viamon – an established partner of ADLER Solar for almost two years now – has systematically expanded its offerings in the area of protecting PV systems and offers its customers an all-around worry-free package.

This specialist – with experience from analysing over 120 cases and many interviews with affected operators, investors, insurance companies and authorities – has further expanded its practical know-how and thus supplies the complete spectrum of services necessary for lasting theft protection. viamon supports its customers already in the planning stage and helps them minimise the risk cost-efficiently.

Besides its own electronic GPS-based theft protection viamon offers the following services among others:

  • planning support
  • security concept
  • implementation of the security measures
  • security control centre and alarm responder
  • regular tests of the alarm chain

The fact that thefts are on the rise again in the PV sector shows that even for existing systems it can be worthwhile to consider analysing the risk situation anew.

viamon will be happy to send you the current publication „Process model for protecting open-air ¬photovoltaic¬ facilities against theft and vandalism“ on request. It sketches how risk can be analysed as part of planning and what measures can be taken to systematically reduce the probability of theft and the potential damage.

viamon_Bild BasPlease contact Bas Zapf (Business Development) if you are interested.
viamon GmbH
Trippstadter Str. 110
67663 Kaiserslautern

Phone: +49 631 343592-35
Mobile: +49 171 6854756

Procurement of replacement modules – technical issues and requirements

In repairing photovoltaic facilities installers and service technicians are constantly confronted with new challenges, since most module types in use are no longer produced and thus cannot be procured wholesale in the usual way. Preventive replacement module management or a specialised service provider can provide help in this regard. However certain technical issues must be taken into account in the selection and use of (old) modules.

A look at the history: Module variety vs. standardisation

In the early years of photovoltaics, i.e. before the 2000s, when not that many module manufacturers existed yet and network coupling still had scarcity value, there was essentially only one kind of product: the 12 V module for off-grid applications.

With the introduction of the first incentive programmes, solar modules were then developed that had higher output voltages. This was due to loss minimisation in PV systems consisting of more and more elements. Larger and larger modules were also built in order to reduce installation cost. Thus hundreds of different models arose from 2001 to 2010, since every European manufacturer wanted to distinguish itself with its own formats: 36, 40, 48, 54, 60, 72, 80, 88, 96 and 120 cell units etc. with monocrystalline or polycrystalline solar cells and various frame geometries. The result was PV facilities in Europe in which thousands of different module types were installed.

Not until Asian manufacturers, primarily Chinese ones, began to conquer the market from 2007 to 2010 did a certain standardisation prevail. For reasons of costs only monocrystalline modules with 72 five-inch cells and polycrystalline modules with 60 six-inch cells continued to be produced and supplied to Europe. The elements became interchangeable, which, though detrimental to brand loyalty, was very beneficial for maintenance-friendliness. From then on defective modules from one manufacturer could be replaced directly with comparable modules from a different manufacturer.
Of course, even today there are nuances of the frame geometry, but in modern facilities we now essentially only encounter two module sizes: 1.65 x 1 m (60 x 6″) and 1.95 x 1 m (72 x 6″). All smaller formats are rapidly disappearing from the market.

But what can be done if an „exotic“ module type is required after all?

pvXchange has specialised in buying up, cataloguing and storing old inventories. From the extensive warehouse with over 10,000 original products of a wide variety of types and specifications (new and used goods) it is possible to satisfy nearly all module and inverter requests. Information on the requested quantity, the exact module type and possibly also the cell technology and frame dimensions is required for processing. However, photographs of the front and back of the modules (with labels!) help for more precise identification.

Martin_Schachinger_2011_769x769For further information please contact Mr. Martin Schachinger.

pvXchange Trading GmbH
Ingolstädter Str. 1-3
28219 Bremen

Phone: + 49 (0)421 83 57 01 60

SolarPower Europe’s Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2016 – 2020, considered to be one of the most authoritative market analysis reports for the global solar power sector, has been published.

120x120_Global Market Outlook.pngThe five-year, highly detailed market forecast covers various regional solar power epicenters across the globe and their relevance in their respective power markets. It provides an outlook on how the global solar power market is expected to evolve over the coming years and which emerging technology trends there are. With comprehensive historical market data, five-year forecasts for the main global markets as well as an analysis of the role solar is playing in the European energy system, the Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2016 – 2020 is an indispensable tool for the global solar sector and energy stakeholders alike. Gratis download.

What everyone’s talking about: Blockchain technology for the energy industry

Blockchain_120x120_neu„Blockchain“ – the hype surrounding this term has reached enormous proportions over the last two years. It also appears more and more frequently in the headlines of the energy industry.
What exactly is behind it? What does blockchain technology mean for the energy industry?
The North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) consumer advice centre has published up-to-date results of a short study on this. Besides an introduction to the topic the study contains an overview of international experience with blockchain technology in the energy industry. It describes both the areas of application of the procedure in the energy industry and current projects and companies that are focussing on the blockchain approach. An evaluation of the current state of development and the perspectives of blockchain projects can also be found in the study.
The entire study „Blockchain technology – an opportunity for energy consumers?“ is available for download free of charge on the homepage of the NRW consumer advice centre.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Our Sales Director, Mr. Claas Oltmann, and his team are waiting to answer your inquiries.

tel. +49 421 83 57 01 00