Hall of Fame

Intersolar AWARD Winners 2022: Photovoltaics

 

Gamesa Electric S.A.U
PROTEUS PV4700

Gamesa Electric is a subsidiary of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and is based in Spain. The PROTEUS PV4700 is their central inverter for large photovoltaic parks that combines very high efficiency with a particularly high power-density. Its hybrid cooling system is made of a liquid circuit for highly utilized components and an air-cooling system. This ensures that the inverter operates at high outdoor temperatures without power derating. The central inverter also has only low harmonic components in its output current and can actively suppress certain harmonics with selective cancellation, making it suitable for use at relatively weak grid connection points. The jury awards the hybrid cooling system and low harmonic distortion, commends the robustness and long-life cycle of the product, while also noting the importance of efficient high power-density for open field installations.

 

REC Solar EMEA GmbH
Alpha Pure Series

Founded in Norway in 1996, REC Solar Group produces solar cells and modules and other clean energy products. Alpha Pure is one of the first mass-produced, certified lead-free PV module based on crystalline silicon and is in compliance with the European Union’s RoHS Directive on the “Restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.” Alpha Pure also offers up to 410 watts of power at 1.85 square meters, equivalent to a module efficiency of 22.2 percent. This is achieved by combining the powerful heterojunction solar cells with a wire-based interconnection technology with no gaps between the individual solar cells. The jury was impressed by the high performance and efficiency of the black modules and considers the power output for this product outstanding. Its low carbon footprint and the absence of lead makes it an outstanding and more sustainable alternative to conventional solar panels that is also very attractive for the rooftop market.

 

 

M10 SOLAR EQUIPMENT GmbH
SURFACE: The Shingle-Matrix-Cell-Connecting Machine with ECA

M10 Solar Equipment is part of M10 Industries in Freiburg, Germany, and is a manufacturer of photovoltaic module production equipment. The SURFACE production process interconnects solar cells using the shingling method. Solar cells cut into six strips are precisely connected to each other with a very small overlap of 1 to 1.2 millimeters using a conductive adhesive. The SURFACE system can also position the solar cells in a brick pattern. The result is a shingle matrix that enables a slight curvature, as well as more shading-tolerant modules. This offers high potential for applications in building facades, for vehicles, and other integrated applications. The jury was impressed by the creativity, uniqueness, high precision, and productivity of the system and were excited by its potential as a multiplier and enabler of environmentally friendly PV module technology, especially for the integration market.

 

ees AWARD Winners 2022: electrical energy storage

 

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
EnerOne

Headquartered in Fujian, China, Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) is a global provider of new energy technologies, solutions, and services since 2011. EnerOne is their outdoor liquid cooling battery energy storage system. It is based on lithium iron phosphate cells with a nominal capacity of 372.7 kilowatt hours with a surface area of just 1.69 square meters. The cells with a capacity of 280 ampere hours have a discharge rating of 1C and guarantee a life span of up to 10,000 cycles. The system is suitable for inverters between 600 and 1500 volts. It can be used flexibly in outdoor applications thanks to IP66 of the main components and the ambient temperature range of -30 to +55 degrees Celsius. It has passed critical tests on the cell, module, and rack level, including a propagation test on rack level, without the need for any support from a fire suppression system. The jury awards the well-designed and well-engineered fully integrated system that opens new avenues for installations in regions with harsh climatic conditions, such as the Middle East, South-East Asia and Africa, and commends the potential to drive down costs through integration across the value chain of CATL.

 

STABL Energy GmbH
STABL SI 100 Modular Multilevel Converter for BESS

Founded in Munich, Germany, in 2019, STABL Energy develops power electronics for battery storage systems. Their SI 100 modular multi-level converter for battery storage systems replaces standard battery inverters. The usual switching process is no longer relied on to generate alternating voltage for the grid via a separate inverter. Instead, the STABL inverter generates the AC voltage by switching battery modules on and off in a dynamic sequence to incrementally increase and reduce the output voltage in a kind of staircase pattern, ensuring that all battery modules are charged and discharged equally. With lower switching voltages and frequencies, the conversion efficiency is higher than with standard battery inverters, reaching a maximum of 99.4 percent. The concept enables the integration of battery modules in different states, which is an advantage for second-life applications. The jury was impressed by the high conversion efficiency, the ability of using different battery modules within one system, and the overall lighthouse character of this creative technology.

