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STI Norland, global supplier of solar trackers and fixed-tilt arrays, has launched the 4th generation of STI-H250TM, the first dual row single-axis solar tracker in the world. STI Norland pioneered in 2017 by developing the STI-H250TM and has since then supplied and installed in more than 30 PV plants, adding up to more than 850 MW experience.

This solar tracker consists of two torsion beams positioned in a North-South direction on which the PV modules are mounted. The two beams are linked and rotate simultaneously following the path of the sun in the sky. They are moved by just one motor, cutting supply and maintenance costs.

In addition, the 4th generation of STI-H250™ considerably increases the adaptability to complex terrains and irregular layouts. The data collected during months of real experience on site allowed STI Norland’s R&D department to keep applying improvements on the product and reach the current advanced version of the STI-H250™.

After two years of proven success of our dual row trackers, other manufacturers are now following our steps. It clearly proofs that we were on the right track when STI Norland bet on design and manufacturing dual row trackers. Compared to our competitors, we are now so much ahead in terms of experience and product development,” says CEO of STI Norland Alberto Pérez Echeverría.

STI Norland achieves 3 GW milestone, being one of the solar tracker market leaders

The Spanish company STI Norland has just overcome, with the closure of a new project in Mexico, more than 3GW of global experience, and more than 1GW of experience in the country, it also has more than 700MW of projects under construction in countries such as Spain, Brazil, Japan and Mexico. It is consolidated, as well as one of the leading companies in the sector, with stable and continued growth in its strategic markets. Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Spain and France continue to be the main markets of the Spanish company, and also continues to establish itself in other strategic markets such as Japan or India.

Source: STI Norland

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Soltec, the leading Spanish company in the manufacture and supply of single-axis trackers, forecasts supplying up to 3 GW of solar trackers to utility-scale PV plants for the 2019 financial year. This figure would result in Soltec closing the year with a record of almost 8 GW and a turnover of around 300 million dollars that would double the 2018 figure. Around 1,500 employees already form part of the workforce in the different international delegations.

Since it was founded in 2004, this Spanish company has significantly increased its sales year on year to position itself as one of the companies with the largest market share in the PV sector. To date, Soltec has supplied more than 270,000 solar trackers around the world. It became part of the Financial Times FT 1000 listed companies in 2017, as the top-ranked solar power company and fourth placed out of the 31 utilities that are included in this list. In 2018, Soltec invoiced almost 200 million dollars, an amount that it expects to double in 2019. This increase would represent a growth for the company of 100%.

The Murcia-based company already has over one hundred projects around the world and a 15-year track record investing in innovation. Soltec is the leader in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Peru and Colombia. In addition, thanks to its cutting-edge technology, it continues to consolidate its position in the solar power market with revolutionary products such as its SF7 solar tracker and the SF7 Bifacial, whose design has been optimised to achieve an optimal yield from the bifacial modules.
“This year to date, the trend in bifacial technology is becoming key to utility-scale PV projects. Eight out of every ten quote requests are for bifacial, which confirms the commitment of Soltec when the time comes to support innovation and research in bifacial technology”, explains Eduardo de San Nicolás, Product Manager at Soltec.

Optimising bifacial tracking

As part of its commitment and strong support for innovation and the development of proprietary technologies, in 2018 Soltec inaugurated the Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center (BiTEC) based in Livermore (California). This centre aims to study the performance of the modules and bifacial trackers under a range of albedo conditions, as well as the height, distance between modules and module temperature. In addition, the research into all of these aspects sets out to establish the best Soltec tracker design for the deployment of bifacial modules.

According to the latest results obtained at BiTEC, the SF7 bifacial tracker from Soltec, its star product, offers a bifacial gain of 16.2% in high albedo conditions (around 58%) and 10.1% in medium albedo conditions (29%). BiTEC has also studied the bifacial gain of PV modules deployed in the two most widely-used solar tracker configurations in the market today: one-in-portrait (1P) and two-in portrait (2P). The results obtained confirm that the SF7 bifacial tracker from Soltec, in 2P configuration, achieves a bifacial gain that is 2.1% higher than trackers in 1P configuration.

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.

Ingeteam has signed a framework agreement with Solarpack, by means of which both companies have agreed to supply 200 megawatts of the Ingeteam Inverter Station solution to solar plants in Spain and Chile.

The signing of this agreement is the fruit of the good relationship between both companies, which commenced more than ten years ago. As well as the supply of equipment, the contract also includes its commissioning at the destination plants.

Ingeteam’s Inverter Stations, in both the Skid and Skidless versions, include not only the photovoltaic inverters with 1500V technology, but also all the other components required to convert the DC electricity produced by the solar panels to AC, and from low voltage to medium voltage (transformer, switchgear, etc.). This solution is capable of supplying up to 7.2 MW in medium voltage.

Moreover, Ingeteam will also supply its PPC (Power Plant Controller) system for each of the five solar plants coming within the framework agreement.

This supply of equipment is split between the three solar plants in Chile and two plants in Spain, which are currently being built.

