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24 July

Sonnenbatterie, Energy Storage Company With the Fully Integrated System & Great Potential

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Sonnenbatterie-Komplettsystem-aus-einer-Hand (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie Complete System (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

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Those of us who have been following the solar industry for quite a few years/decades realize that reliable Energy Storage holds the key to Solar Energy Future. Therefore, it is not surprising that Intersolar North America 2015 placed a great deal of emphasis on the topic of Energy Storage-Battery Technology. The simple fact that the sun does not shine 24/7/365 necessitates reliable energy storage before solar energy can truly become mainstream. Important factors when choosing the energy storage system are: reliability, capacity, durability, and safety. With Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack being in the news much lately, I was curious about the energy storage systems being introduced by Sonnenbatterie,

Sonnenbatterie installation (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie installation (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

a German company that has been a leader for energy storage in Europe for many years.

Sonnenbatterie Manufacturing storage system (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie Manufacturing storage system (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

For the first time, Sonnenbatterie is entering the North American market and is the winner of  Bloomberg Pioneers Award 2015. I had the opportunity to chat with US management/CEO of Sonnenbatterie, Boris Von Bormann, about features that distinguish Sonnenbatterie’s units from Tesla’s Powerwall or Powerpack: Sonnenbatterie has a fully integrated (battery+inverter) system and can be taken apart whereas Tesla’s Powerwall or Powerpack contains only the battery system. In the age of collaboration, it would be great if Sonnenbatterie would also develop an inverter system that will work with Tesla’s battery technology. Sonnenbatterie’s system can also be integrated with the utility so to be more efficiently managed. The intelligent storage solution has a built-in smart meter

Sonnenbatterie touch display (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

Sonnenbatterie touch display (credit: Sonnenbatterie)

that enables the management of local energy production and consumption. By using a mobile app the houseowner decides whether to feed-in or directly consume the homemade electricity. Without further ado, let’s hear what Boris Von Bormann has in store for us, below:

I’d also like to share with you, another video, with Sonnenbatterie’s Christoph Ostermann, at Ecosummit 2013, below.  Sonnenbatterie is a true pioneer for Sonnenbatterie started selling their system prior to the existence of either supply or demand for the market/system. Within two years of its inception, Sonnenbatterie was able to sell 1500 systems. The growth continued, with about 8,000 systems sold in Germany by Spring of 2015 and production running at about 100-150 systems per week. At ECO13, Sonnenbatterie won the Ecosummit Award Jury Bronze medal in recognition of their outstanding business potential.

With the anticipated upcoming Solar Tsunami, it will be well worth the effort for investors and consumers in the solar energy market to keep an eye on Sonnenbatterie, for it has a fully integrated system and it can fill consumers’ order this year.

Recently, Sonnenbatterie has partnered with Outback Power to integrate their smart energy storage solutions with a trusted inverter for residential solar customers across North America. Historically, Outback Power has been a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power, and mobile applications. “OutBack Power’s Radian inverter/charger was a natural choice to integrate into Sonnenbatterie’s eco residential smart storage system,” said Boris von Bormann, CEO of Sonnenbatterie USA. “Working with OutBack, we are confident we can provide American home owners with the peace of mind our European customers have come to expect from Sonnenbatterie — that their home energy storage system will operate reliably in any environment and applications.” For a look of Outback Power’s Radian Series, in the video below:


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22 July

Exciting Coming Renewable Decade-Opening Ceremony at Intersolar North America 2015

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Allow me to share with you some of the golden nuggets (above) during opening ceremony of Intersolar North America 2015:  It is both heart warming and energizing to hear the opening speech by Prof./Dr. Eicke R. Weber, the Intersolar North America Conference Chairman and Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) at Intersolar North America 2015, in Intercontinental Hotel.  Prof. Weber’s speech is full of good news. Besides mentioning the necessity of renewable energy source, its cost trending downward toward 2-4 cents per kWh and much more improved energy storages becoming commercially available on the market, Prof. Weber also reminds us that PV is currently at its infancy, equivalent to the automotive sector back in 1920’s, with much exciting growth to come in the coming decade. Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Tesla Motors, J.B. Straubel, further supports this view, adding the synergy between PV, renewables, and cars, and achieving sustainability with transportation. In order to achieve this, it is important not just to make electric vehicles but to make sure that these electric vehicles are linked back to renewable energy sources.There is much similarity between the PV and e-vehicle markets, both have dropped in cost and will eventually be dominating its respective markets (PV in the energy market and e-vehicle in transportation market). It is truly exciting to be at the beginning of the cost-decline curve, for PV to be within grasping distance of the goal of being cheaper than fossil energy. Such a tipping point is anticipated to occur within the coming decade. Yes, sensation of excitement is palpable in the room. I felt as though surrounded by a room full of soldiers, rearing to go.

