27.05.2009 – 10:00
Intersolar 2009: IBC SOLAR presents new PV module series IBC PolySol VG and own range of monitoring products
Visitors to the exhibition can find IBC SOLAR at stand 130 in hall B3
At this year's Intersolar, photovoltaics specialist IBC SOLAR is presenting its new services for specialist partners, its own PV monitoring range IBC SolControl, and the IBC PolySol VG module series. Visitors to the exhibition can also find out about IBC SOLAR's unique in-house test laboratory at stand 130, hall B3. Since May the company has had its own climate chamber and a flasher for conducting quality tests on PV components. Large international solar projects are also a major theme again this year at the IBC SOLAR stand.
New products and services
At this year's Intersolar, IBC SOLAR is presenting new services for specialist partners. These include the new specialist partner portal, a new advertising shop that makes ordering online even more user-friendly, and a new promotion shop. IBC SolControl is IBC SOLAR's own product line for PV-system monitoring. It is compatible with all major inverter manufacturers and available in three models (Light+, Basic and Pro) for different system sizes.
Another highlight at the IBC SOLAR stand are polycrystalline PV modules with String RibbonTM technology, which are resource-efficient to produce and offer a corresponding rapid energy payback period of less than one year; in other words they produce more energy in one year than was used to manufacture the modules. As an example, less than five grams of silicon per watt peak is required to produce the IBC PolySol VG cells, whereas around twelve grams are used in conventional manufacturing processes. Performance tolerances of -0 to +4.99 Watt mean that these modules deliver higher yields.
IBC SOLAR in-house test facilities
In order to put the modules through their paces and ensure consistently high quality, IBC SOLAR has become the leading PV company in Germany to set up its own flash test laboratory. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer ISE, the PV company has set up a flasher to ensure the power output of the delivered modules in the long term for the clients. Flash tests are carried out in which a flash of light, simulating solar irradiation, is fired at the modules at a standard temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, in order to calculate the current-voltage characteristic for the module. This gives the experts all the characteristics of the modules, on which basis conclusions can be drawn about the actual power output. Furthermore, IBC SOLAR has built a climate chamber to put modules' lamination and life span to the test under extreme temperature cycles at different humidity levels.
"We have always expected our products to meet high quality standards," explains Udo Möhrstedt, Chairman of the Board of IBC SOLAR. "Our quality control tests are certified in accordance with all the major quality standards according to the DIN ISO 2859-1. Furthermore, they are regularly monitored by independent institutes such as TÜV Rheinland or the Fraunhofer Institute. We carry out testing to make sure that our specialist partners install only high-quality modules on the roofs of buildings or in solar farms - for the entire service life of more than twenty years."
Large-scale international photovoltaic projects will be another major theme at the IBC SOLAR stand. For example, in mid-May the Italian authorities approved plans for an 11.2 megawatt solar power station in Manzano in northern Italy. Construction work is set to begin in July 2009, with the solar farm due to go into operation in early 2010.
Only recently, in March 2009, an independent report by the auditors Fränkische Revisions- und Treuhandgesellschaft Dr. Friedrich mbH (in short: frtpartner) confirmed the PV company's above-average performance record for the yield value of the solar fonds that were installed between 2002 and 2007, in which investors could participate. Every single system generated higher yields than were predicted in the forecast calculation. Olaf Baumer, managing director of the solar funds division at IBC SOLAR (IBC SOLAR Invest GmbH), states: "We always use a solid basis for our solar fund calculations and we calculate a safety margin. Apart from that our knowledge and expertise flow into our solar power station projects from the planning and installation stages. Since we know exactly which photovoltaic components work best together, our solar farms generate high yields. This enables our investors to earn high returns for at least twenty years."
About IBC SOLAR
IBC SOLAR is a leading global photovoltaic specialist, offering complete solutions for power production from solar energy. The firm covers the entire spectrum, from planning to the turnkey handover of photovoltaic installations. Globally, IBC SOLAR has already implemented more than 60,000 turnkey photovoltaic systems with a total power output of 550 megawatt (MWp). The scale of these installations ranges from large photovoltaic power stations and solar parks which feed electricity into the network, to off-grid systems. IBC SOLAR sells its photovoltaic components and systems over an extensive network of trade partners. As general contractor, the photovoltaic integrator plans and implements large scale solar projects. Through maintenance and monitoring, IBC SOLAR ensures an optimal performance of the solar park. IBC SOLAR was founded in 1982 in Bad Staffelstein. IBC SOLAR is represented around the globe by six affiliates in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Greece, Malaysia and the USA and currently employs around 250 employees, of which 180 are in Germany. The international business group IBC SOLAR is directed from its headquarters in Bad Staffelstein.
IBC SOLAR AG
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