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Keysight Technologies, Inc. | December 02, 2022
Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced the new MP4300A Series Modular Solar Array Simulator (SAS) to emulate the behavior of photovoltaic (PV) segments. The SAS solution simulates all conditions a craft or satellite will encounter in space with high fidelity.Launching solar-powered spacecraft or satellites is incredibly expensive, with little possibility of recovery or repair. These vehicles must have efficient and reliable power management systems, which often cannot be tested by using actual solar panels to provide power. Engineers must have a test solution that can verify a spacecraft’s power management system through high fidelity PV emulation.
Keysight’s new MP4300A SAS addresses this challenge with a 6-kW modular power supply, supporting fast current-voltage (I-V) curve changes with a quick recovery time that mimics rapidly changing conditions in space.
The MP4300A SAS offers the following key benefits:
Industry-leading power density of 6 kW in 2U of rack space, which can reduce capital expenditures.
A modular SAS platform, the first in the industry.
Reduced thermal challenges due to the MP4300’s high power density, 2-quadrant capabilities, and the hardware’s regenerative power technology.
Flexible power and performance options allowing the six modules to be switched out as test requirements change. Offers two classes of 1kW SAS modules:
MP4361A 160V/10A auto-ranging module.
MP4362A 130V/8A module.
Support for rapid deployment of SAS systems with demanding performance requirements by allowing control of up to six channels through a single I/O port with a familiar programmatic interface.
“Analyzing power generation is an important part of the satellite design and validation process. With the MP4300 series, Keysight gives engineers the solution they need to accurately emulate conditions in space and accelerate the testing of new PV array designs, speeding time-to-market, and reducing the risk of failure after deployment.”
-Greg Patschke, General Manager of Keysight’s Aerospace Defense and Government Solutions group
Additional information about Keysight's new MP4300A Series Modular Solar Array Simulator is available at: https://www.keysight.com/us/en/products/dc-power-supplies/dc-power-solutions/mp4300-series-solar-array-simulator-system.html
About Keysight Technologies
Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $5.4B in fiscal year 2022. For more information about Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), visit us at www.keysight.com. Additional information about Keysight Technologies is available in the newsroom at https://www.keysight.com/go/news and on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube
Avantus | November 07, 2022
Avantus (formerly 8minute) announced it has completed the sale of the 147-megawatt (MWdc) Galloway 2 Solar Project to Allianz Capital Partners, one of the Allianz Group's asset managers for alternative equity investments. Located in Concho County in Central Texas, Galloway 2 is expected to inject tens of millions of dollars into the local economy and, once operating, will provide enough affordable, reliable energy for 60,000 people.“Everyone – from large corporations and international investors to small business owners and local communities – is recognizing the benefits that solar energy can bring, said Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Founder and CEO of Avantus. Projects like Galloway 2 are a critical demonstration that solar is an affordable, zero-carbon energy solution to strengthen the grid, showing our nation can prioritize and uplift our communities while meeting our climate commitments on the global stage.
Galloway 2 will not only contribute clean energy to Texas’ grid, but it will also support good-paying jobs and increased economic benefits for Concho County and local public services. The project is expected to generate over $18 million in local property taxes, with more than half directly benefitting the Paint Rock Independent School District. Initial work began at the site in the late summer and is ramping to peak construction in the next few weeks, supporting over 250 jobs.
Following the acquisition of the Lotus Solar Farm in 2019, this is the second transaction between Avantus and Allianz Global Investors. As part of the organization’s vision to become a clean energy major, Avantus is proud to work with investment partners like Allianz to rapidly scale clean energy projects at the accelerated rate needed to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
“As one of the world’s largest infrastructure and renewable energy investors, we are thrilled to announce this transaction, which meaningfully advances our mission to accelerate renewables deployment globally,”
-Daniel de Boer, Head of Renewables - Americas at Allianz Capital Partners.
Avantus retains a minority stake in Galloway 2 and will continue to oversee procurement, construction and asset management. Avantus previously secured a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Energy Services, which is supplying the power to BASF under its commercial and industrial retail power business.
“We are glad to work together with strong partners to secure renewable energy, adding to our energy mix at the site in Freeport, Texas, This project is an important contribution to our ambitious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.”
