22 July

Dr. Henry Snaith Believes That We May Have Entirely Clean Energy In Five Years

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Before our interview with Dr. Christopher Case, I confess I’ve only come across one article mentioning perovskite. I had no idea that it is a calcium titanium oxide mineral species

A Perovskite mineral (Calcium titanate) from Kusa, Russia. Taken at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (credit: wikipedia)

Perovskite, a calcium titanium oxide mineral species composed of calcium titanate. The mineral was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia by Gustav Rose in 1839 (credit: wikipedia)

originally discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in 1839, nor did I know that this perovskite structure has oxygen in its face centers.

Perovskite structure with a chemical formula ABX(3). The red spheres are X atoms (usually oxygens). The blue spheres are B-atoms (smaller metal cation such as Ti). The green spheres are the A-atoms (larger metal cation such as Ca).

But during my research for the interview, it’s become apparent that this solid state hybrid solar cells based on organometal trihalide perovskite absorbers will likely advance solar technology to the very highest efficiencies while retaining the very lowest cost.  In the next few years, the perovskite-based technology may emerge as a contender for the ultimately low-cost solar power. This may explain why the response from Dr. Henry Snaith, (researcher and developer of perovskite solar technology), to the question “Could we have entirely clean energy in five years?” is a resounding:”I absolutely believe we could.”

Let’s take a look at the reason why Dr. Snaith has such a strong belief in the future of solar/clean energy technology, video below:


In the next few years, we anticipate that Dr. Henry Snaith and his team of scientists will continue to tackle challenges in trap densities, doping densities, mobility, mechanisms for free carrier generations, etc., to further improve device performance. Many are expecting to see efficiency level of above 20% and use of perovskite as top cells in multijunction devices based on currently commercially available technology. It will be exciting to see the full potential of this emerging solar technology unveiling before our eyes. I hope you are also as hopeful and optimistic as Dr. Henry Snaith.

 

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21 July

Perovskite Solar Cell Technology of Oxford PV, The Potential Game-Changer

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At InterSolar North America 2014 in San Francisco, CA, I came across a potentially game-changing technology that holds much promise for low cost solar power in the future.  This technology, the perovskite thin-film solar cells, is currently being developed by Oxford PV (a spin-out from the University of Oxford in 2009-2010 to commercialize this technology, which has exclusively licensed the intellectual property developed by Professor Henry Snaith and his team of 20 scientists). The perovskite thin-film solar cells can be directly printed/sprayed onto glass to produce a semi-transparent colored coating. Below is an interview with the Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Christopher Case, of Oxford PV:


The apparent enthusiasm of Dr. Case is seen in his discussion of the perovskite cell technology. One can understand the source of Dr. Case’s enthusiasm. According to Dr. Case, “the perovskite in solar application is the fastest increasing photovoltaic efficiency of any solar photovoltaic thin film material ever! In just a few years, it went from a lab efficiency of about 6% to well over 17%…the material is a very good solar absorber….bringing the material to 25% efficiency in a monolithic layer and 30%+ in a perovskite tandem layer….potentially the future replacement for silicon.” This perovskite solar cell technology is optimized to drive a paradigm shift in the aesthetics, performance, and cost of BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) systems, potentially bringing low cost electricity to the solar market much sooner than predicted. It is no wonder the highly respected international journal, Nature, has named Dr. Henry Snaith of University of Oxford as one of the ten people who have made the most difference in science during 2013 in recognition of his work on this next generation solar power technology. Let’s also take a look at the comparison between Convetional PV vs. Oxford PV, below (provided by www.oxfordpv.com):

 

Conventional PV                                                                         Oxford PV_________________

Opaque                                                                                      Range of transparency options

Blue or Black                                                                              Palette of colors and tints

Contains scarce elements and rare earths                                  Sustainable, abundant, organic ingredients

Complex, high temperature and high vacuum manufacturing    Simple screen printing manufacturing processes

High capital cost of manufacturing                                            Low capital cost of manufacturing

Heavy panels physically attached to building                          Aesthetically attractive glazing panels integrated into the building envelope

__________________________________________________________________________________

Without using the titanium dioxide as a semiconductor, this technology results in higher levels of efficiency, much lower processing temperature, and improved cell stability. Oxford PV plans on continuing to optimize this technology’s cell efficiency and accelerate the transfer of the technology into production. Furthermore, it aims to develop the range of substrates to which the cells can be applied.

