Global Solar Energy: Introduce new flexible BIPV module
Global Solar Energy Inc, a leader in manufacturing high-efficiency Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) solar material, has introduced its flexible building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) module. The PowerFLEX™ BIPV is designed specifically for commercial and industrial rooftops, and delivers higher power levels per rooftop than any other solar solution. With the new PowerFLEX BIPV module, rooftops are able to generate clean energy quickly and cost effectively.
The company will be showcasing its PowerFLEX BIPV at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, on September 6 – September 9, in Valencia, Spain.
Global Solar’s PowerFLEX BIPV has 12.6 percent aperture efficiency, delivering the highest in the flexible module industry. Plus, the module’s large format (5.75m x 0.5m) and high-power density of 300W enables outperformance of other flexible solar roofing solutions currently on the market. The device outputs 50 percent more energy and power than the current amorphous silicon standard.
The PowerFLEX BIPV is lightweight and can be applied directly to a roofing surface without mounting hardware, resulting in no roof penetrations and no additional wind load. The module is designed specifically for roofs, and maintains the aesthetic of a building structure. Additionally, installation and balance of system (BOS) costs will also be reduced due to its large format and high power density.
“At Global Solar, we recognized that the building industry has not been able to fully optimize the real estate on the rooftop with solar solutions currently available,” stated Dr. Jeff Britt, CEO of Global Solar Energy. “We worked closely with roofing professionals when we designed the PowerFLEX BIPV, and their experience mattered to us. Leveraging their input, we now offer a high-powered module that will create the most powerful rooftops in the world.”
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
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