Photovoltaic

SolarWorld: Significant staff reduction needed

Today, the preliminary insolvency administrator of SolarWorld AG informed employees in Freiberg (Saxony) and Arnstadt (Thuringia) about the current situation regarding preliminary insolvency proceedings. Although there has been a great deal of commitment by the staff, the insolvent company will have to reduce personnel costs significantly after July 31. At the same time interested investors have expressed the need to further anayse the situation.

17.07.2017

Intersolar Conference: New growth markets

Perspective of the host country: At the opening of the Intersolar Conference, Werner Götz, CEO of the transmission grid operator TransnetBW GmbH, provided insights into the challenges facing the energy transition in Germany. (Photo: Solar Promotion)

In 2016 China almost single-handedly catapulted the photovoltaics world market upwards by 50%, thanks to its gigantic installation volume. In 2017 growth will be considerably weaker; new dynamic markets are required. Some of the candidates for this are quite surprising.

05.07.2017

Volvo Cars to go all electric

Volvo’s whole portfolio is going to be gradually extended and replaced by models with an electric motor. (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Cars has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. This step marks the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Volvo would be the first big car manufacturer to make a step that big.

05.07.2017

SINGULUS: Chinese customer halves order

German SINGULUS AG has announced that a supply contract for CIGS production systems with a Chinese customer has been significantly reduced. The order announced in March had a volume of approx. € 20 million. Now it has been reduced to a volume of approx. € 10 million.

04.07.2017

ABB’s microgrid to power Aruba

A popular tourism destination, Aruba has a peak demand of 134 megawatts currently met by a mix of thermal, wind and solar photovoltaic generation. (Photo: ABB)

The island of Aruba plans to cover half its annual energy need using renewable energy sources and the other half using alternative fuels by 2020. To achieve this goal, they trust on an advanced microgrid solution, provided by ABB. The system will will help WEB Aruba, the islands main power utility, integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time.

28.06.2017

Energy management system for solar and pumped hydro storage

Real-time aggregation of data generated from power plants, weather data, market prices and the energy storage units’ behaviour into one single data hub (photo: QOS Energy)

QOS Energy, a provider of renewable O&M analytics software, has completed the delivery of an Energy Management System to SunHydrO, a combined renewable energy and storage R&D project led by French aggregator Sun’R Smart Energy. The SunHydrO project aims to foster the grid integration of variable renewable energy sources with the added flexibility offered by pumped hydro storage units.

19.06.2017

Ingeteam Service continues its international expansion

In Bulgaria, Ingeteam is present in the wind power market, and is responsible for the maintenance of three wind farms. (Photo: Ingeteam)

Ingeteam has announced the opening of a new subsidiary in Honduras and of another one in Bulgaria. The global presence of the company thereby increases to a total of 22 countries, according to Ingeteam.

12.06.2017

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