EUROSOLAR calls for regenerative emergency actions to limit climate catastrophe

In the 30 years since the founding of EUROSOLAR, many extraordinary successes and advances in the proliferation of renewable energy have been made: the powerful feed-in tariffs; the diffusion of 100 % renewable buildings; communities and regions, the broad march of solar and wind into many countries’ power mixes; the revolution of national policies to embrace energy transitions and the rise of renewable energy investment – which has long become the dominant mode in annual capital expenditures in new power generation capacity worldwide.

However, due to political resistance and misinformation the nightmare of fossil fuel dependence continues to grow unabatedly, building up a more ominously looming legacy every day. The long resistance, delay and postponement by governments and industries has had dire and long predicted consequences, building up rising greenhouse gas concentrations that lie far above a climate stable level.

There is mounting evidence that global warming effects as largely triggered by fossil emissions may already be beyond the kind of control implied in standard emissions reduction and renewable energy targets. The spectre of abrupt climate change with dramatic consequences for the human species and its ability to reliably secure food supplies is now clearly manifest – and yet still largely ignored by policy makers and media outlets alike. Most IPCC declarations still propagate misleading linear climate prognoses, while the non-linear earth systems responses and exponential nature of concentrations growth have long been observed and known, over the entire duration of IPCC and UNFCCC workings.

We may have long passed the boundary of no return, as a series of climate tipping points are being reached. We witness large-scale Arctic and Siberian methane releases triggered in melting permafrost; ocean warming has gone so far that the seas will begin to expel rather than absorb heat as well as CO2; or the disappearance of polar sea ice that has long created Arctic heat waves in the wake of lowered albedo. Other powerful climate feedback mechanisms include the disruption of Asian monsoon rains, or the escalation of global forest dieback. More than 15 climate tipping point mechanisms are at risk of being triggered, or have already been activated.

As a consequence sudden climate change even beyond the scale and duration of the historically cyclical Dansgaard-Oeschger or Bond events may be impending. Like these past events, this would be a period of rapid climate shifts in the wake of gradual build-up of GHG concentrations in the atmosphere – but now unprecedentedly boosted by the nearly explosive burst of fossil fuel combustion based GHG release. Without immediate and far-reaching measures, it is not impossible that global temperatures could spike by ten degrees Celsius or more within a few decades.

This is no time for denial or resignation but for massive and unwavering action. EUROSOLAR calls for a regenerative emergency action plan, entirely unprecedented in extent and speed. These are not normal times; extraordinary measures have to be taken:

1 Massive and immediate mobilization of renewable energy systems locally, nationally and globally, to provide 100 % of thermal, electric and transport energy from renewable sources as quickly as possible;

2 Emergency ending of all coal mining and coal burning worldwide;

3 Emergency pursuit of petroleum reduction and complete replacement throughout all local, national and world economies;

4 Drastic reduction of meat in global consumption, and replacing it with a plant based diet, to end the wholesale destruction of emissions managing ecosystems by resource-intensive and inefficient meat production;

5 Extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere now oversaturated with greenhouse gas, by

  • massive afforestation and wetland regeneration programs on all continents, and an immediate stop to the clearing of rainforests
  • raising of organic humus content in urban parkland and agricultural soils
  • replacement of industrial agriculture with organic farming practices
  • replacement of organic waste combustion through composting and carbonization, to help reduce emissions and enhance biological carbon sequestration in soil
  • rapid expansion of industrial-scale CO2 extraction from the atmosphere and its long-term embedding in carbon material

6 Decommissioning of all nuclear power plants and termination of new construction programs. Nuclear power delivers only a few percent in global final energy supply, while posing enormous human health, environmental, security and economic risks, even without being compromised by climate risks in safe operation and maintenance. Nuclear power absorbs an enormous amount of funding away from vital renewable energy infrastructures.

EUROSOLAR calls for the immediate embrace of these measures, in public policy, national and international action agendas, and through local and regional voluntary action.

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SMA partners with SolarCoin Foundation and SolarLux

SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) will examine the possibilities to capitalize on the use of the SolarCoin reward – for itself and its customers. To this end, SMA has partnered with the Hong Kong based startup SolarLux to evaluate the feasibility of onboarding a large number of PV Plant owners into the SolarCoin ecosystem via the world’s largest solar energy monitoring platform, SMA’s Sunny Portal.

“SolarCoin is one of the most interesting projects in the block chain space, which SMA has followed for quite some time,” explained Dr. Matthias Victor, Head of Technology Center & Services at SMA. “We are currently assessing what added value a direct access to SolarCoin via the Sunny Portal may bring to our customers.”

