Hong Kong certifies Hanergy Thin Film Power Group as a ‘sustainable product supplier’

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Hanergy Thin Film Power Group has been certified as a ‘Sustainable Product Supplier,’ and its thin-film solar tile product, Single-glass Triple-arch HanTile, has been recognized as ‘Sustainable Product’ under the ‘Fostering Sustainable Consumption for Hong Kong Business and Community’ program organized by Business Environment Council Ltd. (BEC).

Business Environment Council (BEC) is an independent charitable membership organization headquartered in Hong Kong. Funded by the Sustainable Development Fund, ‘Fostering Sustainable Consumption for Hong Kong Business and Community’ program aims to promote sustainable consumption and drive behavioral changes in Hong Kong. It gives certifications to enterprises, products and the services that are environment friendly, energy efficient and excel at facilitating sustainability and improving daily environmental performance.

Joining the league of renowned companies such as Canon, Konica Minolta and Fuji Xerox, which have been cited earlier as ‘Sustainable Product Supplier’, Hanergy’s recognition this year is the testimony of the company’s stellar work in sustainable energy sector as well as its perseverance to provide green solutions to the consumers around the globe. The company’s solar cells set the world record for conversion efficiency several times, with the newest one being 29.1% for its single-junction GaAs cells. It launched and upgraded a handful of consumer products at CES Asia 2019, including Humbrella, the solar-powered parasol; HanPack, the solar backpack; HanPower, a portable solar power-bank product, retaining its leading position in the mobile energy sector.

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HanTile, which is recognized as a Sustainable Product, was first introduced by Hanergy in 2017, with an upgrade of new generation in 2018. Incorporated with high-efficient thin-film solar chips, HanTile can convert sunlight into electricity and replace traditional tiles as a part of energy saving building materials. Additionally, HanTile’s lifespan is 2 to 3 times of the traditional roofing materials’ lifespan of 20 years, making it both economically and socially beneficial, as it reduces the amount of waste in overall.

Furthermore, the information and the details pertaining to Hanergy and its product HanTile have been listed on the online directory of sustainable products and services, which BEC sets up to ensure the promotion of sustainable products and encourage consumers to give preference to the products it certifies over other options in the market. The company claims that the recognition will help HanTile and other products from Hanergy make a stronger presence in the environmentally keen markets.

— Solar Builder magazine

FYI: Russelectric’s Emergency Power System offers redundant PLC controls, manual backup capability

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Russelectric, a manufacturer of automatic transfer switches and power control systems, now offers an Emergency Power System that provides backup power during a utility power loss. The paralleling switchgear systems offer redundant programmable logic controller (PLC) controls and manual backup capability. Trusted by the largest critical facilities in the world, the Russelectric Emergency Power System has been used by hospitals, data centers, telecommunications and banking facilities, as well as airports, water and waste water, and renewable energy facilities.

Complete systems are custom designed and fully manufactured by Russelectric. All systems are UL listed and can incorporate such sophisticated control functions as peak shaving and load curtailment. Russelectric paralleling systems incorporate dual, redundant, hot synchronized PLCs for system control. The unique system design allows manual start and synchronization of generator sets if automatic controls malfunction. Discrete switches, meters and control devices are standard to allow manual control capability in the event that both system PLCs fail.

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Designed for maximum safety and operating simplicity, the systems are supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)-capable. A 23-inch LCD HMI touchscreen display enables operators to view system one-line diagrams, alarms, and setpoints.

Load demand sensing determines the number of engine generators in operation based on the loading. The system permits first priority loads to transfer to the connected engine generator set, while delaying the transfer of lower priority loads until additional generator capacity has been connected. Lower priority loads then transfer to the emergency power system as generator sets are added to the bus.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS joins SEIA board of directors

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced the addition of Hanwha Q CELLS, a leading international solar manufacturer is joining SEIA’s board of directors effective immediately.

“Hanwha Q CELLS is at the forefront of the solar industry’s cutting-edge innovation, manufacturing some of the world’s most advanced solar technologies and products with investments right here in the United States,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “A robust manufacturing sector is critical to the health of our industry, and I am thrilled to welcome Hanwha Q CELLS onto SEIA’s board of directors.”

Hanwha Q CELLS is one of the world´s largest photovoltaic manufacturers with its high-quality, high-efficiency solar cells and modules. Hanwha Q CELLS is a fully bankable solar solution provider with a global footprint and market access.

“SEIA has played a critical role in making solar energy the United States’ top source of new power,” said Scott Moskowitz, director of strategy and market intelligence at Hanwha Q CELLS America. “As the leading residential module vendor and the largest solar manufacturer in America, we are thrilled to further our commitment to the U.S. solar industry by joining SEIA’s board.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Tesla Solar Roof System issued ESR-4074 by ICC Evaluation Services to affirm its compliance with building codes

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ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the International Code Council of companies and the experts in building product evaluation and certification, issued ESR-4074 to Tesla, Inc. for their Tesla Solar Roof System. This report provides evidence that the Tesla Solar Roof System is in compliance with code requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) and California Building Code (CBC) and California Residential Code (CRC).

The Tesla Solar Roof System is a complete roof covering system composed of electrically active building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and (inactive) nonBIPV roof tiles, along with flashing and other accessories. The BIPV roof tiles generate electricity from the sun and include photovoltaic modules. The nonBIPV roof tiles are similar to the BIPV roof tiles, except that they do not include photovoltaic cells, and therefore do not generate electricity.

“We are pleased to issue a report to Tesla, a manufacturer of alternative energy systems that relies heavily on ICC-ES’ technical expertise and high-quality reports”, said ICC-ES Senior Staff Engineer Yamil Moya, P.E. “ICC-ES thoroughly examined Tesla’s product information, test reports, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code compliant.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Tesla Solar Roof System issued ESR-4074 by ICC Evaluation Services to affirm its compliance with building codes

tesla solar roof

ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), a member of the International Code Council of companies and the experts in building product evaluation and certification, issued ESR-4074 to Tesla, Inc. for their Tesla Solar Roof System. This report provides evidence that the Tesla Solar Roof System is in compliance with code requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) and California Building Code (CBC) and California Residential Code (CRC).

The Tesla Solar Roof System is a complete roof covering system composed of electrically active building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and (inactive) nonBIPV roof tiles, along with flashing and other accessories. The BIPV roof tiles generate electricity from the sun and include photovoltaic modules. The nonBIPV roof tiles are similar to the BIPV roof tiles, except that they do not include photovoltaic cells, and therefore do not generate electricity.

“We are pleased to issue a report to Tesla, a manufacturer of alternative energy systems that relies heavily on ICC-ES’ technical expertise and high-quality reports”, said ICC-ES Senior Staff Engineer Yamil Moya, P.E. “ICC-ES thoroughly examined Tesla’s product information, test reports, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code compliant.”

— Solar Builder magazine