Hall of Fame

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2018: Outstanding Projects


Bach Khoa Investment Development of Solar Energy Corporation (SolarBK)
Solar Experience Space – the combination of leisure, learning and research

“Small changes make big differences”, and this company philosophy comes to life at The Solar Experience Space at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam, with around 24,000 students. A zero-energy building, this community project is an educational space for young people, especially students, to learn about clean energy. The Solar Experience Space combines leisure, learning, and research with a small café integrated in the building. It is the first of its kind in Vietnam, showcasing products, technologies and solutions by Vietnamese scientists and engineers. Installed technology includes integrated photovoltaic and solar thermal solutions and heat pumps, and, soon, advanced batteries and desalination systems. The goal is to develop a department of clean energy at the university.

The jury was impressed by the lighthouse implications of this future-oriented community project that translates and transports clean energy technology into society, particularly to young people. Its integrated approach makes it especially relevant for the next generation of engineers and solar professionals in a region with a high potential for PV deployment. It actively demonstrates what can be achieved with PV technology in Vietnamese homes and businesses, and by the solar engineers of the future. It’s an affordable, replicable solution with high visibility and economic viability, as well as important social and scientific impact.


First Solar GmbH
Important role of PV plants in stabilizing the grid

First Solar developed and built a 300 MW PV utility-scale plant in California, USA. The extensive testing and analysis carried out at the plant proved that solar plants at this scale can provide reliability and valuable grid services. Field data demonstrate that the solar plant can react very quickly to grid signals regarding frequency, and more accurately than conventional generation such as thermal, hydro or gas turbines – and can be tightly regulated. The reliability services demonstrations included spinning reserves, load following, voltage support, ramping, frequency response, variability smoothing, frequency regulation, and improved power quality.

“Proof of concept” and “a game-changer for large-scale solar plants” were the reactions of the jury to this outstanding undertaking. Solar power plants can not only reduce the need for carbon-emitting resources, but can also improve system performance, and operate with significantly higher levels of variable generation. The results of this project can be used as door openers to convince stakeholders that utility-scale solar can contribute to the reliability and stability of the grid and provide essential grid services, that are today often associated with conventional generation in terms of their provision of spinning reserve. The project is not only a solar generation asset on the grid but is also able to serve as a valuable demonstration project for the role PV power plants can play in stabilizing the grid.


Unlimited Energy Australia/TESVOLT GmbH
Off-grid Avocado farm in Australia

Together, Unlimited Energy Australia and Tesvolt completed an off-grid 53 kW photovoltaic installation in Australia that combines 160 kWh salt-water batteries and 48 kWh lithium storage. The free-standing system can power an Australian avocado farm on 100% renewable energy within a microgrid. The energy generated from the high irradiance in the region – some 300 days of sunshine per year – has eliminated reliance on diesel generators or on the ‘skinny’ electricity network in regional and rural Western Australia.

The jury honors this pioneering solution as a demonstration of the seamless integration of two different battery technologies, resulting in a positive economic and environmental impact. Especially, the mix of lithium-ion, and non-toxic, environmentally-friendly salt-water batteries is unique.

The combination of these technologies in this pilot project is helping renewables gain traction in the region and among farmers and is a landmark installation that also attracts “energy independence tourists,” who help spread the word. Economic benefits are high, since expensive grid maintenance and operation in sparsely populated regions of Western Australia are no longer necessary.

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2018: Smart Renewable Energy


Ferroamp Elektronik AB
PowerShare Technology with “bottom-up” approach

Created from bottom up rather than top down, PowerShare technology is a modular system based on a local 760 V DC nanogrid that feeds energy from one or more common PV installations to multiple users. PowerShare Technology allows flexible integration of PV systems, energy storage, small scale wind and electric vehicle charging. A local bidirectional inverter at each user controls the flow of energy between the DC nanogrid and the user. The technology can also be used to share centralized energy storage among multiple users. The system brings a significant increase in PV self-consumption at a much lower cost than batteries. Further, load peaks at one user can be distributed among other users to reduce peak load drawn from the public AC grid.

The Jury was impressed by the sophisticated shareability the technology promotes, which increases utilization of renewable energy with a higher cost-effectiveness. Integration of multiple energy sources and consumers, reduced conversion losses in the DC/DC system compared to DC/AC systems, and the improved security of a back-up solution on a DC grid were also factors in the jury’s decision. Target markets are Nordic countries in which the technology is allowed and developing countries where an investment in a DC nanogrid is attractive due to the limitations of the existing grid infrastructure. There is market potential in other European countries pending regulatory adjustments.

The smarter E AWARD Winner 2018: indielux UG - ready2plugin


indielux UG
ready2plugin – the safe plug-in

The first system of its kind, ready2plugin enables the safe plug-in of PV panels and battery storage into regular sockets without an electrician. An inverter protocol and application for any smart home system, the ready2plugin algorithm allows a feed power level of up to 1.8 kW into a home circuit.  The algorithm prevents overheating of the electrical installation and can be installed on smart home hubs or integrated into existing systems or storage devices. As a standalone solution, the system functions as in-house energy management – in the event of power feedback into the grid it can mitigate the electricity demand of the consumer cell. In addition, the ready2plugin device provides a cost-effective way to track electricity usage.

