Pluggable disconnect terminal blocks introduced

  Phoenix Contact has introduced a range pluggable measuring transducer disconnect terminal blocks with a disconnect element which can swivel. The compact PTME 6 series is designed for wire cross-sections up to 6 mm² / 10 mm² and uses the standardised bridge, marking, and test accessories of the “Clipline” modular terminal block system. It also […]

Adjustable-width junction box for photovoltaics

  Phoenix Contact is introducing a junction box for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). This single-terminal connection element is the third member of the Sinclix for BIPV product family, and its adjustable width makes it easy to integrate into insulating glass modules. With miniature DC plug connectors and a diode box to prevent inverted string currents, the entire connection system […]

PV factory established in South Africa

  JA Solar Holdings and Powerway PV SA recently announced a joint venture to establish a solar module manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth. This facility, located in the city’s Coega Industrial Development Zone, will service customers in South Africa and the broader Southern African region with solar modules assembled from JA Solar’s high-efficiency cells. Production is scheduled to […]

European Parliament supports renewable energy projects

  Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have again voted in favour of ambitious climate and energy policy by supporting three binding 2030 targets for renewables, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency in plenary. According to Stephane Bourgeois from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the European Parliament has again shown it is the most forward-thinking […]

Monitoring string currents in PV installations

  Phoenix Contact offers its Solarcheck monitoring system – a reliable tool for monitoring string currents in large-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations. The system can be easily integrated into existing network structures, and faults and performance-related issues are quickly identified, enabling specific countermeasures to be immediately initiated. This enhances system availability and increases the revenue generated by […]

ACSA works towards ISO 50 001 conformance

  The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) recently presented its energy management system complementation (EnMSI) training and workshop with members of the Airports Company of South Africa’s (ACSA) technical and engineering member team – who have all undertaken roles and responsibilities to reduce the company’s energy consumption through a properly implemented energy management system. ACSA has already […]

Offshore figures hide slow-down in new projects

  2013 saw 418 offshore turbines come online in Europe, with a record 1567 MW of new capacity. This is 33% more than the capacity installed in 2012. This makes a new total of 6562 MW of offshore wind power – enough to provide 0,7% of the EU’s electricity. However a closer look at what happened […]

Maximising PV systems’ efficiencies

  While power companies might not be able to control the sun, it is in their interest to ensure that their PV installations are built, operated and maintained in such a way that every available photon is converted into revenue. System productivity is much more than the sum of its constituent parts. It is as […]

Solar farm supplies power onto the grid

  De Aar Solar Power is exporting power into the De Aar Municipality’s power grid. In the event of a power outage due to scheduled maintenance by Eskom, or perhaps a fault on the line, the company will be able to supply power to the town and surroundings areas. During the commissioning process, the inverters […]

CSP set to grow in South Africa

  Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) stands to increase substantially – up to 3300 MW – at the expense of wind capacity, with new proposed changes to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The South African CSP market could become 1,5 times bigger than the current largest market, Spain. The Department of Energy called for public comment […]