The pv magazine Awards are close, we’ve been accepting entries in all seven categories: Modules, Inverters, BOS, BESS, Manufacturing, Sustainability and, NEW for this year; Projects until the end of September.
This year we received close to 200 Award entries from 40 countries! Once finalized, entries are passed on to each category’s independent jury of industry experts, who will come together later in the year to select the best of the best. All of the winners will be announced at the end of 2023. Between now and then, we’ll be publishing highlights from the most intriguing entries in print and online throughout the year.
The pv magazine Award categories already celebrate each and every aspect of a solar and/or energy storage installation, including Modules, Inverters, BoS, BESS, Manufacturing and Sustainability. In 2023 we’re expanding to celebrate excellence from those putting all of these components together to build projects that add up to much more than simply the sum of their parts.
This year we are introducing the Projects category, and we encourage solar and energy storage project developers who are going above and beyond to ensure the technical expertise, design, impact and sustainability of their projects to submit to the Projects category of the 2023 pv magazine Award. The category is open to projects located anywhere in the world, but only completed projects that began operations within 12 months of applying to the pv magazine Award are eligible. We want to hear from the people breaking new ground in solar installations large and small, batteries and energy storage innovations, decarbonization and everything else related to renewable energy and sustainability. Considering the impressive scope of projects our sector has seen in recent years, pv magazine’s panel of independent jurors will have their hands full selecting a winner.
We’re already preparing the first features to appear in print and online showing off the best and most transformative entries across all of the categories, so get yours in now for the chance to be included here as well.
VillaGrid is a residential, lithium titanate (LTO) battery offering twice the continuous power of conventional lithium-ion batteries at 10 kW; four times the peak power at 30 kW; double the lifespan, via a 20-year warranty; and improved safety, as a non-flammable chemistry. Its US manufacturer says even the smallest, 5.75 kWh VillaGrid battery can back a home during a power outage.
The LTO device doesn’t require a heating or cooling system and works well in temperatures between -30 C and 55 C, outperforming other lithium-based chemistries. It can be installed at up to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters).
VillaGrid is engineered to last 25 years, far outstripping the industry average of 10 years. Guaranteed end-of-warranty capacity is 70%. “Your solar panels last 25 years and so should your batteries,” Villara says.
EKO Instruments’ Class A pyranometer is packed with features that make it stand out in the market for these sensor products that provide the crucial yet often overlooked service of measuring solar irradiance at a site.
The MS-80SH features an integrated dome heating system to keep the sensor free of dew and frost that can impact measurement accuracy and can cause dust and dirt to stick to the outside of the dome that houses the sensors.
The company says its pyranometer has the lowest energy consumption on the market and the heating system can be switched on or off remotely, allowing further energy savings. The product is designed for easy compatibility with data loggers and SCADA systems, and internal diagnostics systems enable users to monitor internal temperature, humidity, tilt, and roll angle without having to visit the site and carry out a physical check.
This up-to-4,700 kVA central inverter showed a careful evolution of Gamesa’s PV central devices, bringing commendable efficiency and features to match a range of demands from solar developers. The comparatively higher efficiencies and power densities from the Proteus, plus Gamesa’s well-tried liquid cooling solution, also allows for less de-rating at high temperatures. Features coming as standard include Q@Night functionality, and operation at altitude, to be compelling, overall, as part of the efficacy of the solution.
France-based ROSI offers solutions to recover silicon lost as kerf during wafer slicing, and full end-of-life treatment for solar modules. “Our goal is to realize a truly circular economy for the PV industry and beyond,” the company stated in its award application.
“The high-value recycling technology allows the reintegration of recovered materials into several key European industries, such as PV, batteries, and semiconductors.”
The company expects to have its first industrial PV module recycling site up and running early this year, initially able to process 3,000 tons of module waste annually, with plans to increase to 10,000 tons next year. Unlike most PV recycling operations to date, it will focus on the recovery of high value materials locked up within the modules as well as the glass that makes up the bulk of the panel’s weight. ROSI promises to produce silver and high-purity silicon at its recycling plant, and to recover 95% of the economic value of module materials, compared to its estimate current industry practices reclaim only 35%.
Challenger manufacturers such as China’s Anhui Huasun Energy Co are setting the pace in HJT development. In August 2021, Huasun announced 25.26% efficiency on an M6 (166 mm) wafer device – equaling the world record.
Expanding to a G12 (210 mm) wafer, the Himalaya G12 (full name: HS-210-B132DS700) peaks at 22.5% module efficiency and a 700 W output in a 66-cell format.
The Himalaya offers typical HJT benefits including a lower temperature coefficient of -0.26% and up to 93% bifaciality. The real innovation, gained with cell equipment partner Maxwell, is in the cell processes used to deposit the amorphous silicon and transparent conductive oxide (TCO) layers – reducing light absorption and boosting efficiency.
Huasun wants 20 GW of production capacity by 2025, manufacturing more-than-25.5% efficient cells by that point.
A presidential assassination, gang violence, outbreaks of dangerous illness, and a chronic energy shortage as a result of armed street blockades have wreaked havoc on Haitians. Gangs blockaded diesel supplies in the capital, Port au Prince, late last year, prompting the closure of schools, hospitals, and much else.
NGO Brighten Haiti’s Solar4Schools program has offered a glimmer of light.
Brighten Haiti supplies 6 kWp solar systems to schools, each of which it says it can deliver on the back of a $6,000 donation from a US sponsor. Some 54,500 students in 109 schools have benefited, according to Brighten Haiti.
Solar4Schools leverages the Secure Power islanding capability offered by German company SMA Solar Technology, which can deliver up to 2 kW of power in the event of grid outages at a price 87% cheaper than solar-plus-storage. In sustainability terms, the program features “functioning used and blemished modules from the US.”
In January 2021, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we awarded pv magazine’s Publisher’s Pick for 2020 to inverter manufacturer Growatt.
Normally we would have not considered the same company just two years later but Growatt pulled off an amazing feat: it battled the pandemic, supply chain constraints, and a severe semiconductor chip shortage to top its 2020 revenue by 69%.
This spectacular achievement, along with its continued innovation on the product and technology front, makes another Publisher’s Pick for 2022 more than well deserved.
Almost two-thirds of Growatt’s 2021 revenue of CNY 3.2 billion ($459 million) came from products sold in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Shenzhen manufacturer has emerged as a leading player in the energy transition and is on the cusp of emerging as a PV unicorn with an upcoming Hong Kong IPO worth an estimated $1 billion
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