 

 

Voltfang GmbH
Voltfang Industrial

Start-up Voltfang was founded in 2020 in Aachen, Germany, and develops battery storage systems from used car batteries for stationary applications. Voltfang Industrial offers a commercial storage system at the battery module level that relies solely on used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles. The system is compatible with battery modules of various types, sizes, and voltage ranges. The proprietary master battery management system can communicate with and continue to harness the module BMS. With performance sufficient for storage applications like PV self-consumption, peak load shaving is a potential market. By prolonging the remaining lifetime of EV batteries in stationary applications, carbon dioxide emissions are considerably reduced. The jury awards the strategic concept, which covers all relevant steps of the value chain of second life systems including a testing procedure to determine the quality and safety of the batteries, advanced engineering, and the ability of the system to integrate second-life batteries from different automotive manufacturers. The company asserts that battery life cycles from electric vehicles can be extended by between eight and 15 years in second-life applications.

 

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2022: Outstanding Projects

 

Fluence Energy, LLC
Fluence Energy / Litgrid Innovation Platform – Grid Scale BESS

A Siemens and AES company formed in 2018 and headquartered in Virginia, USA, Fluence Energy develops energy storage products and services, and digital applications for renewables and storage. In operation since 2021, a Fluence pilot project in Vilnius, Lithuania, is one of the first in the world to use a battery-based energy storage system in the transmission network and acquired by a transmission network operator. The grid booster storage system is highly responsive, with a processing time of 87 milliseconds and can switch from charging to generation mode in 70 milliseconds. Described as virtual transmission lines, this type of grid booster enables operators to make better use of the existing cable infrastructure by staggering power transmission. Powering the grid with this technology paves the way for greater energy independence and decarbonization for Lithuania, and other regions easing away from dependence on fossil fuels. The jury commends the important and future-oriented idea of expanding grid capacity with batteries, an idea that will gain importance as renewable penetration accelerates.

 

FENECON GmbH
Container-based Living Battery Spare Part Warehouses – Project Tokai 2

Founded in southern Germany in 2011, Fenecon produces electrical storage and energy management systems for housing, commerce, and industry. Fenecon developed a stationary storage system made up of a combination of new, zero-use car batteries, that are kept as spare parts, and second-life batteries from Renault electric vehicles. The new, zero-use batteries are cycled lightly, so that they are preserved properly, while waiting to go into an electrical vehicle. The system is installed in containers and is used as a primary control reserve for grid stabilization. The future goal is to also use the battery storage capacity to offer energy management services for industrial customers and utility companies. Inside each container are 72 Renault ZOE batteries – each with a capacity of 40 kilowatt hours – connected to a storage unit with a capacity of 2.88 megawatt hours. The containers provide stable and battery-saving operating conditions. The jury awards the clever combination of spare parts and second-life batteries, noting the significant potential of the application given the rapidly expanding e-mobility sector. Extracting the most value out of raw materials used to manufacture the batteries delivers impressive economic benefits.

 

 

CRESL (Center for Renewable Energy Services Limited)
Center for Renewable Energy Services Limited / Smart Solar Irrigation System (SirriS)

The Center for Renewable Energy Services Limited was founded in Bangladesh in 2015. Supported by a grant fund of the World Bank, the company has implemented its Smart Solar Irrigation System SirriS. The system supplies solar power for sensor-controlled irrigation pumps that automatically control how water is distributed across fields, preventing over-irrigation, and reducing water and diesel consumption. A pay-as-you-go system provides small-scale farmers with operating models that deliver self-sufficiency in the long term. The process is optimized according to local crop types and the pH value of the soil. When the system is installed, the crop planted is selected via an app or web interface. The jury was impressed by the high environmental impact of an innovative approach that addresses major global challenges surrounding agriculture, water use, and energy, especially in areas vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Controlled by smart web and mobile applications, this clever scalable solution offers compelling economic, ecological, and social benefits.