The mission of SolarCoin Foundation is to accelerate the global energy transition by rewarding solar producers with SolarCoin, the first energy-referenced currency. SolarCoin is gaining traction within the industry as an additional incentive for solar energy producers. The low carbon blockchain token (SLR) is exclusively granted for free to solar energy producers at the rate of one SolarCoin for one megawatt hour of solar power generated. SolarCoin provides cash value and as a solar currency helps reduce solar financing costs globally.

Together with SMA, SolarLux, a startup specialized in helping the solar industry to make use of the opportunities SolarCoin offers, is exploring how SolarCoin can best be integrated into SMA’s popular Sunny Portal. Claiming SolarCoins could become easy for more than 300,000 Sunny Portal monitored plants and likely increase both the Sunny Portal and SolarCoin digital currency user bases significantly. If the ongoing proof-of-concept shows enough potential for SMA it could be rolled out to all Sunny Portal customers equipped with suitable SMA communication technology.

“We are excited to see one of the most prestigious manufacturers in the solar industry recognize the value of SolarCoin,” said Nick Gogerty, Co-Founder of SolarCoin. “It is our goal to add value to the global solar industry. We are watching the industry explore new uses of the publicly open SolarCoin blockchain technology every day.” SMA believes that if the proof-of-concept succeeds it could see multiple innovative ways to create value for its customers.

Disclaimer:
This press release serves only as information and does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for, acquire, hold or sell any securities of SMA Solar Technology AG (the “Company”) or any present or future subsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the “SMA Group”) nor should it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in the Company or any member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

This press release can contain future-oriented statements. Future-oriented statements are statements which do not describe facts of the past. They also include statements about our assumptions and expectations. These statements are based on plans, estimations and forecasts which the Managing Board of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA or company) has available at this time. Future-oriented statements are therefore only valid on the day on which they are made. Future-oriented statements by nature contain risks and elements of uncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors can lead to considerable differences between the actual results, the financial position, the development or the performance of the corporation and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has discussed in published reports. These reports are available on the SMA website at www.SMA.de. The company accepts no obligation whatsoever to update these future-oriented statements or to adjust them to future events or developments.

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SMA Supplies Battery Inverters and System Technology for One Gigawatt of Storage Capacity

Storage systems are the essential tools in increasing flexibility for a decentralized renewable energy supply. To date, SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has supplied system technology with an output of approximately one gigawatt to worldwide storage projects up to the multi-megawatt range. Sunny Central Storage battery inverters for integrating state-of-the-art battery storage systems in large-scale storage plants make a key contribution to the continued growth of renewable energies by providing grid management services for stabilizing the utility grid.

“The seamless integration of renewable energies into our utility grid is a major challenge for the energy supply of the future. Battery storage systems are taking on a key role in this — hardly any other technology offers comparable flexibility,” said Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the Off-Grid and Storage business unit at SMA. “For more than 30 years, SMA has been developing and marketing intelligent and efficient solutions for integrating battery storage systems into a decentralized energy system. With more than 1 GW of system power installed, we have reached an important milestone, covering the full range of applications from home storage to battery power plants for primary operating reserve.”

In the last 12 months alone, SMA has supplied and successfully commissioned Sunny Central Storage battery inverters with a capacity of more than 400 MW in projects in the United Kingdom, California in the U.S., Germany, South Korea and the Caribbean. The 2200 to 2750-EV Sunny Central Storage systems are compatible with the most technically and economically attractive battery technologies and perfectly suited to large-scale storage power plants in the multi-megawatt range. The system solution with a medium-voltage transformer and switchgear in a turnkey container arrangement facilitates system design.

Electricity for remote regions
Since 2001, SMA’s Sunny Island battery inverters have made it possible to integrate battery storage systems into small to medium-sized power generation systems, especially in remote regions. These can be supplied with electricity even without an electricity grid and benefit from economic development.

The right solution for every application
In addition to the new Sunny Tripower Storage for commercial and industrial applications, SMA has been offering its customers intelligent and efficient solutions for grid-connected home storage systems for many years now. The new Sunny Boy Storage battery inverter, for example, allows the flexible integration of up to three independent high-voltage batteries.

– We will also be presenting the new SMA storage solutions at Intersolar Europe 2018 in Munich from June 20–22. Visit SMA at booth B3.210 in hall 3.

– Sunny Central Storage has been nominated for the ees AWARD. You can read more about SMA battery inverters here.

– Exciting projects realized with SMA storage solutions can be found on the SMA Sunny blog.

