Alencon, AES deal aims to retrofit, improve utility-scale PV performance

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As the solar industry marches forward, maintaining (and possibly improving) the performance of existing systems will be hugely important. Alencon Systems LLC and Austrian-based Alternative Energy Solutions GmbH (AES) have entered into a strategic cooperation for improving the performance of utility-scale PV power plants. The cooperation agreement brings together two industry leaders focused on the enhanced performance of already installed PV assets.

Alencon’s String Power Optimizers and Transmitters (SPOTs) are the most powerful DC-DC optimizers for utility scale PV applications found on the market today and are ideal tools for use in retrofit applications to help generate more power from an existing PV plant. AES’s performance improvement approach for PV power plants uses advanced data analysis, namely the AES Performance Improvement Technology (AES PIT). AES PIT detects the hidden value of an installed PV plant. Under terms of this cooperation, AES will promote Alencon’s hardware alongside its industry plant optimization services to assure PV plants around the world are operating at peek efficiency.

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AES manages several hundred megawatts of plants on behalf of its clients providing asset management, consulting services for supervision and analysis of technical performance, claim management as well as supply chain services, financial services, and reporting.

Alencon’s solutions for ALternative ENergy CONversion provide high modularity and scalability for systems as small as a few hundred kilowatts to several-hundred megawatts. By helping to dramatically reduce balance of system costs, and increase power production through new inverter and energy harvesting technology, Alencon helps advance the state of the art and increase the financial viability of solar power.

— Solar Builder magazine

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