Munich, May 31, 2017 – This year, companies from Germany and abroad will once again be presenting new products, projects, services and solutions for all areas of the solar industry. Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners, is the ideal setting for presenting such innovations. To kick off the exhibition, the Intersolar AWARD honored particularly groundbreaking solutions for the tenth year running. The coveted prize in the Photovoltaics category went to Ciel & Terre International, Hanwha Q CELLS and SMA Solar Technology. In the category for Outstanding Solar Projects, RAM Pharma, Next Kraftwerke, SUNfarming and Goldbeck Solar as well as the University of Hohenheim in collaboration with Phaesun won over the panel of judges. For the first time, the panel honored projects dealing with the topic of smart renewable energy.

The Intersolar AWARD is celebrating its anniversary: For the tenth time running, the panel was asked to evaluate a large number of submissions. The anniversary year saw Intersolar and ees exhibitors submit 133 projects from 21 countries for the popular Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD. Submissions were invited for products, services, concepts and solutions which have already been tested and are being presented for the first time, or which expand the use of existing technologies in an innovative way. For each project, the panel examined the degree of technological innovation, the benefit for industry, the environment and society as well as economic viability


Ciel & Terre International: Floating PV systems for industry and commerce
With its modular and scalable Hydrelio technology, the French company Ciel & Terre International has developed a solution for mounting solar modules onto floating platforms. The water automatically cools the solar modules, which increases the energy yield. The floating installation does not have an adverse effect on water quality – quite to the contrary: It shields the water from too much solar radiation, thereby reducing the formation of algae. The main components of Hydrelio are fully recyclable. The panel of judges writes: “This technology makes an important contribution to the global energy transition for this niche market.”

Hanwha Q CELLS: High-efficiency module
Hanwha Q CELLS (South Korea/Germany) is presenting an innovation worthy of an award: the Q.PEAK RSF L-G4.2 360-375 module. On top of its high efficiency level, this product is sustainable and easy to integrate. Rather than aluminum, the frame is made of folded steel, which improves the module’s CO2 footprint by around 15 percent. Furthermore, a newly developed mounting concept not only speeds up installation and keeps labor costs to a minimum, it also saves up to 80 percent in material costs. The panel praised the combination of innovative design and product sustainability.

SMA Solar Technology: Unique inverter design
With the SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1, German solar energy equipment supplier SMA Solar Technology developed a free-standing string inverter adapted for use on commercial rooftops and on the ground. The optimized installation and easy configuration allow this inverter to be quickly connected to the grid. The new, active cooling system is the basis for a unique design with easy access to all components and connections for direct and alternating current. Integration into the power system is easy thanks to effective control functions. The certified SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 can help save 20 percent of costs compared to other SMA products in the market. The panel was impressed with the efficiency of the technical design and the product’s improved handling.


University of Hohenheim and Phaesun: A stable dairy cooling chain thanks to solar energy
The joint project between the University of Hohenheim and Phaesun as technology partner was initiated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)). Phaesun specializes in the sale, installation and operation of off-grid photovoltaics and wind energy systems. The award-winning system uses solar energy for cooling milk in Kenya and Tunisia. The concept maintains the cold chain for storage and transport of milk, which is particularly critical in off-grid regions. The system is based on conventional direct current refrigerators equipped with a smart component: The cooling power demand is adapted to the solar energy generated each hour and batteries are replaced by thermal energy storage in the form of ice. The project’s potential positive effects on society and the economy, as well as the favorable business case won over the panel of judges.

RAM Pharma: Solar steam generation for industrial applications
RAM Pharma, a Jordanian pharmaceutical company, has implemented its first project for direct solar process steam generation for industrial process heat in the Middle East and North Africa. The project combines 18 LF-11 Fresnel collector modules which generate steam at a temperature of 160 °C and are operated alongside a boiler. The system, which was developed by Industrial Solar, can supply up to 340 megawatt hours per year, thus reducing the consumption of diesel by more than 35,000 liters. The panel was impressed with the potential for application: “The project proves how important solar-generated steam will be for industry in the future.”

