Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS), manufacturer of the Solar-Log™ energy management system, and Solutronic Energy are helping to develop the energy market in Cyprus.
Starting in April 2017, Solutronic Energy is offering comprehensive photovoltaic solutions in Cyprus. The products range from solar modules and inverters to battery storage systems. With the help of numerous partnerships with, for example, Solutronic Energy Germany, Solar-Log™, RES Renewable Energy Systems, Ifrisol and SunTech, they will provide customised packages for each customer.
When it involves PV plant monitoring, self-consumption optimization, feed-in management and the heart of efficient and error-free PV plant operations, Solutronic counts on Solar-Log™.This provides Cyprus a first class solution when it comes to energy management.
Solar-Log™ is one of the leading inverter-independent energy management systems and, together with the WEB portal, is SDS' core business. In addition to professional PV plant monitoring and the optimal feed-in management of PV energy into the power grid, the Solar-Log™ can also intelligently manage and prioritize one's own energy consumption. This allows various electrical appliances such as heat pumps, battery storage systems, heating rods and combined heat and power (CHP) plants to be flexibly managed, switched on or off and visualized, together or individually. Solar-Log™ is compatible with over 1,700 inverter models from 100 different manufacturers and with more than 100 component manufacturers.
"The cooperation with SDS allows us to offer our customers a flexible and high efficient energy management system. With the Solar-Log™, it is possible store the power produced by the PV plant and to consume it as needed," said Argyris Georgiou, CEO of Solutronic Energy in Cyprus.
Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO of SDS, says, "Solutronic Energy is an experienced and valued partner in the area of photovoltaic and knows how important it is a PV plant functions properly. We are delighted that we can support Solutronic's activities in the Cypriot PV market with our products and solutions."
About Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS)
Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS), based in the German city of Geislingen-Binsdorf, is one of the leading companies in the areas of solar monitoring, smart energy and feed-in management with global service for operators and installers. Since August 2015, SDS is a subsidiary of BKW AG (Bern, Switzerland) – a global company for energy and infrastructure with more than 5,000 employees.
SDS specializes in developing and distributing monitoring systems for photovoltaic plants, with core competencies that include innovative products with short development cycles and the best price-performance ratio.
SDS has developed and distributed their Solar-Log™ product range since 2007, currently available in 100 countries – monitoring approximately 260,000 plants with a total output of 11.61 GWp. SDS solutions make an important contribution to the successful integration of renewable energy into an intelligent power grid and help to make the successful transition to clean energy a reality.
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More information about SDS can be found at www.solar-log.com.
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Having an energy-efficient home is more affordable than ever before with new options continually being introduced in the market. The long-term benefits are positive not only for individual consumers, but also for the nation and the global environmental.
The following choices are not only affordable, but they are also an investment for the well-being of our planet.
Do an Energy Audit
The best place to begin is with a residential or commercial energy audit, also known as an energy assessment. Local utility companies or energy-related businesses sometimes help customers create a report showing how much energy their home or business consumes each year. With this information, the owners will be able to evaluate which measures can be taken to make the dwelling more energy efficient. This assessment will reveal problem areas that may, when corrected, save significant amounts of money over time.
When it comes to making any facility energy efficient, openings, such as doors and windows, are where energy, in the form of heating or cooling, is lost. Other places considered in the assessment include the amount of insulation in walls, floors, and roofs. Having a professional conduct this audit adds the benefit of receiving recommendations for improvement materials based on the client’s budget.
Switching to LED bulbs is a small change that really can make a significant difference. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED is a highly energy-efficient technology and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting. Residential LEDs use at least 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 terawatts (TWh) of electricity when compared to no LED use. This is the equivalent of an annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants with 1000 megawatts each, and a total cost savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.