The jury feels that this system is an important step in the democratization of the energy transition, giving “Power to the People,” and promoting the integration and participation of broad layers of society in decentralized renewable energy use. By ensuring the permissible current load in the circuit, the system is a cost-effective, standard-compliant plug & play solution. Ready2plugin holds promise for distribution via hardware stores, utilities and manufacturers of PV modules and storage systems.

 

The smarter E AWARD Winner 2018: SMA Solar Technology AG - ennexOS


SMA Solar Technology AG
ennexOS –
the cross sector IoT platform

ennexOS stands for Energy Next Operating System, and is a new cross sector IoT platform for energy management. It combines the heating, cooling, electricity, and mobility sectors in one platform, providing solutions along the whole value chain. Tools for cross-sector simulation, commissioning, monitoring, and control are fully integrated to provide support for installers and end customers so they can benefit from future business models in the digitalized energy markets. ennexOS is an open communication infrastructure that provides access to the flexibility of residential, commercial, and utility installations.

The system’s holistic approach, the modular and expandable design and cross-sector IoT platform concept were honored by the jury, as well as the focus on larger commercial and industrial applications. The combination of various applications – from data acquisition and analysis, planning & simulation, energy management and operations & maintenance – all contribute to the optimization of energy consumptions and energy cost. ennexOS is an important step in the digitization of the transition to renewable energy.

Intersolar AWARD Winners 2018: Photovoltaics


ABB
PVS-175-TL impresses with numerous innovations

The PVS-175-TL inverter is a cloud-connected three-phase string solution for commercial rooftop applications and utility scale power plants. The new 1500 V DC platform delivers up to 185 kW at 800 V AC, enabling the use of decentralized plant architecture without increasing AC distribution losses. With this cost-effective solution, from 35% up to 65% fewer inverters are required for the same overall AC capacity, while maintaining the key benefits of string inverter technology.

Several innovations caught the jury’s attention. By increasing the AC output voltage to 800 V with additional and independent boost-converters, this inverter takes the next step in reducing electrical losses in large PV systems. With 12 MPP trackers, the PVS-175-TL inverter also provides high granularity, leading to higher yields and easier maintenance, while eliminating the need for fuses and combiner boxes. The solution is a cost-effective and modular structure that can be steered via Wifi, all while delivering top performance on core inverter functions. The jury was also impressed by the high power-density of 1.3 kW per kilogram, and the operating temperature range of -20° to + 60° Celsius.


Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH
Q.PEAK DUO-G5 – Highly efficient solar modules with Q.ANTUM technology

The new Q.PEAK DUO-G5 is a 120 half-cell solar module with power classes up to 330 Wp. The module efficiency of 19.9% results from Q.ANTUM DUO technology that combines the latest monocrystalline Q.ANTUM cells with a six-busbar advanced cell interconnection technology design, and smoothly cut edges that improve the mechanical stability of the cells. Both electrical and optical losses that usually accompany cell interconnection are largely avoided. The Q.PEAK DUO series sets new standards in power, energy yields and LCOE.

The jury was impressed by the technological evolution of this solution that combines many state-of-the-art technologies in one product. In a combination that is both innovative and effective, a very good temperature coefficient and improved mechanical reliability is realized, while the modular architecture leads to better resistance to shading and makes Q.PEAK DUO-G5 a drop-in-replacement for standard modules. This can be a new standard for residential and commercial roof tops.

 


Krinner Solar GmbH
CAS²– Computer Aided Solar Structure

This winner is an integrated software and hardware package that reduces the time for planning and installing large scale PV plants by 10 - 30% and is among the first of its kind. This includes the digital design, development, and installation applications for all kinds of ground-screw-based solar structures in all soil types. The CAS² combines the data from the surface and the soil in various depths from the surveying phase with the planned foundation of the solar racking systems on variable Krinner ground screws. This data base makes it possible to plan – and produce – variable lengths of the ground screws.

The jury recognizes this as an important solution for the new energy world, and it is just the beginning of digitalization and IoT impacting design and installation of large PV systems. Every step of planning, production and installation is reported online and documented in a central database, allowing specified reports to fulfill bank, insurance companies, and operator requirements. Mapping data created by drones and surveying robots are used to control the installation robots and vary the length of the screws, reducing steel consumption by 3 to 6%.

ees AWARD Winners 2018: Electrical Energy Storage

ees AWARD Winner 2018: SMA Solar Technology AG - Sunny Central Storage with grid-forming capabilities


SMA Solar Technology AG
Sunny Central Storage with grid-forming capabilities

SMA’s Sunny Central Storage is the central component of a system for the integration of large-scale storage systems into the grid. The unique characteristic of this inverter for grid-connected applications and hybrid PV mini-grids is that the Sunny Central Storage has grid-forming capabilities and can act like a rotating mass in a power grid. This allows integration of battery storage just like an additional genset.

