Magazine Archive 04-2017

Solar Premium at Hannover Messe to exhibit optimal solutions

The gathering place at the Messe will be the exhibition stand dubbed Solar Premium. Its mission will be to address the needs and concerns of all current and potential users of the solar system solutions across the residential, commercial and utility-scale sectors of the industry.

From 1,000 to 1,500

Connectors: Battery connection makers are broadly adopting plug-and-play formats for energy storage solutions, borrowing much from the telecommunications industry, long dependent on power backups. At the same time, new demand is rising for communications ports on batteries, both for internal diagnostics and for system controllers, ushering the Internet of Things into energy storage.

Solar power from the exclusion zone

Chernobyl mega project: Stuck in a conflict with Russia and highly dependent on fossil fuels as well as nuclear power, Ukraine strives for energy self-sufficiency. More than three decades after the catastrophic Chernobyl meltdown, the nuclear wasteland is now set to pave the way for a solar future that could still hold risks.

The high peaks of PV plants

Solar in high regions: Installing solar PV in increasingly remote regions brings certain technical challenges, particularly at high altitude. However, the benefits outweigh the risks and drawbacks if undertaken correctly, write Daniel Budisky and Gianguido Piani of renewable energy consultants Deea Solutions.

Solar as a Service in Rural Africa

Pay-as-you-go solar: home system companies are seeking to provide an on-grid experience in off-the-grid settings. To fight off competition from lower cost, lower quality systems, PAYG companies need to deliver a premium experience at a competitive price.

Rack and roll

Chinese racking and tracking: With the phenomenal growth of the Chinese PV market, Chinese suppliers of racking and tracking have been growing in size and importance not only at home, but in many global markets.

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