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AWARD Winners 2021

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2021: Outstanding Projects


BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH (Germany)
Agrivoltaic System Protects Berry Production

Munich-based BayWa r.e. provides integrated, sustainable energy solutions and management systems for commercial and industrial clients. Their “Fruitvoltaic” agrivoltaic project is a 2.7-megawatt PV installation at a raspberry farm covering over three hectares in the Netherlands. Special semi-transparent PV modules enable a higher light transmission and protect the fruit against direct sunlight, rain, and hail. The entire subsystem of the agricultural structure is integrated into the elevated PV mounting system. The project is being documented in partnership with Wageningen University.

The international panel of experts voted unanimously for this exemplary project, underlining its global potential. In addition to its proven ability to boost berry yield by 6.5 percent and generate revenue via photovoltaics, this agrivoltaic installation replaces the plastic sheeting usually used when cultivating berries, minimizes pesticide use, and increases water use efficiency. The panel of experts also pointed out that this BayWa r.e. project could help diffuse land-use conflicts between the energy and agricultural sectors.


Boreal Light GmbH (Germany)
WaterKiosk Supplies Clean Water to Covid-19 Wards in Hospitals

Boreal Light was founded in Berlin in 2015 and specializes in renewable energy solutions for water treatment facilities, designing and manufacturing solar water desalination and purification systems for off-grid communities around the globe. WaterKiosk is a water supply project that, in the past year, has helped mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by supplying over one million liters of clean water every day to 28 hospitals and clinics across Kenya and Tanzania. Running completely on solar power provided by 10- to 70-kilowatt rooftop PV arrays with a total capacity of 266 kilowatts, this outstanding project supplies drinking water for patients and sanitary facilities while also providing wastewater treatment on Covid-19 wards.

The panel of experts highly commends the enormous social and environmental impact of WaterKiosk, including its ability to be rolled out to other communities immediately. Life-saving not only in a pandemic, this humanitarian solution offsets 18,000 tons of CO2 per year. It has huge potential as global water shortages worsen.

 


Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Full-Scale Electrothermal Energy Storage System Filled with Volcanic Rocks

Founded in 2017, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has a product portfolio that includes offshore and onshore technology and service solutions. Future Energy Solution – their research and development project in Hamburg, Germany – is the world’s first full-scale electrothermal energy storage, or ETES, system. Filled with 1,000 tons of volcanic rocks, the ETES demonstrator can store up to 130 megawatt hours of heat for several weeks. The heat can either be used immediately or stored and then converted back into electricity using a conventional steam turbine.

The potential of the system to be used for transforming conventional power plants into emission-free long-term renewable energy storage power plants is commended by the panel of experts. 80 percent of the components used in the project are off the shelf. This is a technology that can be implemented with relative ease, scalable, and could have a remarkably high impact. According to the panel of experts: “This is exactly the kind of solution needed to achieve a world-wide transition to renewable energy.”

 

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2021: Smart Renewable Energy


HPS Home Power Solutions GmbH (Germany)
Storage of Solar Energy as Green Hydrogen

Founded in 2014, Berlin-based HPS develops and produces systems for storing and using solar energy in detached and semi-detached homes. Picea is a home energy storage system with a 25-kilowatt-hour battery for short-term storage and alkaline electrolysis for seasonal chemical energy storage in the form of green hydrogen. A fuel cell is used to generate power from the stored hydrogen when demand exceeds the supply from the PV installation or battery subsystem, and to operate a heat pump. The system uses the waste heat from the electrolysis and the fuel cell, thereby achieving a total utilization rate of 90 percent. Picea provides around 6,000 kilowatt hours of electrical energy and 3,000 kilowatt hours of thermal energy, saving close to three tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year per house.

The panel of experts commends the pioneering development of this product, including its potential to be scaled up for larger applications and enable the use of renewable energy in larger residential units or districts. This intelligent solution for seasonal energy storage allows for a decentralized, independent, and carbon-free energy supply form in the home all year round. According to the panel of experts: “This product could pave the way for a wider adoption of seasonal storage, contributing to a secure transition to renewable energy.”