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OPVIUS presents first self-tending vertical garden

The winners of the 2017 DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) Sustainability Challenge – BOXOM GmbH and OPVIUS GmbH – teamed up after the competition to establish an innovative joint project in vertical gardening. The final product? A zero-maintenance façade garden capable of looking after itself using solar power.Vertical gardens on exterior walls and façades are an urban solution to increase the sustainability of our city landscapes. Having met during the 2017 DGNB Sustainability Challenge, the experts at BOXOM GmbH and OPVIUS GmbH teamed up to carry out a joint project to attractively combine a façade garden and printed organic photovoltaics (OPV). The two companies developed a lightweight façade garden capable of tending itself based on sophisticated watering and system technology. OPVIUS’ semi-transparent OPV modules power the BOXOM façade system, which then supplies the integrated plants with the right amount of water and nutrients needed for growth.

BOXOM’s mission is not just to create vertical gardens, but also to develop façade use for sustainable concepts. The light weight and semi-transparency of the organic photovoltaics (OPV) technology makes it an ideal combination option for vertical gardens. Not only do the OPV modules generate a power supply, they also provide shade for the plants, and protect them from drying out. Plants on the south-facing sides in particular are at risk of getting too much sun, and this is where the OPV modules can help.

The pre-tensioned structure, consisting of steel ropes made by Carl Stahl GmbH, serves as the basis for integrating the OPV modules and plants. The elevated plant cords and the OPV modules are both affixed to these vertically tensioned steel ropes. This system is available as a finished product, and can transform unused vertical façades into attractive, sustainable gardens. The combination of OPV and vertical garden unlocks completely new façade solutions – for both restored and new buildings.

The first OPV vertical garden is currently being presented at a technically innovative “Tiny House” created by Merck KGaA. In addition to the OPV, other highly developed Merck materials and products are also integrated into the Tiny House’s many different functions, such as voice control, electrochromic windows, and flat OLED TVs.

Niklas Weisel, Managing Director of BOXOM GmbH, had this to say: “Botanic Horizon vertical gardens, using OPVIUS OPV modules, are a safe, easy way of creating gardens anywhere and fulfilling your passion for gardening even in a small space.” Hermann Issa, Senior Director Business Development & Sales at OPVIUS GmbH, adds that “particularly in view of discussions surrounding fine dust and nitric oxide, the self-tending plant system can play an important part in helping with air purity and the wellbeing of local residents in densely built-up inner cities. BOXOM GmbH, with its Botanic Horizon products, and OPVIUS GmbH, with its printed OPV technology, are making an energy-neutral contribution to improving urban climate here.”

 

 

About BOXOM

BOXOM was founded in Saxony’s Ore Mountains in 2015, and develops and sells complete vertical-garden solutions for façades, interiors (such as offices, canteens, kitchens and living areas), and greenhouses under the Botanic Horizon brand (see and plant cords, a product from the “Plant technology based on textile cords” series”). The systems developed may be installed in walls and ceilings of new buildings or as a retrofit on existing buildings.

The completely unique, patented vertical plant technology based on textile cords enables a wide range of applications which, through the use of supplementary vertical technologies like photovoltaics, solar heat, heat pumps and much more, make life more convenient and comfortable.    

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SFC Energy: Simark Controls erhält EFOY Pro Brennstoffzellenauftrag von großem kanadischen Öl- & Gas-Service-Provider

  • Der neue Kunde nutzt die wetterfesten EFOY Pro Hybridlösungen zum Betrieb netzferner Ventilantriebe an Flüssigpipelines in Kanada.
  • Brennstoffzellen sichern rund um die Uhr den autonomen Betrieb der Sys­teme und ermöglichen signifikante Ersparnis bei Logistik- und Servicekosten.
  • Umweltfreundlichkeit der Brennstoffzellen war ein starkes Entscheidungskriterium.
  • Auftragswert: CAD 0,4 Mio.

Simark Controls Ltd., ein Unternehmen der SFC Energy AG (F3C:DE, ISIN: DE0007568578), führender internationaler Anbieter von stationären und mobilen Hybrid-Stromversorgungslösungen, hat einen EFOY Pro-Brennstoffzellenauftrag von einem neuen Großkunden erhalten: Der Anbieter von Öl- & Gas-Serviceleistungen setzt die Brennstoffzellen im Hybridbetrieb mit Solarmodulen in wetterfesten EFOY ProCabinets ein. Diese Lösung versorgt netzferne Ventilantriebe an Flüssigpipelines zuverlässig mit Strom. Der Auftragswert beläuft sich auf ca. CAD 0,4 Mio.

In der Vergangenheit mussten die Antriebe mit Solar-Inselsystemen oder thermo­elektrischen Generatoren (TEGs) versorgt werden. Beide Technologien haben ent­scheidende Nachteile bei kalten Temperaturen und schlechtem Wetter, die zu Strom­unterbrechungen und Systemausfällen führen können. Die Solar/Brennstoffzellen-Hybridsysteme von Simark hingegen liefern rund um die Uhr und bei jedem Wetter zuverlässig Strom und sichern so den unterbrechungsfreien Betrieb der Anlagen.