 

The smarter E AWARD Winners 2022: Smart Renewable Energy

 

Fluence Energy, LLC
Fluence IQ

Based in Virginia, USA, Fluence was launched in 2018, and is dedicated to deploying and operating energy storage systems around the world. The Fluence IQ software platform enables renewable energy plant and storage system operators to generate automated bids for power supply and grid services. The software uses artificial intelligence to calculate the best price for the plant operators to offer their services on bidding platforms, based on forecasting parameters such as weather, demand, and supply over a 24-hour period. This enables operators to optimize their financial returns across their portfolios of power generation plants and storage systems. It also reduces the amount of manual input needed at the control centers to keep the plants running at optimum levels. The jury applauded the intelligence of this AI-powered software-as-a-service project that relies on existing grids, also citing the exemplary pricing model. Moreover, high potential is seen for boosting storage integration into the grid, especially in the context of electro mobility.

 

Fronius International GmbH
Fronius Wattpilot

Founded in 1945 in Austria, Fronius International manufactures welding, solar energy, and battery charging technologies in 36 sites around the world. The Fronius Wattpilot is an AC charging solution that enables users to charge their electric vehicles while optimizing solar self-consumption. Wattpilot can automatically switch between a single phase and three phase electricity supply, offering optimized charging of electric vehicles from 1.38 kilowatts to 22 kilowatts. This wide range ensures even small amounts of self-generated excess energy are put to use, which maximizes the amount of solar electricity in electro mobility applications. This wall box unit also has a built-in connection to power suppliers with variable tariffs, which means vehicles can be charged when the electricity price is low, where such tariffs are available. The jury commends the potential for adoption by a wide segment of the population, thereby contributing to the transition to renewable energy, as well as its price-performance ratio.

 

 

TransnetBW GmbH / Netze BW GmbH
DA/RE - The Network Security Initiative

Transmission system operator TransnetBW operates the electricity transmission grid in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. DA/RE The Security network Initiative is a cloud-based IT-platform co-developed by TransnetBW and the distribution system operator Netze BW that facilitates coordination between transmission and distribution systems across all voltage levels. This nationwide initiative in Germany encourages grid operators to take an active role in managing grid feed-in. The digital platform coordinates measures to stabilize the grid and resolve congestion in a way that is decentralized and flexible. All stakeholders are enabled to fulfill a significant proportion of the new regulatory requirements of Redispatch 2.0 through the streamlining of the coordination process. The automated congestion forecasting will also make collaboration between stakeholders more efficient, and lead to a more securely and cost-effectively managed power grid. The jury called this project “extremely smart,” “extremely logical,” “highly applicable” and awards its importance for the energy transition in terms of network stabilization and security.

 

Intersolar AWARD Finalists 2022: Photovoltaics

 

FREECOLD SARL
100% Solar Autonomous Refrigerated Liquids Mini-Tank MTR50

The Mini-Tank MTR50 is a solar cooling system for smaller producers of milk or juices in sunny and even remote regions. Solar power is used directly in the system as a whole without conversion or storage for the cooling and high-quality storage of two milkings. The stable tank is light and easy to transport. For hygienic reasons, the tank interior is made of aluminum and has an automatic UV light disinfection unit. This keeps milk or juice fresh, even at high temperatures, until it is sold.

 

Gamesa Electric S.A.U
Gamesa Electric PROTEUS PV4700

PROTEUS PV4700 is a central inverter for large photovoltaic parks that combines high efficiency with a particularly high power density. Its hybrid cooling system comprises a liquid circuit for highly utilized components and an air cooling system. This ensures that the inverter operates at high outdoor temperatures without power derating. Moreover, the central inverter only has low harmonic components in its output current and can even actively suppress certain harmonics, making it suitable for use at relatively weak grid connection points.

