DONAUER Solartechnik Exhibits at bauma Africa 2013

Both domestically and abroad, Donauer is working on projects whose rated output ranges from small hybrid systems starting at 100 kvA through to major industrial plant for over 17 years. In all cases, the focus is oriented on reducing operating costs while guaranteeing a reliable supply of energy. Only in July, Donauer received the order from Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – Namibia’s largest brewery – to install a hybrid own consumption industrial photovoltaic system. When the brewery runs off the national grid, energy consumption costs are reduced dramatically by the innovative D:Hybrid model. Fuel-efficient operation is also guaranteed while running in backup mode alongside the diesel generator. Power from the renewable energy source is utilised whenever possible by the brewery’s production unit, thus keeping the company’s energy costs permanently low. In countries where energy provision via the public electricity grid is unreliable, diesel generators are often used to provide a basic power supply infrastructure. Donauer’s D:Hybrid Energy Management is a technical system solution designed to save diesel fuel by embedding solar power plant into generator-based electricity grids.
The finished document on which this curated clip was in fact based upon is actually located at http://green.tmcnet.com/news/2013/08/26/7365527.htm

Photovoltaic Fuses are UL 2579 listed.

With minimum breaking capacity of 1.35 X fuse-rated current value, devices allow for safe circuit interruption under typical low-fault current conditions produced by PV arrays. (Archive News Story – Products mentioned in this Archive News Story may or may not be available from the manufacturer.) Original Press Release New Helio Protection Fuse Product Line Introducing the Industry’s First UL 2579 Listed Range of Dedicated Photovoltaic Fuses. Mersen is pleased to announce the launch of the industry’s first UL 2579 listed range of dedicated photovoltaic fuses – the Helio Protection fuse line, which includes the HP6M, HP10M, and HP6J. The new photovoltaic fuse line provides superior overcurrent protection at the combiner box and inverter levels and covers applications ranging from 1 to 400A, 600VDC, and 1000VDC. The enhanced fuse construction of the Helio Protection series makes it ideal for continuous temperature and current cycling withstand adding to system longevity. Low minimum breaking capacity capabilities of 1.35 times the fuse-rated current value allows for safe circuit interruption under typical low-fault current conditions produced by PV arrays. Protect off-grid or grid-tied PV systems from unexpected ground faults and line faults using the Helio Protection fuse line.
Noted from: http://news.thomasnet.com/fullstory/Photovoltaic-Fuses-are-UL-2579-listed-590146

China Sees Recovery in PV Industry

We are pleased to mark the end of construction and commence operation.” Catalina Solar is one of the world’s largest photovoltaic facilities. It was built on 900 acres and includes a 7.2-mile (11.6-kilometer) transmission line that connects the facility to the substation. “The successful completion of this project on behalf of EDF Renewable Energy will help make solar more cost competitive with other sources of energy,” said Toby Seay, president of Bechtel’s communications, renewables, and transmission business line. “The build of facilities like Catalina will help spur innovation around solar technologies and strengthen our use of clean, renewable power.” Bechtel is a global leader in the design and execution of complex power projects and has been at the forefront of the power industry for more than 60 years. In addition to its work on the Catalina Solar project, the company is building two other solar facilities in California: the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, which will be the world’s largest concentrating solar thermal power facility when complete, and the California Valley Solar Ranch, one of the world’s largest photovoltaic facilities currently under construction. About Bechtel: Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done rightno matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through five global business units that specialize in civil infrastructure; power generation, communications, and transmission; mining and metals; oil, gas, and chemicals; and government services. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents.
I came across this really encouraging optimistic news write-up located on http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bechtel-completes-utility-scale-photovoltaic-204800189.html

Bechtel Completes Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Power Project

26 (SMM) – NEA Releases 1st List of Distributed Photovoltaic Power Generation Demonstration Districts Chinas National Energy Administration (NEA) recently released the 1st list of distributed photovoltaic power generation demonstration districts, involving 18 projects in 5 cities of 7 provinces. Competition in Chinas Photovoltaic Industry Intensifies Further The 7GW in photovoltaic quotas are far from sufficient for Chinese photovoltaic producers, which will further intensify competition in Chinas photovoltaic industry. China PV Industry Begins to Recover Tens of Chinese photovoltaic manufacturers managed to reverse losses during the first half of the year, thanks to favorable policies in China and growing demand from emerging markets. This echoes the data in the Photovoltaic Industry in China in H1 2013 released by the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT), which also signaled a pickup in the industry. China Sees Slower Growth in Wind Power Generation in Jan.-July 2013 Wind power generation by power plants (6,000 KW) hit 79 billion KWH during the first seven months of the year, up 38.2% YoY, compared with a more than 40% growth in 2012 and an over 60% increase in 2011, according to the China Electricity Council (CEC). None of this material may be used for any commercial or public use in any forms or means, without the prior written consent of SMM.
Sourced from: http://www.metal.com/newscontent/52412_china-sees-recovery-in-pv-industry

2 Reported Dead in Plane Crash at Riverside County Solar Plant

2 Reported Dead in Plane Crash at Riverside County Solar Plant

The crash is still under preliminary investigation, but the California Highway Patrol says that it is thought the two occupants of the craft were killed in the crash. Details of the tragedy are sketchy, but Deputy Julio Oseguera of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department told ReWire that the plane was listed as flying for First Solar, which is building the nearby Desert Sunlight solar facility. Oseguera told ReWire that the occupants of the plane are presumed to have been First Solar employees. The victims’ names have not been released. The plane went down between Kaiser Road and Route 177 north of the small town of Desert Center, in the Chuckwalla Valley near the eastern edge of Joshua Tree National Park. UPDATE: Oseguera has informed ReWire that investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are now en route to the site. Story Continues Below Support KCET The solar facility, which First Solar is building for owners Next Era, GE, and Sumitomo, was buffeted by violent rainstorms during the course of the weekend, with roads washed out and power off in much of the Chuckwalla Valley. This is conjecture on our part, but the plane may have been in the air in an attempt to survey the extent of the damage, if any, that weekend storms did to the solar facility.
Originally encountered at http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/solar/photovoltaic-pv/two-reported-dead-in-plane-crash-at-riverside-county-solar-plant.html

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