Seal Air Leaks
Before buying Energy Star appliances, all of the air leaks identified in the home energy audit need to be addressed. These areas include the obvious ones such as doors and windows but also the not so obvious ones, such as energy lost through electrical outlets and light switch plates. Caulking and weatherstripping are two effective air-sealing techniques that offer good return on investment. Caulk is used for cracks around doors and window frames, baseboards, and other energy-loss sites. Weatherstripping is used to seal parts of the home that move, such as doors and windows. The weatherstripping provides a cushion that seals the opening tightly and eliminates air leaks. Another place often overlooked, but will be highlighted in the energy audit, is the area around pipes. Holes for pipes have to be made larger than the pipe itself, and this opening can be a place where outside air gets into the home. This area requires sealing, and the product used to make the seal needs to be checked periodically throughout the life of the home.
Add Solar Film to Your Windows
The cost of replacing windows can be high. A very affordable fix that not everyone is aware of, is the use of protective film on the windows. There are a variety of products available on the market today that are designed to prevent the home from heating up too much in the summer through excessive sunlight. Homeowners can ask for a sample before purchasing the product, and they would do well to make sure that the window manufacturer will still honor the window warranty after the solar film is applied. The color of the film and the amount of light a room will receive are things to consider also. Some homeowners do not like the mirrored appearance of the film, while others do not want to have to spend more money on artificial indoor lighting because the room is too dark.
Smart Thermostats Affect Global Warming
HVAC systems are constantly innovating, bringing more comfort to personal home space, but having a smart thermostat installed along with the system is sometimes overlooked. Having a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature in the home is a significant step towards greater energy efficiency. Knowing the estimated cost of heating and cooling and checking the thermostat setting on a regular basis is an excellent way to make needed adjustments. On some cool days, it will make sense just to put on a sweater instead of turning the heat up several degrees. Having a larger home with several floors, a basement, a loft, or an added garage makes the idea of adding a second thermostat a popular one. The second setting can be adjusted lower or higher based on how often the room is used. According to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat can save a homeowner about $180 each year. Every adjustment a homeowner makes to the thermostat can affect global warming. When an air-conditioner or heating system is turned on, the planet gets a little warmer because of the increased use of non-renewable energy. Setting a thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in summer provides comfort without using excess energy.
How much it costs to insulate a home depends on many factors, including where the home is built. Real estate agents know that areas with cool summers and mild winters make it easier to insulate against weather and make home insulation less costly. In places where weather fluctuations are extreme, winters harsh, or summers very hot, the cost to insulate a home will naturally be higher. Walls facing directions where the winds are strong need extra insulation, and places that receive a lot of rain and snow need to consider that fact when choosing insulation for attics, roofs, and floor boards.
Cool Roof Technology Can Reduce Pollution
A cool roof is one designed to reflect, not absorb, energy from the sun. Most of the roofs in the world, including over 90 percent of the roofs in the United States, are dark-colored. In the heat of the full sun, the surface of a black roof increases and can reach temperatures up to 190º degrees Fahrenheit. This increase in surface temperature can contribute to increased cooling energy use and higher utility bills. This high heat can also cause excess wear and tear on roofing materials and increased roof maintenance costs. Different products are available on the market today that give many choices to the homeowner, such as foam roof systems, metal roofing, and roof coatings among others. When considering a new or replacement roof, ask about the product rating before making a purchase. The Cool Roof Rating Council, created in 1998, offers methods for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance of roofing products. Cool roofs provide a number of benefits beyond urban heat island mitigation, including reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by lowering energy use.
There are different ways you can reduce greenhouse emissions without giving up comfort at home. The first step is to decide what changes you are willing to make. Investing in your home’s energy efficiency is beneficial for the homeowner and reducing the carbon footprint of any building has a long-term beneficial impact on the planet. These small but important changes pave the way to a more energy-efficient future for everyone.
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CLEANTECH, DOMESTIC, INNOVATION, RENEWABLE ENERGY, US
Affordable Choices for a More Energy-Efficient Home
By GABRIELA Y. RIOS - FIXR.COM
The past decade or so has been riddled with rumors of flying vehicles and autonomous taxis. Indeed, it seems every year is the last before the culmination of dreams first wrought in Back to the Future,
if not earlier still and 2017 is no different.
Flying driverless vehicles might take to the airways this summer. A test run conducted in February by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has proven successful. Pioneered by Chinese company Ehang, the “Ehang 184” is expected to bring passengers to their destinations automatically, and is queued to begin doing so in the near future.