 

Intersolar AWARD Winners 2021: Photovoltaics


DuPont Teijin Films (Luxembourg)
PV Backsheets with Recycled Content

DuPont Teijin Films is a producer of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) films, specializing in products and services for a wide range of industries with dedicated marketing, development, and production operations worldwide. The company has created backsheets for solar modules made of 33 percent recycled materials using a process that converts PET materials into the monomer unit BHET by glycolysis. Mylar UVHPET backsheets have a lower carbon footprint than other backsheets, are fluorine-free (unlike some other products), and can make a significant contribution to the recycling of plastic waste given that a one-megawatt installation reuses over 16,000 PET bottles. The system has the potential to create a closed-loop recycling process for solar modules in which the used backsheet material could be recovered and reprocessed.

The international panel of experts was impressed by the game-changing idea and message of creating a circular economy for PV, promoting more sustainability, and improving the life cycle assessment in solar power. In the same price and performance range as conventionally produced backsheets, this product impacts positively on society and the environment.

 


GOLDBECK SOLAR GmbH (Germany)
MarcS PV Construction System for Agriculture and More

Founded in 2001 with the mission to provide clean energy solutions, Goldbeck Solar implements commercial photovoltaic systems in Germany and around the world. The MarcS modular arc system for solar installations allows for the land underneath it to still be used, for example for agricultural purposes. The modules are merged with the substructure to create static, arc-shaped nine-meter pieces. These segments can be moved on substructure rails and aligned to the east and west at different inclinations. Thanks to its low cost, this highly diverse technology can be used for energy generation, agriculture, and livestock farming, with enormous potential to scale up.

The international panel of experts commends this revolutionary concept for building multipurpose solar power structures with yields comparable to conventional systems. Cost-effectiveness due to the low material input required, minimally invasive construction, faster installation, and the system’s flexible use as waterproof roofing that can also collect and store water are other award-worthy aspects of the product.

 


LONGi Solar Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
Impressive Nominal Power and Efficiency with Hi-MO5

China-based LONGi Solar Technology is the world’s largest manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon wafers and modules, offering product solutions for decentralized and free-standing PV systems. Hi-MO5 is a high-power bifacial module for large solar parks. It is made using gallium-doped wafers in a 182-millimeter format with PERC technology. Modules with half-cut cells, double glass, and a frame have a 30-year power warranty.

The panel of experts was impressed by the nominal power and efficiency at 545 watts and 21.3 percent respectively. In line with the general trend toward larger-sized wafers in the industry, this product combines other intelligent features, such as smart logistics and handling. According to the panel of experts, the interconnection technique and cost-minimizing potential together with a smart soldering technology that saves resources represent a developmental step in the PV industry.

 

ees AWARD Winners 2021: Electrical Energy Storage


SAX Power GmbH (Germany)
Digital AC Battery for Energy Storage and E-Mobility

SAX Power was founded in 2019 after SAX, a long-standing supplier for the Deutsche Bahn, developed a technology for lithium-ion battery storage. The digital AC battery from SAX Power has novel electronic circuits that connect the battery cells by cascading H-bridges. These circuits serve both as a battery management system (BMS) and a DC/AC conversion system. The innovative BMS allows more usable capacity and lifetime thanks to optimized cell balancing, the selection of specific cells to be charged or discharged, and the ability to exclude defective cells. It is important to note that there is no need for an inverter thanks to the patented, integrated power electronics. The solar storage units are made up of 120 battery cells with a nominal capacity of 15 ampere hours and a nominal voltage of 3.2 volts each for a total capacity of 5.8 kilowatt hours.

The international panel of experts unanimously agreed on the revolutionary aspect of the integrated DC/AC conversion and battery management system that has very high conversion efficiency and the potential to significantly change the design of battery storage systems for domestic use. They were also impressed by the potential for the automotive sector, with safety increased and costs reduced in e-mobility thanks to the lack of inverter.

 


Commeo GmbH (Germany)
Energy Storage Solutions for 48-Volt and High-Voltage Applications

Commeo, based in Wallenhorst near Osnabrück in Germany, has been developing and manufacturing energy storage and management solutions since 2016. Its energy storage solutions for 48-volt and high-voltage applications up to 800 volts can be scaled from 1.1 kilowatt hours to several megawatt hours. This highly modular solution, which aims to meet customer needs at all times, combines various basic components: two cell formats with pouch and cylindrical cells, four different cell types, a control unit, and housing.

