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SMA Solar Technology AG shipped more than 1 GW of solar inverters for large-scale PV projects to India in 2016

2017-01-23 |

SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA, Niestetal, Germany) shipped more than 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar inverters for large-scale PV projects to India in 2016, the company announced on January 23rd, 2017. With a total market size of 3.9 GW according to SMA estimates, this corresponds to a market share of 26%. Read more...

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Your Guide to Stationary Energy Storage in Europe - Part 2: UK and Italy

2016-12-13 |

In the second of a two-part series on opportunities in battery energy storage in Europe, Apricum Partner Florian Mayr and Senior Consultant Dr. Hendrik Kienert discuss the key drivers, challenges and outlook for today’s main use cases in the UK and Italy. Together with Germany, which was the focus of part one of this article, the UK and Italy are the most relevant markets in Europe with respect to capacities installed and planned pipeline. 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...

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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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