Several companies were awarded at the conference trade fair »The smarter E« for innovative developments in the energy sector

At the »The smarter E« trade fair in Munich, which included the Intersolar, EES, Power2Drive and EM-Power trade fairs, the »E Award 2019« was presented for »outstanding developments for the new energy world«. This year, ten finalists were chosen in each of the two categories »Outstanding Projects« and »Smart Renewable Energy«. The jurors selected three winners in each category.
The winner in the »Outstanding Projects« category was BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH (Germany) with its first subsidy-free photovoltaic power plant »Don Rodrigo«, which was built in Spain near the city of Seville. It is one of the largest solar power plants in Europe. Mondas GmbH (Germany) is also one of the winners. The company was responsible for recording measurement data, yields and demand values for 38 solar thermal systems installed in a new residential district in Freiburg for an intelligent heating network that now supplies 525 households. The local heating network is additionally supplied by a power station operated with biomethane. Siemens AG (Germany) received the award for a hybrid power plant. The company has created a hybrid energy system on Isabela, Ecuador's largest Galapagos island. The power plant uses solar power and biofuel from sustainably cultivated Jatropha plants. The plant supplies the island with 100 percent renewable electricity.
The winner of the »Smart Renewable Energy« category is Axiotherm GmbH (Germany). The product called »kraftBoxx« is a latent heat storage system for heating and hot water that uses excess solar power. Solargaps (Ukraine) received the award for its energy-generating solar blinds, called »Smart Solar Blinds«. The blinds can either be operated with the help of an app or automatically adapt to optimal solar radiation. Another prize in this category went to Stäubli Electrical Connectors GmbH (Germany) for their »Power-Blox«. This is a modular storage system for solar energy that supplies alternating current up to the megawatt range. It consists of intelligent energy cubes with integrated battery storage and was developed for outdoor use without grid connection. It can be charged via solar modules.

»Intersolar Award 2019«
The jury of the »Intersolar Awards 2019« rewarded innovative developments in the solar industry and selected three winners from ten finalists.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (China) received the prize for its photovoltaic string inverter SUN2000 15-20KTL-M0, which enables »flexible installation of large private and commercial systems«. The Raycatch Ltd. (Israel) was awarded for »DeepSolar«, a fully automated diagnostic software based on artificial intelligence for cost-optimized maintenance and monitoring of photovoltaic power plants. Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. (China) received the award for its »Cheetah Bifacial HC Module« with a transparent back film called »Swan«. This reduces the weight of the double glass modules previously used for bifacial technology.

»EES Award 2019«
Among the winners of the »EES Award 2019« for innovative energy storage solutions selected by a six-member jury is Blue Solutions SA (France), a company of the French Bolloré Group. The company has developed the first stationary energy storage device with a lithium metal polymer solid state battery. The modular racks contain the battery and a control unit and are designed for simplified installation and maintenance. The LMP batteries do not require a liquid electrolyte and can be operated up to a temperature of 105 degrees Celsius without cooling. Enerox GmbH (Austria) was awarded for its CellCube FB500-2000. The storage system is one of the first in the industry to offer vanadium redox flow (VRF) batteries with a DC range of 1,000 volts. The system is based on VRF technology, which stores energy in vanadium electrolyte tanks. The scalable 250-kilowatt units can be used in large solar parks and wind farms, self-sufficient building solutions and stand-alone networks. With the GRIDCON PCS 4W, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (Germany) has developed a modular, bidirectional storage inverter unit for on- and off-grid applications and also received the EES Award 2019.
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