2018-01-03 17:58:27

New PV200 Combines Solar PV Tests With I-V Curve Analysis

by Staff Writers Newcastle, UK (SPX) Jan 4, 2018

A brand new concept in solar PV test instrumentation combines accurate I-V curve analysis with essential electrical testing for the fast and effective commissioning, O and M and diagnostic testing of all types of solar PV installations. Using simple push button operation, the new multi-function PV200 from Seaward (PV210 in USA) carries out all the electrical tests required by IEC 62446, including open circuit voltage, short circuit current, maximum power point voltage, current and power, and insulation resistance. Uniquely, alongside the electrical tests, the PV200 also performs I-V curve measurements in accordance with IEC 61829 to determine if the measured curve deviates from the expected profile, highlighting the need for further analysis or fault finding. The fill factor can also be assessed

2018-01-03 17:59:52

Decision by Australian Energy Regulator protects solar users against unfair costs

by Staff Writers Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jan 4, 2018

A decision by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) will protect solar users in South Australia against discriminatory charges proposed by SA Power Networks. Clean Energy Council Policy Manager Darren Gladman said the AER decision was welcome news for solar customers and businesses in South Australia. "If the SA Power Networks proposal was successful, it would send a message that no matter what action people take to reduce their bills, they'll get stung another way. Effectively: 'You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't'. "If this push was successful, it would have opened the door for similar, and possibly much larger, charges by operators in other states. We believed the proposal was unfair and campaigned strongly against it. We are pleased the AER agreed with our position," Mr Gladman said.

2018-01-04 12:21:20

Ukraine sees solar power as Chernobyl's future

By Oleksandr SAVOCHENKO Kiev (AFP) Jan 4, 2018

Imagine one of the largest solar farms ever at the site of the world's worst man-made nuclear disaster that struck Chernobyl in