Oxford PV has a strong supporting team (such as Kevin ArthurDr. David Fyfe, Paul Vickery, etc.) With its promising future, we, the solar enthusiasts and investors alike, should keep our eyes on Oxford PV in the coming years.

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17 July

Further Expansion By QBotix, Integration of Robotics Into Solar Tracking System

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Do you remember one of our posts during 2012 about a tracking system designed by a new company called QBotix?  To refresh your/our memory, please refer to the paragraph from our previous 2012 post, below:

The recently unveiled QTS by QBotix, a new company (from Menlo Park, CA) that is bringing the power of robotics to solar energy. The QBotix Tracking System (QTS) is a comprehensive dual-axis tracking system (at a single-axis system’s cost but generates up to 15% more energy) that employs rugged, intelligent and mobile robots to dynamically operate solar power plants and maximize energy output.  By having the robot (some call it solbot) running on a track, as a monorail,  servicing up to 200 solar panels, at 40-minute intervals throughout the day, this tracking system can help the solar panels to receive a performance boost of as much as 40% over existing fixed mount systems and lowers the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) by up to 20%.  Furthermore, QTS offers fast installation and has low operation and maintenance costs, and is compatible with all solar panels and mounting foundations.  When connecting with each panel, QTS adjusts the angle of the panel and collects data about the panel.  I can see the potential of a self-cleaning QTS/solbot that may be programmed to conserve/minimize the water use in cleaning all solar panels.  Wouldn’t that be great?!  Apparently, QTS also has a certified IP-65, meaning it is impervious to dust and water.

Be sure to also take a look at our interview this year (2014), with Matt Lugar, VP of Sales and Marketing of QBotix, during InterSolar North America 2014, at Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, below:


Much has happened to QBotix since we last interviewed  its founder and CEO Wasiq Bokhari and Director of Engineering Lalo Ruiz in 2012. Recently QBotix has announced that it has raised $12 million in Round B  financing through its venture capital partners, E.On Climate and Renewables and Iberdrola Renewables. This is in addition to having already successfully completed a $1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative award project, and received the  recognition by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in robotics. When we met QBotix in 2012, it was a design with zero installations, but now it’s gone global, with 80 MW  installations and contracts or partnerships in U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia, Japan, and further development in Chile and South Africa. QBotix has the revolutionary, highly efficient technology that will contribute significantly to reduce the balance of system costs in solar projects. We will look forward to its continued expansion and spreading throughout our planet.

 

Other pertinenet links and videos:

  1. http://www.sunisthefuture.net/2012/09/12
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPjfbyWoEIE

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15 July

GTAT Bringing Merlin To Solar Industry

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This is an interview with the team (Sr. Vice President/General Manager Dr. Venkatesan Murali, Sr. Director of Marketing Jeff Nestel-Patt, and Vice President of Sales Andrew Barta) from GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) at San Francisco, CA, during InterSolar North America 2014, on July 9, 2014,overlooking the Yerba Buena Gardens on top of Moscone North. Video below:


As the global demand for solar energy continues to grow while the industry is facing downward pricing pressure, reduced subsidies, and solar trade tensions, it becomes increasingly important for PV manufacturers to achieve further cost reductions and improved cell efficiency. GTAT accomplishes this by introducing the innovative metallization & cell interconnect technology (Merlin Advanced Metallization Technology) that transforms the solar module into a less expensive, more efficient panel that is easier to install.