 

 

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
Smart PV Controller SUN2000 215 KTL

The SUN2000 215 KTL is a high-output string inverter for free-standing installations. Its unique selling point is the implementation of algorithms for diagnosing defects and shading scenarios of the modules. This enables fault reporting and the identification of optimum operating points. Its adaptability to different grid connection directives, which also meets requirements for fault ride-through capabilities and harmonic emissions, is another outstanding feature.

 

 

Solarstone OÜ
Click-on Framing Kit for BIPV

The Click-on aluminum frame system for building-integrated PV systems has a simple design, which also makes it cost-effective when it comes to materials. Three aluminum profiles can be cut to size and adapted for any module size; no screws or adhesives are necessary. The modules are shingled and fitted in a rainproof manner into the roof or façade. Standard modules of different depths are compatible with the system.

 

M10 SOLAR EQUIPMENT GmbH
SURFACE: the Shingle-Matrix-Cell-Connecting Machine with ECA

The SURFACE production facility interconnects solar cells using the shingle method. Solar cells cut into six strips are precisely connected to each other with a very small overlap of 1 to 1.2 millimetres by means of a conductive adhesive. The SURFACE system can also position the solar cells in a brick pattern. The result is the shingle matrix, which enables a slight curvature, as well as shading-tolerant modules. In combination with coloring techniques, this yields design potential for buildings and vehicles.

 

 

PVpallet, Inc.
PVpallet

The reusable and collapsible transport unit for PV modules is made of recycled plastic. These pallets are created from about 1,000 waste milk packs and their sizes can be changed. In this way, modules of different sizes are secured for transport and transport damage is avoided. The pallets filled with modules can be stacked, which saves space. This eliminates the need for environmentally damaging disposable packaging for modules and prevents unnecessary waste.

 

 

REC Solar EMEA GmbH
REC Alpha Pure Series

Alpha Pure is the first mass-produced lead-free PV module based on crystalline silicon, making it compliant with the EU RoHS Directive on the “Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”. Alpha Pure also offers up to 410 watts (W) of power at a size of 1.85 square meters, equivalent to an efficiency of 22.2 percent. This is attained by combining the tried-and-tested heterojunction solar cells with a wire-based interconnection technology with no gaps between the individual solar cells.

 

SMA Solar Technology AG
Sunny Tripower X

The Sunny Tripower X inverter was developed specifically for larger rooftop systems. With three MPP trackers, an input current of up to 24 A per tracker and a wide input voltage range, it affords a great deal of flexibility in the design of the PV system. The system manager integrated into the device can monitor several inverters together and can dynamically regulate the active and reactive power output, both in open-loop and closed-loop mode.

 

 

solarnative gmbh
JT-350 Micro Inverter for PV Modules

The energy management system with its highly efficient JT 350 microinverters is a complete energy cloud solution for homeowners. It comprises power generation, storage, electric vehicle charging and consumers. High frequency resonance technology and an increase in switching frequency up to two megahertz make it possible to reduce the size and cost of capacitive and inductive components. This minimizes both losses and price. The result is a multifunctional micro inverter with a design and size that enable it to fit into the module frame.

 

ees AWARD Finalists 2022: Electrical Energy Storage

 

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
CATL’s High Power LFP Battery Solution for UPS Application

The High Power LFP Battery Solution for UPS Application from CATL is a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) rack solution for high-voltage applications with large capacities. It allows for a discharge current with a C-rate of 6C, equating to full discharge in ten minutes. The passively cooled racks are available in five sizes, ranging from around 33 to 49 kilowatt hours (kWh). The largest system delivers up to 288 kilowatts (kW). Safety measures have been put in place to stop thermal runaway. If one cell is triggered thermal runaway, the cell next to it will not exceed a temperature of 110 degrees Celsius. This is an effective way of stopping cell-to-cell propagation in a module, thereby facilitating safe operation.