Designed to compensate for fluctuations in solar energy generation, this large-scale storage inverter offers comprehensive grid management services, and is compatible with various battery technologies. The system enables grid operation via solar and storage alone but can also cover a sudden 100% generation loss without grid interruption or additional hardware.

This product was selected by the jury for its high storage compatibility, operational range of temperatures between -25 °C and 60 °C, and high flexibility, including a DC voltage range from 480 V to 1,500 V. It is expected that this solution can target multiple applications and seamlessly integrate into existing infrastructure, enabling the development and effective operation of microgrids with high shares of renewables, which is crucial in the decarbonization of remote and island locations.

ees AWARD Winner 2018: SOCOMEC - Microgrid Energy Storage Solution


SOCOMEC
Microgrid Energy Storage Solution – High-efficiency at low load levels

Socomec’s Microgrid Energy Storage Solution is a system composed of products that provide resiliency to grid-tied microgrids and stabilize energy availability for rural or island electrification. The solution can be integrated into a wide range of mini-grid system architectures, from 33kW/91kWh up to 800kW/1MWh. Based on a modular architecture, the solution can cover many applications, increase reliability, and reduce maintenance costs. There is a high degree of flexibility in storage technology, with lead-acid, lithium-ion and redox-flow batteries.

The jury also awarded the Socomec system’s high efficiency at low load levels, and the ability to control and manage the system through a remote website solution. The Microgrid Energy Storage Solution maximizes PV integration in a cost-effective solution for an isolated area.

ees AWARD Winner 2018: Dynapower Company, LLC. - Dynapower DC


Dynapower Company, LLC.
Dynapower DC – reduced costs, increased output

The Dynapower DC power conversion system is specifically designed to couple utility-scale solar with storage on the DC side. This reduces installation costs and enables the increase of PV power production of large PV power plants. The solution can also be used to retrofit energy storage in large PV power plants on the DC side without changing the inverter. The battery is on the DC side of the system parallel to the PV generator.

The jury awarded the ambitious system concept that matches the needs of the American market and appreciated the scalable approach from 375 kW to 3 MW of storage power. The end application of the system is intended to be the interfacing of battery energy storage with existing or new 1,000 V to 1,500 V PV arrays and central inverter systems. Dynapower is one of the first providers of a solution for integration of utility-scale DC-coupled solar plus storage project.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2018: Outstanding Projects


Bach Khoa Investment and Development of Solar Energy Corporation (Vietnam)
Solar Experience Space
Project Owner

The Solar Experience Space at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam is a zero-energy building used for student education. Practical experience with new products and technological solutions can be gained from the HVAC technology installed there, which includes photovoltaics, solar thermal installations and heat pumps.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH (Germany) - Solar plant and battery storage for irrigation on AKTC Farm in Zambia


BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH (Germany)
Solar plant and battery storage for irrigation on AKTC Farm in Zambia
Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A3.179, A3.180

The solar installation with battery storage system for providing irrigation on the AKTC farm in Zambia uses a water reservoir for additional storage. The PV installation ensures an uninterrupted water supply and water management on the crop fields, and generates energy for the irrigation of 90,000 sqm of arable land.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: EM-ONE Energy Solutions Canada Inc. (Canada) - Borno Solar Phase 1


EM-ONE Energy Solutions Canada Inc. (Canada)
Borno Solar Phase 1: Engineer, Procure and Construction

Intersolar North America 2018, booth 7445

The project “Borno Solar Phase 1” involving three hospitals in a conflict region in northeast Nigeria has created a healthcare infrastructure which secures the medical cold chain using renewable, solar power, with the double advantage of making the hospitals self-sufficient and saving on diesel costs.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: FENECON GmbH (Germany) - Phase Symmetric Balancing System by FENECON/REFU


FENECON GmbH (Germany)
Phase Symmetric Balancing System by FENECON/REFU
ees Europe 2018, booth B1.409

This project based in Vienna, Austria, primarily aims to utilize energy storage devices to make the existing grid infrastructure as efficient as possible. At 100 kW/120 kW, the energy storage devices offset phase load differences and are used for peak load shutdown.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: First Solar GmbH (Germany) - Renewables Essential Reliability Services for a Low Carbon Grid


First Solar GmbH (Germany)
Renewables Essential Reliability Services for a Low Carbon Grid
Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A1.520

The 300 MWp PV installation in California, USA, is integrated in the power grid and replaces grid services such as power grid stabilization, which previously had to rely on conventional power plants.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: Fluence (USA) - Escondido & El Cajon Advancion Energy Storage Arrays


Fluence (USA)
Escondido & El Cajon Advancion Energy Storage Arrays

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B2.109, B2.110

With 37.5 MW, the Escondido Energy Storage Array in California, USA, is one of the world’s largest lithium storage systems and increases the share of renewable energy in the grid. It can supply 25,000 customers with power for 4 hours and has a storage capacity of up to 150 MWh.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: IBC SOLAR AG (Germany) - CHP and storage unit for sewage plant Hillesheim


IBC SOLAR AG (Germany)
CHP and storage unit for sewage plant Hillesheim

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A3.579, A3.680

In Hillesheim, Germany, a battery system has increased a wastewater treatment plant’s self-sufficiency from 80% to between 92 and 95% by using electrical energy generated from sewer gas combustion. This saves on the purchase of 35,000 kWh of grid-supplied power.

