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 […]

Smarter grids call for smarter interactions

  Electricity networks worldwide require smart solutions if power supply and demand is to be balanced efficiently. The answer lies in connecting power customers to smart grids, to each other and with other players, so as to make it all work and to balance supply and demand efficiently.  According to Shaun Wilson at Schneider Electric South […]

Company opens small power transformer facility

  Powertech Transformers (PTT), an Altron company, announces that its small power transformer facility was officially opened on 3 February 2014 by Charles Kalima, the senior manager responsible for commercial commodity sourcing at ESKOM, and Robert Venter, the CEO of Altron.  This facility, which will double the company’s production capacity, was specially designed and built […]

Three-phase power recorder launched

  The Comtest Group has introduced the Fluke 1750 three-phase power recorder, for power quality and monitoring of power quality disturbances. These power meters automatically record every power quality parameter and event, on every cycle continuously for applications as diverse as long-term analysis, power quality surveys, quality of service compliance, and equipment installation/commissioning. The device assists in quick and […]

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 […]

Power company exits lighting market

  Powertech, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Altron group, has sold its 50% stake in Tridonic SA back to the parent company in Austria. The transaction took effect on 1 February 2014. Tridonic SA had been a joint venture between Powertech and Tridonic Austria since 1993. As part of its drive for efficiency and customer centricity, Powertech […]

East African energy source to change

  It is expected that the energy mix in East Africa will diversify from its predominant dependence on hydro, affording additional opportunities for power infrastructure advancement. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan’s  Power Infrastructure Tracker in East Africa , finds that the demand for electricity in East Africa is expected to grow at approximately 5,3% […]

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 […]

Control system for Russian LNG project

  Yokogawa has been awarded a contract by Yamgaz to supply integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) for the Yamal LNG project to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and other facilities at Sabetta on Russia’s Yamal peninsula in northwest Siberia, above the Arctic Circle. This plant is one of Russia’s largest resource projects, and […]