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AWARD Winners 2020

The AWARD Winners 2020 were announced on June 30, 2020 live at the virtual AWARD Ceremony. Watch the innovations and reactions of the winners in the recording of the live stream.

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The smarter E AWARD Winners 2020: Outstanding Projects


Phaesun GmbH (Germany)
“REvivED Water” – Solar Powered Desalination, Somaliland

Headquartered in the German city of Memmingen, Phaesun specializes in off-grid photovoltaic technology. As part of the REvivED Water Innovation and Development Project, Phaesun has developed the first small-scale solar-powered electrodialysis desalination system on the market for purification of brackish water. It has achieved this by working with a group of interdisciplinary partners, ranging from architects to universities and startups. The system provides up to 2,000 liters of clean drinking water per day for isolated villagers and nomads in Somaliland. Electrodialysis uses a membrane technology: An electric current pulls salt ions through an ion exchange membrane, thereby significantly reducing the salt content. It is very well suited for providing a solar-powered drinking water supply, especially in remote areas.

The jury admired the cost-effectiveness and low-maintenance aspects of this solution, along with its high impact and demonstrated repeatability in rural Africa and India where there is a lack of pure drinking water.


Solar Chernobyl LLC (Ukraine)
Solar Chernobyl 1 MW

The Solar Chernobyl 1 megawatt power plant is a project of the Ukrainian-German consortium Rodina-Enerparc. Rodina specializes in renewable energy projects in Eastern Europe, the former USSR, and the Middle East. Enerparc designs, constructs, and operates solar power plants in Europe, Asia and the USA. The Solar Chernobyl plant is located on the contaminated site of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, with only a small distance of 100 meters from the reactor that exploded in 1986. As the only privately-invested project in the Chernobyl zone since then, this is a unique example of the redevelopment of radioactively polluted land, turning it into a positive example of the safety and capability of solar power and demonstrating its benefits for a post-nuclear energy world. To reduce radioactive leakage from the soil, the system was designed with low maintenance in mind and installed with ballasts set on the surface.

The jury recognized the symbolic and practical importance of installing a utility PV power plant at the site of one of the most dangerous nuclear accidents in history, paving the way for Ukrainian energy independence.


SunPower Corporation (United States)
Powerhouse Brattørkaia

The SunPower Corporation is a part of the Powerhouse Team collaborative that has joined forces to solve climate problems – and the company designs and manufactures crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panels. Its most recent building is the world’s northernmost energy-positive structure, Powerhouse Brattørkaia in Norway, built only three degrees south of the Arctic Circle. SunPower contributed its Maxeon solar technology, which has strong wind-load resistance and – over a time of 25 years – generates up to 35 percent more energy than conventional panels. The multi-story building produces power for its own use, and contributes any excess power to the local microgrid.

By bridging the gap between architecture and the solar industry, this solution demonstrates how function can dictate form and it proves the viability of solar power so far north. It was rewarded by the jury for its lighthouse character – setting an example for responsible construction for the future with an energy positive 60-year-life span from cradle to grave.

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2020: Smart Renewable Energy


Fronius International GmbH (Austria)
Fronius Solhub

Fronius International is a global company based in Austria. It develops technologies for converting and controlling electrical energy, which are fit to solve contemporary technical challenges. The Fronius Solhub is a decentralized energy hub that allows production, storage, and utilization of green hydrogen wherever it is needed – and whether it might be for transportation or for seasonal energy storage. By utilizing hydrogen, it is possible to couple the sectors power, mobility, and heat, and to store large amounts of energy over a long period of time. Solhub focuses on medium-sized customer companies that want to produce their own fuel with support of renewable energy resources that are locally available.

The jury was impressed by the pioneering complete system that is modular, scalable, and turn-key ready. Solhub brings solar energy to a fueling station and illustrates the growing importance of chemical energy carriers, particularly for heavy-duty and long-range transport applications as well as for industrial use.


Next Kraftwerke GmbH (Germany)
NEMOCS

Based in Cologne, Germany, Next Kraftwerke is a virtual power plant operator and power trader, connecting power-producing assets from renewable sources with commercial and industrial power consumers and power-storage systems. They have developed the software-as-a-service solution NEMOCS to support third parties in establishing their own virtual power plants. NEMOCS can connect thousands of decentralized units to optimize their operations by processing data in real time – that can improve generation forecasting. With NEMOCS, it is possible to monitor, forecast, and dispatch a distributed pool of assets from a single control center. This improves the performance of the pool of assets and the overall performance of the whole system.

The jury applauded this concept: It makes renewables more economical, it promotes their expansion, and it proves that renewables can meet the needs – and take on an increasing share – of the future energy market, including shouldering system responsibility.

 

 


Stadtwerke München GmbH (Germany)
M-Solar Sonnenbausteine

Munich City Utilities “Stadtwerke München” is an energy and infrastructure services provider in Bavaria’s capital city. Their photovoltaic project M-Solar Sonnenbausteine is a business model for urban energy transition that provides a chance for all citizens to participate in solar energy: The roofs that are used for the installation of solar panels are not restricted to private residences. “Sonnenbausteine,” or “solar building blocks,” are installed on roofs throughout the city, if the respective citizens invest as little as 500 euros. Based on a self-service online platform, this crowd- funded project returns energy and interest to the contributing citizens.