The modularity and configuration options offered by the system are commended by the panel of experts, with up to 400 variations possible, including high-voltage applications. The standardization, flexibility, and ability to meet the specific needs of different types of users were also awarded high marks, as was the impact for small- or large-scale commercial applications. The system also fulfills all necessary safety standards and can be integrated into standard switching cabinet architectures and in turn into existing energy infrastructures. Commeo uses renewable energy sources in the production process.

 


Enphase Energy (Netherlands)
Encharge Robust Modular Storage Solution

Headquartered in California, Enphase Energy designs and manufactures domestic and commercial solar storage solutions. Encharge is a fully scalable, modular battery storage solution based on microinverter architecture that can be grid-connected or work as a backup or off-grid system. The Encharge 3T base unit has a usable battery capacity of 3.5 kilowatt hours and a nominal charge/discharge power of 1.28 kilowatts. One 3T unit contains four individual micro-inverters. Three base units combine to form an Encharge 10T storage system with a total energy capacity of 10.5 kilowatt hours.

The panel of experts was impressed by the unique, safe, and robust approach that has high relevance for global markets suffering from an instable power supply and harsh climate conditions. The multiple microinverter approach enables a high degree of modularity, creates redundancy, and leads to higher reliability. The system installation is simplified through individual units with a lower weight, AC cabling, and either a single- or three-phase system. Wireless communication with the control unit and other communication interfaces including the PV inverter represent a step forward, especially for rural electrification.

 

AWARD Finalists 2021

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2021: Outstanding Projects

 

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH (Germany)
Fruitvoltaic: Protecting Berry Production with a 2.7 MW Agri-PV System

Raspberries are being grown under a semi-transparent photovoltaic (PV) roof as part of the “Fruitvoltaic” agrivoltaics project in the Netherlands. The system has an output of 2.7 megawatt-peak (Mwp) and is used instead of the usual plastic sheeting. With the optimized solar roof in place, a higher volume of berries can be grown in the same space, boosting productivity and quality nicely. Less water is required and less plastic waste is produced. The energy generated by the PV roof offsets the additional costs associated with using this solution in place of the conventional method of growing raspberries.

 

Boreal Light GmbH (Germany)
WaterKiosk

The modular Boreal WaterKiosk system desalinates and purifies water so that hospitals can be supplied with clean drinking water. Since the system is powered by electricity generated by a self-sufficient PV system, there is simply no need for a grid connection, storage system or back-up diesel generator. In Tanzania and Kenya, 23 hospitals have already been outfitted with this equipment. The smallest systems produce around 2000 liters an hour. Modules in large hospitals supply up to 10,000 liters of drinking water, making it possible to provide better medical care even in off-grid locations.

 

Gold Road Resources/Unlimited Energy Australia (Australia)
Re-deployable Off Grid Energy Hub Gold Road Resources Exploration Camp

The re-deployable off-grid energy hub Gold Road Resources Exploration Camp demonstrates how mining can run smoothly and cost-effectively when there is no nearby supply to rely on. The self-sufficient gold mine in Australia avoids using huge amounts of diesel thanks to the PV system – which can be dismantled – combined with a lithium-ion storage device. The diesel generator only ever has to be running for short periods. The PV system has an impressive power output of 187 kilowatts peak (kWp), while the storage system boasts a capacity of 408 kilowatt hours (KWh). Owing to the hot temperatures, a phase change material is used to passively cool the storage system, which is charged by excess solar energy during the day.

 

Kearsarge Energy (USA)
Amesbury Landfill Solar-Plus-Storage

A landfill in Amesbury, Massachusetts, is home to a PV system with an output of 4.5 MWp and a lithium-ion storage unit with a capacity of 3.8 megawatt hours (MWh). Thanks to the Amesbury Landfill Solar Plus Storage project supported by the local authorities, clean energy is now generated on previously unused land – cost-effectively and in keeping with the competition. The city and around 400 households provided with the green power are the local winners. But the system also helps stabilize the grid load in the greater area. The transportation and placement of 32 heavy battery containers on the landfill site proved to be particular challenges during this project.

 

 

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
FES - Future Energy Solution

The FES Future Energy Solution project involves 1,000 metric tons of volcanic rock being heated by heating elements and used as a solid heat accumulating material. With a thermal storage capacity of 130 MWh, the rock mass can store the heat for several weeks. Standard power plant technology is deployed to generate power from the heat. Steam from a steam generator powers a turbine to generate power. The durable system is designed with sustainability in mind given that volcanic rock is cheap and readily available around the world. Low-tech storage systems of this caliber can separate the generation and consumption of renewable energy integrate them into an existing infrastructure. The fact that they enable the electrification and decarbonization of industrial processes makes them a useful solution for the energy transition.

