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AWARD Winners 2019

The smarter E AWARD Winners 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


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 Winners 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


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


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 Winners 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


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


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 Winners 2019: Electrical Energy Storage

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


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


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


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.

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The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2019: Outstanding Projects

The smarter E AWARD Finalist: Don Rodrigo by BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH


BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH (Germany)
Don Rodrigo – Europe's First Unsubsidized Utility Scale PV Power Plant
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A3.180

The Don Rodrigo solar park in southern Spain is the very first European photovoltaic power plant to be financed without subsidies. 500,000 solar modules are installed over an area of 265 hectares, and the total output of the park amounts to 175 MW. At less than 25 euros/MWh, Don Rodrigo’s electricity production costs (LCoE, levelized cost of electricity) are lower than those of conventional power plants. This shows that it is already possible for renewable energies to achieve grid parity in sunny regions of Europe without the need for subsidies.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Bluestorage (France) CanalOlympia – Where Culture Vibrates in Africa!


Blue Solutions SA (France)
CanalOlympia – Where Culture Vibrates in Africa!
ees Europe 2019, Booth B1.159

A chain of environmentally friendly cinemas which produce their own electricity have been launched under the name of CanalOlympia. 50 entirely self-powered cinemas are in operation across Central and West Africa. The cinemas are supplied by a hybrid system with 140 kWp of solar modules and 400 kWh of storage. This creates the infrastructure needed for culture and entertainment in rural environments.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd. (India), CleanMax Solar Farm, Sedam Karnataka


Clean Max Enviro Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd. (India)
CleanMax Solar Farm, Sedam Karnataka

Project Owner

A grid-coupled solar park with an output of 145 MWp in Sedam, in the Indian state of Karnataka, is making it easier for companies to switch to solar power with minimal risk. CleanMax is a local green power provider which supplies companies with renewable energy so that they don’t have to invest in their own PV installations. This has made it possible for Adobe India, for example, to cover the entire energy demand of its Bangalore campus with power from the solar park.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: DHYBRID Power Systems GmbH (Germany), Hybrid System Replaces Diesel Generator for Utility in Somaliland


DHYBRID Power Systems GmbH (Germany)
Hybrid System Replaces Diesel Generator for Utility in Somaliland
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B2.650

Thanks to a hybrid system comprising a photovoltaic installation (200 kWp) and a lithium-ion storage unit (265 kWh), a local utility company in Somaliland (East Africa) can now completely shut down its diesel generators during the day. A smart grid control system is responsible for fully automatic and load-dependent control and regulation of all energy sources. The share of renewable energies can be expanded in similar applications with this system, regardless of the manufacturer or technology.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: IBC SOLAR Energy GmbH (Germany), Energiedorf Sammatz – Speichersystem Peronnik e.V.


IBC SOLAR Energy GmbH (Germany)
Energiedorf Sammatz – Speichersystem Peronnik e.V.
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A3.470, A3.670

The Michaelshof project in Sammatz (Wendland) demonstrates that a village in Germany can power itself with locally generated renewable energy. A total of 190 kWp of photovoltaics have been installed on nine buildings and 90 percent of the solar power is consumed on-site. In combination with a 200 kWh lithium battery system, the prosumers achieve a self-sufficiency rate of around 40 percent.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019:  Japan Tobacco International (Jordan), Solar Thermal Steam Generation for Process Heat and Cooling


Japan Tobacco International (Jordan)
Solar Thermal Steam Generation for Process Heat and Cooling

Project Owner

This tobacco factory in Amman generates both industrial process heat and cooling using Fresnel collectors. This is the first time that solar process steam generation and solar thermal cooling have been combined anywhere in the world. The Jordanian tobacco factory was fitted with a collector array spanning 1,254 square meters, and a two-stage absorption refrigerator is also used.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: mondas GmbH (Germany), Smart Renewable Heat Grid for 1.350 Inhabitants in Freiburg


mondas GmbH (Germany)
Smart Renewable Heat Grid for 1.350 Inhabitants in Freiburg