The smarter E AWARD 2018: Solaria Corporation (USA) - Getting to Net Zero: A Custom Designed Solar Installation for Cornell Tech


Solaria Corporation (USA)
Getting to Net Zero: A Custom Designed Solar Installation for Cornell Tech
Intersolar North America 2018, booth 7130

The Cornell Tech Campus in New York was designed as a zero-energy building and is supplied with energy from Manhattan’s largest photovoltaic installation to be aesthetically integrated into a new build (855 kW).


Trojan Battery Company (USA)
Tanzania Solar Microgrid Improves Standard of Living & Economy

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.460

A container system with an energy storage system and a photovoltaic installation has provided a village in Tanzania with power for the first time, raising the standard of living and education for the residents and kick-starting positive economic developments such as, for example, honey production.


Unlimited Energy Australia (Australia)/TESVOLT GmbH (Germany)
Off-grid Avocado farm in Western Australia (Pemberton)

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.550

The free-standing 53 kW photovoltaic installation with a 48 kWh storage system is able to run an avocado farm in Australia on 100% renewable energy. The energy generated from the 300 days of sunshine per year has done away with the reliance on diesel generators.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2018: Smart Renewable Energy


Deutsche Energieversorgung GmbH (Germany)
SENEC.Cloud To Go

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.410

The innovative electricity rate SENEC.Cloud To Go stores unused photovoltaic power in the cloud before it is used to charge electric vehicles. 60,000 charging stations around Europe are supplied through collaboration with a Europe-wide charging station aggregator.


Ferroamp Elektronik AB (Sweden)
PowerShare Technology

EM-Power 2018, booth C2.310

The PowerShare technology is based on a DC nanogrid, which distributes locally generated power from renewable sources amongst users in the same DC grid. In the context of decentralized power generation, DC nanogrids are being met with growing interest as they can significantly reduce the costs of grid expansion.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: indielux UG - ready2plugin


indielux UG (Germany)
ready2plugin

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A2.290

ready2plugin is a plug-and-play solar system with a capacity of up to 1,800 Watts, which can be connected to any standard power socket. A software-controlled limit on the operating power at the maximum permissible load guarantees electrical safety in accordance with VDE guidelines.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: my-PV GmbH (Austria) - AC•THOR-Power-Manager for domestic hot water and space heating from PV


my-PV GmbH (Austria)
AC•THOR-Power-Manager for domestic hot water and space heating from PV
EM-Power 2018, booth C2.210

The power manager AC*THOR from my-PV utilizes excess energy from photovoltaic installations for heat supply. It increases the self-consumption of solar power through the continuously variable control of the heating element, eliminating the need for a conventional gas or heat pump heating system. In case of insufficient solar radiation, additional electricity can be drawn from the public grid.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: Reuniwatt (France) - Sky InSight™


Reuniwatt (France)
Sky InSight™
ees Europe 2018, booth C1.138

Sky InSight makes a reliable radiation and cloud course forecast for the 30 minutes ahead. This offers an extremely accurate, on-site prediction of the actual yield of a photovoltaic installation and helps make the operation of diesel-photovoltaic hybrid systems more cost-effective.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018:  SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany) - ennexOS Platform


SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany)
ennexOS Platform

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B3.210

With the ennexOS platform, SMA presents a cross-sector IoT platform for energy management. Different energy flows can be controlled using appsbased on standard industry protocols. This ensures that upgrades are possible at any time.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018:  Smappee n.v. (Belgium) - Smappee Plus


Smappee n.v. (Belgium)
Smappee Plus

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B2.150

The energy management system Smappee Plus continuously measures the energy consumption of households and their photovoltaic installations. Using SolarCoin based on blockchain technology, a tool is now available that transforms private homes into decentralized connection points which do not only produce and consume their own solar power, but also trade directly with one another.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: SolarEdge Technologies (Israel) - EV-Charging Single-Phase Inverter


SolarEdge Technologies (Israel)
EV-Charging Single-Phase Inverter

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B3.110 & Intersolar North America 2018, booth 8521

SolarEdge presents the first single-phase inverter which is also suitable for charging electric vehicles. An intelligent combination of locally generated electricity from photovoltaics and power supplied by the grid significantly reduces the charging time without overloading the grid.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: sonnen GmbH (Germany) - sonnenCharger


sonnen GmbH (Germany)
sonnenCharger

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.310

The sonnenCharger combines the private home charging station with a central control unit. This makes it possible to coordinate the charging of different electric vehicles in a low-voltage grid so intelligently that all the electric vehicles can recharge at the same time without causing grid system overload.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2018: Statcon Energiaa Pvt. Ltd. (India) - EES based Solar solution for large cold storages


Statcon Energiaa Pvt. Ltd. (India)
EES based Solar solution for large cold storages

Intersolar India 2017

The proven energy management system from Statcon Energiaa has undergone further development with the aim of ensuring an uninterrupted solar power supply from larger cold storage systems. Its control method reduces or avoids the use of a diesel generator to supply power, thereby lowering costs.