 

 

SOCOMEC (France)
Zero-Emission Power Supply Solution for the Dakar Rally 2021

The zero-emission power supply solution for the 2021 Dakar Rally has demonstrated that it is possible to use renewable energy in regions with rough terrain in the short term. As a result, the prestigious long-distance rally through the desert (formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally) will be completely emission-free by 2024. The mobile energy system can be put to use in under 30 minutes and relied upon to supply green power even in extreme conditions. It can handle temperatures between -20°C and +50°C and a humidity of between 5 and 95 percent, enabling it to power the rally camp and all the electric race cars in the sandy desert of Saudi Arabia. The 330-kWh energy storage system is housed in a container and the portable PV system has an output of 70 kWp

 

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2021: Smart Renewable Energy

 

HPS Home Power Solution GmbH (Germany)
picea

The picea home storage system supplies renewable energy to single-family homes all year round. The system comprises a battery (25 kWh) as a short-term storage device and alkaline electrolysis (with an efficiency rating of 70–80 percent) for seasonal chemical energy storage (1500 kWh) in the form of green hydrogen. A PEM fuel cell (with an electrical efficiency rating of 45 to 55 percent) is used to generate power from this hydrogen for the household and operation of a heat pump. By integrating the waste heat from the fuel cell into the heat cycle, the total utilization rate for the electrical energy from the PV system remains at 90 percent over the whole year.

 

 

BentoNet GmbH (Germany)
BentoNet

The BentoNet platform can be used to collect and process data from the power grid, while ensuring smart monitoring and control of decentralized energy flows. The platform uses hardware that collects data and transfers it to the data center via a secure mobile network connection. Providers, grid operators, and other parties involved in the decentralized energy market can leverage the data using their own applications as a way of intelligently linking energy generators, consumers, and storage systems. In other words, the platform lays the foundations for new business models on the decentralized energy market of tomorrow.

 

 

Smappee NV (Belgium)
Smappee EV Line

The Smappee EV Line adds an e-mobility element to the modular energy management system provided by manufacturer Smappee NV. It uses analysis data of the energy flows from PV generation and other components to optimize charging processes. A dashboard can be accessed to view and monitor KPIs relating to economic targets, such as charging optimized for self-consumption, as well as operational goals. The Smappee EV Line can be integrated into an existing energy management system or be operated as a fully standalone system – for instance with a separate grid connection.

 

 

The Mobility House GmbH (Germany)
ChargePilot, the Charging and Energy Management System

The combined hardware and software solution ChargePilot enables smart charging and energy management for e-mobility. The system prevents load peaks to optimize the costs associated with charging a fleet. It is capable of taking into consideration the load profile of the building providing the grid connection to the charging stations. Staggered charging ensures optimal use of energy generated by a PV system and efficient, cost-effective charging of a fleet of battery-operated vehicles. The platform is compatible with hardware provided by established manufacturers of charging infrastructure and already complies with all the technical requirements for bidirectional charging.

 

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2021: Photovoltaics

 

DuPont Teijin Films (Luxembourg)
Mylar® UVHPET™ Backsheets with Recycled Content

The Mylar® UVHPET™ backsheet is made of 33 percent recycled PET, which is broken down to the monomer BHET using a special chemical process. This BHET is then used to produce the Mylar backsheets, offering the exact same properties as material that has not been recycled. The finished product is a high-performance backsheet that helps conserve resources and maintain closed-loop material cycles.

 

 

GOLDBECK SOLAR GmbH (Germany)
MarcS  (Modular Arc System)

The MarcS (modular arc system) is a modular substructure for PV modules that comes in the shape of an arc. It allows for the land underneath it to still be used, for example for agricultural purposes. The arc structure, with the modules facing from east to west, can be moved on rails to allow for specific areas to be protected or uncovered. Overall, the solution is flexible, with the potential to be scaled up, moved around, and even automated. It comes in a waterproof version that also allows for rainwater to be collected and stored.