„Der Kunde hat eine Vielzahl von Systemen getestet und sich für die EFOY-Hybridlösung entschieden, weil absolute Stromzuverlässigkeit und Leistungskraft die wichtigsten Kriterien für ihn sind“, sagt Derek L’Hirondelle, Vice President Process Automation & Energy bei Simark Controls. „Zudem konnten wir seinen Betriebsstoffbedarf signifikant senken, denn die Brennstoffzelle benötigt wesentlich weniger Betriebsstoff als ein Propan-TEG im gleichen Zeitraum. Das spart Kosten und teure Serviceeinsätze an abgelegenen, schwer zu erreichenden Einsatzorten. Auch die gute CO2-Bilanz unserer Systeme war ein echtes Plus für den Kunden: Sie ermöglichen massive CO2-Einsparungen gegenüber TEG-Lösungen.“

„Lange Systemautarkie ist der entscheidende Vorteil unserer Brennstoffzellenlösungen“, sagt Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO von SFC Energy. „Im Verlauf des letzten Jahres konnten wir mehrere Großaufträge bei neuen Öl- & Gaskunden gewinnen, weil keine andere Technologie die Zuverlässigkeit unserer Systeme in schlechtem Wetter erreicht. Wir beobachten zudem eine wachsende Bedeutung umweltfreundlicher Lösungen in der Branche. Mit unserem innovativen Energie-, Instrumentations- und Automations-Produktportfolio sind wir hervorragend für weiteres Wachstum aufgestellt.“

Simark liefert die EFOY Pro Brennstoffzellen in unterschiedlichen vollintegrierten Plug & Play-Hybridlösungen nach Kundenspezifikation. Die Bestseller im Simark-Portfolio sind individuell integrierte EFOY ProCabinet-Schaltschränke für den au­tarken Betrieb netzferner SCADA-, Förder- oder Telekommunikationseinrichtungen sowie mobile EFOY ProTrailer für Sicherheit, Überwachung und Großveranstaltun­gen.

Weitere Informationen zu den netzfernen Stromversorgungslösungen von SFC Energy für Verteidigung, Sicherheit & Überwachung, Öl & Gas, Wind-, Umwelt- und Telekom­munikationsanwendungen sowie für das Verkehrsmanagement unter www.sfc-defense.com, www.efoy-pro.com und www.sfc.com. Weitere Informationen zu Simark Controls unter www.simarkcontrols.com.

Zu Simark Controls

Simark Controls Ltd., ein Unternehmen von SFC Energy AG, ist ein serviceorientierter, Mehrwert schaffender Vertriebsspezialist für hochwertige, im Kundenauftrag integrierte und hergestellte Instrumentations-, Automations-, Stromversorgungs- und Stromdistributions-lösungen. Simark liefert Instrumente und Messsysteme für Öl & Gas, Bergbau, Forstwirtschaft und Kommunalwirtschaft. Das Unternehmen hat seinen Hauptsitz in Calgary, Alberta, mit Niederlassungen in Edmonton und Grand Prairie, Alberta, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, British Columbia und Montreal, Quebec, alle Kanada.

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TerraX appoints David Suda as President and CEO

TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSX-V: TXR; Frankfurt: TX0; OTC Pink: TRXXF – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLSt_VpUzmw&t=1s&list=PLBpDlKjdv3yoX1N3x4RmnEyhecw5EVhv9&index=4 ) is pleased to announce that David Suda has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective immediately.  Mr. Suda will work closely with Joseph Campbell, the Executive Chairman of TerraX, to help lead the company towards continued success in discovery while enhancing the Company’s profile within the investment community.

"David Suda’s appointment is an exciting milestone and comes at an integral time for TerraX”, says Joe Campbell, Executive Chairman. "David’s people-focused leadership style and capital markets experience will improve the company’s ability to finance and fully capitalize on TerraX’s exploration successes and exceptional opportunities.”

David Suda has over 11 years of capital markets experience. He graduated with honours from York University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies.  Most recently, Mr. Suda was Head of Trading and Managing Director at Beacon Securities.  He has established relationships with investors including institutional managers and public companies.   His extensive capital markets experience with a focus on public resource-based companies will provide TerraX access to a skill set which includes marketing, corporate strategy and investment banking.

David Suda, President and CEO stated “It is an exciting and unique opportunity to work with a gold exploration company with so much upside and access to infrastructure in a favorable mining jurisdiction such as Terrax. The work of the team led by Joe Campbell and the commanding land position that has been assembled around two of the highest grade historic gold mines in Canada are the reasons I have decided to join the company.  I look forward to working with such a strong technical team to broaden the profile, heighten interest and provide increased value to shareholders.”