-Brad Morrison, Senior Vice President and Site Manager for BASF in Freeport.
RES is providing the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction services for Galloway 2. Construction financing was arranged by CIT. Tenaska led the tax equity investment for the project and Tenaska’s power marketing affiliate, Tenaska Power Services Co., will serve as the qualified scheduling entity when the project comes online in 2023.
Galloway 2 is Avantus’ third greenfield-developed project to reach construction in Texas, where the company has already brought 600 MWdc of solar energy online. Spanning more than 90 utility-scale projects across Texas and the Southwest, Avantus’ development pipeline exceeds 50 gigawatts (GW) of system capacity, including 42 GW of solar and 78 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy storage. This portfolio represents over $70 billion in investments and is large enough to provide power for more than 30 million people, day and night.
Avantus is shaping the future by making reliable, accessible clean energy a global reality. Our legacy of leadership in next generation solar energy includes developing the nation’s largest solar cluster and the first plant to beat fossil fuel prices. Today, we are expanding the boundaries of existing technologies to build one of the largest portfolios of smart power plants with integrated storage, capable of providing 30 million people with low-cost, zero-emission energy – day and night. Through our relentless pursuit of better, we are decarbonizing our planet at the gigaton level, and bringing the advantages of clean energy to all of us.
ABOUT ALLIANZ CAPITAL PARTNERS
Allianz Capital Partners is one of the Allianz Group's asset managers for alternative equity investments and part of Allianz Global Investors. Allianz Capital Partners manages over 56 billion euros in alternative assets for the Allianz Group and third-party investors*. Our investment focus is on private equity, infrastructure and renewable energy. Our investment strategy aims to generate attractive, long-term and stable returns for our clients. *Data as of June 30, 2022
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SolarEdge Technologies, Inc | September 21, 2022
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy technology, has announced at RE+ (booth #2416) Anaheim, California, the launch of the S-Series, new range of smart Power Optimizers. Now available for commercial and industrial PV applications across North America, the next generation Power Optimizers adds SolarEdge Sense Connect technology to its multi-layered approach for safety.SolarEdge Sense Connect is an industry-first technology that detects temperature increase at the connector level to prevent potential electric arcs.
By detecting and reacting to abnormal connector overheating that may happen due to faulty installations or connectors, SolarEdge Sense Connect technology stops power flow before an arc can occur. With module-level site visibility, operation and maintenance (O&M) providers are informed of the pinpointed location of the connector, so repairs can be conducted swiftly and easily. This helps maximize system safety, uptime and reduce O&M costs. The SolarEdge Sense Connect technology joins an expanded range of safety features, among them the SafeDCTM technology that is designed to enable the PV systems’ DC voltage to be automatically reduced to touch-safe levels (1V DC per module), in grid failures or when the inverter is shut down. Adding to these the Rapid Shutdown feature, installers can activate SafeDC at the flip of a switch, discharging the conductors to safe voltage levels within just 30 seconds.
The S-Series Power Optimizer is designed to accommodate higher power modules and bi-facial modules, which due to the rear-side module mismatch can suffer from even greater potential power loss. Providing 99.5% efficiency and supporting two high power, high input current PV modules, the S-Series lowers Levelized Cost of Energy thanks to higher yield and enables longer and more powerful strings.
In addition, the S-Series offers a simplified cable layout, allowing faster installation and reducing potential isolation faults.
“Multi-layered safety technology and ease of installation are key differentiators of our technology, alongside advances in energy efficiency and improved economics which are additional important factors for the proliferation of solar energy, We will continue to set benchmarks in industry safety by focusing on innovative solutions that bring even more reliability to the market.“
-Peter Mathews, General Manager of SolarEdge North America.
SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering capabilities and with a relentless focus on innovation, SolarEdge creates smart energy solutions that power our lives and drive future progress. SolarEdge developed an intelligent inverter solution that changed the way power is harvested and managed in photovoltaic (PV) systems. The SolarEdge DC optimized inverter seeks to maximize power generation while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system. Continuing to advance smart energy, SolarEdge addresses a broad range of energy market segments through its PV, storage, EV charging, batteries, electric vehicle powertrains, and grid services solutions. SolarEdge is online at solaredge.com