The Merlin Advanced Metallization Technology enables greater performance than the traditional modules by:

  1. Eliminating up to 80% of the expensive silver paste used in the traditional cells and modules, leading to cost reduction.
  2. The same screen printing equipment installed in cell line can be used to print the segmented fingers onto the cell
  3. Flexible grid that eliminates silver bus bars: a plated copper grid is attached to the segmented fingers on the top of the solar cell. The combination of segmented fingers and flexible grid makes it easier to move current off the cell. The flexible grid provides 20 paths/highways for the current to travel along rather than the three bus bars found on the traditional solar cells.
  4. Reducing shading by bus bars and increasing electrical connections on the surface of the cell  lead to increased cell efficiency and increased power output (by 3-5% compared to standard module).
  5. Improving the interconnection between cells by eliminating the need for stringing and tabbing of the old technology, providing highly flexible and durable way to connect cells while eliminating the bus bar tabs of traditional cells. Cells can therefore be connected closer together, allowing a smaller and more flexible module than the conventional module.
  6. The flexible tabs at the end of each grid solve the problem generally associated with breakage of modules during transport resulting from metal fatigue when ribbons break due to dynamic loading conditions during shipping.
  7. GTAT is almost 50% lighter than the conventional modules.
  8. Easier installation results in lower balance of system costs

(Please also refer to this video for visual demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf2E_Uq3Lzw)

GTAT is already working with select customers to implement Merlin, involving custom-made copper meshes soldered on to PV cells instead of bus bars. GTAT will produce and sell customized copper meshes to customers, and expects to reach a production capacity of 100 MW annually by the end of 2014. In early 2015, it will begin to offer a wire attachment tool to customers, which will replace the tabbing stringer. Orders may be taken in last quarter of 2014, so in 2015, solar PV module makers will be able to work with this new technology to replace silver bus bars with a customizable copper mesh, reducing silver usage, increasing power output, and allowing lighter modules to be transported and installed.

GT Advanced Technologies Inc. is a global provider of polysilicon production technology and sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the global solar, LED, and other electronics industries and specialty markets. The company’s products and services accelerate the adoption of new advanced materials that improve performance and lower the cost of manufacturing. For additional information about GT Advanced Technologies, please visit www.gtat.com.

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12 July

Ideal Power’s 2-Port & 3-Port Hybrid Converters at InterSolar North America 2014

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I’d like to share with you an interview at InterSolar North America 2014, in Moscone Center of San Francisco, CA on July 9, 2014. The future of the multi-billion dollar solar industry depends much on the progress in combining PV with energy storage. In this post, Sun Is The Future will present to you Ideal Power’s AWARD winning 30KW Hybrid PV Storage Converter (which is becoming the de facto industry standard to enable PV+storage integration). Ideal Power received its award on June 4th during a ceremony at InterSolar Europe in Munich, Germany, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry. Ideal Power’s technology stood out due to its ability to combine PV and battery systems with an efficiency level of up to 97%. It also provides modular flexibility for different applications, particularly in off-grid systems. Due to the dramatic improvement in size, weight, cost, and efficiency over conventional converters, the Hybrid Converter integrates multiple power sources (i.e. PV+storage+grid) to lower the cost of delivering grid resiliency during blackouts such as Superstorm Sandy. I can’t wait to get my hands on the 3-port Hybrid Inverter/Converter (125 lbs) that will enable us to be better prepared for future natural disasters without the dependence on the grid. Currently the 2-port converter system (100 lbs) is used for demand reduction in grid-tied system (currently used in Walgreen of  Southern CA) whereas the 3-port converter will be in one box and creates its own microgrid during power outage.

Below, is an interview with John Merritt, Director of Applications Engineering, of Ideal Power, at InterSolar North America 2014:


Ideal Power’s hybrid converter is the first 3-port product to leverage the Company’s Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA), which allows it to combine PV inverter capabilities on one DC port, bi-directional battery converter capabilities on the second DC port, and provide an AC port supporting both grid-tied and off-grid applications. It can accomplish these functions with only a modest increase in product size and weight over its established 2-port battery converter and PV inverter products and with no loss of system efficiency. Conventional technology solutions to hybrid power conversion systems combining PV and storage require multiple power conversion steps, thereby reducing efficiency, and multiple power converter units, increasing size, weight and cost. (Ideal Power press release)

 

About Ideal Power Inc.
Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR) has developed a novel, patented power conversion technology called Power Packet Switching Architecture™ (PPSA). PPSA improves the size, cost, efficiency, flexibility and reliability of electronic power converters. PPSA can scale across several large and growing markets, including commercial Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), electrified vehicle charging, and solar photovoltaic generation. Ideal Power utilizes a capital-efficient business model to commercialize our technology through the use of contract manufacturing, product licensing, and market distribution channels. Ideal Power has won multiple grants including one from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to commercialize bi-directional power switches, which are expected to improve power density by thirty percent and reduce efficiency losses by fifty percent. For more information, visit www.IdealPower.com.