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2018: Photovoltaics

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018: ABB (Italy) - PVS-175-TL


ABB (Italy)
PVS-175-TL

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B2.210 & Intersolar South America 2018, booth E08

ABB presents the PVS-175-TL string inverter for large-scale PV plants with 12 MPP trackers. It is highly efficient and has an enormous power density. Other noteworthy aspects are its ability to operate at 1500 V, the integrated data logging and communication standards, the installation app, diverse grid integration features and the connection to ABB’s cloud system.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018: Ecoprogetti SRL (Italy) - Ecosun Bifacial


Ecoprogetti SRL (Italy)
Ecosun Bifacial

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A1.110

The LED solar simulator Ecosun Bifacial, offering an excellent measurement accuracy (AAA), was developed to measure the I/V characteristics of the front and rear side of bifacial PV modules at the same time. Different irradiation intensities can be selected for the rear side, ensuring that the testing is flexible and realistic.


Gujarat Borosil Ltd. (India)
2mm fully tempered solar burst glass

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A2.130

The new 2-millimeter-thick, fully tempered solar glass with an anti-reflection coating is a replacement for the standard 3.2 mm glass. The new glass is lighter and enables high transmission rates. The manufacturing process uses air cushion technology to prevent stripes, defective areas or discoloration and guarantees high production quality.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018: Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH (Germany) - Q.PEAK DUO-G5


Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH (Germany)
Q.PEAK DUO-G5 - High efficiency solar module with Q.ANTUM Technology

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A1.180, A1.270 & Intersolar South America 2018, booth B131

Designed with round wire cell contacts and six busbars (front contacts), the half-cut cell module Q.PEAK DUO-G5 achieves a module efficiency of 19.9% with cost-effective standard p-type cells. The innovative technology Q.ANTUM DUO halves the current passing through each cell, stabilizing them and increasing their shade tolerance.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China) - Smart String Inverter (SUN2000-60KTL-M0)


Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
FusionSolar Smart PV Solution with SUN2000-60KTL-M0 smart PV inverter

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B2.230 & Intersolar South America 2018, booth F28

Thanks to its extremely high efficiency, the 60 kW Smart String Inverter (SUN2000-60KTL-M0) only requires passive ventilation. With features such as online monitoring of all connected strings including characteristic curve measurement, power line communications and a PID recovery mode, it has rightfully earned the product description “smart PV inverter".

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018: Interfloat C


Interfloat Corporation (Liechtenstein)
GMB DEFLECT
Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A2.110

Thanks to its special geometry and anti-reflective coating, the extremely low-reflection solar glass GMB DEFLECT for PV modules enables solar projects to be carried out in glare-sensitive areas such as traffic routes (rail, highways, intersections), flight paths or heavily built-up residential areas.


Krinner Solar GmbH (Germany)
CAS²– Computer Aided Solar Structure

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A3.240

The product CAS² optimizes the highly precise manufacture of support systems for free-standing PV installations. After the CAD-based system design has been drawn up, individual and optimized plans are prepared for every PV project and the installation robots are controlled with pinpoint accuracy.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018:  LG Electronics Inc. (South Korea) - LG NeON R Series


LG Electronics Inc. (South Korea)
LG NeON R Series
Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A2.280

The LG NeON R module series features 6-inch monocrystalline high-efficiency cells, entirely rear contacted, with multi ribbon busbar technology. An extremely high module efficiency of over 21% along with a 25-year module performance warranty, high mechanical resilience, reverse current carrying capacity and impressive temperature behavior make the series worthy of recognition.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2018: RenewSys India Pvt. Ltd. (India) - CONSERV E 360 Polyolefin Elastomer Encapsulant


RenewSys India Pvt. Ltd. (India)
CONSERV E 360 Polyolefin Elastomer Encapsulant
Intersolar Europe 2018, booth A1.112

The new encapsulation film CONSERV E 360 Polyolefin Elastomer Encapsulant is anticipated to replace the commonly used EVA film in the production of solar modules. The material is particularly remarkable for its high insulating ability, excellent protection against potential-induced degradation (PID), improved mechanical stability and low permeability to moisture.

ees AWARD Finalists 2018: Electrical Energy Storage

ees AWARD Finalist 2018:  Alpha ESS Europe GmbH (Germany) - STORION SERIES SMILE5


Alpha ESS Europe GmbH (Germany)
STORION SERIES SMILE5

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.440

Storion Series SMILE5, a lithium-ion complete storage system, operates as a DC-coupled storage system for new PV installations and as an AC-coupled system for existing PV installations or as a back-up system. The silent, passively cooled system has a service life of 20 years and over 6,000 cycles. It fulfils the new requirements for grid integration, is certified to IP65 for outdoor applications and can be monitored using an app.

