Cleantech Roundup: Soltec, SunPower, Schletter and extra – pv journal USA – pv journal USA

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Another week, a few more announcements! To keep up with the latest news, check out this latest cleantech product roundup:

DG System Kit

Soltec, specialist in solar trackers, launched Solarfighter, a kit with all the equipment required to build a project for the decentralized generation of up to 12 MW. This combined package includes solar trackers, modules adapted to specific project requirements, inverters, cabling, BoP systems and communication as well as batteries for storage projects.

Image: Soltec

With this kit, Soltec offers its SF7 tracker technology as well as designs that can be adapted to different climates and terrain types. Solarfighter also includes the installation and maintenance of systems by Soltec installers as well as the customer service and product guarantee offered by the manufacturer. The company announced that it will soon offer this new service to the DG segments in the countries it operates. More information can be found here.

Solar and storage loans

SunPower and its loan partner Technology Credit Union offer 15 year loans with an annual interest rate of 0.99% and loans with a term of 25 years and 1.99% for Equinox, SunPower's home solar system, and SunVault, the home and storage product light commercial storage.

According to SunPower, the $ 72 per month electricity savings for a 4 kW Equinox solar array at home could equal the monthly cost of the 25 year loan. Under the loan program, a 13 kWh SunVault energy storage system would cost an additional $ 61 per month. The prices of the individual dealers may vary. More information can be found here.

Integration of storage software

Energy Toolbase's Acumen EMS control software is now integrated into Dynapower's energy storage offering. Dynapower will be added to Energy Toolbase's ETB Developer sales and modeling platform, which will allow users to run energy storage shipping simulations and savings analysis to determine how the storage would function on-site.

Dynapower has an integrated all-in-one energy storage solution with lithium-ion iron phosphate battery technology, paired with a bidirectional power conversion system and a modular system. According to Energy Toolbase, Acumen EMS software uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize battery shipping for maximum savings. More information can be found here.

Asset management

Solar Operations Solutions LLC saw the rise of myPV IQ, a monitoring and control platform that can be integrated into retrofits or new builds of solar PV sites.

Image: Solar Operations Solutions

In 2019, myPV IQ was deployed at customer locations in 11 US states and Brazil. The platform now has 300 MW active installations and 1 GW for PV solar and PV + storage. The company stated that its platform provides real-time data for technicians and high-resolution 1-minute interval data for trending and comprehensive views of connected devices and custom reports to download or integrate with the RESTful JSON web API, Modbus TCP and OPC UA and more. More information can be found here.

Hydrogen storage

Hydro-Québec's Transport Electrification and Energy Storage Competence Center and the University of South Wales have signed trade agreements that transfer USW's patented hydrogen storage technology to Hydro-Québec to enable commercialization. The pact is part of an ongoing effort to decarbonize industry and provide alternative, cleaner sources of energy. USW technology allows hydrogen to be absorbed into the material in higher concentrations and densities, increasing the hydrogen storage capacity. More information can be found here.

Image: Hydro-Quebec

Hybrid project software

HOMER Energy from UL, a developer of energy modeling software, announced its latest service: HOMER Front + UL Analysis. The new feature helps energy developers design and optimize utility-scale hybrid renewable power systems, including wind, solar and battery energy storage systems.

The HOMER Front + UL analysis fulfills a need as utilities seek to improve power stability and resilience, decarbonize energy resources, and work towards a clean energy economy. More information can be found here.

Pitched roof system

The Schletter Group, an international manufacturer of solar systems, has launched a newly developed pitched roof mounting system. The company said its ProLine system is lighter, more load-bearing and easier to install than its predecessor due to its new profile geometries and fasteners. The new product line is available in Europe and will appear in international markets in the next few months.

Image: Schletter

The heart of the system is a newly developed installation profile. The design uses less material than the existing Schletter standard profiles. At the same time, the profile can withstand higher loads. The profile is available in three versions: 35 mm high for lower spans, 50 mm high for medium and large spans and 70 mm high for large spans. More information can be found here.

Power switch solution

Silicon Valley startup Amber Solutions announced its solid-state Energy Traffic Controller with embedded intelligence that enables building power sources to be switched quickly. The function uses the company's digital power control to ensure power management.

The device is installed next to the circuit breaker box in order to monitor the energy demand of a building and the available power sources and thus support the optimization of autonomous sources. It would enable data processing for dynamic decisions by using metrics such as the price and stability of grid energy during peak hours, the availability of solar energy and the current state of charge of all connected battery backup systems. More information can be found here.

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