Winners 2013

BOS Installation Tool Award

TRIC F Box Flat Roof Mounting System

BOS Energy Management Award

Soladin WEB Inverter

Solar Award for Excellence:
Rooftop Installation

GREGGS 10 Site Solar PV Installations

Solar Award for Excellence:
PV Technology

One step interconnect (OSI) process MSV502 i

Solar Award for Excellence:
BIPV Innovation

Solid State Dye Cell Technology

Solar Award for Excellence:
Ground Mount Installation

Wymeswold Airfield

BOS Installation Tool

TRIC F Box Flat Roof Mounting System

Cost reduction is becoming a key factor for companies seeking to differentiate themselves and savings are sought along the value chain.

The TRIC F box is a low ballast flat roof mounting system. It has a lightweight design and can be installed with just two tools, minimising installation time by up to 50% compared to conventional alternatives and as well as dramatically reducing the required ballast.

It is available in two variations which make both southern orientations as well as east / west orientations of solar power systems possible.

The panels are always installed vertically. Due to an angle of 10°, the usable roof area can be increased to 65 per cent for southern orientation and 95 per cent for east / west systems respectively, both of which can lead to higher rates of return for end consumers.

The aerodynamically optimised and lightweight design gives us the advantage of minimum ballast which can be as low as 5kg per panel, significantly reducing the structural load without penetrating the roofing.

BOS Energy Management

Soladin WEB Inverter

The Soladin WEB is the first inverter in which a seamless internet connection forms an integral part of the inverter concept. It combines web technology, easy installation and the technological quality of large-scale inverters in a compact device for smaller solar plants in households.

The included Wi-Fi and the free IntelliWeb internet portal allow solar system owners to monitor their system's yield in real time via the IntelliWeb internet portal, which is designed for easy operation and completely free of charge.

Installing the Soladin WEB including the internet connection can be done in just a few steps:

Thanks to the integrated HF transformer and the wide input voltage range, the inverters can be used with all PV modules. For quick and easy installation, every Soladin WEB is equipped with 'quick connect' AC terminals and safe DC connectors.

In spite of the inverters' compact size, the new Soladin series boasts all features of the Mastervolt IntelliConcept. These include the intelligent startup procedure IntelliStart, which extends the annual operating time by up to 200 hours. IntelliGrid reduces production losses in case of voltage dips in the grid.

The performance of the smart IntelliTrack has been simulated and tested with results of 99.9% static MPPT efficiency and a 99.7% dynamic MPPT efficiency.

The silent IntelliCool system ensures stable high efficiency and constant high power.

Taken together, these features result in up to 10% extra yield compared with systems without the IntelliConcept.

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Solar Award for Excellence: Rooftop Installation

GREGGS 10 Site Solar PV Installations

Greggs the Bakers project involved a solar PV installation of 1.28MW across 10 of their manufacturing sites in the United Kingdom.

Greggs decided to have six sites installed with 50kW and their remaining four sites to be installed with 250kW. The installations for six of their 50kW systems took place between May and July, with the larger scale systems, 250kW, being installed through August and September.

The installations which took place in May and July took only 5 days per site to have the installations fully commissioned.

Solar Advanced Systems were not alone in the bid to win the Greggs project. Many other renewable energy companies had placed numerous bids in an attempt to claim the contract. However, what really stood out for Greggs was the finance scheme that was devised for them by Directors Nick Porter and Kevin Downes.

Gregg's initial reasons for installing solar stemmed from their sustainability targets,. Having been offered the chance to install solar with a 0% capital outlay, Greggs took the opportunity to reach their environmental goals as well as enjoying the benefits of self-generated energy and reduced utility costs.

This project was an excellent example of making solar happen in the UK despite financial concerns.

Solar Award for Excellence: PV Technology

One step interconnect (OSI) process MSV502 i

M-solv Ltd is based in Kidlington near Oxford. The company is focused on the development of laser ablation technology and inkjet printing. The company employs graduates/ PhD's to develop new technologies for use in solar PV, microelectronics and flat panel display manufacture.

As part of the manufacturing process for thin film photovoltaics it is necessary to interconnect gridded areas of the modules to form long series connected PV regions.

M-solv has conceived and patented a "one step" interconnect process that combines laser ablation and inkjet printing of conductors and insulators.

The new process will displace several machines and processes from the module manufacturing line. It will allow the interconnection to be achieved off-line without interrupting the thin film deposition processes and will dramatically reduce cost.

In short, the new one step interconnect or OSI process can potentially revolutionise the way thin film PV modules are made. This is an outstanding achievement by a UK technology company.

Solar Award for Excellence: BIPV Innovation

Solid State Dye Cell Technology

Oxford Photovoltaics was founded in January 2010 in Oxford by Kevin Arthur and Dr Henry Snaith. The company design and manufacture a new type of solar cell for BIPV applications, including "printing" colourful glass that can generate electricity from the sun's energy.

Their products are solar cells and modules and their customers are glass manufacturers and processors.

Oxford Photovoltaics are developing the IP portfolio invented by Dr Henry Snaith of the University of Oxford and pioneer in the field of solid-state dye sensitised solar cells.

The technology developed by Dr Snaith differs from classical Dye Sensitive Cells, because it enables the corrosive liquid electrolyte component to be replaced by a solid organic hole-conducting layer, which simplifies the manufacturing of the cells and promises stability that will meet the requirements of the construction industry.

These transparent solar cells can be produced from inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and non-corrosive materials and be scaled to any volume. They can be printed directly onto glass in a range of colours, making them ideally suited to use in glazing panels and facades.

The technology works by printing a microscopic layer of 'solid-state dye sensitised solar cells' on ordinary glass. The cells are sealed with a thin layer of glass.

A layer of cells is just one or two thousandths of a millimetre thick (one or two microns) and can be made in a range of colours and transparencies,

Solid State Dye Cell technology has a real chance of becoming a major future power source, with very low basic materials and processing costs.

Solar Award for Excellence: Ground Mount Installation

Wymeswold Airfield

The UK's largest solar farm was built and successfully connected and commissioned at the site of a former World War II airfield in Leicestershire.

The 34MW solar project at Wymeswold Airfield was developed by Lark Energy and the landowner Prestwold Estates, and was funded and is owned by Hazel Capital.

Consisting of some 130,000 solar panels positioned on land between the old runways, and covering an area of c.150 acres, the project was built in less than 8 weeks and was connected and commissioned before changes in ROCs took place at the end of March 2013.

The airfield is currently being used for a mixture of agricultural, leisure and sporting uses. These include a driving experience operator, which uses a race track running directly through the solar farm development, an HGV training centre, a kite club, and various athletics and equestrian events. None of the current users are affected by the operational solar farm, demonstrating how a solar farm can co-exist successfully with other land uses.

Hazel Capital financed the construction of the £35 million project and S.A.G. Solarstrom led the construction with the assistance of Lark Energy, Modus Utilities and Prestwold Farm and its local contractors. Western Power Distribution, the distribution network operator, was instrumental in enabling the project to be connected to the electricity network.

There are many challenges to putting a solar farm in play but the UK had never seen anything on this scale before. 450 people worked side by side from UK & Europe to create this incredible solar farm.