The jury commended this exemplary bottom-up solution, as it helps the community participate in local renewable energy. This decentralized lighthouse project demonstrates that everyone can contribute to adding green electricity to the local energy-mix – and that climate protection in urban areas can be achieved as a collective group.

Intersolar AWARD Winners 2020: Photovoltaics


Ferroamp Elektronik AB (Sweden)
Generic Solar String Optimizer (SSO)

Founded in 2010, Ferroamp Elektronik is a Swedish company that provides advanced energy and power optimization solutions for homes, real estate, and the industrial sector. Its Generic Solar String Optimizer can be described as a PV string inverter for DC grids with the functionality of a conventional AC string inverter – this helps connect solar panels directly to off-grid battery systems, to the DC side of storage inverters, and to the DC link in electric vehicle charging stations. A silicon carbide boost converter yields a peak efficiency of 99.5 percent.

The jury was impressed by the String Optimizer’s compatibility with a wide range of configurations, voltage levels, and control methods for the DC links that enable PV integration into existing systems. This can reduce the cost and complexity of adding solar power to new energy systems, thereby increasing the number of solar power installations and facilitating the energy transition towards renewable sources.


Fronius International GmbH (Austria)
Symo GEN24 Plus

Fronius International is an Austrian manufacturer of welding technology, photovoltaics, and battery charging technology. Their Symo GEN24 Plus is a three-phase hybrid inverter that makes AC and DC coupled hybrid systems possible. Multi Flow Technology ensures that loads can be supplied with energy while the battery charges simultaneously during power outages. This results in a longer- lasting back-up power supply with 10-kilowatt output power, ensuring a higher degree of self-supply. It also provides a good coverage of energy needs in normal times with a more flexible utilization of the battery.

The jury applauded the engineering that has created a new category of inverters for larger storage systems with high AC output power, an innovative active cooling system, top efficiency for a PV and battery combination, plus two load profiles for smaller and larger houses. The jury was also won over by the design that facilitates maintenance, recycling, and parts replacement.


REC Solar EMEA GmbH (Germany)
REC Alpha Series

REC Solar produces solar cells, modules, and other clean energy products. The Norwegian company – founded in 1996 – also provides turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction. Its REC Alpha Series is a 60-cell solar panel that combines a half-cut heterojunction cell structure with cutting-edge cell interconnection technology, resulting in a product that delivers up to 380-watt-peak with a power density of 217 watts per square meter. At 21.7 percent, it also has an outstanding module efficiency level. REC’s Alpha series bonds thin round wires directly to the cell surface, reducing the number of solder points in a panel by 95 percent and the overall lead content by 81 percent.

The jury was impressed by REC’s game-changing technology – with no light-induced degradation, high efficiency, high power density, and one of the lowest temperature coefficients in the market – and their goal to become fully lead-free in 2020.

ees AWARD Winners 2020: Electrical Energy Storage


FENECON GmbH (Germany)
FENECON Industrial

Feilmeier New Energy Consulting (FENECON) was founded in 2011 and is a provider of electricity storage systems of all sizes. FENECON Industrial is a plug and play storage system in a container with an open EMS software platform that enables the use of a wide variety of industrial and grid applications while maintaining manufacturer independence at the same time. This is a zero and second-life concept, optimized for mobile BEV batteries. The flexible design makes it easier to implement new or second life EV batteries.

The jury was impressed with this well-thought-out system approach that creates a platform for intelligently integrating zero life or second life automotive batteries, taking advantage of the automotive industry’s scale and addressing end-of-life EV battery challenges. In addition, the jury commended the modern and flexible energy management due to the integration of the system with the openEMS platform.


Webasto SE (Germany)
CV Standard Battery System

A global systems partner of vehicle manufacturers, Webasto focuses on sustainability as a key aspect of future mobility, including reducing fuel consumption and the use of alternative drive systems. The Webasto CV Standard Battery System is an off-the-shelf plug-and-play traction battery solution for commercial vehicles. Designed with total cost of ownership in mind, the system features a flexible two-layer design for easier installation and voltage scaling that enables using the same product in smaller trucks and large buses or trucks.

The jury awarded this product for its scalability, its possibly wide application in diverse vehicles, and its ability to retrofit existing vehicles with minimal costs, while providing battery systems to vehicle manufacturers.


ZnR Batteries SAS (France)
The Zinium Zinc-Air Rechargeable Battery

ZnR Batteries is a technological subsidiary of the EDF Group, which addresses the climate crisis by building a net zero energy future through providing electricity solutions and services. The Zinium Zinc-Air rechargeable battery contains Zinc-Air cells made of components that are submerged in an aqueous electrolyte called Zinolyte®. This makes the battery rechargeable. Zinium uses ambient air to function – the battery absorbs and releases oxygen while charging and discharging, and the storage system has dedicated proprietary battery management. It also includes a porous anode that is mainly made of zinc, it incorporates other components such as manganese and calcium – and it contains neither rare earths nor precious metals.

The jury commended the visionary approach to safe and clean battery technology. While new technologies often face challenges as they are commercialized, the jury recognized the well-thought- out strategy to target residential, commercial, and industrial energy storage markets that have lower entry barriers.