Joe Campbell further stated   “David brings new energy, vision, strategic thinking and discipline to TerraX as we move towards achieving our long term goal of establishing a major world class Canadian gold district. In addition, David’s background in Environmental Studies will ensure that we maintain and grow our strong relationship with the community in Yellowknife.  I am excited to mentor David in his new role, and to follow his lead on investment and corporate strategy.”

TerraX Minerals Inc. has agreed, subject to regulatory approval, to grant incentive stock options to Mr. Suda on 1,250,000 common shares at an exercise price of $0.41 per share for a period of three years from the date of grant.  These options will vest over an eighteen month period.

To accommodate Dave Suda’s appointment, Stuart Rogers has agreed to step down as President and to serve as Chief Financial Officer, replacing Mark Gelmon, who will be leaving the Company at the end of June.

About the Yellowknife City Gold Project

The Yellowknife City Gold ("YCG") project encompasses 772 sq km of contiguous land immediately north, south and east of the City of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. Through a series of acquisitions, TerraX controls one of the six major high-grade gold camps in Canada. Being within 10 km of the City of Yellowknife, the YCG is close to vital infrastructure, including all-season roads, air transportation, service providers, hydro-electric power and skilled tradespeople.

The YCG lies on the prolific Yellowknife greenstone belt, covering 70 km of strike length along the main mineralized break in the Yellowknife gold district, including the southern and northern extensions of the shear system that hosted the high-grade Con and Giant gold mines. The project area contains multiple shears that are the recognized hosts for gold deposits in the Yellowknife gold district, with innumerable gold showings and recent high-grade drill results that serve to indicate the project’s potential as a world-class gold district. 

For more information on the YCG project, please visit our web site at www.terraxminerals.com

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectation. Important factors – including the availability of funds, the results of financing efforts, the completion of due diligence and the results of exploration activities – that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations are disclosed in the Company’s documents filed from time to time on SEDAR (see www.sedar.com). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, events or otherwise.

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SMA and 3E take PV monitoring to the next level

As the energy landscape is evolving, SMA and 3E are paving the way for independent energy monitoring & management platforms. The solutions from both companies will be directly connected: 3E’s SynaptiQ will be directly accessible through SMA’s new ennexOS IoT platform for energy management.

As a global leader in PV system technology, SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) is now taking its customers one step further into the digitalized energy world with ennexOS: a cross-sector platform for holistic, intelligent energy management. SynaptiQ, 3E’s hardware independent and highly flexible domain model-based PV monitoring platform (currently connected to more than 2.7 GWp), addresses the needs of professional asset managers and O&M companies. The software offers innovative solutions regarding reporting, alarm & ticket management, and performance analysis.

SMA has demonstrated the value of the open platform approach by implementing a connection template to third party portals from the Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS. The selectable connection with SynaptiQ will be available in Q3 of 2018 within SMA’s Data Manager M. In a next step, connections will be made available between the Sunny Portal and the ennexOS devices on one hand, and SynaptiQ and the 3E Data Services on the other hand.

Both companies are committed to shaping the future of PV monitoring, based on open platform connections and strong industry standards to enable the integration of all the data relevant to energy generation, storage and consumption.

About 3E
3E is a global consultancy & software service company, delivering solutions for performance optimization of renewable energy & energy efficiency assets. We provide expert services covering the whole project lifecycle. 3E combines a thorough understanding of practical industry needs with in-house innovation in partnerships with leading R&D centers. 3E’s international team of about 100 experts operates from Brussels (HQ), London, Paris, Toulouse, Istanbul, Delhi and Cape Town. The company has a project track-record of over 15 years in over 40 countries, and is a trusted party for the major lenders and equity providers in the global renewable energy market, and advices project developers, asset managers, operators, investors and policy-makers. Since 2010, 3E has developed SYNAPTIQ – a leading performance software platform for renewable energy assets – currently applied on over 3000 commercial and utility scale systems in over 30 countries. 3E now also provides new web-based solar irradiation data dedicated to the solar sector. The 3E service makes use of the most advanced satellite-based Cloud Physical Properties models, which has been extensively validated over 200 meteorological stations in Western Europe with excellent results.

 

Joint press release of SMA Solar Technology AG and 3E

SMA and 3E take PV monitoring to the next level

Niestetal/Brussels, June 18, 2018 – As the energy landscape is evolving, SMA and 3E are paving the way for independent energy monitoring & management platforms. The solutions from both companies will be directly connected: 3E’s SynaptiQ will be directly accessible through SMA’s new ennexOS IoT platform for energy management.

