The trading platform for PV modules and components, pvxchange, got restarted in the spring of 2015. This company, founded around Martin Schachinger as early as 2004, regrouped and entered into a partnership with ADLER Solar. Since then, the services of ADLER Solar and pvXchange are being offered in close cooperation. Thanks to the symbiotic collaboration that is interlinked on a partnership basis, customers of ADLER Solar and pvXchange profit equally. Managing Director Martin Schachinger is more than satisfied with the development of business in the first year following the new start.
pvXchange offers its customers an international marketplace for new and second-hand articles (modules, inverters, BOS components) at top-notch terms. The most interesting entries in terms of quality, price, and availability are constantly being gleaned from the offerings and professional customers notified through the website and the regular newsletters. In addition, pvXchange offers professional supply management. Brands and types, or suitable alternative products, are specifically acquired depending on customer requirements. For instance, for photovoltaic plants that need to add or replace parts owing to damage. The partner concept represents an expansion of component placement. pvXchange supports manufacturers and suppliers of innovative products or services with market launches or circulation through Web and newsletter marketing. There is also support for the personal sales approach and consulting for new customers.
From the very outset, pvXchange has committed itself to bringing transparency to the international price structure of photovoltaic components. The monthly module price index is regularly published in many online portals and select trade journals, as well as quoted by banks and economic journalists.
Digital data processing during inspection – at ADLER Solar, TabTool is used from the start
For the past year, the employees of ADLER Solar have been using TabTool, a tablet computer program for data capture and processing, during their inspection and maintenance work. The contact to the IT developer TabTool grew out of the partnership collaboration with greentech GmbH und Cie. KG in the field of O&M support. Thus the employees of ADLER Solar are amongst the very first users and were able to take an active part in shaping and optimising it. For instance, orders were structured according to assemblies.
With digital data capture, ADLER Solar has laid an important building block on the way to fully electronic data processing that can also be performed by several employees simultaneously. Whilst formerly everything had to be written down by hand, today every fault identified during inspection can be completely digitally documented on site in real time. Although this may be a bit more time-consuming in the field – all items must be noted by a click – it is unquestionably profitable in the end: in future, it will be possible to handle customer concerns even better than heretofore.
Check solar installation now and avoid loss of earnings
ADLER Solar and E.ON are checking photovoltaic plants throughout Germany
The coming months are decisive for every owner of a photovoltaic plant, for the months of March to October account for more than 75 percent of annual incident solar radiation. Operators of solar installations should therefore have their plant checked in due time in order to avoid loss of earnings. After all, damages from snow, ice, and hail, as well as deposits of grime or foliage, can considerably reduce the performance capability of photovoltaic plants. Plant owners can conveniently perform a yield check free of charge from home at www.eon-solarprofis.de and know after only a few seconds how their solar installation is doing with regards to performance. If the yield is below the irradiation values, it is time to get to the bottom of what is causing this. The experts at E.ON SolarProfis check the available plant documentation in collaboration with ADLER Solar on site, perform a visual inspection of the modules, the installed inverters, the substructure, and the cabling, and measure all module strings. The final report then contains a recommendation for action and the further steps that the solar installation owner can take. The higher solar yield after the fault has been identified and eliminated far exceeds in most cases the cost of the plant inspection.
In order to make the best possible use of the advantages of solar energy, photovoltaic plants must always be in perfection condition. A routine inspection saves the operator from avoidable losses in earnings.
You can find more information at:
www.adlersolar.de/e-on-solarprofis | Tel. 0800 74 72 637
Ideas at operator conference: solutions for plant operators
A lot can happen three years after commissioning a photovoltaic plant: for instance, faults can appear or the original installers no longer be persons of contact. At the well-attended operator conference of Solarpraxis AG in Kirchdorf/Haag, ADLER Solar employee Christian Rumpel illustrated risks for plant operators.
With problem analyses, incoming goods inspections, warranty checks, technical advice, and the procurement of replacement modules and components, ADLER Solar has a large number of solutions that can be offered to operators in such situations to secure their earnings.
A photovoltaic tourist attraction – the world’s first completely solar operated buses will soon be in use in London!
Five of the electric double-decker buses developed by the Chinese company BYD will soon be seen on London’s busy streets. The 10.2 metre-long buses each have 54 seats and standing capacity for another 27 passengers.
The iron-phosphate batteries used in them have a capacity of 345 kWh and, according to BYD, a range of up to 190 miles in city traffic.
The batteries can be recharged overnight within a period of four hours.
“The Mayor of London did not believe that an electric double-decker bus could be technically possible, but we took up the challenge and built the new buses for London in fewer than two years,” said Isbrand Ho, Director of BYD Europe.
Thanks to this fully emission-free product, London will in future play a leading role worldwide when it comes to improving air quality. The British government has set its sights on reducing its CO2 emissions by at least 80% by 2015, in accordance with the Climate Change Act adopted in 2008; in fewer than 35 years, all new cars sold in the country are even intended to be emission-free.
The biggest floating PV plant with 13.7 MW being built in Japan
The Japanese company Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has started construction work at the Yamakura reservoir on the biggest floating photovoltaic plant in the world. This plant, which is operated by the state authority of the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, is supposed to start operations at the latest on March 31, 2018. It is intended to lessen environmental pollution in the region.
Within the scope of the concept, approx. 51,000 Kyocera modules are intended to be installed on a water surface of 180,000 square metres. The plant is expected to generated 16,170 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity per year.
The rapid spread of solar energy in Japan is increasingly exacerbating the search for suitable sites for large-scale solar power plants. Kyocera TCL Solar has therefore been developing floating photovoltaic plants since 2014, since Japan has a large number of flood pools and agricultural water reservoirs.
ADLER Solar is exhibiting together with Europe Solar Concept + pvXchange at the Intersolar Europe 2016 in Munich from 22 – 24 June and extends a warm welcome to you at Stand 450 in Hall B3.