 

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited
EnerOne, An Innovative, Modular, Outdoor Liquid Cooling LFP BESS

EnerOne, the outdoor liquid cooling battery energy storage system (BESS) based on lithium iron phosphate (LFP), has a nominal capacity of 372.7 kWh with a surface area of just 1.69 square meters. The cells with a capacity of 280 ampere hours (Ah) have a discharge rating of 1C and guarantee a life span of up to 10,000 cycles. The system is suitable for inverters in the range between 600 and 1500 volts (V). It can be used flexibly in outdoor applications thanks to IP66 of the main components and the permissible ambient temperature range of -30 to +55 degrees Celsius. It has passed critical tests in line with UL9540A on the cell, module and rack level, without the need for any support from a fire suppression system.

 

 

E-Stream GmbH & Co KGaA
IESS-101/90/996/20A

The storage system IESS-101/90/996/20A with application-dependent air or liquid cooling, uses the patented e.quikk system to connect cylindrical cells, making it easy for them to be replaced when they come to the end of their life. This opens the door for new second-life applications. The modules are designed to hold 588 cylindrical cells and have an energy content of 5.05 kilowatt hours (kWh). Combining 20 modules in one rack creates a 101-kWh storage system with a nominal voltage of 888 volts (V).

 

 

Honeywell Xtralis
Li-ion Tamer Gen 2

The Li-Ion Tamer Gen 2 is a detection solution designed to make lithium-ion batteries safer. One controller containing up to 15 sensors can be integrated into new and existing systems alike. It detects the presence of battery electrolyte solvent vapors (off-gas events), which are an early indicator of thermal runaway in li-ion batteries. A warning period of up to 25 minutes allows time for the storage system to be shut down and safety measures to be taken.

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
FusionSolar Smart String Energy Storage System Solution

The FusionSolar Smart String Energy Storage System Solution minimizes disbalance and compensation currents in the system through its integrated smart rack controller and pack optimizer, ultimately improving the performance and extending the life span. Adapted cooling allows for the discharge energy to be increased by up to 15 percent. The cell temperatures vary by no more than three degrees Celsius during operation. The complete solution – including the power electronics and extinguisher – is stored in outdoor containers to save space.

 

 

Inaccess Ltd
S-PPC (Storage Power Plant Controller)

The Storage Power Plant Controller (S-PCC) is a smart, manufacturer-independent system that controls storage inverters and coordinates storage control with the active power control of the photovoltaic system and the reactive power compensation. Alongside automated operation and AI capability, it has an intuitive interface to make it straightforward to operate battery systems effectively. This results in interoperability for entire power plant parks, meaning that operators no longer have to manage isolated systems.

 

 

Shenzhen Cubenergy Co., Ltd.
Flexcombo-M100

FlexCombo-M100 is a smart all-in-one microgrid system with a power rating of 100 kilowatts (kW) and a nominal battery capacity of 128/192 kilowatt hours (kWh) that has been designed primarily to be used in off-grid locations. Battery strings, the battery management system (BMS), inverters and the fire control system for the FlexCombo-M100 are all stored in a standard container (2200 x1300 x2490 millimeters) to make transportation, installation and maintenance as straightforward as possible. The manufacturer can ensure outstanding reliability backed up by the modular design, global service centers and a mean time between failures (MTBF) of more than 20,000 hours.

 

STABL Energy GmbH
STABL SI 100 – Modular Multilevel Converter for BESS

STABL SI 100, the modular multi-level converter for battery storage systems replaces standard battery inverters. When it comes to generating alternating voltage for the grid, the usual process of switching is no longer relied upon. Instead, the battery modules are dynamically connected and disconnected to incrementally build up and reduce the output voltage. With lower switching voltages and frequencies, the conversion efficiency will be higher than with standard battery inverters, reaching a maximum of 99.4 percent. The concept allows for battery modules to be integrated in different states, which is an advantage for second-life applications in particular.