As a global leader in PV system technology, SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) is now taking its customers one step further into the digitalized energy world with ennexOS: a cross-sector platform for holistic, intelligent energy management. SynaptiQ, 3E’s hardware independent and highly flexible domain model-based PV monitoring platform (currently connected to more than 2.7 GWp), addresses the needs of professional asset managers and O&M companies. The software offers innovative solutions regarding reporting, alarm & ticket management, and performance analysis.

SMA has demonstrated the value of the open platform approach by implementing a connection template to third party portals from the Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS. The selectable connection with SynaptiQ will be available in Q3 of 2018 within SMA’s Data Manager M. In a next step, connections will be made available between the Sunny Portal and the ennexOS devices on one hand, and SynaptiQ and the 3E Data Services on the other hand.

Both companies are committed to shaping the future of PV monitoring, based on open platform connections and strong industry standards to enable the integration of all the data relevant to energy generation, storage and consumption.

A press picture can be downloaded here .

 

About SMA
The SMA Group with sales of around €900 million in 2017 is a global leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV power plants. To increase PV self-consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies. Intelligent energy management and digital energy solutions, comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 20 countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in Development. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,100 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is currently the only company in the solar industry that is listed in the TecDAX index.

About 3E
3E is a global consultancy & software service company, delivering solutions for performance optimization of renewable energy & energy efficiency assets. We provide expert services covering the whole project lifecycle. 3E combines a thorough understanding of practical industry needs with in-house innovation in partnerships with leading R&D centers. 3E’s international team of about 100 experts operates from Brussels (HQ), London, Paris, Toulouse, Istanbul, Delhi and Cape Town. The company has a project track-record of over 15 years in over 40 countries, and is a trusted party for the major lenders and equity providers in the global renewable energy market, and advices project developers, asset managers, operators, investors and policy-makers. Since 2010, 3E has developed SYNAPTIQ – a leading performance software platform for renewable energy assets – currently applied on over 3000 commercial and utility scale systems in over 30 countries. 3E now also provides new web-based solar irradiation data dedicated to the solar sector. The 3E service makes use of the most advanced satellite-based Cloud Physical Properties models, which has been extensively validated over 200 meteorological stations in Western Europe with excellent results.

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This press release serves only as information and does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for, acquire, hold or sell any securities of SMA Solar Technology AG (the “Company”) or any present or future subsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the “SMA Group”) nor should it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in the Company or any member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States of America absent registration or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

This press release can contain future-oriented statements. Future-oriented statements are statements which do not describe facts of the past. They also include statements about our assumptions and expectations. These statements are based on plans, estimations and forecasts which the Managing Board of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA or company) has available at this time. Future-oriented statements are therefore only valid on the day on which they are made. Future-oriented statements by nature contain risks and elements of uncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors can lead to considerable differences between the actual results, the financial position, the development or the performance of the corporation and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has discussed in published reports. These reports are available on the SMA website at www.SMA.de. The company accepts no obligation whatsoever to update these future-oriented statements or to adjust them to future events or developments.

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Erweiterte Konfigurationssoftware für LinTech BLE Beacons / Batterie leer ? – Unsere Beacons sagen Bescheid!

Der Berliner Bluetooth® und Wireless Spezialist LinTech gibt ab sofort seine erweiterte Konfigurationssoftware für iOS und Android zur Einstellung und Auswertung der Bluetooth® Low Energy Beacons frei. Die komfortablen Apps erleichtern die Einrichtung der Verbindung erheblich und erlauben sogar eine Auswertung des Batteriestatus vom Beacon.

Ein Beacon ist ein kleiner Sender auf der Basis von Bluetooth Low Energy oder Bluetooth Smart, welcher in Intervallen Signale an die Umgebung sendet. Diese werden z.B. von Smartphones mit der entsprechenden App empfangen und ausgewertet.

Entsprechend platziert werden anhand der empfangenen Information z.B. Personen oder Geräte lokalisiert, der eigene Standort bestimmt sowie Wege und Routen ausgewertet. Mit Hilfe der Beacon Technologie kann man z.B. in Räumen navigieren oder orten.

Auch beim Beacon gibt es verschiedenen Standards: Es gibt den iBeacon Standard von Apple, den Eddystone Standard von Google und viele Hersteller-Standards. Unsere LinTech Beacons können je nach Konfiguration iBeacon, Eddyston oder auch LinTech Beacon sein.

Die meisten Beacons sind batteriebetrieben. Abhängig von der Konfiguration und der verwendeten Batterie kann diese Monate oder Jahre halten. Jedoch ist jede Batterie irgendwann leer und muss gewechselt werden. Sind in einem Objekt mehrere 100 Beacons installiert, kann das ziemlich aufwändig sein. Besonders, wenn man nicht weiß, wie der aktuelle Status der Batterie ist.