 

 

Jiangsu GoodWe Power Supply Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
GE GEH 5-10K Series

The GE GEH 5-10K series is a versatile and sophisticated range of hybrid inverters with a backup mode in case the grid is compromised. Boasting numerous safety features, it is tailored perfectly to the requirements for home installations on the Australian and Brazilian markets.

 

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LG Electronics Inc. (South Korea)
Solar Car Roof

The solar car roof module taps into the mobility segment for PV. The ultra-efficient solar cells have been integrated into the curved shape of a glass car roof, with special protection against heavy loads and damage. The solar car roof module has been designed to blend in perfectly with the car roof, ensuring that the cell wiring cannot be seen. The module supplies enough power for an electric vehicle to cover between 1,300 and 1,500 km a year or for fuel savings to be made in a standard vehicle.

 

 

LONGi Solar Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
Hi-MO5

The Hi-MO5 is a high-performance bifacial PV module using PERC technology. Designed for large solar parks, the Hi-MO5 features gallium-doped wafer material and special ribbon connectors. The wafer material minimizes output losses over time, while the connectors allow the solar cells to be packed more densely, in turn boosting the efficiency by an incredible 21.3 percent.

 

 

Maxeon Solar Technologies, Ltd. (Singapore)
Maxeon Air

Maxeon Solar Technologies has opened up new applications for its popular premium product on the PV module market with the Maxeon Air. With glass and aluminum framing excluded from the design, the total thickness is just 4 mm and the weight of the module is reduced as a result. These properties allow for use on roofs without having to worry about an excessive load. A layer of adhesive is also applied to the back of the Maxeon Air at the factory, enabling straightforward installation without a substructure.

 

 

Mitrex Building Integrated Solar Technology (Canada)
Solar Cladding

Solar cladding from Mitrex involves sandwiching crystalline silicon solar cells between a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum substrate with a honeycomb structure and a custom glass panel. In principle, this design is ideal for cladding and rear-ventilated curtain façades. Mitrex also gives customers plenty of flexibility, with the option to buy the system outright, operate it as an owner, or save on the system costs and share the income from selling the power.

 

 

SUNGROW POWER SUPPLY Co., Ltd. (China)
SG3125HV-30

The SG3125HV-30 manufactured by SUNGROW POWER SUPPLY is an outdoor central inverter with impressive performance data, as demonstrated by its high level of efficiency and power rating of 3,437 kilovolt-amperes (kVA) despite its compact design. With operation guaranteed even given high temperatures and weak connection points, this product can be used in challenging circumstances.

 

 

Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG (Switzerland)
Agile 1P

The Agile 1P is a single-axis, dual-row tracking system. Straightforward and speedy to install, the system has a robust design that allows it to withstand even extreme weather conditions. Modules with a capacity of up to 670 watts can be installed on the tracker. The dual-row structure means the length is reduced enough to facilitate installation on tough terrain. The control software complete with self-learning algorithm means that the energy input can be optimized, such as with bifacial modules.

 

 

Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG (Switzerland)
The Vertex S Ultra-High Performance Module for Rooftops

The Vertex range from Trina is based on the new wafer format with an impressive edge length of 210 mm. With a view to still minimizing loss through electrical resistance, these wafers are divided into three using a laser cutting process and then connected to multiple busbars. Measuring 1,754 mm x 1,096 mm, the Vertex S Ultra-High Performance roof modules boast a capacity of up to 405 watt-peak (Wp), which equates to 21.1 percent efficiency.

 

ees AWARD Finalists 2021: Electrical Energy Storage

 

Commeo GmbH (Germany)
Commeo Energy Storage Solutions for 48 V and High Voltage Applications

Commeo energy storage solutions make up a flexible modular system used to build a battery storage system. A choice can be made between two cell formats and four different cell types providing constant C-rates of up to 2C and more. Smart control and communication capabilities on system and module level, a functional safety with ‚Performance Level d‘ and the possibility to use standard switching cabinet architectures enable an efficient integration into existing energy infrastructures.

 

 

Enphase Energy (Netherlands)
Encharge

Encharge is an AC-coupled storage system consisting of the Encharge 3T base unit with a usable battery capacity of 3.5 kilowatt hours (kWh) and 1.28 kilowatts (kW) of charging and discharging power. Three base units form one Encharge 10T storage system. The flexible system can be expanded, with the option to combine up to four systems. It is also possible to switch seamlessly to backup mode. An Encharge 3T features four micro-inverters that are highly reliable and easy to replace.

