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23.1 MW Falcon Ma'an PV plant connected to Jordan’s grid

2016-12-02 |

The Falcon Ma'an solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, one of the largest in the Middle East has just been connected to the Jordanian national grid. The 23.1 MWp PV plant – executed by the Italian company Enerray, a global EPC contractor, and Saudi renewable energy company Desert Technologies – puts Jordan on the map as a leading regional solar powered nation, the partners emphasize. Read more...

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Your Guide to Stationary Energy Storage in Europe - Part 1: Germany

2016-11-15 |

In the first of a two-part series on opportunities in battery energy storage in Europe, Apricum Partner Florian Mayr discusses the key drivers, challenges and outlook for today’s main use cases in Germany – residential storage and the primary control reserve market. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar Interview with Muhammed Kazi on the potential of the Middle East solar market

2016-09-12 |

Which potential do you identify in the Middle East solar market? Electricity demand in the Middle East has been growing between 6% and 8% CAGR, and yet some GCC utilites have faced an increase in peak load demand in excess of 12% when comparing the summer period of 2014 and the same period in 2015. In 2016, total electrical energy demand in the Middle East region is expected to exceed 900TWh. Read more...

Solar point of view

Apricum: Why you should look to ASEAN now for some of the most promising renewable energy markets

2016-09-20 |

Installing sufficient additional power generation capacity is one of the most pressing issues for ASEAN countries to solve. Despite the rapid economic development, many parts of ASEAN remain under-electrified – 160 million of its people still do not have access to electricity today. For those that do, prices of grid electricity are high at 0.18 USD/kWh or more in some markets. Read more...

Solar Innovation

OELFLEX® SOLAR XLR WP – the waterproof solar cable certified by TUV

U.I. Lapp: OELFLEX® SOLAR XLR WP

If photovoltaic cables are exposed to wet conditions over a long period of time, this may have grave consequences. This is because, with standard solar cables, moisture can permeate a cable that has been lying in water for a long time. The moisture then reduces the performance and insulation resistance of the cable. This can then result in short circuits, which may in turn cause power failures or, in the worst case scenario, even damage to the systems.

To overcome this problem, the Stuttgart-based Lapp Group presented a permanently waterproof solar cable at the Intersolar Europe 2015 exhibition. The cable in question is an electron beam cross-linked solar cable of type PV1-F in accordance with TUV 2PfG 1169/08.07 for durable and weather-resistant use in photovoltaic systems. Its optimised cable design and permanently high contact resistance mean that it will still function reliably even after years in damp environments or in water. Read more...

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