EM-Power 2019, Booth C4.570D

A smart heating network has been set up in Gutleutmatten, a newly developed residential area in Freiburg, featuring 38 decentralized solar thermal installations. A total of 525 dwellings with 1,350 residents are connected to the heating network. AI algorithms and a specially developed IoT (Internet of Things) web platform take care of energy management for the solar collectors, the decentralized hot water storage tanks and the centralized cogeneration systems.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019:  NEXTracker, Inc. (USA), Maharishi University of Management Solar Power Plant Tech


NEXTracker, Inc. (USA)
Maharishi University of Management Solar Power Plant Tech
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A3.240

The 1.1 MW solar power plant at the Maharishi University of Management is the first solar installation in the USA to combine active tracking technology and vanadium-flow battery energy storage. The system uses a smart tracker control system which enables each row of modules to move independently to compensate for shading, weather conditions or the topography of the site in real time. The new solar and storage power plant brings the share of renewable energies in the university’s total energy supply to around 43 percent, and is predicted to cut its power bill by 30 percent.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Siemens AG (Germany), Isabela Hybrid Power Plant


Siemens AG (Germany)
Isabela Hybrid Power Plant

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B2.109, B2.110

The hybrid power plant Isabela, situated on the largest Galapagos island, supplies almost 900 households with carbon-neutral power from solar energy and biofuels. In addition to the 952 kWp photovoltaic installation and a battery storage system with a capacity of 330 kWh, it also includes a diesel generator with an output of 1,625 kW. The oil of the native plant jatropha is used as a biofuel. Thanks to the smart control unit, a PV forecasting system and the accumulators, the diesel generator can be turned off when the sun is shining.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Solare Datensysteme GmbH (Germany), Solar-Log™ Guarantees the Upper Feed-in Limit


Solare Datensysteme GmbH (Germany)
Solar-Log™ Guarantees the Upper Feed-in Limit

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B2.154

The two-stage control system Solar-Log ensures that feed-in limits are complied with, even if the total output of two photovoltaic installations exceeds the limits. This means there is never more power being fed into the grid than is specified by the utility company. In addition, as much power as possible is retained for self-consumption. Grid operators can now accept requests they previously had to refuse.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2019: Smart Renewable Energy

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Axiotherm GmbH (Germany), kraftBoxx

Axiotherm GmbH (Germany)
kraftBoxx

EM-Power 2019, C4.272

kraftBoxx, a thermal energy storage unit for heating and hot water using latent storage sticks, boasts a considerably higher energy storage capacity than conventional heat and cold storage systems without taking up any more space. The sticks can also be retrofitted in existing systems. Depending on the desired operating point of the heat or cold storage system, the sticks are filled with different media to optimize them for specific temperature ranges. Due to its high energy storage capacity, kraftBoxx is ideal for sector coupling in single-family homes.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: GOLDBECK Solar GmbH (Germany), GEOS - GOLDBECK-Energie-Optimierungs-System


GOLDBECK Solar GmbH (Germany)
GEOS - GOLDBECK-Energie-Optimierungs-System

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A3.350

Goldbeck’s energy optimization software GEOS can be used in the early stages of a project to compare economic and ecological evaluations of different renewable energy supply concepts for office buildings. This enables fact-based comparison of alternatives with each other and with the standard, so that the most cost-efficient and sustainable solution can be found.

The smarter E AWARD 2019: PION Technology AG (Germany), PION AC Charging Station for Charging Electric Vehicles


PION Technology AG (Germany)
PION AC Charging Station for Charging Electric Vehicles

Power2Drive Europe 2019, Booth C3.215

The modular AC charging station plays a central role in the infrastructure for electric vehicles. Shaped like a board game piece, the small and stable concrete charging station provides charging power of up to 22 kW. This elegant yet solid piece of street furniture is extremely user-friendly. The housing material sequesters particulate matter and removes nitrogen oxides from the air.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Reuniwatt (France), SunSat Digital Twin™


Reuniwatt SAS (France)
SunSat Digital Twin™
Intersolar Europe 2019, B2.137

With SunSat Digital Twin, operators can monitor the condition of their solar power plant without even needing to measure the radiation on-site at any point. The actual yield is continuously compared with the target yield using solar radiation data determined by satellite. This provides useful insights into reduced yields and helps the owner or operator to identify potential errors at an early stage.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Smappee (Belgium), Smappee Infinity

Smappee N.V. (Belgium)
Smappee Infinity
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B2.160

