the consumption of around 240,000 Chilean households. Part of its capacity will be used to supply Google’s data center in the country.

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Jinko Solar has been one of only four PV module suppliers to receive a “AA” bankability rating from PV-Tech & Solar Media. Jinko Solar is the only PV module supplier to have AA-Ratings for the past 12 consecutive quarters.

In its first ever quarterly PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings, PV Tech set out to create an independent, comprehensive and transparent ranking system to help investors, banks, project developers and EPCs differentiate between the hundreds of PV module suppliers that sell to commercial, industrial, and utility customers around the world.

Mr. Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar, commented, “We are extremely pleased to be recognized by such a reputable and independent organization as PV Tech. 2019 is already shaping up to be one of the top five warmest years on record. As the need for cleaner alternative energy solutions becomes ever more important, and as our industry continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult for customers to distinguish between supplier claims. While we have always been focused on pushing through technological innovations and producing the highest quality modules in the market, we have also deliberately tried to balance profitability and the long-term sustainability of our business.”

Source: Jinko Solar

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LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, has achieved AA-Rating status, in the first quarterly release of PV-Tech’s new PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings. LONGi Solar is one of only four PV module suppliers that qualifies within the top-performing rating category of AA across the sector.

The PV ModuleTech Bankability Ratings system is the solar industry’s first qualified tool that allows investors to understand and benchmark PV module suppliers; the analysis tracks a wide range of manufacturing and financial performance metrics, combining these to generate an overall bankability score between 0 and 10. Companies are then graded across nine risk categories from AAA-Rated (most bankable) to C-Rated (high risk).

The ratings system evaluates the investment risk (or financiability) rating for all PV module manufacturers, which combined with manufacturing capacity and financial health scores. At present, no company has been rated AAA and the Top 4 companies are all rated AA.PV-Tech and the PV ModuleTech event brand are recognized as the most credible, independent third-party research bodies covering the solar photovoltaic (PV) segment; specifically related to solar PV module suppliers.

“LONGi has always insisted on technological innovation and continuously increased R&D investment in the past years” said by Zhong Baoshen, Chairman of LONGi: “We always pay attention to the sustainable development of LONGi and maintain the financial stability and healthy. In the future, LONGi will continue to devote itself to providing customers with more reliable products and services.”

According to head of research at PV-Tech, Dr. Finlay Colville: “LONGi Solar has moved rapidly from being a CCC-Rated supplier in 2014 to one of the most bankable module suppliers featuring in the top-performing AA-rated category today. The company is on a trajectory to reach AAA-Rated status within the next 12 months, reflecting strong financial and manufacturing operations.”

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