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  • Exosun

    SPI 2014: Exosun offers single-axis tracker with intelligent backtracking process

    13 October 2014, 09:56

    Exosun is now offering its ‘Exotrack’ HZ horizontal single-axis tracker with an intelligent patented backtracking process, called ‘SMARTracking’. Exosun’s Exotrack HZ will be on display at Solar Power International (SPI 2014), held October 21-23 in Las Vegas.

  • ampt

    String optimizer from Ampt has double number of modules per string

    30 September 2014, 14:07

    Ampt has introduced a new string optimizer, a DC power converter with multiple maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and output voltage and current limits to optimize system design and maximize performance of large-scale PV systems.

  • SolarCity

    SolarCity’s ZS Peak mounting system provides higher panel density on commercial rooftops

    16 September 2014, 12:26

    SolarCity has launched a flat roof solar mounting solution that is claimed to be twice as fast to install and can generate significantly more solar electricity from each rooftop than alternatives for the commercial market. The ZS Peak mounting system provides an innovative snap-together system to simplify and accelerate installation.

  • panelclaw

    PanelClaw offers lower cost ‘Polar Bear’ flat roof mounting system

    30 July 2014, 16:24

    PanelClaw is introducing its ‘Polar Bear’ III, a new flat roof mounting system. The new Polar Bear product is said to take the best aspects of PanelClaw’s existing Polar Bear, ‘Grizzly Bear’ and ‘Kodiak Bear’ flat roof portfolio and combines them into a single platform with more competitive pricing.

  • ampt

    Intersolar North America: String optimiser from Ampt has double number of modules per string

    09 July 2014, 16:08

    Ampt has introduced a new string optimiser, a DC power converter with multiple maximum power point tracking (MPPT) and output voltage and current limits to optimize system design and maximise performance of large-scale PV systems. Ampt is showcasing the product at several partner booths during Intersolar North America, including Shoals and Bonfiglioli.

  • plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1500 Volt inverter/transformer system, which is claim

    First Solar and GE develop next-generation PV power plant

    19 March 2014, 16:55

    First Solar and GE’s Power Conversion business are utilizing their recently established technology and commercial partnership to develop a more cost effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1500 Volt inverter/transformer system, which is claimed to be the largest inverter in the industry capable of accommodating 1,500 volt DC solar arrays.

  • The LGate 120 is a one-piece completely under glass meter which installs easily using a standard socket base. Performance data is uploaded i

    Locus Energy offers PV system fleet operators enhanced data collection

    28 January 2014, 16:50

    Locus Energy has introduced its next-generation of smart meters designed to allow solar installers and asset managers to more easily collect, monitor and analyse performance data from both residential and light commercial solar PV systems. The LGate 120 and 320 are the first cellular smart meters designed specifically to measure the performance of PV installations.

  • A new ‘FlexReportXL’ report generator produces plant performance reports that can include information from other sources, such as forecasts

    Skytron adds performance and planning enhancements to ‘PVGuard’ power plant software

    24 January 2014, 17:57

    Skytron energy has made considerable performance upgrades to its monitoring, control and supervision solutions for PV power plants. The ‘PVGuard’ Supervision Platform has been enhanced with improved SCADA software capabilities for energy production planning, performance analysis and system integration.

  • The new M215 includes Integrated Ground technology

    Enphase offers simpler microinverter installation and operational software management

    14 January 2014, 16:22

    Enphase Energy has introduced new hardware and software products that are claimed to lower solar system installation and operations costs for solar professionals.

  • Since the mechanism is frictionless, less force is required to move a tracker - which means that no external power source is required to mov

    Scorpius Trackers Vader-xFP tracking system uses frictionless technology and no bearings

    13 September 2013, 11:55

    Scorpius Trackers claims to be the first company to have pioneered a frictionless pivot system that does not require bearings for free movement in solar tracking systems. The Vader-xFP tracking system is claimed to have zero wear and tear of mechanical parts with less than 0.1% of the generated power being consumed for tracking a >1MW PV power plant.

  • Solar Cube calculates the ‘zenith angle’ and the ‘azimuth angle’, which together specify the exact position of the sun in the sky to withi

    IMO offers off the shelf controller designed for axis PV systems

    11 April 2013, 07:48

    The IMO Solar Cube has been developed by IMO Precision Controls as an easy to set up solar tracking and measurement controller with the flexibility to adapt to either one or two axis PV module installations to track the sun’s movement.

  • The Bifurcated Wormetary gearing combines a right angle worm gear to turn the corner with a pair of efficient planetary gearboxes for a tota

    Dunkermotor’s new ‘Bifurcated Wormetary’ gearmotors provide reliable operation of CSP and PTC power

    03 January 2013, 13:00

    In the field of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), Parabolic Trough Collector (PTC) technology is one of the most widely used, and Dunkermotor’s new ‘Bifurcated Wormetary’ gearmotors are designed to meet that application’s requirements, while offering several unique benefits.

  • QBotix uses intelligent robots to offer low cost module tracking system

    10 September 2012, 07:09 | Comments (1)

    Start-up, QBotix, has revealed the ‘QBotix Tracking System’ (QTS), a dual-axis tracking system that employs rugged, intelligent and mobile robots to dynamically operate solar power plants and maximize energy output. QTS is claimed to costs as much as existing single axis systems but generates up to 15% more energy. QTS will generate up to 40% more energy than fixed mount systems.

