LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH – Solar Module LG NeON 2 BiFacial
LG Electronics is a consumer electronics manufacturer and has committed to expanding its operations in the PV-industry. Their Solar Module LG NeON 2 BiFacial is a high-efficiency bifacial module that can provide a significant increase in energy yields. The NeON cell technology and the 12-wire CELLO interconnection were transferred into this new module. LG conducted and documented outdoor tests under several common conditions in which the yield increase was about 10 percent. With the junction box concept, the usual single junction box is split into three smaller boxes that are located outside the cell area to avoid shading and heating on the backside. The relatively low weight makes the installation more convenient. Bifacial technology is an important trend, and the jury was convinced by the cleverness of an installation that needs less material and less space while producing the same total system power.
SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH – St. Eustatius Island Electrification via Hybrid Utility Scale Solar and Storage
SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH is a subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, and is engaged in photovoltaic hybrid projects around the world. The St. Eustatius Island Electrification via hybrid Utility Scale Solar and Storage project is the first of its size and class in the Caribbean, and helps free the island from genset dependency. It can also be marketed to show the technological feasibility to a wide audience and animate further investment. This combination is not new, but the inclusion of storage is key, and puts this project at the forefront of diesel substitution development. This lighthouse project integrates large shares of solar power into a diesel-power grid, reducing operating costs, CO² emissions, and diesel dependence. The storage component adds stability with frequency regulation, ramp-rate control and diesel working point optimization. There is a drastic reduction in diesel running hours, and emissions.