The battery operated, drone-like vehicle utilizes 8 propellers as its flight mechanism, and will be able to transport someone who weighs up to 220 pounds, including a small carry-on. The battery allows for a half-hour flight, which can travel approximately 31 miles. Once depleted, the battery requires 8 hours to recharge. The vehicle will be able to reach altitudes of 300 meters (about 1000 feet), and travel at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hours (about 62 miles per hour). Like an Uber, the passenger simply selects his or her destination and the “car” begins the journey, utilizing 4G mobile internet.
Unlike previous attempts to create the flying-car market, the Ehang 184 does not require the passenger to be a learned pilot. The co-founders of Ehang boast that one of the vehicles main differentiators is that you do not need a license to “operate” it. In fact, there is basically no human operation at all. A fail-safe mechanism within the vehicle will find the nearest, safest place to land at even the slightest fault. Further, Ehang claims that a 24/7 flight control center monitors all flights, and can take control of the vehicle in case of an emergency.
The vehicle is expected to capture 25% of the individual-trip market in Dubai, changing them into self-driving journeys. In fact, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates has echoed similar sentiments by proclaiming that he wants 25% of all passenger journeys to be autonomous by 2030. It could provide an intriguing alternative to carbon-based vehicles, with enough hype to attract market share. Authorities in Dubai have addressed the security aspects of the vehicle, approving of the design and production. Ehang hopes that these assurances will provide peace of mind to the passengers, which in turn enhances what public transportation means.
Dubai is quite familiar with inventive technology and autonomous transportation, as it has been home to the world’s longest driverless metro line since 2011. The city has even partnered with Hyperloop One to begin working on a hyperloop line linking the city to Abu Dhabi.
However, it does not seem like any vehicle of this caliber will be available any time soon in the United States. As it stands, the Federal Aviation Administration is now requiring all drone fliers, even hobbyists, to register their vehicles on a government website. But this registration process only applies to drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Anything more is restricted from US airways. The Ehang 184, by comparison, weighs 440 pounds and stands at 5 feet tall. While this may seem minute for a car, it is large for a drone.
By MICHAEL MCDONALD
By Conor Ryan Feb 23, 2017 12:45 AM GMT
The solar project is being developed at the Donfeng Nissan facility in Guangzhou, China. Image: JinkoSolar
PV company JinkoSolar announced Wednesday that it has provided 29.64MW of its high-efficiency solar panels to power the world’s largest solar canopy. The canopy covers an area of 360,000 square metres — equivalent to the size of 27 football fields. It will shelter over 10,000 finished car products at Dongfeng Nissan, as well as the cars of the facility’s employees. The installation will produce 28.65 million kWh of electricity per year — enough to offset the majority of the plant’s annual electricity consumption. As a result, the facility will save an average of US$334,000 annually and cut carbon emissions by 26,425 tonnes. Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar, said: "Initiatives like this landmark solar canopy at Dongfeng Nissan facility is setting a good example for car makers to harness clean, renewable solar power to operate their facilities in a significantly more energy-efficient and cost-effective way. This decentralized solar project will generate both economic as well as environmental benefits.”
By Tom Kenning Feb 22, 2017 5:29 PM GMT
Vertically-integrated solar PV manufacturer Au Optronics (AUO) has completed a 3.87MW rooftop solar plant in Taiwan, the largest on a high-tech fab in the southwest city of Tainan. The project uses a special mounting rack and is designed to withstand strong winds and avoid water leaks from the rooftop, which is critical given the island’s susceptibility to heavy typhoons. The project at Tainan Technology Industrial Park includes 14,880 modules with a working area of 3.5 hectares, although the actual system covers a much smaller area. Daily generation will be 14GWh, enough for 1,410 households.
Over the past few years, AUO has accelerated the deployment of its solar project business. The company not only built solar power plants on the rooftops of its own fabs, but also assisted its group companies and customers in developing green energy. It has worked on Taiwan’s government owned buildings, communities and factories. As of now, there are a total of 179 projects completed in Taiwan, with a total capacity of 66MW.