The modular energy management system Smappee Infinity, which can also be retrofitted, analyzes the energy flows in a household and displays them visually in a smartphone app. This helps to identify major electrical loads, which can then be turned on and off as required. Loads can be controlled according to the time of day to ensure that as much as possible of the energy generated is consumed on-site. The system can also time electric vehicle charging to make use of cheaper tariffs whenever possible, for example, or configure charging so as not to exceed specific load limits at the house connection point.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019:  SolarEdge Technologies Inc. (Israel), Grid Services and Virtual Power Plants Solution


SolarEdge Technologies Inc. (Israel)
Grid Services and Virtual Power Plants Solution

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B3.110, B3.111

SolarEdge’s virtual power plant solution groups together decentralized energy generation installations to create a virtual power plant, and coordinates them to offer grid services or contribute to grid stability. The software platform operates independently of the hardware of individual energy generation plants. The intelligent combination of decentralized and cloud-based processing power ensures that latency is kept to a minimum, which is necessary for grid services.

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


SolarGaps (Ukraine)
SolarGaps Smart Solar Blinds

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth C4.117

These solar blinds do not only provide shade, they also bring down the electricity bill. The blinds are supplied with microinverters which convert DC into AC so that electrical appliances can be recharged directly from the junction box. The PV blinds can be controlled by smartphone app or, alternatively, adjust themselves automatically for optimal sun exposure.

The smarter E AWARD Finalist 2019: Solargis (Slowakei), Prospect


Solargis s.r.o. (Slovakia)
Prospect

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B2.140

The software solution Prospect displays a complete yield simulation for small, medium and large-scale photovoltaic power plants. Based on averaged weather and radiation data from a range of sources, the technical simulation of the photovoltaic installation provides a reliable yield forecast. The result is then automatically presented in a clear and comprehensive report.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2019: SolarInvert GmbH (Germany), SELV-PV


SolarInvert GmbH (Germany)
SELV-PV
ees Europe 2019, Booth B1.140

Selv-PV is a compact, intelligent energy system made up of a 1.68 kWp photovoltaic installation (six solar modules) and a 2.5 kWh storage device. The system is designed for self-consumption of solar power in private households. It is equipped with all the necessary protective features and can easily be connected to an AC power socket.

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


Stäubli Electrical Connectors AG (Germany)
Stäubli Power-Blox

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth C1.210

The Power-Blox battery units feature ports for PV modules as well as outlets for 230 V alternating current and 12 V and 9 V direct current. The energy cubes with an integrated battery are the basic components of a self-configuring system. Connecting several storage devices creates a distributed grid without a central storage unit. As it does not require any advance planning, the system is suitable for both temporary and permanent electricity supply in regions without a stable grid.

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2019: Photovoltaics

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019:  ABB (Italy), Central Inverter PVS980-58


ABB (Finland)
Central Inverter PVS980-58

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B2.210

ABB is introducing a new generation of central inverters with its PVS980-58. This model has a power rating of around 5.0 MVA and a unique cooling system, setting a new benchmark for the power plant sector. The maintenance strategy and the focus on a long service life promise lower operating costs.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019: AE Alternative Energy GmbH (Germany), Shading Resistant Smart Hot-Spot Free Photovoltaic Modules


AE SOLAR GmbH (Germany)
Shading Resistant Smart Hot-Spot Free Photovoltaic Modules

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A2.130

AE Solar’s module design provides up to 30 percent more output in the shade. Bypass diodes increase shade tolerance and prevent hotspots from developing due to localized shading or module defects. This means the modules can be used at high temperatures up to 85° Celsius.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019: Beijing Hanergy PV Investment Ltd. (China), HanTile


Beijing Hanergy PV Investment Ltd. (China)
HanTile

Power2Drive Europe 2019, Booth C3.310

The solar roof tile HanTile is a pioneering example of how solar cells can be elegantly integrated into roofs. CIGS solar cells in curved glass elements form plug-in PV modules rated 30 W. The solar roof cells are laid just like shingles to completely replace the conventional roof covering. They meet high standards in terms of construction, fire safety, waterproofing and mechanical strength.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019: Contec Deutschland GmbH (Germany), Contec.greenlight