 

 

SUNGROW POWER SUPPLY Co., Ltd.
Sungrow Power Titan ST2752UX Liquid Cooled Energy Storage System

The Power Titan ST2752UX Liquid Cooled Energy Storage System achieves higher efficiency and performance levels by means of liquid cooling to start with. The temperature drift between individual cells is also kept below three degrees Celsius, which, according to the manufacturer, extends the life span by ten percent. The new cluster controller can charge and discharge separate battery racks individually, which improves the overall system performance by six percent. The automatic state of charge (SoC) calibration and the automated system for refilling coolant considerably reduces the operating and maintenance costs.

 

 

Voltfang GmbH
Voltfang Industrial

According to the company’s claims, Voltfang Industrial is the first commercial storage system at the battery module level to rely solely on used lithium-ion batteries from electric cars. The system is compatible with battery modules of various types, sizes and voltage ranges. Voltfang uses its own test process to check their properties including the remaining life span. The proprietary master BMS can communicate with and continue to harness the module BMS. According to Voltfang, the life cycle of batteries from electric vehicles can be extended by between 8 and 15 years in second-life applications. With performance still sufficient for typical storage applications, peak load capping is another potential market. By not using new battery cells, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced considerably – a clear benefit for companies committed to sustainability.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2022: Outstanding Projects

 

CRESL (Center for Renewable Energy Services Limited)
Smart Solar Irrigation System (SirriS)

In Bangladesh, the Smart Solar Irrigation System (SirriS) supplies solar power for a series of sensor-controlled irrigation pumps and automatically controls how the water is distributed across the fields. This clever solution saves on fuel and also ensures that fields are only watered enough to maintain the necessary moisture level in the soil, thus reducing water consumption by at least 50 percent. The system can be monitored and controlled remotely and also features a special billing system, which provides farmers with operating models that deliver self-sufficiency in the long term. In short, SirriS offers economic, ecological and social benefits. The optimized irrigation process takes into account the different crop types and the pH value of the soil. Moreover, periods of high solar yield correspond with periods of high demand for irrigation, and vice versa.

 

FENECON GmbH
Container-based Living Battery Spare Part Warehouses – Project Tokai 2

The stationary storage system in Werdohl, Germany, comprises a combination of new, zero-use car batteries and second-life batteries from Renault ZOE electric cars. The system is installed in containers and is used as primary control reserve for the purposes of stabilizing the grid. The aim in future is to use the battery storage capacity to also offer energy management services for industrial customers and utility companies. Inside each container unit are 72 Renault ZOE batteries – each with a capacity of 40 kilowatt hours (kWh) – connected to a storage unit with a capacity of 2.88 megawatt hours (MWh). The containers provide stable and battery-saving operating conditions.

 

 

FENECON GmbH
Reverse-Peak Shaving a New Application for Energy Storage Systems

The Ma’ale Gilboa kibbutz in northern Israel is home to around 800 people. Today virtually all its electricity supply comes from renewable sources. Limited grid capacity would normally mean having to reduce the power output from photovoltaic systems and wind turbines. However, in Ma’ale Gilboa, this problem has been solved by installing a compact container storage unit with 24 BMW i3 batteries and a total capacity of 984 kWh. The main purpose of the storage unit is to cap grid feed-in peaks from the PV system. On days where solar radiation levels are high, feed-in rates no longer need to be limited, meaning the energy can be put to better use. Another advantage is that the BMW battery packs’ innovative cooling system (using a coolant) keeps the battery cells within the ideal temperature range, meaning the storage unit continues to run smoothly even when temperatures rise to more than 50 degrees Celsius outside. Conventional air cooling systems are unreliable at such high temperatures.