Ideal Power Wins Electrical Energy Storage Award for Product Innovation in Integrating Solar and Storage

Ideal Power Media Contact:
Mercom Communications
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Wendy Prabhu
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Ideal Power Inc. Investor Relations Contact:
MZ North America
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Matt Hayden

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1.949.259.4986

Other pertinent link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04G6E6CokHc


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11 July

Mark Your Calendar-PV Taiwan 2014 Will Take Place Between Oct.22-24, 2014

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PV Taiwan (Taiwan Int’l Photovoltaic Exhibition) 2014 will take place between Oct.22-24, 2014, in Taipei, Taiwan, at Taipei World Trade Center(No.5, Section 5, Hsin-Yi or Xinyi Road, Taipei, Taiwan 110 Phone: +886 2 2725 5200). Click on video to get an intro/view of Taipei World Trade Center. Additional Service Telephone #’s. Exhibition will take place at Hall 1, Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC). PV Taiwan Forum/Conference will take place at Taipei International Convention Center (1 Hsin-Yi Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan). Click here (–>) to get Fact Sheet. There will be more than 8,000 visitors from more than 67 countries. PV Taiwan will be showcasing R & D breakthroughs and products of the future. Here is the Exhibitor List.

Many people in the solar industry continue to return to PV Taiwan every year because not only do they find sales information (for wafers or modules), but also insights on balance of systems, innovative applications, product demonstrations, and  establishing contacts. Currently Taiwan is the world’s second largest manufacturer of solar cells and is strongly competitive in terms of high-performance battery technology and quality.  International buyers grew by more than 10% from 2012 during PV Taiwan 2013. If you’re in the solar industry and are looking for manufacturers with a positive attitude, innovation, and good service, then mark your calendar for PV Taiwan 2014 (Oct. 22-24, 2014). To get a taste of what PV Taiwan 2014 may be like, take a look at this video below of PV Taiwan 2013:


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10 July

Affordable Solar Energy Is Within Reach

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Affordable Solar Energy Is Within Reach (credit: sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

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Please also refer to our post of July 4, 2014. I am thrilled to be able to share this announcement of CASE (Coalition For Affordable Solar Energy) with you, below:

July 9, 2014

CASE Statement on Plurilateral WTO Environmental Goods Negotiations

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced yesterday that 14 members, including the United States and China, have entered into negotiations aiming to eliminate tariffs or customs duties on a wide range of environmental goods.  The negotiations will also seek to address bureaucratic and legal issues that could hinder trade. In response to this announcement, Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) President Jigar Shah released the following statement:

The World Trade Organization’s announcement is a step in the right direction and we applaud the 14 governments’ efforts to reduce tariffs and lower the barriers for trade of environmental goods, including solar products.

“While we would welcome a broad trade agreement on environmental goods, it does not address the current countervailing duty and anti-dumping solar trade cases at the Department of Commerce. Policymakers must not lose sight of the immediate harm to the American solar industry caused by new preliminary countervailing duties, which are raising module prices by 14%, jeopardizing projects across the country and slowing job growth. For the more than 145,000 U.S. solar workers, it remains critical that the Obama Administration engage on this issue and convene negotiations toward a resolution acceptable to all sectors of the thriving U.S. solar industry.”

For more information about CASE or to join the majority of the U.S. industry in opposition to these tariffs, please visit us at www.affordablesolarusa.org.

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Contact:

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About the Coalition for Affordable Energy (CASE):

CASE is a 501(c)4 organization whose purpose is to educate the Administration, Congress, the American solar industry and the public about the impact of protectionism on the affordability of solar energy and the American workforce.  Its primary focus is to show decision, policy, and opinion-makers that the majority of pro-solar Americans opposes the SolarWorld petition, as it will result in the denial of affordable solar energy to a nation whose demand for clean and renewable energy is higher than ever before.