Contec Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
Contec.greenlight

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth C4.570H

Contec’s product Contec.greenlight combines a PV mounting system for rooftop installations with a green roof solution. The base plate is light and easy to lay, and is filled with a granulate where plants can grow. The integrated water reservoir stores rainwater for the plants and supports the drainage system during heavy rain.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China), Huawei Smart PV Inverter SUN2000 15-20KTL-M0


Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China)
Huawei Smart PV Inverter SUN2000 15-20KTL-M0

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B3.310, B 3.410

The series Smart PV String Inverter SUN2000-20KTL-M0 enables flexible set-up of commercial systems. Although the design does not incorporate a fan, the system is lightweight and compact. It is combined with performance optimizers if necessary due to shading or differing module orientations. The integrated error diagnostics and energy management system ensure trouble-free operation with or without a battery storage system.

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


Raycatch Ltd. (Israel)
DeepSolar™- Automated AI Diagnostics System for Solar PV Plants
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth C4.570J

DeepSolar is a diagnostic software program for cost-optimized maintenance of PV power plants. The AI-based algorithm uses data generated by existing monitoring systems to enable optimization of operation and maintenance – replacing interval-based maintenance with a cost-efficient responsive approach.

Intersolar AWARD Finalist 2019: Staudinger GmbH (Germany), PV Cleaning Robot with DENKweit B-Tech Device


Staudinger GmbH (Germany)
PV Cleaning Robot with DENKweit B-Tech Device

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A3.251

Staudinger’s remote-controlled cleaning robot moves across the PV installation on suction pads arranged to form caterpillar tracks. A magnetic field measuring instrument allows the robot to detect faulty string diodes or cell connectors and display them in high-resolution images.

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2019: SunPower Corp. (USA), SunPower® Maxeon® 3 Solar Panel


SunPower Corp. (USA)
SunPower® Maxeon® 3 Solar Panel: The First 400W in European Home Solar
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A2.190

The new Maxeon 3 series solar module with back contact cells has an outstanding efficiency rating of up to 22.6 percent. Just 1.69 meters long, the modules offer output of 370–400 W with a 92 percent performance and product warranty over 25 years.

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2019: Tessolar Inc. (USA), Tesserack


Tessolar Inc. (USA)
Tesserack
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth C4.215

The newly founded company Tessolar has developed a whole new mounting system concept for PV installations. The Tesserack system replaces metal substructures with lightweight elements made from a plastic material that is also used in space technology. The PV modules can be rapidly clicked into place with no need for tools.

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


Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. (China)
Bifacial Module with Transparent Backsheet – Swan
Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth A2.180

Jinko has used the transparent back sheet Swan from DuPont for the first time in its Cheetah Bifacial HC module, making it more lightweight than glass-glass modules. The bifacial half-cut cell module, with an output of up to 400 W, is ideal for PV power plants and is optimized to ensure a low levelized cost of electricity (LCoE). It also offers a linear performance warranty lasting 30 years.

ees AWARD Finalists 2019: Electrical Energy Storage

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: ads-tec Energy GmbH (Germany), StoraXe HPC Booster


ads-tec Energy GmbH (Germany)
StoraXe HPC Booster

ees Europe 2019, Booth B1.230

One challenge for clean mobility is enabling high-speed charging for electric cars even though the grid is not designed for this. And this is where the StoraXe HPC Booster comes in. With a capacity of up to 140 kWh, this storage solution supplies high-speed charging points with a charging power of up to 320 kW. The StoraXe HPC Booster is connected to the 400 V distribution grid and recharges there at a rate of 50 kW. The device is certified for outdoor use and is also liquid-cooled.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: Alpha ESS Europe GmbH (Germany), Storion Series SMILE-B3

Alpha ESS Europe GmbH (Germany)
Storion Series SMILE-B3
ees Europe 2019, Booth B1.150

The SMILE-B3 storage solution in the Storion series is an AC-coupled compact storage system for residential use with a 2.9 kWh lithium-iron-phosphate battery storage unit and a charge and discharge capacity of 3 kW. Designed for a service life of 20 years, the storage system can complete over 10,000 cycles at a depth of discharge of 96 percent. Alpha ESS Europe offers a 10-year warranty. Rated under the protection class IP65, the 45 kilogram device is also suitable for outdoor use.