ees AWARD Finalist 2018: BYD Company Limited (China) - BYD Modular Outdoor ESS


BYD Company Limited (China)
BYD Modular Outdoor ESS
ees Europe 2018, booth B1.150 & Intersolar South America 2018, booth D82

Currently in the development stages, the outdoor system BYD Modular Outdoor ESS uses LFP batteries and an intelligent battery management system. The system is certified to IP55 and is well suited for outdoor use at temperatures ranging from -20 to +55°C and humidity of up to 95%. The capacity of this modular system is in the MWh range. It is suitable for industrial operation thanks to a SCADA communication system. It comprises battery units of 238 kWh and battery inverters with 800 kVA which are assembled in a modular design.

ees AWARD Finalist 2018: Dynapower Company, LLC. (USA) - DPS-375: 375kW DC-DC Converter for Utility-Scale Solar Plus Storage


Dynapower Company, LLC. (USA)
DPS-375 — 375kW DC-DC Converter for Utility-Scale Solar Plus Storage

ees North America 2018, booth 8246

As a scalable unit with a capacity of 375 kW, the DC-to-DC converter DPS-375 is able to smooth peaks in demand (peak shaving) or constrict upper limits (ramp rate) in solar power plants. The converter makes it possible to connect battery storage systems on the direct current side of the PV generator to a wide input voltage range from 550 V to 1,000 V using DC-coupling. With an efficiency rating of 98.2%, and thanks to the lack of transformers and inverters, it is more cost-efficient than AC-coupled battery storage solutions.

 ees AWARD Finalist 2018: E3/DC GmbH (Germany) - S10 PRO 912


E3/DC GmbH (Germany)
S10 PRO 912
ees Europe 2018, booth B1.240

The DC-coupled Li-Ion storage system S10 Pro 912 for solar power storage with low voltage batteries (48 V) was developed for 3-phase grid-connected use and an uninterruptible emergency power supply. With its extremely high solar efficiency and charging power of 12 kW, the efficient storage system is designed for coupling to electric car charging stations as well as heat pumps.

ees AWARD Finalist 2018: SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany) - SUNNY CENTRAL STORAGE


SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany)
SUNNY CENTRAL STORAGE

Intersolar Europe 2018, booth B3.210

Thanks to its high input voltage range, the innovative, grid-forming Sunny Central Storage battery inverter is compatible with a wide range of batteries and integrates up to 100% of the renewable energy generated into stand-alone grids. The robustly designed medium-voltage stand-alone inverter in the megawatt class is able to perform black starts and is equipped with a SCADA-based communication system. It can offset fluctuations in the generation of renewable energies and provides a wide range of grid services.

ees AWARD Finalist 2018: SOCOMEC (France) - Microgrid Energy Storage Solution


SOCOMEC (France)
Microgrid Energy Storage Solution

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.679

Together with the accompanying battery units, the SUNSYS PCS² IM bidirectional battery inverters are a grid-forming Microgrid Energy Storage Solution, able to perform black starts and operate extremely efficiently, even in low output ranges. The storage systems are scalable from 33 kVA to the multi-MVA range and are well suited for setting up microgrids with a large share of renewable energy.

ees AWARD Finalist 2018: SOLAR ECLIPSE BY P800 SRL (Italy) - SOLAR ECLIPSE


SOLAR ECLIPSE BY P800 SRL (Italy)
SOLAR ECLIPSE
ees Europe 2018, booth B1.614

The Solar Eclipse integrates battery storage systems into any PV installation. Operating as a generator-coupled system located upstream from the existing PV inverter, it is able to integrate a wide range of battery types (lithium-ion, sodium-ion, lead). It can easily be installed in existing systems.


TESVOLT GmbH (Germany)
TS HV Battery

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.550

The storage system TS HV Battery features extremely high-quality cells and is scalable from 67 kWh into the MWh range. The efficient system is easy to install, with modules which auto-configure.

ees AWARD Finalist 2018: VoltStorage GmbH (Germany) - VoltStorage Home Battery


VoltStorage GmbH (Germany)
VoltStorage Home Battery

ees Europe 2018, booth B1.171

The compact redox flow battery system VoltStorage Home Battery with an integrated inverter was designed for domestic use. The system is installed without electrolyte, thereby guaranteeing an easy assembly, and is designed to ensure maintenance-free operation and a service life lasting over 10,000 cycles. The fully automated manufacturing of the built-in stack combines high product quality with an attractive price for the entire system.