Für uns ist Nachhaltigkeit wichtig. Wir wollen dafür sorgen, dass Batterien nur dann entsorgt werden, wenn sie wirklich leer sind. Die Smartphone App kann aber nur das auswerten, was vom Beacon übermittelt wird. Schickt der Beacon den Batteriestatus nicht, kann die App diesen auch nicht weitergeben.

Bei Apple ist die Übermittlung des Batteriestatus eigentlich nicht vorgesehen. Wir haben dafür gesorgt, dass in unserer neuen Beacon Generation der Batteriestatus immer übermittelt wird. Dabei ist es egal, ob unser Beacon iBeacon, Eddystone oder Lintech Beacon ist.

Die Funktion kann über die Beacon Konfigurations-App einfach aktiviert werden.

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TÜV Rheinland announces launch of its Global Industrial Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

TÜV Rheinland announces the launch of its global Industrial Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence (CoE) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Centre of Excellence will address the cybersecurity needs of its industrial clients such as manufacturing companies, plant operators, energy and utility companies, transportation and transit system operators to secure their operational technology landscape. In a rapidly evolving digitalization of markets across all businesses there is a significant need and demand for deep Industrial Security skills and expertise that this Centre of Excellence will continue to develop worldwide.

Under the Global Centre of Excellence, the first Operational Technology (OT) Security Lab based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia will serve as the Regional Hub for showcasing industrial cybersecurity technology, knowledge and client consultations. The Operational Technology Security Lab will provide a safe controlled environment for clients to experience scenario -based simulations to test and demonstrate industrial systems vulnerabilities and cybersecurity threats.

“Combining our expertise in Industrial Services and Operational Technology Security in our Centre of Excellence, we are one of the few organizations developing deep capabilities and able to offer this level of cybersecurity expertise to our clients concerned about the safety and security of their operations.” explains Frank Luzsicza, Executive Vice President, at TÜV Rheinland.

The facility will have equipment to showcase industrial manufacturing processes generating real-time industrial data which will be integrated with technologies that detect threats and secure such industrial facilities. “The OT Security lab is a unique and significant step to serve the needs of our clients. Using a combination of training sessions, pilots, demonstrations, threat research and cyber-attack simulations the Operational Technology Security lab will help our clients stay ahead of industrial cyber threats” adds Urmez Daver, Global Head for Industrial Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence.

Cybersecurity in the world of Operational Technology and Industrial Control Systems

Organizations operating industrial facilities have a responsibility to monitor, detect and mitigate cybersecurity attacks in order to maintain the safety, integrity and availability of their plant which, if compromised, may have a severe and detrimental impact on society. Leading cybersecurity standards for industrial control systems emphasize that systems operators should have cybersecurity management solutions in place. TÜV Rheinland has over 100 years of experience in testing and certifying industrial systems and has worked across some of the most challenging industries. Its services portfolio includes end-to-end visibility, threat detection and continuous vulnerability assessment and monitoring for OT and industrial cybersecurity risks.

Visit TÜV Rheinland website for more information on Industrial Cybersecurity Solutions. https://www.tuv.com/world/en/ot-security.jsp

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Equinix erhält TÜViT-Zertifizierung für Sicherheit und Hochverfügbarkeit

Der globale Anbieter von Interconnection- und Rechenzentrumsdienstleistungen, Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) ist von TÜV Informationstechnik (TÜViT) für seine außerordentlichen Bemühungen im Bereich der physischen Sicherheit und Hochverfügbarkeit ausgezeichnet worden. Die Übergabe der Zertifikate fand heute in Frankfurt am Main statt.

Mit dem ersten Zertifikat wird die Einhaltung von Norm-Anforderungen der europäischen Rechenzentrums-Normenreihe EN 50600 bestätigt. Das zweite Zertifikat dokumentiert die Konformität zum TSI.STANDARD, ein Kriterienwerk, welches noch umfangreichere Anforderungen an die physischen Infrastrukturen von Rechenzentren stellt und als angesehener Nachweis für Hochverfügbarkeit gilt. Mit dem Resultat Level 3 (erweitert) wird das Equinix Rechenzentrum den hohen Anforderungen des Kriterienwerks TSI.STANDARD mehr als gerecht. Zusätzlich ist mit der europäischen Rechenzentrums-Normenreihe EN 50600, die Befähigung zum energieeffizienten Betrieb des Rechenzentrums bestätigt worden.

Bewertet wurden in beiden Fällen die versorgende Infrastruktur, also Kälteversorgung, Elektroversorgung, Sicherheitssysteme, Verkabelung sowie die Energieeffizienz von IBX Rechenzentren. Equinix hohe Standards in all diesen Bereichen und in Bezug auf Sicherheit und Effizienz im Allgemeinen waren ausschlaggebend für die Auszeichnung.

