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GTM Research: SMA, ABB, and Advanced Energy are the top ten PV inverter vendors in the United States

2015-07-02 |

According to GTM Research’s latest analyst note “PV Inverter Market Shares and 2015 Outlook”, SMA led the U.S. inverter market in 2014, shipping 24 percent of all inverters sold within the United States. In the same time period, Advanced Energy ranked third, shipping 17 percent of inverters sold in the U.S. The top three vendors, SMA, ABB, and Advanced Energy, combined to ship 59 percent of all inverters sold in the United States. Read more...

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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...

Solar point of view

Vlatko Vlatković: Solar power is hot on the heels of conventional energy generation

2015-06-23 |

Vlatko Vlatković is CEO of the GE Power Conversion business. He is responsible for fulfillment and new technology development in all areas of high power conversion systems, power electronics and electric machines. In this Solar point of view, he looks at the technologies behind the future of solar and how they are particularly well adapted to present market trends. Read more...

Solar Report

Renewable Energy and Chilean Mines: A Market Overview

2015-01-13 |

For a relatively new and untested renewable energy market, Chile has a remarkable number of strengths. The country has incredibly attractive solar resources, according to Joel Link, vice president of development and global head of mining development for SolarReserve. “The Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, has arguably the world’s strongest solar resource,” he says, noting that this area also happens to be home to the lion’s share of the country’s mining activities. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar Interview on desert challenges: O&M in China’s solar market

2014-12-16 |

There is growing discussion around the effects of harsh climatic conditions on the O&M of PV plants. It’s not just an issue for China, is it? No, definitely not. With cumulative global PV capacities reaching ~180 GW this year, the O&M market for solar PV installations worldwide is already substantial. Out of this total, more and more PV installations are operating under demanding climatic conditions, such as in deserts or in highly polluted areas, and this will increase in the future, especially in emerging markets. These challenging environments require module manufacturers and power generators to adapt their module design and O&M strategies accordingly, which is vital for plant profitability. Read more...

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