Impressions

AWARD Ceremony at The smarter E Europe 2018

Congratulations to all The smarter E, Intersolar and ees AWARD winners 2018!Special Guest Ruslana at the AWARD Ceremony 2018The smarter E AWARD (Smart Renewable Energy): Ferroamp Elektronik AB was honored for “PowerShare Technology with “bottom-up” approach”The smarter E AWARD (Smart Renewable Energy): indielux UG was honored for “ready2plugin – the safe plug-in”The smarter E AWARD (Smart Renewable Energy): SMA Solar Technology AG was honored for “ennexOS – die sektorübergreifende IoT-Plattform”The smarter E AWARD (Outstanding Projects): Bach Khoa Investment Development of Solar Energy Corporation (SolarBK) was honored for “Solar Experience Space – the combination of leisure, learning and research”The smarter E AWARD (Outstanding Projects): First Solar GmbH was honored for “Important role of PV plants in stabilizing the grid”The smarter E AWARD (Outstanding Projects): Unlimited Energy Australia/TESVOLT GmbH was honored for “Off-grid Avocado farm in Australia” ees AWARD: SMA Solar Technology AG was honored for “Sunny Central Storage with grid-forming capabilities”ees AWARD: SOCOMEC was honored for “Microgrid Energy Storage Solution – High-efficiency at low load levels”ees AWARD: Dynapower Company, LLC. was honored for “Dynapower DC – reduced costs, increased output”Intersolar AWARD: ABB was honored for “PVS-175-TL impresses with numerous innovations“Intersolar AWARD: Hanwha Q CELLS GmbH was honored for “Q.PEAK DUO-G5 – Highly efficient solar modules with Q.ANTUM technology“Intersolar AWARD: Krinner Solar GmbH was honored for “CAS²– Computer Aided Solar Structure“Special Guest Ruslana at the AWARD Ceremony 2018The AWARD Ceremony 2018

Previous AWARD Winners

AWARD Winners 2017

Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Ciel & Terre International (France) - HYDRELIO®


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Photovoltaics

Ciel & Terre International (France)
HYDRELIO®

The Rising Tide of Floating PV is a system which allows large PV installations to be built on bodies of water. This allows the utilization of large surface areas on bodies of water, such as reservoirs, which previously have not been fully exploited, despite often being located close to electricity consumers.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Photovoltaics

Hanwha Q Cells GmbH (Germany)
Q.PEAK RSF L-G4.2 375

Q.PEAK RSF L-G4.2 375 is a high-performance monocrystalline module with an optimized module cable connection and innovative module frames made of folded steel. The simplified substructure saves costs through the use of fewer components, decreased material consumption, and quick assembly.

Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany) - Sunny Tripower CORE1


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Photovoltaics

SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany)
Sunny Tripower CORE1

The efficient and high output Sunny Tripower CORE1 outdoor inverter with 50 kW is quick and easy to install with just a few components. The device boasts six MPP trackers, Wi-Fi communication and various other functionalities for an attractive price. It is suitable for large rooftop installations, as well as free-standing installations.

Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: GOLDBECK Solar GmbH (Germany) - Landfill Hellsiek


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Outstanding Solar Projects

GOLDBECK Solar GmbH (Germany)
Landfill Hellsiek

A photovoltaic installation is being used to prevent rainwater from seeping into a landfill site in Germany. The almost 10 MWp installation covers the landfill, which has the double advantage of reducing maintenance costs and generating electricity.

Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Next Kraftwerke GmbH (Germany) - Bridging the gap: A virtual power plant for constant power supply


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Outstanding Solar Projects

Next Kraftwerke GmbH (Germany)
Bridging the gap - A virtual power plant for constant power supply

The virtual power plant supplies balancing power generated by photovoltaics, wind power and cogeneration systems in Germany. The business model, which includes the weather forecast and direct marketing, promises success now and for the future.

Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Phaesun GmbH and Hohenheim University (joint submission, Germany) - Solar powered cooling for enhancing milk value chains


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Outstanding Solar Projects

Phaesun GmbH – Hohenheim University (joint submission, Germany)
Solar powered cooling for enhancing milk value chains

Solar energy is the basis for a new business model serving small dairies in Kenya. Photovoltaics are combined with bespoke components, such as the cooled milk container, to create a closed cold chain for the transport of healthy, long-life milk.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Outstanding Solar Projects

RAM Pharma (Jordan)
Solar process steam generation at RAM Pharma

The Jordanian thermal power plant generates steam at over 160°C. Fresnel collectors use the steam to produce energy for pharmaceutical production processes.

Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: SUNfarming GmbH (Germany) - SUNfarming Food & energy training project


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2017: Outstanding Solar Projects

SUNfarming GmbH (Germany)
SUNfarming Food & energy training project

Integrating photovoltaics in greenhouses has the potential to benefit food production around the world. This model project from South Africa shows how even difficult, arid regions can now be used for agricultural production. The glass-glass modules used in this project transmit a sufficient level of 15% of the light into the greenhouse.


