Future of PV showcased in Munich

6/22/18, 9:24 PM -

What a great show: The smarter E Europe spread out positive mood and showcased plenty of innovations and forward-looking solutions.

Even Friday afternoon crowds of visitors filled the halls. 1,200 exhibitors and over 47,000 attendees joined the world`s most international solar show in Munich.  More than 700 participants joined the pv Guided Tours of pv Europe and photovoltaik.

AC-modules coming

“We saw huge interest”, Robert Gruijters, Marketing Director EMEA of Enphase said. The US-based micro inverter manufacturer is stepping further into European market with a strong focus on Germany. In France Enphase already holds a 6 5% share in the residential PV market. Presently Enphase`s microinverters are distributed in Germany by Segen Solar, Pro PV and Krannich Solar. There are ongoing talks with several major module producers like Panasonic, Jinko Solar and JA Solar to introduce AC solar modules with an integrated microinverter, Gruijters said. “But we are also open to a cooperation with European or German module producers”, he added. LG is already offering an AC solar module for the U.S. market, that reached within only four months already a 25% share of Enphase`s microinverter sales in the country, Gruijters said.

New B-Box LV from BYD

BYD is also reinforcing its sales activities, installer trainings and product range of battery storage solutions in Europe, Florian Blaser, Operations Director Central Europe of EFT-Systems told pv Europe. Besides the high-voltage, modular B-Box HV the Chinese manufacturer is also introducing a 48 voltage module B-Box LV with up to 3.5 kWh. The batteries are compatible with inverters of Kostal, SMA and Fronius. DC and AC coupled applications are possible.

Fronius taking new steps

Fronius is also taking new steps: The Austrian based manufacturer is more and more offering system solutions to make “24 hours of sun” happen. Power2Heat applications like Ohm-Pilot or a new PV-hydrogen gas filling station pilot project are leading the way. The company is also offering a flexible Lumina electricity tariff, that aims to complement and optimize solar self-consumption and also can be combined with a sharing model according to Martin Hackl, Head of Fronius Solar Division. “We want to collaborate even closer with installers to implement integrated system solutions for sector coupling and smart energy use”, he said.

Franz Ehleuter of SunBrush mobile.

Smart cleaning solutions for solar installations are part of the journey an efficient generation of solar power globally, as Sun Brush mobile demonstrates. The Bavarian based company introduced a new smaller crawler excavator as basis for their cleaning brush system suitable to solar parks with narrower module rows as CEO Franz Ehleuter explained. (HCN)

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