AWARD Finalists 2020

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2020: Outstanding Projects

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Alpha EES


Alpha ESS Europe GmbH (Germany)
Myanmar – Rural Electrifi cation Project

The Myanmar Rural Electrification Project is part of a larger World Bank program, which has set the goal of supplying electricity to 7.2 million homes in Myanmar by 2030 by expanding grids and building microgrids for decentralized rural electrification. The first step of this project involved connecting nine villages to the power supply. Alpha ESS set up systems at 13 locations offering a total PV capacity of 1 MW and storage capacity of 5 MWh. The thermal management of the batteries, which are installed in containers, constitutes one of the project’s key technologies. It is based on a modular standard design that can be adapted to the needs of other locations.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: C2 Energy Capital


C2 Energy Capital (United States)
Thomas Edison High School Solar Energy & Sustainability Plaza Project


Thomas Edison High School, a public school in the US city of Minneapolis, has increased its available budget by installing a 480 kWp PV system on its roof and carport. The PV system also represents a real-life energy transition lab – it is not just another roof component, but an essential element of the school building that helps teach students more about renewable energy. The Edison Solar Project also includes a “sustainability plaza” with a solar panel canopy and electric vehicle charging stations.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Phaesun GmbH


Phaesun GmbH (Germany)
RevivED Water – Solar Powered Desalination in Somaliland

A special desalination and purification plant for brackish water has been installed in the Somali desert as part of the EU development and innovation project RevivED water. The solar-powered system uses electrodialysis to supply the village of Beyo Gulan’s 300 inhabitants and nomads with clean drinking water, replacing a salt spring whose water was highly saline and polluted, making it unsafe for consumption. Now, the villagers have a reliable source of clean drinking water. Local experts are trained to perform the little maintenance necessary. The same model is also set to be deployed in Djibouti, Tanzania and India.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Reuniwatt SAS


Reuniwatt SAS (France)
Springbok Solar Cluster

The Springbok Solar Cluster, a 443 MWp PV power plant outfitted with a 1.5 MWh lithium-ion battery, uses control algorithms based on exact short-term and long-term forecasting to supply Los Angeles with “ready-to-go” power. Forecasts are made by observing the skies using infrared technology, allowing weather conditions to be predicted quickly and accurately. They are also used to ensure uniform power output, assisting the energy storage system in balancing out the variability of solar power generation. The forecasts must be as accurate as possible so that renewable energies can be even better integrated into the design of the electricity market in the future.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: SENEC GmbH


SENEC GmbH (Germany)
Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot

The Onslow Renewable Energy Pilot is a vast microgrid in Australia designed to improve the performance of the existing electricity supply system and ultimately provide communities with affordable and sustainable electricity. The region’s electricity demand is very high. Currently, this means diesel generators must often be used. But it will allow the new microgrid – with a 1 MWp PV installation, a gas-fired power plant and a 1 MWh battery storage system – to pay for itself within less than three years’ time. The new electricity infrastructure offers suppliers a high, sustainable return on investment and provides purchasers with green energy at an affordable and reliable price.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: SMA Solar Technology


SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany)
E-Supply without Grid – Bordesholm Example for the "Energiewende"

A storage system with a capacity of 15 MWh has been installed in Bordesholm in Germany, supplying power independently of the public grid. Recognized as a milestone in the energy transition, the 10 MW system is first and foremost designed to act as a primary operating reserve and supply electricity for direct marketing. It will also secure the entire power supply if the mains grid fails. In a trial during the system’s launch, consumers were disconnected from the public grid and supplied only with renewable power. The transition ran smoothly and was not noticeable for the consumers. The system ensures high supply security and is black start capable, meaning it can quickly be brought back into operation after going offline.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Solar Chernobyl


Solar Chernobyl LLC (Ukraine)
Solar Chernobyl – 1MW


Solar Chernobyl is a 1 MW solar power plant laden with symbolism. Located just 100 meters away from the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which exploded in 1986, it is the first PV installation built in an area contaminated by radiation. The energy transition has arrived at the site of the catastrophe which ushered in the beginning of the end for nuclear power. The plant embodies the transformation of our energy supply in more than just symbolic terms. The project’s creator, the Ukrainian-German consortium Rodina-Enerparc, conceived it as a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to promote the economic development of Chernobyl’s restricted zone.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: SunPower Corporation


SunPower Corporation (United States)
Nyarugusu Refugee Camp – Water Mission

The non-profit organization Water Mission seeks to supply the remotest corners of the earth with clean water. Since the people living in these areas seldom have access to fuels or grid-supplied electricity, solar-powered water pumps are used. The project in Tanzania’s Nyarugusu refugee camp, whose 132,000 inhabitants have been settled there for many years, shines a light on the necessity of such initiatives. The camp now draws water from six different sources and purifies it using a solar-powered treatment system. According to Water Mission, Nyarugusu is home to the world’s largest solar-powered water processing plant.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: SunPower Corporation


SunPower Corporation (United States)
Powerhouse Brattørkaia

Norway’s Powerhouse Brattørkaia is the northernmost building of its kind in the world. Not only is it visually appealing thanks to the clever integration of PV technology into its architecture, it is extremely efficient. The building produces more electrical energy than it consumes, feeding the surplus to neighboring buildings, e-buses, cars and the nearby port’s ferry system via a microgrid. Although the building only sees a maximum of four hours of sunlight in winter, its large integrated solar power system produces a surplus of energy throughout the year. Powerhouse Brattørkaia is a perfect example of building-integrated PV and an architectural masterpiece specially designed for optimal solar yield.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Xuan Cau


Xuan Cau Holdings/B. Grimm Power PCL (Thailand)
Dau Tieng Photovoltaic Solar Power Project