At this point, I’d like to present two charts: 1. Global Annual PV Market Until 2017 (Sourc: EPIA) 2. Global Revenues of PV Energy Storage, in Billion US$ (Source: IHS Inc.), below:

Global Annual PV Market Between 2013-2017 (Source: EPIA) made available by sunisthefuture.net

Global Revenues for PV Energy Storage (Source: IHS Inc.) chart made available by sunisthefuture.net

Continuing on, the Executive Director of CALSEIA (California Solar Energy Industries Association) Bernadette Del Chiaro, points out that the 3 gigawatts of solar installations within the past 3 months in CA is largely responsible for combating the shortfall of hydroelecric output resulting from CA draught (recall 25% of the CA energy/power comes from hydroelectric power, currently down 25-50% due to CA draught). So, definitely applause is in order for the unsung hero of solar PV!  It is terrific to hear the statistics on “every 3 minutes, some one in CA is going Solar“. Director Del Chiaro also reminded the audience the importance of SAVE The ITC (Investmnet Tax Credit) campaign. Then we come to New York Senator Kevin S. Parker, citing more exponential growth data of solar installations and the New York -Sun Initiative, with ambitious goal of 3 gigawatts of solar installations in the coming decade. He further states that he is looking for opportunities of partnerships with various groups for large scale renewables as the state of New York continues to walk toward the Sun. More on Intersolar North America 2015 and storing the sun, below, with Kilian Reichert:

Also, it is important for the world to learn from CA, to encourage the right kind of policy to be instituted so to encourage the growth of solar and renewable energy. During Intersolar North America 2015, we’d like to share some thoughts from the Champion of Change Award winner, former state assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, who was instrumental in introducing the mandate of 33% of the electricity generated from CA to be coming from renewable sources such as solar. She is in support of policy that would encourage renewable sources for both distributed as well as utility scale generation. Our hats off to Nancy Skinner! I believe such mandate would benefit all states of USA. More, below….


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10 July

Anticipating Intersolar North America 2015

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Intersolar North America 2015 (Exhibition: July 14-16, 2015, Conference: July 13-15, 2015, https://www.intersolar.us/en/home.html)

Intersolar North America 2015 (Exhibition: July 14-16, 2015, Conference: July 13-15, 2015, https://www.intersolar.us/en/home.html)

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Just a quick note to remind you all that Intersolar North America 2015 will take place in San Francisco, Moscone Center, Exhibition between July 14-16, 2015 and Conference between July 13-15, 2015. This is the most attended Solar Event/Exhibition in the United States. 27,000 trade visitors are expected. There will be high caliber conference with renowned speakers and multitude of workshops. It also provides great international marketing opportunity.

Registration (<–click here). Exhibition application for Intersolar North America 2015 (<–apply here).

What one might anticipate from this event, based on last year’s event (video from Intersolar North America 2014):

 

Some of our interviews with Sun Is The Future at Intersolar North America 2014, below:

1. Ideal Power’s 2-Port & 3-Port Hybrid Converters at Intersolar North America 2014


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

3. Further Expansion by QBotix, Integration of Robotics Into Solar Tracking System

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9 August

InterSolar North America Opening Ceremony

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I really need to share this “Standing Ovation at the InterSolar North America Open Ceremony” with you all, taking place in July of 2014, at Moscone Center of San Francisco, CA.:


 

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. was met with a standing ovation as he delivered the keynote remarks at Intersolar North America’s Opening Ceremony 2014. Following the Governor’s remarks, San Francisco’s Mayor Edwin M. Lee took the stage. New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker similarly championed local policies that have grown the solar energy industry significantly in New York. Franz Untersteller, minister of the environment, climate protection and the energy sector, Germany, discussed the major policy incentives implemented in Germany that have played a key role boosting the solar industry. Finally, CALSEIA’s executive director Bernadette Del Chiaro concluded the session with a discussion of California’s solar policies and an inspirational call to action, asking the audience to help quadruple the solar industry in the next six years.

It is important to point out/remind ourselves that:

1. There is much more solar that needs to be installed in the decades to come!

2. There is much more needing to be done. We’ve not yet met the turning point to Sustainability.

3.  The cost of PV modules has dropped 80% in the last five years.

4.  Solar Industry employs more than 142,000 people in USA (more than 50,000 in CA).

5.  We can look to and utilize much of the lessons learned from Germany.

6.  Solar is desperately NEEDED now, especially in light of climate change.

7.  16.5% of the electricity supply of CA on any given day is from Solar (without including the 2 GW on rooftops).

8.  CA Solar Industry now employs more people than the three investor-owned utility companies combined.

So, let those of us in the rest of the 49 states also align ourselves with this tremendous task of transitioning into the Renewable/Solar Energy Future!

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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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27 June

InterSolar North America 2014 in July, 2014

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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  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.  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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