 

 

Fluence Energy, LLC
LITGRID Innovation platform – Grid Scale BESS

This pilot project in Vilnius, Lithuania, is one of the first in the world to use a battery-based energy storage system in the transmission grid. The “GridBooster” (“NetzBooster”) storage system is highly responsive, with a processing time of 87 milliseconds and the ability to switch from charging to generation mode in just 70 milliseconds. It has been in trial operation in Vilnius since the end of 2021. Such grid boosters enable operators to make better use of the existing cable infrastructure by staggering power transmission. By installing grid boosters at strategic nodes on the grid, operators can also reduce the need for grid expansion work. For Lithuania, empowering the grid with this technology paves the way for greater energy independence and also greater decarbonization, since it allows more renewables to be integrated into the power grid.

 

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
Tongwei Shandong Binzhou 300MW Solar + Fishery PV Project

In the Chinese city of Binzhou, a 300 MWh photovoltaic project has helped transform disused saltworks into a modern aquaculture facility. This barren patch of land is now home to China’s largest fisheries and PV integration project – a shining example of how to do green energy right, combining power generation at the top level with green farming techniques underneath. Every year, the PV plant generates around 400 million kWh of electricity, while the aquaculture facility breeds prawns. Thanks to the PV project, the water is kept clean and the right pH value and oxygen content are maintained – another great example of the synergies to be gained from effective land use.

 

 

IBC SOLAR AG
Intelligent Charging at Dresen Car Dealership

E-mobility is a hot topic, but there is still a lack of charging points. This project at a car dealership in the city of Korschenbroich in Germany shows how limited grid connection capacity does not need to be a barrier to expanding the charging infrastructure. Since installing a battery storage unit and PV system, the car dealership can now operate eight charging stations, including a 50 kilowatt (kW) DC fast charging point. What’s more, all the charging points can be used at maximum capacity at the same time (around 193 kW). The combination of PV system and battery storage buffer allows for solar-optimized charging and ensures that the charging points are always available and largely carbon neutral. The project is a great example of how car dealerships around the world can pioneer the expansion of solar-powered charging infrastructure.

 

 

Reuniwatt SAS
Fekola Mine

The world’s largest solar battery hybrid system in use in the mining industry has been installed at a mine in Mali. This smart PV system reduces the mine’s fuel consumption by about 20 percent, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions and increases the cost-effectiveness of the mine’s operations. The mine is not connected to the grid and instead has its own microgrid. An infrared sensor continuously monitors the cloud cover and generates precise short-term weather forecasts, which are used to carefully manage the use of the heavy fuel oil (HFO) generators and ensure that solar power is used as much as possible. This monitoring means the HFO generators do not always need to be operated in standby mode. Instead, half the generator capacity can be completely switched off during long periods of good weather.

The smarter E AWARD Finalists 2022: Smart Renewable Energy

 

C.R. Technology Systems S.p.A.
PR.E.SE. (Predictive Electrical Sensors)

PR.E.SE. is a passive RFID sensor for taking wireless temperature measurements in electronic devices. The sensors do not require an additional battery supply and thanks to their compact design are perfectly suited to tight installation spaces. Signals from multiple RFID sensors are captured by one antenna, and the temperature data is then displayed on a user-friendly dashboard. A machine learning algorithm identifies any temperature readings that are a cause for concern and flags these up to the system operator. One potential use of the sensors is for predictive maintenance at wind power sites or for inverters in large ground-mounted PV systems. By using the sensors to monitor the temperature of critical components, operators are able to intervene before these components fail.

 

deeeper.technology GmbH
Automated B2B Lead Generation for Solar Panels

deeeper’s deep learning algorithm uses satellite images to analyze the potential of different roof-mounted photovoltaic installations. Buildings and their roofs are first located on satellite images using artificial intelligence (AI). The software then analyzes whether the rooftops are suitable for PV systems based on the surface area and any architectural features that could pose an obstacle to installation. Next, virtual PV modules are positioned on any suitable roofs and the annual energy yield estimated. deeeper helps businesses, local authorities, municipal utilities and private customers make informed decisions about investing in PV systems, and supports the solar industry in promoting their products to new customers.