In the Dau Tieng Solar Power Project, a PV system on raised stilts was installed next to Dau Tieng Lake in Vietnam. The 500 MWp facility, including a substation, is suspended above a 550-hectare plain which experiences frequent flooding. Designed to withstand the highest foreseeable flood level within the next 100 years, the system exploits an otherwise inaccessible area to generate solar power. Piles of six different lengths and varieties were used in the installation to account for the site’s topography and geology, and engineers had to take into account the water level to determine the velocity with which the piles should be driven into the ground. Because of the variability of the water level, some components were installed from land and others using ships.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2020: Smart Renewable Energy

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Bachmann Electronics


Bachmann electronic GmbH (Austria)
Smart Power Plant Controller


With its Smart Power Plant Controller, Bachmann electronic has developed an integrated approach to managing energy generation parks including both hardware and software. The complete system has been certified and thus offers park controllers the legal security they are looking for. This solution is supported by a standardized data interface and a sophisticated authorization concept. The Smart Power Plant Controller is designed for hybrid farms with total connected load ratings of 135 kW or greater which are subject to particular regulatory requirements.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Fronius International


Fronius International GmbH (Austria)
Fronius Solhub


The Fronius Solhub is a turnkey solution for producing, storing and using green hydrogen all on the consumer’s premises. The hydrogen can be used to power fuel cell vehicles and a stationary fuel cell can be used to generate more electricity as necessary. The heat generated from producing and reconverting energy can also be used directly on-site.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Greentec Development


Greentec Development GmbH (Austria)
raicoon – The World’s First Autonomous Operations Center for Renewables

greentec development has worked together with research institutions to create the software solution raicoon, which it describes as the world’s first autonomous operations center for renewable energy systems. The software uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to enable the decentralized and autonomous operation of power generation systems. Compared to conventional monitoring tools, raicoon does not focus on visualization and monitoring, but uses data and real-life events to make (partially) automated system management decisions.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen


Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (Germany)
GRIDCON HPC 150


The GRIDCON® HPC 150 is a new solution for efficiently coupling the transportation and energy sectors while relieving the distribution system. In technical terms, it is a bidirectional high-power charging station with an AC/DC rectifier and a DC/DC converter with galvanic isolation. An additional DC connection for a PV installation or batteries is the centerpiece of the apparatus. The GRIDCON® HPC 150 forms a node which enables energy to be transferred directly between multiple direct current devices independently of the distribution grid, reducing the number of conversion processes and thus the amount of energy lost.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Next Kraftwerke


Next Kraftwerke GmbH (Germany)
NEMOCS

NEMOCS is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that enables third parties to operate their own virtual power plant (VPP). NEMOCS can connect thousands of decentralized units to enhance their operation. Data are processed in real time, which improves aspects including power generation forecasting. Moreover, NEMOCS can issue commands to a multitude of connected units as necessary in response to pricing or grid signals.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Quantron


Quantron AG (Germany)
Find your e-solution!

From its headquarters in Augsburg, Quantron helps customers find the solution they need for electrifying commercial vehicles. It specializes in replacing the internal combustion engines of used commercial vehicles with an electric drivetrain with the appropriate battery capacity. The components from the old internal combustion engines are kept to be used for spare parts. With this approach, the company is driving forward the electrification of the commercial vehicle sector and contributing to a transportation transition that makes efficient use of resources, extending instead of shortening component lifetimes.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Shenzhen Growatt


Shenzhen Growatt New Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
GroHome System

Growatt’s GroHome line is the latest addition to the inverter manufacturer’s portfolio, incorporating a range of smart home components such as smart controls for HVAC systems and water heaters powered by a solar installation. The services offered can be configured via an app to optimize local consumption of the solar energy generated. The GroHome system is modular and can be expanded.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: SMA Solar Technology


SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany)
SMA Power Plant Manager

The SMA Power Plant Manager is a compact, cost-effective and grid-compatible solution for managing and monitoring solar and hybrid power plants. It serves as a central control and data interface for connecting battery storage systems and diesel generators to solar farms or the power grid and offers comprehensive grid services. For instance, it enables voltage and frequency regulation, primary control reserves and black starts as well as resynchronization with the grid subsequent to a wide area synchronous grid outage.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2020: Stadtwerke München


Stadtwerke München GmbH (Germany)
M-Solar Sonnenbausteine

With its new M-Solar Sonnenbausteine, or “sun blocks,” Munich’s municipal utilities are introducing their own local solution for the energy transition. The crowdfunding model allows city residents to purchase a small share in PV installations and ensures real-time, transparent information on energy yields. The M-Solar Sonnenbausteine program is an initiative that lets homeowners and tenants participate in the energy transition even without a rooftop installation of their own. The aim of these investments is to tap the green potential of previously unused spaces.