Source: Ingeteam

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ArcelorMittal Exosun, enterprise supplier of advanced solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic plants has successfully commissioned its trackers on Beryl Solar Plant located in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

The 110.9MWp solar plant, built by Downer EDI Limited, is equipped with 8,607 Exotrack® HZ structures. Commissioning took place just 12 months after the contract was signed.
ArcelorMittal Exosun LCOE-friendly tracking technology significantly increases the plant’s energy yield and thereby contributes to providing clean and safe electricity to Australian households & public transportation. The majority of renewable electricity produced by Beryl is being used to meet the operational electricity needs of the Sydney Metro Northwest rail link.

Downer’s Executive General Manager for Renewables and Power Systems, Lena Parker said: “The project has been successful due to the collaborative efforts of all of our partners including ArcelorMittal Exosun.”

ArcelorMittal Exosun confirms it will be a major actor in the Australian solar market.

“Through this additional project in the country, our company consolidates its position in Australia’s fast-paced solar market” commented Antoine Gastineau, ArcelorMittal Exosun Business Development Director.

Source: ArcelorMittal Exosun

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Along 2018 Green Eagle Solutions, an independent SCADA solutions provider for the renewable sector, has performed several projects for the solar market to improve efficiency and as consequence profitability of several solar assets.

Green Eagle has provided many different solutions and products such as setting up the 24/7 maintenance and support service of OEM SCADA, monitoring platform retrofit or Power Plant Controller (PPC) tool development as well as the integrating of solar assets into CompactSCADA® Energy Control Center platform.

Most of these facilities are more than eight years old, and its SCADA systems were obsolete with very few technical capabilities. The Spanish solar sector has been especially punished by retributive changes, so very efficient solutions designed have been required to justify the investment. In this way, the strong expertise of Green Eagle Solutions in the wind energy sector was required to adjust its CompactSCADA® technology to provide customized solutions for each client and to achieve prompt results.

Since there is room for improvement in operations and maintenance of wind farms, we are convinced that through OEM SCADA retrofit the solar PV sector may turn more competitive,” says Alejandro Cabrera, CEO, and co-founder of Green Eagle Solutions. “The most important point is to understand the status of the solar sector, its current needs and how the implementation of new solutions must generate immediate profits.

In the present year, Green Eagle Solutions has already signed several agreements to implement CompactSCADA® technology working as the asset SCADA, monitoring and control tool. Some of these projects are part of the total portfolio of capacity allocated in the last Spanish renewable auctions.

Likewise, under the umbrella of the company’s internationalization strategy, it is planned to grow the market in different European and Latin American countries by postulating CompactSCADA® technology as a competitive and innovative solution in the field of monitoring and control of new solar plants.

Source: Green Eagle Solutions

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aventron has signed with Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica general contractor agreements for the turnkey construction of two PV plants in Spain with a capacity of 50 MW each. Both projects have already passed the required environmental impact assessments and the final building permits are expected at the beginning of 2019. The development partner is the Spanish company Synergia Energy Solutions SL.

The two ground-mounted systems in the Toledo and Murcia regions are among the first major solar projects in Europe to be implemented and operated without subsidies or other direct government support instruments. Each individual park will cover an area of around 90 hectares and is expected to generate around 95 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The total amount of energy generated thus corresponds to the annual requirements of a city with around 55,000 inhabitants.

aventron is currently in advanced negotiations on the power purchase agreements for the energy generated in the projects and is structuring the necessary external financing on this basis. Financial close and start of construction is expected in the second quarter of 2019.

The two solar park projects Bargas and Algibicos are a milestone in the implementation of aventron’s growth strategy. On the one hand, aventron exceeds the short-term target of 500 MW for portfolio expansion earlier than planned and on the other hand, its solar production segment will be substantially strengthened. aventron’s next step is to achieve an installed capacity of 600 MW in its core areas of wind, water and sun by the end of 2020.

Source: aventron

A la izquierda de la imagen, el consejero delegado de Endesa, José Bogas, junto a Emma Navarro, vicepresidenta del BEI.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted its first EIB Green Loan to Endesa. This financing aims to make it easier to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Although the EIB has financed a number of projects of this kind in its long history of combating climate change, this is the first time it has described a loan in this way, thereby helping promoters such as Endesa to develop their decarbonisation strategy.

The operation signed covers EUR 335m in financing to build 15 wind farms with a capacity of 446 MW and three solar photovoltaic plants with a capacity of 339 MW.

The EIB Green Loan will finance operations that are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme, and as a result is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds.

The EIB financing will also help achieve the objectives of the Spanish National Action Plan for Renewable Energies, which states that 20% of the energy used in Spain in 2020 must come from renewable sources.

Endesa was awarded 540 MW of wind energy and 339 MW of photovoltaic energy in the auctions for new renewable electricity generation facilities that took place in Spain in May and July 2017, which will involve an investment of over EUR 800m until 2020.

Endesa’s wind farms and solar power plants will be built in various areas across six autonomous communities: Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla-León, Extremadura, Galicia and Murcia. The project will also help to create jobs: the construction of the wind farms and photovoltaic plants is making it possible to employ 1 700 people to work on the project during the investment phase and up until implementation.

Source: EIB

FuturENERGY November 18

IEA estimates for 2017 indicate more than 100 GW of PV plants worldwide. Growth was over 30% higher than in 2016 and by 2018 and beyond, this sustained and sustainable growth trend is expected to continue, thanks to the strengthening of already consolidated markets; to the new opportunities of emerging markets that need to progressively electrify their systems to cover both industry and communities; and due to large regions with severe environmental pollution that need to decarbonise their economies.

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