Companies across the PV supply chain were recognised for innovation at the Intersolar AWARD’s ceremony on the first day of the Intersolar Europe exhibition.
For the first time a new category of Solar Projects in Europe was included in the awards system, which included three topics of ‘Photovoltaics and Energy Storage,’ ‘Solar Thermal Applications,’ and ‘PV Applications’(Industrial and Commercial use).
Belectric Solarkraftwerke was a winner with its 128MWp PV power plant in Templin (Brandenburg), which used 1.5 million thin-film modules and 114 inverters. Recognition was given due to the plants dynamic controls that enabled a stable operating voltage and compensation for grid fluctuations at all times of the day. The deployment of special electronics that counteraced reactive power and employed a phase shifter that guaranteed that useless reactive power is balanced out.
Galaxy Energy was also a winner with its design of an energy system for a carbon-neutral building, which does not require gas, oil or wood for heating. At the heart of the Galaxy Energy Building was a rafter system which allowed the photovoltaic modules to be integrated into the roof. The energy system also included a ceiling-mounted air heater, a heat pump and an integrated ice storage system for heating and cooling the building, depending on the time of year.
Conergy was also recognised for a roof-mounted PV system (8 kWp) at a restaurant in the Spanish city of Barcelona, which was designed for maximum on-site consumption. The jury felt that this was a pioneering project that exemplarily pointed towards the future of solar installations, which are conceivable without state funding due to their high on-site consumption.
Winners in the Photovoltaics category included LG Electronics, which had developed the ‘Mono X NeoN’ that employs n-type (bifacial) solar cells, which use solar insolation from two sides and an improved light coupling. The jury was impressed with the combination of technologies and the economic viability of the solar module.
Schletter was noted for its Smart PV Charge, an intelligent charging process for the improved on-site consumption of solar power in combination with e-mobility. Acting as an interface between the PV system, energy manager and battery of an electric vehicle, the Smart PV Charge ensures that solar power can be used to supply houses or charge vehicles as required. The jury was won over by the flexible charging process and additional storage capacity, which can help to achieve more than 80% of on-site consumption.
SMA Technology was recognised for its ‘Sunny Boy Smart Energy’ system, which is a compact, fully-integrated storage system that is quick and easy to install. With a capacity of 2 kilowatt hours (kWh), the storage system is particularly suitable for private homes looking to achieve a high rate of on-site consumption of solar power. Using a durable lithium-ion battery has a positive effect on the storage system’s overall economic viability and reduces the risk of failure.