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2020: Photovoltaics

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Ampner


Ampner Oy (Finland)
Ampner ACETM 300 PV

The Ampner ACE™ 300 PV inverter for PV parks boasts 1500 V technology and an impressive nominal output of up to 333 kVA with outstanding power density. The system is divided into a main unit and a connection unit, making installation less labor-intensive. It is also extremely robust, able to withstand both very high and very low temperatures and function at altitudes of up to 4,000 meters.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: BayWa/Zimmermann


BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH/Zimmermann PV-Stahlbau GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
The Integrated BayWa r.e. Floating PV Solution based on ZimFloat

The integrated BayWa r.e. Floating PV Solution based on ZimFloat, a joint solution by BayWa and Zimmermann, makes it possible to safely and efficiently utilize bodies of water for solar power generation. The ZimFloat substructure system comprises walkways and maintenance ways, cable ducts, inverter boats and wave barriers.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Eturnity


Eturnity AG (Switzerland)
Integrated Simulation Platform

The Integrated Simulation Platform for yield simulation allows PV installers to generate sound and transparent quotations for their end customers. Battery systems, heat pumps and electric vehicles can all be taken into account in the simulations. Extensive libraries make it easy for installers to generate realistic yield calculations for their customers.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Ferroamp Elektronik


Ferroamp Elektronik AB (Sweden)
Generic Solar String Optimizer

With the Generic Solar String Optimizer, solar power can be fed directly into direct current systems such as charging stations for electric vehicles. The optimizer has been designed for larger residential systems, with a capacity classed at 16 kW and an output voltage which can be selected within the range from 400 to 800 V. It comes with a maximum power point (MPP) tracker and a multitude of protective functions.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Fronius International


Fronius International GmbH (Austria)
Symo GEN24 Plus


The Fronius Symo GEN24 Plus is a highly sophisticated hybrid inverter for operating a PV system in combination with a domestic storage system. Alongside the integrated back-up function for power outages, the Symo GEN24 Plus boasts high efficiency, flexible connection options, an innovative cooling concept and simple installation.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: NanoPhos


NanoPhos SA (Greece)
Surfashield G


The photocatalytic coating SurfaShield G by NanoPhos is based on nanostructured titanium dioxide and can be applied to PV modules during production or after installation. The particle-resistant, self-cleaning coating increases the yield of PV systems and considerably reduces the need for cleaning.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: REC Solar EMEA


REC Solar EMEA GmbH (Germany)
REC Alpha Series


The solar panels of the REC Alpha series make the most of the advantages of heterojunction technology, with 21.7 percent efficiency and a temperature coefficient of just 0.26 percent per degree Celsius. The PV module also boasts sophisticated wiring, reducing its lead content by 81 percent and bringing a completely lead-free PV module within reach.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Sungrow Power


Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (China)
SG250HX


The SG250HX is a string inverter for large-scale PV plants which boasts an impressively high nominal power rating and a sophisticated design that makes it perfectly suited to the usage profile. This includes an extended input voltage range, twelve independent MPP trackers per device, an extremely high European weighted efficiency of 98.8 percent, and a Q@Night function.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Trina Solar


Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG (Switzerland)
Vertex

The Vertex module has an output of more than 500 W, which is achieved by 50 solar cells with an original edge length of 210 millimeters. To minimize resistance losses at the same time, the wafers – which are just 70 to 80 percent larger than the current standard – are produced using three-piece, non-destructive cutting. Together with the extremely small inter-cell gap of 0.5 millimeters, this allows the Vertex to achieve 21 percent efficiency.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2020: Jinko Solar


Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. (China)
Tiger N-Type Module with Tiling Ribbon Technology

In the Tiger N-type module with Tiling Ribbon technology, the cells within each string are extremely close together, ensuring a smooth appearance. The Tiger module has an efficiency rating of 21.6 percent. Nine round connectors – instead of the previous five – reduce light reflection and resistance loss. The connectors’ special design makes the module particularly reliable.

ees AWARD Finalists 2020: Electrical Energy Storage

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: ads-tec


ads-tec Energy GmbH (Germany)
Mobile High Power Charger (MHPC)

The Mobile High Power Charger (MHPC) is a temporary, movable high-speed electric vehicle charging station which can be used, for instance, at events or for short-term expansion of charging capacity. Installed in a semi-trailer, it can charge ten vehicles with an individual capacity of up to 320 kW at the same time and meets the Combined Charging System 2 (CCS2) standard. It offers a storage capacity of 1.9 megawatt hours (MWh). The system itself can be recharged in less than four hours from the 400-volt three-phase current mains with charging power of up to 500 kW.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: Baywa r.e.


BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (Germany)
Hybrid Storage System Meets AC/DC E-Mobility Charging Infrastructure


Both new and used batteries are utilized in the “hybrid storage system meets AC/DC e-mobility charging infrastructure”. It combines second-life batteries from the Mercedes-Benz Vito (96 kWh) with new Samsung batteries (68 kWh) and has an output of up to 150 kW. The smart dynamic energy management system communicates with four 150 kW direct current high-speed chargers, 32 Mennekes wall boxes and 42 ubitricity wall boxes in the BayWa Tower. The storage system reduces peak loads caused by charging compared to public grid connections, removes the need for grid expansion and increases the charging power available on-site.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: BYD


BYD Company Limited (China)
Battery Box Premium


The Battery-Box Premium is the third generation of this storage device which runs on lithium-iron-phosphate technology. It has been redesigned for greater visual appeal and easier installation. The cells used now have an even greater energy density, meaning that a system with the same storage capacity takes up less space. A wireless electrical and communicative connection is used to stack individual modules. The system can be installed both indoors and outdoors.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: FENECON


FENECON GmbH (Germany)
FENECON Industrial


The storage system FENECON Industrial is built into a ten-foot container and offers flexible dimensions. It consists of up to sixteen 41 kWh electric vehicle batteries from BMW, which come with their own heating and cooling systems and guarantee a temperature range of -25° to +50° Celsius in operation. The modular design makes use of 88 kVA inverters and further inverters can be added for a total of up to 704 kVA. The entire container can be transported without being classified as hazardous material. An integrated low-voltage switch gear makes for fast connection to the grid.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: Instagrid