 

 

Fluence Energy, LLC
Fluence IQ

The Fluence IQ software platform enables operators of renewable energy plants and storage systems to generate automated bids for their electricity supply and grid services. The software uses artificial intelligence (AI) to calculate the optimum price at which the plant operator can offer its services on bidding platforms, based on various forecasting parameters, such as weather, demand and supply over a 24 hour period. This enables operators to optimize their financial returns across their portfolio of power generation plants and storage systems, and reduce the amount of manual input needed at the control centers to keep the plant running at its optimal level.

 

 

Fronius International GmbH
Fronius Wattpilot

The Fronius Wattpilot is an AC charging solution that enables users to charge their electric vehicles using their own self-generated power supply and at variable electricity tariffs. Thanks to its technically advanced design, Wattpilot can automatically switch between a single phase and three phase electricity supply, meaning it offers optimized charging of electric vehicles from 1.38 kW to 22 kW. This wide power range ensures even the smallest amounts of self-generated excess energy are put to optimal use. If the electric vehicle is in sleep mode, it can also be automatically woken up and charged. In addition to using a self-generated power supply, the Wattpilot also has an in-built connection to an electricity supplier with variable electricity tariffs, which means users can charge their vehicles at times when the electricity price is particularly low (option currently available in Germany and Austria).

 

Next.e.GO Mobile SE
e.wave X

The e.wave X is a modern and compact city car which has been designed with sustainability in mind. The car features a polymer outer shell where the color runs all the way through the material, meaning any scratches and bumps hardly show up at all. Moreover, the shell can be easily recycled at the end of the car’s lifetime since it is made of a single material. The e.wave X is produced in a microfactory that is tailored specifically to the product, meaning its environmental footprint is much lower than a conventional automotive assembly line. Energy-intensive processes such as pressing and painting are not required, and all production plants are connected via a digital network in line with Industry 4.0 principles.

 

 

Smappee NV
Smappee EV Base Ultra

Offering up to 160 kW DC charging, the EV Base Ultra is the latest addition to Smappee’s EV product line. This innovative all-in-one solution offers users both AC and DC charging facilities, as well as modern payment options using RFID (radio-frequency identification) and QR codes. Users can also choose between CPO (Charge Point Operator) and eMSP (e-Mobility Service Provider) services. Thanks to the Smappee Infinity load and charging management system, users can manage the charging processes for the Smappee charging units and adapt them to the specific conditions on-site e.g. power output limits, self-generated power supplies and variable electricity tariffs. The Smappee dashboard also enables users to set up charging methods with different pricing tariffs and priorities.

 

 

TransnetBW GmbH
DA/RE - The Network Security Initiative

The DA/RE (data exchange/redispatch) initiative, from the operator of the transmission grid in Baden-Württemberg, is a nationwide German initiative to encourage grid operators to take an active role in managing grid feed-in. It consists of a digital platform which is used to coordinate measures to stabilize the grid and resolve bottlenecks in a way that is decentralized, flexible and covers all levels of the grid. The DA/RE platform will enable all stakeholders to fulfill a significant proportion of the new requirements under Redispatch 2.0 by streamlining the necessary coordination process. The automated bottleneck forecasting will also make collaboration between the various stakeholders more efficient, and ultimately mean that the power grid is managed more securely and cost effectively in future. The DA/RE platform issues each grid operator with regular reports on the timetables and redispatch capabilities for each of the NABEG plants (i.e. those covered by the German Grid Expansion Acceleration Act) in their grid.

 

Xemex N.V.
LEWIZ

The LEWIZ energy management solution (EMS) is designed to optimize energy flows within a smart home. It consists of a hardware module installed in the fuse box and a display and control app installed on the user’s smartphone. The EMS controls and manages the use of consumers and generation units such as heat pumps, electricity storage systems and PV systems, as well as the charging of electric vehicles, in order to maximize their cost-effectiveness in line with given criteria (e.g. maximizing the use of self-generated energy or taking advantage of variable electricity tariffs). The manufacturer-independent solution is offered with a 10-year service contract.

 

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 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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