Next Kraftwerke: A virtual power plant for improved grid stability
Next Kraftwerke from Germany operates one of Europe’s largest virtual power plants, which encompasses 4,200 medium and small units. The total output of the Next Pool virtual power plant is almost 3,000 megawatts. Next Pool uses digital networking to close the gaps resulting from fluctuating infeed of energy. Real-time data show the output and status of each component at any given time. Even more detailed forecasts are possible thanks to real-time information and data provided via interfaces with over 15 inverter manufacturers. The panel feels that the business model is important for the development of regulatory framework conditions. The judges also praised the contribution made to the future development of global power supply.

SUNfarming: Food and energy under one roof
SUNFarming, a Germany company, acts as investment controller and project developer of the Food & Energy Training Project. 15 agro-solar greenhouses have been set up on the campus of North West University in South Africa with the aim of producing food and energy in an efficient and resource-conserving manner in one place. Students and citizens can use the project to acquire knowledge and skills. The project also shows how photovoltaics package can be integrated into the agro-solar substructures of large food and energy installations. The panel of judges was impressed with the global development potential and the great societal benefit, including job creation.

Goldbeck Solar: Perfect combination of waste management and climate protection
Goldbeck Solar designs, builds and manages free-standing and rooftop PV installations across Europe. The company installed a photovoltaic installation to cover the Hellsiek landfill in Detmold in order to prevent clean rainwater from seeping into the landfill and being contaminated. The installation also generates solar energy. The dual-use concept for waste disposal and energy generation makes this hybrid solution both resource-conserving and cheaper than conventional installations. The scalable system reduces the annual CO2 emissions by more than 7,000 metric tons. The panel of judges was impressed with the high level of innovation in combination with the use of low-cost standard PV components in an innovative and important area of application.

Intersolar Europe 2017: Meeting point of the solar industry until June 2
All the award winners will be showcasing their innovations at Intersolar Europe in Munich until June 2. A total of 1,100 exhibitors are presenting new products, solutions and services at Intersolar Europe and the concurrent ees Europe – Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage. More than 40,000 visitors are expected until Friday.

Intersolar Europe 2017 is taking place from May 31–June 2 at Messe München.

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Partners of Intersolar Europe
Intersolar Europe is supported by the leading solar industry associations: the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) as an exclusive partner, the German Solar Energy Society (DGS), the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF), the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), and the platform for photovoltaic production equipment within the German Engineering Association (VDMA-PV).
With the support of SolarPower Europe.

About Intersolar
With events spanning four continents, Intersolar is the world’s leading exhibition series for the solar industry and its partners. It unites people and companies from around the world with the aim of increasing the share of solar power in our energy supply.

Intersolar Europe takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany and focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, energy storage and renewable heating, as well as on products and solutions for smart renewable energy. The accompanying Intersolar Europe Conference consolidates selected exhibition topics and showcases international markets, financing and pioneering technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar Europe has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry.

With more than 25 years of experience, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together members of the solar industry from across the world’s most influential markets. Intersolar exhibitions and conferences are held in Munich, San Francisco, Mumbai, São Paulo and Dubai. These global events are complemented by the Intersolar Summits, which take place in emerging and growing solar markets worldwide.
In 2017, ees Europe, Europe’s Largest Exhibition for Batteries and Energy Storage Systems, will take place in parallel to Intersolar Europe for the fourth time. Together with the accompanying ees Europe Conference, the exhibition covers the entire value chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies.

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Intersolar Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM).

Munich, May 31, 2017 – The ees AWARD ceremony is the culmination of the first exhibition day at ees Europe, Europe’s largest and most visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems. For the fourth time running, the panel of judges presented this prestigious award to the most innovative concepts and solutions from the energy storage industry. To select the winners from among the many submissions, the panel turned to criteria such as the level of innovation and economic viability. This year’s happy winners of the coveted industry award are Solarwatt, LG Chem and Energy Depot Deutschland.