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4 July

The Future Is Hopeful…When Solar/Renewable Energy Age Is Here

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Fireworks (Public Domain Author Copyright holder Jon Sullivan)

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This post is thought through and written between July 3-4, 2014, when I was on the road, hurrying to get back to home,  in Florida, for the July 4th Celebration. The televised intense discussion of situation in TX border seemingly to have added few degrees of mugginess to the airport waiting room. The overly excited rhetoric of the TV reporter presented the loosening grip of the Southern border of USA as something unprecedented in the entire human history. In reality, the territorial evolution of North American boundary had been changeable for hundreds of years. Let’s take a look at what wikipedia had to say on the subject: Territorial Evolution of North America Since 1763. The difference between then and now is the lack of bloodshed in association with any boundary changes in 21st century.

Another example is taking place in Europe during the past 60 years. Europe has shifted from a land of net emigration to one of net immigration. A progressive lessening of restrictions on labor mobility between certain European countries has taken place. As indicated in an article of Free Movement in Europe: Past and Present in MPI (Migration Policy Institute):

In a way, this opening up of borders is a return to the past. Prior to the start of World War I in 1914, there were virtually no border controls or restrictions to labor mobility across the continent. During the war, however, the crossing of borders by foreigners began to be considered a security concern, and it was at this time that passports and visas were introduced in Europe.

Then in the 1950s, when Europe was beginning to recover from the devastation of World War II and experiencing a period of intense economic growth, labor mobility was again encouraged. Because the lack of skilled workers was seen as a threat to the economy, freedom of movement of qualified industrial workers was included in the treaties founding the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor of the current European Union, in 1957.

If going far back enough, the same would have been true in USA. If we take a look at the history of Ellis Island, closing the border usually was preceded by occurrence of war when greater paranoia or fear resides in people’s heart. Loosening the border is generally associated with peace time when work needs to be done to induce greater economic expansion.

The oil crisis that started in 1973 put an end to the open-doors policy regarding migrant workers, who were welcomed when the economy needed them but were expected to leave when times were hard. To the surprise of the host nations, however, most of the guest workers had come to stay. Moreover, many of these migrants had invited their families to join them in the destination countries, making family ties a more prominent cause for legal migration into Europe than active labor recruitment. This dilemma was neatly summarized by Swiss author Max Frisch: “We asked for workers, but human beings came.” (Free Movement in Europe: Past and Present in MPI (Migration Policy Institute).

Why am I writing about this in Sun Is The Future? Well, the open-door policy that was closed by the oil crisis will now be opened by  Solar and Renewable Energy Age. There will be so much work needing to be done! There will be countless job opportunities, better and cleaner environment, lessened fear of fuel shortage or wars among nations. It is the pressure of population density and shortage of jobs or natural resources that would fuel the potential of wars. It is high time we earthlings should recognize the fact that we are all in it (our planet Earth) together! Free mobility and free trade are both much more efficient and humane way of distributing our resources. In the long run, it would benefit all of us! Perfect example is seen in lack of free trade:  the eventual outcome of tariffs on Chinese solar modules would  hinder the pocket book of the American consumers.

If economics and history are still not able to convince us of the benefit of the free mobility and free trade, then please allow me to appeal to our emotions….nothing stated the sentiment as eloquently as Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (the Statue of Liberty Song).  Lyrics from the inscription on the Statue of Liberty (music by Irving Berlin and words by Emma Lazarus): Below is a video of Sandi Patty, performing Irving Berlin’s “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” with the Cincinnati Pops in 1999, with Emma Lazarus’ words below.


Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning,
And her name, Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome;
Her mild eyes command the air-bridged harbor
That twin cities frame.
“Keep, Ancient Lands, your storied pomp!”
Cries she with silent lips.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door
!

Let us ask ourselves: if our neighbors’ house was burned down by the fire and needed a place to stay, how can we turn them away? Perhaps we should all simply try to do with a bit less. So, that in the long run, we will not have to deal with the cost and sufferings of bloodshed or warfare. Then, I may be able to travel to any corner on earth, and still be able to hold my head up high and be proud to be an American. For despite all of our imperfections, we are still trying and we still have not yet given up on our hope.

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29 June

CITEL TO EXHIBIT 2016-READY SPD’S AT INTERSOLAR NORTH AMERICA 2014

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Below is the press release from one of the presenters at InterSolar North America in San Francisco, CA in July 8-10, 2014.