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


Blue Solutions SA (France)
The LMP® (Lithium Metal Polymer) 250/400 Rack

ees Europe 2019, Booth B1.159

With a capacity of between 250 and 400 kWh, the LMP (lithium metal polymer) 250/400 rack is the cornerstone of this storage solution and currently the only solid-state battery on the market. The housing contains an integrated controller, is hermetically sealed and does not require cooling. The racks can be assembled to create a storage system of up to 3.2 MWh. The LMP batteries do not contain cobalt or liquid electrolytes, and can be operated at temperatures of up to 105° Celsius. They have a service life of up to 4,000 cycles and have proven their suitability for everyday use in car sharing projects.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: Chakratec (Israel), Kinetic Power Booster (KPB)


Chakratec (Israel)
Kinetic Power Booster (KPB)
Power2Drive Europe 2019, Booth C3.459

Charging electric cars at charging stations, particularly on highways, places considerable demands on electrical output. This is especially true if several charging points are used at the same time and high-speed charging is required. The Kinetic Power Booster provides an innovative, efficient and space-saving solution for this, using spinning reserves in the kinetic storage system to significantly boost the electrical output.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: EET – Efficient Energy Technology GmbH (Austria), SOLMATE - The Smart Power Plant for Your Balcony


EET – Efficient Energy Technology GmbH (Austria)
SOLMATE - The Smart Power Plant for Your Balcony

ees Europe 2019, Booth C2.337

The SolMate system is a smart domestic storage solution combined with registration-free PV modules which are simply plugged in to a standard German Schuko socket. It stores power in lithium-iron-phosphate cells with a capacity of 960 Wh and has a connected load of 500 W. Storage control is based on measurements made directly at the socket using a patented method, and no further measuring elements are required. In the standard operating mode the in-built inverter is externally commutated, though it can also be used for stand-alone operation.

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


Enerox GmbH (Austria)
CellCube FB500-2000

ees Europe 2019, Booth C2.534

The CellCube storage system is based on vanadium redox flow technology. This enables more than 20,000 charging cycles over a service life of 30 years, with virtually no degradation. And at 95 percent, the system also achieves a high level of efficiency. The scalable, high-performance 250 kW units can be used in large-scale solar parks and wind farms, as well as in self-sufficient building solutions and stand-alone grids. They can also be used to provide services in the capacity and balancing markets as well as in load and generation management.

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


Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (Germany)
GRIDCON® PCS 4W
ees Europe 2019, Booth C2.577

The GRIDCON® PCS 4W has proven itself as a modular, bi-directional inverter unit with 3 x 40 kW for storage coupling in industrial environments, during both on-grid and off-grid operation. With extremely short reaction times of under 100 milliseconds, the energy management system makes it easy to bring spikes in production from solar parks and wind farms under control. Its additional strengths lie in its wide range of options for grid management, including reactive power control, frequency regulation, elimination of harmonic distortion, and asymmetrical load compensation. This enables the device to be used to construct stable stand-alone grids for microgrid applications and convenient solutions for supplying emergency and back-up power.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany), DC-Coupled PV + Storage System Solution


SMA Solar Technology AG (Germany)
DC-Coupled PV + Storage System Solution

Intersolar Europe 2019, Booth B3.210

Directly storing solar power in large-scale PV power plants saves money which would otherwise need to be spent on additional systems technology – and because fewer conversion steps are needed, this method of storage is more efficient. The large-scale storage systems, with direct DC coupling, are also well suited to retrofit projects in PV parks. The outdoor appliances are delivered ready to connect and have a wide MPP control range of 500 to 1500 V. Up to six devices can be connected to a central inverter unit from SMA with output of up to 3 MW.

ees AWARD Finalist 2019: Sol-Ark Portable Solar LLC (USA), Sol-Ark 8K


Sol-Ark Portable Solar LLC (USA)
Sol-Ark 8K

Intersolar North America

The Sol-Ark 8K is an efficient and flexible hybrid inverter designed for 48 V battery systems, and can be used both on-grid and off-grid. The robust device with controlled ventilation supplies a power output of up to 20 kW in stand-alone systems. It can be operated with grid frequencies of 50 Hz and 60 Hz, and with lead or lithium-ion batteries. It communicates with the battery via CAN or RS 485 bus.

Previous AWARD Winners

AWARD Winners 2018


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.


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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