A look at the submissions reveals the most burning topics for the energy storage industry: efficiency, longevity and flexibility. To determine the winners, the panel also applied additional criteria: degree of technological innovation, the benefit for industry, environment and society, and economic viability. Furthermore, the products submitted must have already reached the testing or application phase or else represent an important development of existing solutions.

The winners of the ees AWARD 2017 all work in the area of lithium-ion technology and distinguish themselves through modularity, scalability and smart components. Batteries and energy storage systems are increasingly used to store large amounts of electricity from renewable sources. This, along with the growing demand from domestic and commercial applications, has been boosting growth in this sector. Digitalization and intelligent connections are also expanding the market for batteries and energy storage systems. Standardized interfaces and self-configuring systems make system installation and grid integration easier.

The winners of the ees AWARD are

Solarwatt: Customized energy storage systems
Solarwatt Matrix is a concept that employs two intelligent, standardized, interconnected building blocks that create tailor-made energy storage systems. This highly modular system is suitable for a diverse range of applications and allows for expansion to the MW and MWh range, from private homes to large commercial installations. The MATRIX Command control unit makes many combinations and variations possible and has a number of interfaces which ensure optimal energy supply and grid connection. The MATRIX Command can even be integrated into a virtual power plant via an open software interface. The lithium-ion battery unit Matrix Pack can store energy from any kind of source, and is compatible with almost all inverters. Transport and assembly are easy thanks to its low weight and compact design. The panel of judges applauds Solarwatt’s commitment to innovative battery integration in the PV string.

LG Chem: A compact battery module with stamina
LG Chem, a South Korean chemical company, has developed a separate, multi-purpose energy storage solution with high energy density: the stand-alone battery module (SBM). The highly efficient cells are suitable for a variety of applications and off-grid supply solutions – from use as a reliable battery for systems integrators to module monitoring. This versatility is thanks to a charging strategy which ensures the ideal charge transfer between battery modules. The system is durable and easily maintained, retaining 80 percent of its initial capacity after ten years. The design is compact, space-saving and fits into a standard 19-inch rack. The panel was impressed by the easy system connection and integration of up to ten battery modules.

Energy Depot Deutschland GmbH: The combined solution for storage, conversion, distribution and control
Energy Depot Deutschland’s CENTURIO Energy Storage System is a combination of hybrid inverter and lithium-ion battery modules for the storage, conversion, distribution and control of photovoltaic energy. The DC-coupled system comprises the Centurio 10 hybrid inverter, DOMUS 4.1 batteries and the Vectis 30 smart power switch and meter. The modular and scalable system has been devised for a balanced infeed into all three phases (phase symmetry) and is highly efficient from a partial-load of 20 percent below of the nominal load on. The yield from the photovoltaic installation can be used immediately or stored in batteries until needed with very little loss. The panel was impressed with its innovative design approach to creating an inverter specialized in energy storage systems.

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About ees
The global ees exhibition series is the industry platform for manufacturers, distributors, users and suppliers of stationary and mobile electricity storage systems. The ees exhibitions are held under the guiding principle Charging the future and co-organized with Intersolar, the leading exhibition series for the solar industry.

The ees exhibitions and accompanying ees conferences are dedicated to renewable energy storage solutions, from residential and commercial applications to large-scale storage systems for stabilizing the grid. Other focal points are products and solutions for smart renewable energy, energy management, e-mobility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

With ees Europe in Munich, ees North America in San Francisco, ees India in Mumbai, and ees South America in São Paulo, ees is now represented on four continents. ees Europe is the continent’s largest exhibition with the greatest number of visitors for the battery and energy storage systems.

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Organizer: ees Europe is organized by Solar Promotion GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM). The exhibitions in North America, India and South America are organized by the international subsidiary companies Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim and Freiburg Management und Marketing International GmbH (FMMI), together with local partners.

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