Instagrid GmbH (Germany)
Instagrid BPS

The portable storage solution instagrid BPS has a capacity of 1.7 kWh. It offers 3,680 W continuous output power, 7,200 W for six seconds and 11,000 W for 0.5 seconds. The permissible ambient temperature is between -20° and +60° Celsius. The manufacturer has designed this storage system in particular for use in construction with devices that cannot currently run on their own batteries and require a solid grid connection. The system can be fully recharged in four hours via a normal grid connection and is available for purchase or to rent.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: LG Chem


LG Chem, Ltd. (South Korea)
New RESU Modular

The New RESU Modular domestic storage system is built around the new LG Chem cell JS 1 and can be expanded from 8.6 kWh to 17.2 kWh. The modules are connected by a single cable which encapsulates the data line as well as power connections. As high-voltage modules, they do not require any internal DC converters, can be used with alternating current or direct current in conjunction with the appropriate inverter, and meet all applicable safety standards. The attractively designed modules can be transported individually and connected at the installation site.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: Pylon Tecgnologies


Pylon Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
Powercube H1


The PowerCube-H1 modular high-voltage storage system is equipped with lithium-iron-phosphate cells. It can be expanded and the modules can be replaced even during operation. The system can run at temperatures between -10° and +50° Celsius and is certified for high humidity and earthquakes measuring up to 9 on the Richter scale. It also meets the IEC 62619 and VDE ARE E 2510-50 standards. The battery management system enables automated detection and configuration of the modules used.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: volytica diagnostics


volytica diagnostics GmbH (Germany)
Battery Diagnosis as a Service


volytica diagnostics offers “battery diagnosis as a service”, which involves automatically recording the operating data of battery applications without the need for additional sensors and processing these data using cloud computing and VDX Engine. The company monitors for its customers the load of battery systems and how they age. This enables more in-depth analysis and a range of different visualizations of the operation and ageing process of the batteries via a cockpit and dashboard.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: Webasto


Webasto SE (Germany)
CV Standard Battery System

The customizable CV Standard Battery System uses Samsung SDI cells designed for vehicles, offers integrated liquid cooling with low pressure loss, and can be configured for 400-volt and 800-volt applications. This makes it quick and easy for commercial vehicle manufacturers to configure and purchase systems for their electric vehicles’ traction batteries, even in small batch numbers. Webasto’s systems meet all applicable standards for vehicle construction.

ees AWARD Finalist 2020: ZnR Batteries


ZnR Batteries SAS (France)
The Zinium Zinc-Air Rechargeable Battery

Zinium, the company’s rechargeable zinc-air battery for stationary applications, is safe and environmentally friendly. It is 95 percent reusable and available from 20 to 200 kWh. Two years from now, the product should cost around 200 euros per kWh – less than that of lithium-ion batteries. Prototypes have been undergoing real-world testing since 2019.

 

 

Previous AWARD Winners

AWARD Winners 2019


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019:
Outstanding Projects

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (Germany)
Don Rodrigo – Europe’s first subsidy-free photovoltaic power plant on a supply scale

Part of BayWa AG and headquartered in Munich, BayWa r.e. is a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler, and energy solutions provider. Located not far from Seville, Spain, Don Rodrigo it is not just one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in Europe – it is also the first large-scale PV power plant in Europe built without state subsidies. Nevertheless, the project had to follow the same four-year application process as conventional power plants.

The panel of judges sees this as a flagship project for Europe, showing that grid parity is perfectly possible on this large scale. With a solid business case bolstered by instruments for long-term financing, the project demonstrates great innovation and reflects a major shift in public perception of PV’s sustainability and profitability.

mondas is The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019:
Outstanding Projects

mondas GmbH (Germany)
Smart heat grid for 1,350 Freiburg inhabitants

Founded in 2018, mondas is run by a team of eight IT experts, experienced building services engineers, and system planners. A new residential district in Freiburg, Germany, is now home to an intelligent heat grid with 38 decentralized solar thermal systems connected to 525 residential units. This feeds thermal energy into a local heating network, which is also supplied by a biomethane combined heat and power plant. mondas used artificial intelligence control algorithms in its analytic software to gather measurement data, yields, and demand values for all 38 solar thermal systems.

The panel of judges was excited by the integration of digitalization in solar thermal CHP technology as well as the modular design of the solar heat grid, which was constructed with the support of a local supplier.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019:
Outstanding Projects

Siemens AG (Germany)
Isabela hybrid power plant – Galápagos island home to sustainable energy system

Siemens is one of the world’s largest suppliers of power generation and transmission systems. The company has created a smart hybrid energy system on Isabela Island, the largest of Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. The system runs on solar PV energy and sustainably grown jatropha biofuel, and it supplies the island with 100 percent renewable power. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galápagos archipelago requires a highly reliable power supply despite being a unique, remote area under strict protection.