Intersolar AWARD 2017 Winner: Champion of Change

Richard L. Kauffman

Richard L. Kauffman joined the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the state’s first Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, or ‘energy czar,’ in January 2013. On behalf of Governor Cuomo, Mr. Kauffman leads New York State’s comprehensive energy policy effort, known as Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).


ees AWARD Winner 2017: Electrical Energy Storage

LG Chem (Korea)
Stand-alone Battery Module (SBM)

The selfconfiguring Stand-alone Battery Module (SBM) is a lithium battery module using highly efficient cells with high energy density. The charging strategy guarantees an optimized charge transfer between battery modules. The module is designed as a functional component for a wide range of applications or for use in system integrators.

ees AWARD Winner 2017: Energy Depot Deutschland GmbH (Germany) - CENTURIO


ees AWARD Winner 2017: Electrical Energy Storage

Energy Depot Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
CENTURIO

The CENTURIO Energy Storage System combines a threephase hybrid inverter and lithium-ion battery storage modules with a capacity of 4.1 kWh each. The storage system is an efficient energy solution which can be used as an emergency power backup. It boasts a storage capacity of up to 32.8 kWh, a phase balance load and a very high control speed.

ees AWARD Winner 2017: SOLARWATT GmbH (Germany) - SOLARWATT Matrix


ees AWARD Winner 2017: Electrical Energy Storage

SOLARWATT GmbH (Germany)
SOLARWATT Matrix

SOLARWATT Matrix is a modular lithiumion storage system which can be scaled up to megawatt level and is easy to install. Thanks to the direct DC coupling to the PV installation, the system achieves a high level of efficiency.

AWARD Winners 2016


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Photovoltaics

LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH
LG NeON 2 BiFacial

The Solar Module LG NeON 2 BiFacial is a high-efficiency bifacial module that can provide a significant increase in energy yields. The NeON cell technology and the 12-wire CELLO interconnection were transferred into this new module.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Photovoltaics

M10 Industries AG
Kubus

The Multi-Tray-Stringer Kubus is the only stringer worldwide that can solder up to 5,000 solar cells an hour, representing a highly significant development in productivity.The system interconnects an entire module in the soldering process at once.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Photovoltaics

SolarEdge Technologies AG
HD-Wave Technology

SolarEdge’s HD Wave power conversion technology underpins a compact, lightweight inverter with a record weighted efficiency up to 99 percent. It uses distributed switching and a powerful digital signal processor to synthesize clean sine waves, and contributes to increased power density.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Outstanding Solar Projects

Jakson Engineers LTD
Solar Powered Village (Baripatha) Electrification

Jakson Engineers created a solar-powered village in India with the installation of central, and individual solar units.This community-owned project has improved the quality of life of an entire rural village. Also, the solar unit can be folded up and stored in just two minutes in case of cyclones or high winds.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Outstanding Solar Projects

ME SOLshare Ltd.
Peer-to-Peer Smart Village Grid

The peer-to-peer smart PV DC village micro-grid in Shariatpur is the world’s first peer-to-peer electricity trading network that interconnects existing Solar Home Systems. Bi-directional metering enables users to buy and sell electricity to the grid.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Outstanding Solar Projects

S.O.L.I.D.
Desert Mountain High School Solar Thermal

S.O.L.I.D engineered the largest solar thermal cooling installation of its kind at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The installation supplies heat to a single-effect lithium bromide adsorption chiller. Scottsdale has temperatures up to 43 degrees Celsius, and this system can cover 100 percent of the cooling demand in the summer.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Outstanding Solar Projects

Schneider Electric SE
Electrifying Schools and Health Centers with Solar and Storage

The project in Lagos, Nigeria, is a standardized solution that replaces diesel genset dependency with solar on a large scale in a geographically-challenging area. Technology, process, competency and fund-sourcing were combined to create a sustainable, plug and play system.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Outstanding Solar Projects

SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH
St. Eustatius Island Electrification

The St. Eustatius Island Electrification via hybrid Utility Scale Solar and Storage project is the first of its size and class in the Caribbean, and helps free the island from genset dependency. This combination is not new, but the inclusion of storage is key, and puts this project at the forefront of diesel substitution development.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2016: Champion of Change

Kevin de León

Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León, author of SB 350, California’s landmark 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard law, along with several other key clean energy laws, is the well-deserving 2016 recipient of the Intersolar Champion of Change Award. De León is committed to passing big, bold laws that will create the clean energy future for all to benefit from.


ees AWARD Winner 2016: Electrical Energy Storage

LG Chem, Ltd.
RESU Series with new Li-Ion Battery Cell JH3

The Residential Energy Storage Unit from the Korean company LG Chem Ltd. is an innovative storage solution, using lithium-ion batteries with advanced JH3 cell technology. The RESU range boasts the world’s highest energy density in the low-voltage range.


ees AWARD Winner 2016: Electrical Energy Storage

SMA Solar Technology AG
Sunny Boy Storage 2.5

With the compact, transformerless high-voltage battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage 2.5, SMA Solar Technology AG from Niesetal, Germany has developed a solution which is particularly well suited to retrofitting existing PV plants, and at an attractive price.


ees AWARD Winner 2016: Electrical Energy Storage

Ferroamp Elektronik AB
EnergyHub System

With the EnergyHub System, the Swedish manufacturer Ferroamp Elektronik has developed an intelligent photovoltaic storage combination. This highly flexible, low-loss system brings together a local DC nanogrid, the most up-to-date circuitry and smart meter function.