 

 

Fenecon GmbH (Germany)
FENECON Home

The Fenecon Home storage system consists of the battery, BMS box, and FEMS box as stackable units. The FEMS box is the central connection box for the entire system, with connections for communication and so on. The FEMS monitoring and energy management functionality built into the storage system provide plenty of flexibility when it comes to the smart control of consumers from any manufacturer, such as heat pumps and charging points. The storage solution is compatible with hybrid inverters from GoodWe and KACO.

 

 

Leclanché SA (Switzerland)
LeBlock

The LeBlock large-scale storage system cuts down on the duration, complexity, and costs associated with installation and commissioning. The system is made up of multiple battery blocks and a combiner block used for connection and protection that houses a fluid cooling system for the batteries and an energy management system. Thanks to its modular structure, the LeBlock can be flexibly adapted to suit specific circumstances.

 

 

LG Energy Solution (South Korea)
RESU Prime

LG Energy Solution uses a new NMC cell with a lower proportion of cobalt and higher energy density in its RESU Prime high-voltage storage solution. At the level of the battery pack, the energy density has been boosted by 20 percent, creating an extremely compact system with a large capacity. Transportation and set-up are simplified by the modular design and the reduced weight of the RESU Prime battery modules.

 

 

LogBATT GmbH (Germany)
Safetybattbox XL Storage

The Safetybattbox XL Storage is designed for storing large battery systems weighing up to 1,000 kg securely. It can be operated by one person and its use is very flexible thanks to its internal height of 0.8 m. The Safetybattbox comes with features for passive firefighting, smoke filtering, and thermal insulation. It has already been tested with a battery with a capacity of 82 kWh with positive results.

 

 

SAX Power GmbH (Germany)
Digital AC Battery for Energy Storage and E-mobility

The SAX STORAGE system can be integrated into existing home photovoltaics installations. It has built-in power electronics boasting ultra-efficiency and does not require a conventional inverter. The system includes 120 iron-phosphate battery cells in a compact design. The technology makes it possible to disconnect faulty cells, guaranteeing high availability and durability for the system.

 

 

Siqens GmbH (Germany)
SIQENS Ecoport 800

The Siqens Ecoport 800 is a fuel cell system with an electrical capacity of up to 500 watts that has been designed to replace diesel generators. The key advantage is that the Siqens Ecoport 800 is operated using standard methanol and has an overall electrical efficiency rating of 38 percent. It is used, for example, in the leisure sector (e.g. in boats and yachts) and to supply power for off-grid mountain cabins, office containers, building sites, telecommunications infrastructure, and traffic surveillance.

 

 

TWAICE Technologies GmbH (Germany)
Battery Cloud Analytics Platform

The Battery Cloud Analytics Platform is a predictive analytics solution for battery storage systems from Twaice. The combination of operating data from a storage system, artificial intelligence, and lab tests makes it possible to define the status of a battery and predict how the battery will age and perform going forward. Operation can therefore be optimized to prolong the life span and indicators of a system failure can be picked up on in good time.

 

 

Xelectrix-Power GmbH (Austria)
xelectrix Power Box - XPB PRO RANGE

The xelectrix Power Box XPB PRO RANGE is a versatile plug and play storage solution for supplying power inside and outside. Applications include grid support and off-grid operation with photovoltaics. Alongside the option of being used in a hybrid solution, this storage solution can be used to temporarily replace diesel generators if required for emergency back-up power or operation on a building site. The system has an efficiency level of as much as 96 percent and can be expanded with modules to move from 20 to 120 kWh. Iron-phosphate cells are used.

 

 

 

Previous AWARD Winners

AWARD Winners 2020


The smarter E AWARD Winner 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.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2020:
Outstanding Projects

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.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2020:
Outstanding Projects

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 Winner 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.


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2020:
Smart Renewable Energy


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.

 

 


The smarter E AWARD Winner 2020:
Smart Renewable Energy


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 Winner 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.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2020:
Photovoltaics

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.


Intersolar AWARD Winner 2020:
Photovoltaics


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 Winner 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.


ees AWARD Winner 2020:
Electrical Energy Storage


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.


ees AWARD Winner 2020:
Electrical Energy Storage


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 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.

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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