The panel of judges rewarded this demonstration of a complex renewable electricity solution, which replaces diesel and eliminates the associated environmental risks. Teaching local inhabitants about the maintenance and operation of the plant is part of the innovative approach to decentrally controlled applications.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019:
Smart Renewable Energy

Axiotherm GmbH (Germany)
kraftBoxx – large-scale thermal energy storage for sector coupling

Axiotherm has been working with phase change materials (PCMs) in all fields of engineering since 2015. PCMs can absorb or release large amounts of latent heat when they change their physical state. kraftBoxx, a thermal energy storage unit that uses latent storage technology for heating and hot water, has a higher energy storage capacity than conventional heat and cold storage systems. This efficient power-to-heat solution increases heat capacity without taking up additional space.

The panel was impressed with the unit’s high energy-storage capacity, which makes it ideal for sector coupling in single-family homes. Comprising a latent heat accumulator, an electrothermal station, a fresh water station and an intelligent controller, the modular and scalable system enables the use of surplus solar power for heating purposes and increases the proportion of self-consumption.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019:  SolarGaps (Ukraine), SolarGaps Smart Solar Blinds


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019:
Smart Renewable Energy

SolarGaps (Ukraine)
Smart, energy-generating solar blinds

The Ukrainian start-up SolarGaps has been working in the field of energy efficiency and climate-friendly technologies for the last three years. It has invented “smart shading” exterior window blinds that enable the production of green energy on the outside of windows. Installation on previously unused window surfaces is an important next step for building-integrated PV and it offers an alternative to those who are reluctant to install conventional PV panels. The PV blinds can either be controlled by a smartphone app or adjust themselves automatically for optimum sun exposure.

The judges honored the invention for its compatibility with smart building systems and the blinds’ ability to maximize energy generation by adjusting to the position of the sun. Supplied with microinverters, which convert DC into AC, the blinds’ junction box can also be used to directly supply power to electrical appliances.

 

 

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2019: Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG (Germany), Stäubli Power-Blox


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019:
Smart Renewable Energy

Stäubli Electrical Connectors GmbH (Germany)
Power-Blox – the mobile power socket

Originally founded in 1892 as a small workshop in Zurich, Stäubli has transformed into an international mechatronics solution provider for connectors, robotics, and textiles. The Stäubli Power-Blox is a modular storage system for solar energy that offers AC power up to the megawatt range. It is comprised of intelligent energy cubes with integrated battery storage, is designed for outdoor off-grid applications, and can be charged via a solar module. Based on patented, self-organizing swarm technology, this approach offers benefits in terms of simplicity, scalability, and security.

The judges were impressed by the user-friendly “portable socket” aspect for off-grid energy demands, as well as the ease and convenience of supplying electricity to households or small businesses in areas with limited grid access.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2019:
Photovoltaics

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
Smart PV string inverter SUN2000 15-20KTL-M0 for simple installation

Huawei Technologies is a global provider of network and energy solutions based in China. Its SUN2000 smart PV string inverter enables flexible installation of large residential and commercial systems. The lightweight and compact product includes a comprehensive software package with integrated error diagnostics and an energy management system that supports trouble-free operation with or without a battery storage system.

The judges were impressed by the combination of so many useful high-end features integrated into one system. The inverter can even be combined with performance optimizers to reduce the negative impacts of shading or differing module layouts. Another highlight is the innovative AC terminal, making for easier output connection.

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2019: Raycatch Ltd. (Israel), DeepSolar™- Automated AI Diagnostics System for Solar PV Plants


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2019:
Photovoltaics

Raycatch Ltd. (Israel)
DeepSolar™ – automated AI diagnostics system for solar PV systems

Raycatch, a start-up founded in 2015, uses artificial intelligence technology to expertly analyze and perform accurate diagnostics on the high influx of complex data from PV systems. DeepSolar is a fully automated, AI-based diagnostic software program for cost-optimized maintenance and monitoring of photovoltaic power plants.

The judges were impressed by this next-generation tool which uses data from existing monitoring systems to optimize system performance and replaces interval-based maintenance with a cost-effective, responsive approach. And no additional hardware is required – clients provide their SCADA credentials and the system begins filtering the PV system data, detecting anomalies, and mapping failures without the need for human intervention.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019: Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. (China), Bifacial Module with Transparent Backsheet – Swan


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2019:
Photovoltaics

Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. (China)
Cheetah Bifacial HC Swan modules equipped with transparent back sheet

Jinko Solar is one of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar module manufacturers. It has integrated the DuPont-manufactured Swan transparent back sheet in its Cheetah Bifacial HC module for the first time, making the product lighter than the glass-glass modules traditionally used for bifacial technology. Swan combines the benefits and extra yield of bifacial technology with the simplicity and easy installation of standard glass back sheet modules.

The judges were impressed by the trendsetting nature of the module concept combined with its 30-year power warranty, making the module ideal for PV power plants and optimizing it to ensure lower electricity costs.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: Bluestorage (France), The LMP® (Lithium Metal Polymer) 250/400 Rack


ees AWARD Winner 2019:
Electrical Energy Storage

Blue Solutions SA (France)
LMP® (Lithium Metal Polymer) 250/400 rack – modular, heat-resistant storage system

Blue Solutions, a member of the French Bolloré Group, develops and markets solutions for electricity production, storage, and management. The company reached a milestone in its history when it developed the first stationary energy storage system with a solid-state Lithium Metal Polymer battery.