Equinix reagiert mit der TSI-Zertifizierung auf die zunehmende Nachfrage von bestehenden und künftigen Kunden, die vertrauensschaffende Inspektionen durch qualifizierte Experten auf Basis international anerkannter Prüfkriterien wünschen und wertschätzen. Das Unternehmen bekräftigt auf diese Weise sein Engagement und sein Bekenntnis zur Einhaltung geforderter Schutzziele für Anwender und Unternehmen, die die Leistungen von Equinix Rechenzentren in ihrer täglichen Arbeit in Anspruch nehmen.

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  • Donald Badoux, Managing Director bei Equinix Deutschland

„Wir freuen uns sehr über die Zertifizierung im Bereich der physischen Sicherheit und der Hochverfügbarkeit. Für Equinix stehen die Bedürfnisse unserer Kunden an erster Stelle. Das gilt auch und insbesondere für deren Anforderungen und Wünsche in Bezug auf Sicherheitsstandards und Effizienz. Das Zertifikat spiegelt unsere Bemühungen wider, diesen Anforderungen heute und auch in Zukunft gerecht zu werden.“

  • Dirk Kretzschmar, Geschäftsführer TÜViT

„Der Equinix-Rechenzentrumkomplex FR2.3/2.4/2.5 ist bis dato das größte Co-Location Rechenzentrum Deutschlands, das TÜViT bisher zertifiziert hat. Darauf sind wir sehr stolz.“

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Über TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH

Die TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH (TÜViT) ist komplett auf die Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik ausgerichtet. Als unabhängiger Prüfdienstleister für IT-Sicherheit ist TÜViT international führend. Zahlreiche Unternehmen profitieren bereits von TÜViT-geprüfter Sicherheit. Zum Unternehmensportfolio gehören Cyber Security, Evaluierung von Software und Hardware, IoT/Industrie 4.0, Datenschutz, ISMS, Smart Energy, Mobile Security, Automotive Security, eID und Vertrauensdienste sowie die Prüfung und Zertifizierung von Rechenzentren hinsichtlich ihrer physischen Sicherheit und Hochverfügbarkeit.

Die 1995 gegründete TÜViT mit Sitz in Essen ist ein Unternehmen der TÜV NORD GROUP, die mit über 10.000 Mitarbeitern und Geschäftsaktivitäten in weltweit 70 Ländern als einer der größten Technologie-Dienstleister agiert. Weitere Informationen zu TÜViT sind online abrufbar unter http://www.tuvit.de

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Diese Pressemitteilung enthält zukunftsbezogene Aussagen, die auf den gegenwärtigen Erwartungen, Prognosen und Annahmen basieren und gewisse Risiken und Unsicherheiten einschließen, aufgrund derer tatsächliche Ergebnisse maßgeblich von den Darstellungen der zukunftsbezogenen Aussagen abweichen können. Zu den Faktoren, die zu Abweichungen führen können, zählen insbesondere, aber nicht ausschließlich: die Herausforderungen beim Erwerb, Betrieb und Bau von IBX-Zentren sowie der Entwicklung, Bereitstellung und Lieferung von Equinix-Services; unvorhergesehene Kosten oder Schwierigkeiten bei der Integration von Rechenzentren oder Unternehmen, die Equinix akquiriert hat oder akquirieren möchte; das Nichtzustandekommen signifikanter Umsätze durch Kunden in kürzlich erbauten oder erworbenen Rechenzentren; ein fehlender Abschluss von Finanzierungsvereinbarungen im beabsichtigten Zeitrahmen; der Wettbewerb mit bestehenden und neuen Wettbewerbern; die Fähigkeit, einen ausreichenden Cashflow zu generieren oder anderweitig Mittel zu erhalten, um neue oder ausstehende Verbindlichkeiten zu zahlen; der Verlust oder der Rückgang der Geschäfte mit unseren Großkunden; andere Risiken, die in den jeweiligen Meldungen von Equinix an die Securities and Exchange Commission beschrieben werden. Informationen stellen insbesondere die aktuellen Quartals-

und Jahresberichte von Equinix zur Verfügung, die bei der Securities and Exchange Commission eingereicht wurden und deren Kopien auf Anfrage bei Equinix erhältlich sind. Equinix übernimmt keine Verpflichtung, die in dieser Pressemitteilung enthaltenen zukunftsbezogenen Informationen zu aktualisieren.

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Equinix und IBX sind als Marken von Equinix, Inc. eingetragen. Equinix Cloud Exchange, International Business Exchange und Platform Equinix sind eingetragene Marken von Equinix, Inc.

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