Video interview: On the second day of the Energy Storage Europe conference and trade show Hans Werner Reinhard, representative of organizer Messe Düsseldorf, gave his view on the future of the event and the energy storage market.
The German battery manufacturer and the Korean industrial conglomerate have unveiled a new high-voltage storage system. The device has an efficiency of 98% and functions just as well with a low voltage of 48 volts as with a high voltage of 1,000 volts.
The Argentine government wants to promote renewable energy in rural areas of the country, and to do so it has launched a tender for about 6,500 off-grid solar systems. German companies are allowed to participate.
Black sheep II: This case was more than just a headache for the installer – it cost him plenty of money and almost his entire company. After more than seven years of disputes with dealers, importers, lawyers and the end customer, he had to pay some EUR 175,000 out of his own pocket – even though he himself had not been accused of any installation errors.
Black Sheep campaign: Some PV panels or batches of modules are susceptible to potential induced degradation (PID), while others are scarcely affected. Currently, many PV farm operators are experiencing this reality. The third instalment of our “Bring on the Black Sheep” series describes a case in which a module manufacturer behaved in a close to exemplary manner, but the inverter manufacturer made life difficult.
pv magazines ongoing Black Sheep campaign has uncovered a case in which a module supplier shipped modules that appear to have relabeled with a false module power rating. On further investigation the dealer was able to satisfy the end customer, but the dispute continues.
A survey carried out by the German Association of Energy, and Water Industries (BDEW) has revealed that solar is one of the most popular industries in the country. It has also demonstrated that a majority of Germans believe the country’s Energiewende, or energy transition, is a “very important” priority.
The EU Commission has ruled that battery storage units looking to provide primary frequency control regulation must achieve authorized maximum demand for 15 minutes, like all other power plants, instead of 30 minutes, as was being considered under a special regulation.
Video interviews: At this years Intersolar Europe, pv magazines editor in chief, Jonathan Gifford spoke with a number of PV manufacturers about their view of the European solar market. Overall, a much more positive outlook is held than one would expect.