The panel of judges was impressed by the high level of safety and performance offered by this solution. The modular racks house the battery as well as a controller and are designed for simplified installation and maintenance. LMP batteries do not contain liquid electrolytes and can be operated at up to 105° Celsius without the need for cooling. This makes them particularly well suited for use in regions with high ambient temperatures. LMP technology does not use solvents, cobalt or other rare minerals, and the batteries’ metallic lithium allows them to be recycled.

ees AWARD Fiinalist 2019: Enerox GmbH (Austria), CellCube FB500-2000


ees AWARD Winner 2019:
Electrical Energy Storage

Enerox GmbH (Austria)
CellCube FB 500-2000 – high-output storage device for photovoltaic systems

Exceptional Austrian engineering – Enerox is part of the CellCube Energy Storage Systems family and incorporates outstanding technology into the research, design, manufacture and sale of the integrated CellCube ESS. The CellCube storage system is one of the first in the industry to offer vanadium redox flow (VRF) batteries with a 1,000 volt DC range. The system is based on VRF technology which stores energy in vanadium electrolyte tanks. The scalable, high-performance 250 kilowatt units can be used in large-scale solar parks and wind farms, self-sufficient building solutions, and stand-alone grids.

The judges also commended the business model of “electrolyte as a service”, representing an innovation in the field of flow batteries. It helps overcome the major investment cost barrier by driving capital costs below 300 euros per kilowatt hour.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (Germany), GRIDCON® PCS 4W-400V/3x42kVA-PQ4-1xDCDC


ees AWARD Winner 2019:
Electrical Energy Storage

Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (Germany)
GRIDCON® PCS 4W – variable storage inverter for maximum energy quality

The GRIDCON® PCS 4W power conversion system is a modular, bidirectional storage inverter for on-grid and off-grid applications. Designed as a four-wire system, it can be operated as a TN grid without the need to install additional transformers. The inverter was developed by Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, which was founded in 1868 and is based in Regensburg, Germany. It is a global supplier of power filters and battery inverters in distribution grids.

Dubbing it the “Swiss army knife of inverters”, the judges noted its holistic approach to maximizing power quality. The central DC bus enables the connection of different loads and feeders such as various kinds of batteries and PV units. This means the device can be used in the construction of stable stand-alone systems for micro grid applications as well as convenient solutions for supplying emergency and back-up power.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2018: Outstanding Projects

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

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 Winner 2018: Outstanding Projects

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

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 Winner 2018: Outstanding Projects

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

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.


BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (Germany)
Don Rodrigo – Europe’s first subsidy-free photovoltaic power plant on a supply scale

Part of BayWa AG and headquartered in Munich, BayWa r.e. is a global renewable energy developer, service supplier, wholesaler, and energy solutions provider. Located not far from Seville, Spain, Don Rodrigo it is not just one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in Europe – it is also the first large-scale PV power plant in Europe built without state subsidies. Nevertheless, the project had to follow the same four-year application process as conventional power plants.

The panel of judges sees this as a flagship project for Europe, showing that grid parity is perfectly possible on this large scale. With a solid business case bolstered by instruments for long-term financing, the project demonstrates great innovation and reflects a major shift in public perception of PV’s sustainability and profitability.

mondas is The smarter E AWARD Winner 2019


mondas GmbH (Germany)
Smart heat grid for 1,350 Freiburg inhabitants

Founded in 2018, mondas is run by a team of eight IT experts, experienced building services engineers, and system planners. A new residential district in Freiburg, Germany, is now home to an intelligent heat grid with 38 decentralized solar thermal systems connected to 525 residential units. This feeds thermal energy into a local heating network, which is also supplied by a biomethane combined heat and power plant. mondas used artificial intelligence control algorithms in its analytic software to gather measurement data, yields, and demand values for all 38 solar thermal systems.

The panel of judges was excited by the integration of digitalization in solar thermal CHP technology as well as the modular design of the solar heat grid, which was constructed with the support of a local supplier.


Siemens AG (Germany)
Isabela hybrid power plant – Galápagos island home to sustainable energy system

Siemens is one of the world’s largest suppliers of power generation and transmission systems. The company has created a smart hybrid energy system on Isabela Island, the largest of Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. The system runs on solar PV energy and sustainably grown jatropha biofuel, and it supplies the island with 100 percent renewable power. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galápagos archipelago requires a highly reliable power supply despite being a unique, remote area under strict protection.

The panel of judges rewarded this demonstration of a complex renewable electricity solution, which replaces diesel and eliminates the associated environmental risks. Teaching local inhabitants about the maintenance and operation of the plant is part of the innovative approach to decentrally controlled applications.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2018: Smart Renewable Energy

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

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 Winner 2018: indielux UG - ready2plugin


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2018: Smart Renewable Energy

indielux UG
ready2plugin – the safe plug-in

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 Winner 2018: SMA Solar Technology AG - ennexOS


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2018: Smart Renewable Energy

SMA Solar Technology AG
ennexOS –
the cross sector IoT platform

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.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2018: Photovoltaics

ABB
PVS-175-TL impresses with numerous innovations

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 Winner 2018: Photovoltaics

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

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 Winner 2018: Photovoltaics

Krinner Solar GmbH
CAS²– Computer Aided Solar Structure

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.

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


ees AWARD Winner 2018: Electrical Energy Storage

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

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 Winner 2018: SOCOMEC - Microgrid Energy Storage Solution


ees AWARD Winner 2018: Electrical Energy Storage

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

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 Winner 2018: Dynapower Company, LLC. - Dynapower DC


ees AWARD Winner 2018: Electrical Energy Storage

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

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.

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.

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