bifa-Text No. 62: Ecoefficiency analysis of photovoltaic modules / english version
© bifa Umweltinstitut GmbH (2/2014)
The study by the bifa environmental institute describes a future-orientated view of the ecological and economic effects of photovoltaic (PV) systems along their whole life cycle.

Solar so good
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In a relatively short time the small PV systems of only a few watts have developed first to a few kilowatts and more recently to as large as 10MW. During this time a number of key changes have occurred to the topography and dimensions of the basic components and indeed the types of components themselves, especially those whose primary function is overcurrent protection.

New technologies for the management of renewable assets
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The introduction of new technologies to Renewable asset management is already underway. These systems named Asset management systems (AMS) or Assets intelligence systems are changing rapidly the way of doing business in the renewable energy sector.

Arcs in Photovoltaics
© Editorial OMNIMEDIA S.L. (5/2012)
Over the last few years, the number of PV system installations has grown enormously in certain parts of the world. As a result, safety and quality standards have been continuously updated in order to ensure that today’s systems are as safe and reliable as possible. It is vital that these standards continue to evolve and that any potential system weaknesses continue to be identified and resolved. One current topic of discussion is the occurrence of arcs in PV systems and the ways to eliminate this risk. Read on to find out more...

Rural PV micro-grid with individual energy allowance scheme powers a 60 homes village in Santo Ant√£o (Cabo Verde)
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The 60-family community of Monte Trigo, a village in the Cape Verdean island of Santo Antão, is only reachable by boat and is completely dependent on fishing and its trade with nearby villages. The need for ice to preserve fish is vital, and villagers have frequent five-hour boat trips to purchase it. It was to respond to this need that local entities, with the support of the ACP-EU Energy Facility programme, came together to finance and develop an off-grid solar energy project that consists of a rural Multi-user Solar micro-Grid (MSG) based on a photovoltaic generator mounted on a special wooden pergola that also provides shade to the village’s schoolyard.

India: Opportunities and challenges in PV projects and manufacturing
© Editorial OMNIMEDIA S.L. (5/2012)
India’s rapidly expanding solar power market represents a wealth of potential opportunities for home grown and foreign PV manufacturers and project developers. It is not all plain sailing, though; like any emerging market, the Indian PV sector has its share of growing pains.

A PV giant alongside the Alps
© Editorial OMNIMEDIA S.L. (5/2012)
The Curbans photovoltaic power facility has a total output of 33 MWp with approximately 145,000 photovoltaic panels producing 43,5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 14,500 households (excluding heating) and, compared with a fuel oil power plant, sparing close to 120, 000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. The plant, with an investment of 100 million Euros led by the French giant GDF SUEZ, has been fully executed as an EPC by the Spanish engineering company Maetel, a company belonging to the ACS Group’s industrial division, and it is currently the highest capacity facility built in France.

Interview: Winfried Hoffmann, President of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA)
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‚ÄúBefore the end of this decade PV will offer every European citizen the chance to become a prosumer‚ÄĚ.

Energy Directive 2009/28/EC of 23 April 2009
© AIRE (Adapting and installing an international vocational training for renewable energy) (1/2012)
Directive on promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and ... on the qualified labour needed in order to implement this directive.

6. Customer Service, EQF 3 Premium
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Which knowledge, skills and competences does an AIRE specialist need as far as customer service, advising and councelling is concerned?

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