  • PolyOne’s ‘Syncure Solar’ wire cable solution supports overall BOS cost reduction

    05 September 2012, 16:03

    PolyOne has introduced a new technology for PV systems wire and cable called ‘Syncure Solar.’ Available globally, this UV-resistant, cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) system is claimed to meet UL 4703 and VW 1-compliance in one material, eliminating the need to use two separate insulation and jacketing formulations.

  • Clenergy offers PV-ezRack mounting system for trapezoidal sheet roofs

    28 August 2012, 10:15

    Clenergy launched the PV-ezRack Trapezoidal module mounting system at Intersolar Europe, 2012. The new high-quality universal mounting system is designed for PV-systems on trapezoidal sheet roofs with thicknesses of 0.4mm and above.

  • Siliken’s ‘energybox’ offers complete rooftop optimization solutions

    20 August 2012, 09:51 | Comments (1)

    Siliken has developed the ‘energybox’ PV system that offers more than 100 structural solutions for the design of any type of residential and industrial rooftops. The kit is scalable and therefore allows the covering of any rooftop size by connecting several energyBoxes in tandem. Siliken also developed a 72-cell module, which yields the same power with 20% fewer modules, therefore saving components, cutting operating costs and installation time.

  • TAOKE ‘IOT’ is designed to protect and improve the operating efficiency of the PV power plant

    11 June 2012, 09:33

    Shanghai TAOKE Network Technology has developed the GPRS photovoltaic data acquisition (TK-G10-01/08/16/08S/16S) and Ethernet photovoltaic data acquisition the (TK-E20-01/08/16/08S/16S/32D) systems for a wide range of PV power plant applications, designed to protect and improve the operating efficiency of the PV system.

  • AlsoEnergy enhances ‘PowerTrack’ Energy Management Services software

    30 April 2012, 10:00

    AlsoEnergy has developed several new reporting and collaboration enhancements to its cloud-based ‘PowerTrack’ Energy Management Services software. The newest features allow developers and investors in solar energy systems to create performance models and compare operation between sites and models to quickly detect underperforming components and generate better system returns.

  • DC cabling solution from Amphenol monitors for power generation, ground faults and fire protection

    13 February 2012, 10:21 | Comments (1)

    Amphenol Industrial is offering a new active trunk and drop cabling solution, in conjunction with Ampt, a designer of active electronics for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. The new cabling solution is claimed to reduce the cost of commercial and utility-scale PV systems.

  • New mounting system from TTi provides for a 100% watertight system for shingle roofs

    18 January 2012, 23:00

    TTi has introduced its next generation of residential solar roof mount, the patented TTi Flat Jack Comp Shingle Mount. As a durable and reliable mount for installing PV panels on composition shingle roofs, the TTi Flat Jack now requires no shingle trimming or sealants, reduces labour costs and protects roofs.

  • SPI: 2011: Unirac’s ISYS Single Access Tracker requires fewer foundations for faster construction

    18 October 2011, 18:43 | Comments (1)

    Unirac has launched the ISYS Single Axis Tracker at the Solar Power International (SPI) trade show, which is claimed to be the most robust and versatile ground mount tracker system on the market today. The system is able to work with any space or module system. Unirac backs the ISYS Tracker with a 20-year structural performance warranty.

  • SPI 2011: Molex offers panel-mount DC connectors preventing accidental and unauthorized decoupling

    17 October 2011, 12:01

    Molex has further expanded its range of ‘SolarSpec’ products with the development of pin (male) and socket (female) panel-mount DC connectors. SolarSpec panel-mount DC connectors, with internal locking and touch-proof design for superior safety, feature an innovative nut mechanism for simple assembly to the panel and a durable connection for cable attachment to solar inverters. The products will be showcased at the Solar Power International at booth 6854.

  • SPI 2011: Locus Energy releases irradiance modeling software service

    17 October 2011, 11:28

    Locus Energy is preparing to launch ‘Virtual Irradiance’ a patent pending software service providing highly accurate estimates of historical and real-time solar irradiance across North America. The service will be offered as an add-on for all users of the company’s web-based residential and commercial monitoring platform.

  • Kinematics slewing drives increase efficiency and load-holding capacity of solar trackers

    03 August 2011, 14:26

    Kinematics slewing drives are designed, tested and guaranteed for a 30-year field life. All aspects of engineering control are based on creating a low-cost, reliable solution for our customers. We qualify all the raw materials, components and final assemblies to meet these standards. Kinematics slewing drives use hourglass worm technology, affording them maximum survivability load-holding capacity and increased efficiency and accuracy.

  • National Semi’s ‘SolarMagic’ chipset and firmware can detect arc faults in PV system

    28 June 2011, 11:32

    National Semiconductor has introduced the ‘SolarMagic’ arc detection reference design, comprised of analog front end integrated circuits (ICs) and multi-band dynamic filtering firmware. According to the company this is the first commercially available chipset to detect hazardous DC arc faults in PV systems.

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