CITEL TO EXHIBIT 2016-READY SPD’S AT INTERSOLAR NORTH AMERICA 2014

Miramar, FL – May, 2014 – CITEL, the leader in photovoltaic surge protective devices, is excited to announce that their 2016-ready SPD’s will be featured at Intersolar North America this July. “We are excited to show the solar community our surge protective devices at Intersolar 2014.” said Patrick Coyle, VP of CITEL, “Our SPD’s have been specifically engineered to meet the protection needs of PV systems and ready for the UL updates in 2016.” CITEL continues to lead the way in the solar industry by developing innovative surge protection solutions specifically for photovoltaic applications now reaching up to 1500 vdc.

By their remote nature, Photovoltaic (PV) systems are highly exposed and vulnerable to lightning induced power surges. A PV system that is not equipped with surge protection can be severely damaged or even destroyed in the case of an over voltage such as one that would be caused by a lightning strike. Not only are the panels themselves targets for lightning, so are inverters, combiner boxes, feeder lines, structural supports, and even data lines throughout the system. The risk is so high that international standards have been written specifying the type and locations of SPD’s in a PV installation. A full surge risk assessment is an important step when installing a PV system, in order to identify any safety requirements.

Surge protective devices are essential in order to achieve the ROI that fully operating PV systems are designed to provide. SPD’s provide reassurance that the system will be protected in the lightning-prone environment in which it is placed, thus protecting the investment and avoiding costly downtime, repairs, and replacements. It is essential that anybody considering a PV installation also incorporates the protection of an SPD.

Some of CITEL’s surge protective devices that will be displayed at Intersolar North America are:
 DS60VGPV – UL Type 1 CA DC SPD’s
 DS50VGPV – UL Type 1 CA DC SPD’s
 DS50PVS – UL Type 1 CA DC SPD’s
 DS2x0S-xxDC – Type 2 DC or AC SPD’s
The DS60 and DS50 family of SPD’s are also 2016-ready. By 2016, all UL1449 3rd Edition SPD’s will be required to test and publish a short circuit current rating (SCCR) and pass the intermediate current tests in order to comply with more stringent SPD component assembly standard. The DS60 and DS50 products also have the option to feature CITEL’s patented VG Technology. VG Technology provides the key benefits of increased life expectancy, elimination of leakage current, elimination of working current, and will meet the most stringent UL standards with no conditions of acceptability.
CITEL is proud to have the opportunity to exhibit at Intersolar North America 2014 and to share about the necessity of surge protection in photovoltaic systems as well as the upcoming changes to UL. Please stop by booth 8638 to visit CITEL and learn more! About CITEL: Since 1937, CITEL has manufactured a complete line of surge protective devices to protect sensitive equipment from the harmful effects of lightning strikes and other line disturbances. CITEL is a world leader in surge protection solutions and provides a wide range of specialized protective products and components including:  AC Power Surge Protectors  DC Power Surge Protectors  Photovoltaic Surge Protectors  Dataline Surge Protectors  Coaxial Surge Protectors  Gas Discharge Tubes
CITEL is an ISO-9001 company that designs SPD’s to the leading international standards including; UL1449, UL497A, UL497B, UL497E, UL1283, IEC-61643, CSA, VDE, NF, and GOST.
About Intersolar North America: Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. It is co-located with SEMICON West and, since its founding, has become the international industry’s meeting point for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

CONTACT: CITEL Inc. – Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing & Communications Manager 10108 USA Today Way, Miramar FL, 33020 – 954.430.6310 aschafer@citel.us

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27 June

InterSolar North America 2014 in July, 2014

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Solar enthusiasts, there are quite a few fantastic upcoming events that you might be interested in attending. We’re starting with the upcoming InterSolar North America Conference of 2014, in July:

InterSolar North America Conference of 2014 that will take place between July 7-9, 2014 (Exhibition from July 8-10, 2014), in San Francisco, CA (USA). Conference will be located at InterContinental Hotel San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Conference Area at Level 3-5. Exhibition will take place at Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA  94103. Quick Facts regarding this conference. Registration for this conference. Exhibitor List of this conference. Hotel Reservation. This is the most attended solar exhibition in North America. To get a view of what took place last year in InterSolar North America 2013, video below:


 

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