UL | May 18, 2021
UL, the global safety science leader and one of the world's leading advisors on the development, assessment, and optimization of renewable energy ventures, announced today the acquisition of the proprietary software platform and related assets of solar analytics company Clear Sky Analytics. Ajay Saproo and John Corson, co-founders of Clear Sky Analytics, will also join UL.
The proprietary software platform analyses the performance of solar assets and offers prescriptive insights. This acquisition broadens UL's solar offerings and strengthens its overall solar and wind renewables expertise, which includes consulting services through the project life cycle and supply chain, from due diligence to project development, certification, testing and evaluation, asset management, and reporting.
Clear Sky Analytics, founded by solar industry veterans Ajay Saproo and John Corson, specializes in distilling and interpreting operating PV solar plant data to maximize efficiency through actionable insights. Clear Sky Analytics' proprietary software platform combines data quality management, performance optimization, and analysis algorithms to create a complete and detailed accounting of energy produced and energy wasted due to specific reasons.
The Clear Sky Analytics platform acquisition expands UL's existing comprehensive portfolio of independent technical advisory, testing, inspection, certification, and software services to the solar energy industry. These services are intended to assist stakeholders such as developers, investors, financiers, owners, operators, utilities, grid managers, and policymakers in understanding the complexities of solar energy production and the ability to produce clean, renewable energy. They support all phases of the project life cycle, including feasibility, planning, design, construction, financing, investment, operations, and maintenance.
Since its launch in March 2017, Clear Sky has provided development and operational insight for over 150 solar projects across a wide range of geographies and designs. This includes Clear Sky and UL collaborations. Engagements have included UL consulting and laboratory and field inspection facilities along with Clear Sky's plant performance data analysis, resulting in optimized solar plant performance and significant operator cost savings.
The deal was completed on May 17, 2021. The acquisition's terms were not disclosed.
UL is the global leader in safety science. It provides testing, inspection, and certification (TIC), training and consulting services, risk management solutions, and essential business insights to its customers in over 100 countries, assisting them in achieving their safety, security, and sustainability objectives. The deep product experience and expertise through supply chains make it the go-to partner for customers facing complex challenges.
About Clear Sky Analytics
Clear Sky Analytics, a privately held company, distills and interprets efficiency data to provide actionable insight as a service to enhance the assessment and optimization of operating solar plants. Its proprietary software combines data quality enhancement, performance analysis, and analysis algorithms to provide a detailed and quantitative accounting of energy production and losses due to specific causes.
Merlot Lab | December 13, 2021
The world's first innovative IoT smart lighting system that connects more than 2,000 devices into one scalable mesh network and automatically responds to electric grid's frequency fluctuations in real time has been launched.
The Korea Power Exchange, a government public corporation responsible for power supply and demand management in Korea, signed an MOU with Merlot Lab (CEO So-bong Shin) who developed an IoT smart lighting system as a new frequency control resource to solve the problem of supply volatility of renewable energy, and announced that they would start the demonstration of frequency regulation using IoT smart lighting system on November 25, 2021.
During the joint demonstration period until August next year, the Korea Power Exchange will formulate the Fast DR frequency regulation operation standards and guidelines required for the power system and verify with the demonstration results. Merlot Lab will participate in the demonstration of automatic illuminance adjustment of smart lighting in accordance to frequency regulation operation by using its 4,300 connected lights installed in the Jungbu Complex Logistics Terminal of CJ Logistics.
The IoT smart lighting developed by Merlot Lab is a major breakthrough in smart connected lighting technology as it is a truly scalable, wireless mesh network that can control thousands of light nodes from a single hub, where each and groups of lights can be controlled at 1% illuminance level increment, making it an ideal solution for various frequency regulation demonstrations.
Despite great merits and potentials, smart connected lightings could not be readily implemented so far as they suffered high installation costs and reliability issues. Merlot Lab's IoT smart lighting system can be implemented by simple drop-in replacement of exiting conventional light with Merlot Lab's IoT light. Unlike other competing smart light solutions, there is no additional cabling, and networking hardware installation required thanks to Merlot Lab's scalable and reliable 100% wireless network solution.
As gradual light illuminance level change of 20~30% from the peak illuminance level does not lead to noticeable perceived illumination level change to human eyes, nor affect work productivity, Merlot Lab's IoT smart lighting can automatically reduce energy load by adjusting light illuminance level by 20~30% as it responds to event signals sent by the grid, making it a great demand-side resources for frequency control. The mesh network implemented by Merlot Lab can bring a revolutionary change in smart lighting.
The amount of electricity currently used for lighting accounts for about 20% of the total electricity consumption in Korea. When the role of frequency regulation of IoT smart lighting systems is successfully demonstrated, it is expected to greatly contribute to resolving the problem of instability in the power system from the increase in the proportion of renewable energy."
An official from the Korea Power Exchange
About Merlot Lab
Merlot Lab is an IoT solution company created by wireless communication and semiconductor experts. It has developed and commercialized mesh network technology that connects more than 2,000 devices into one hub for the first time in the world, and provides industrial IoT solutions and services based on this breakthrough technology. Merlot Lab's technology can drive decarbonization policies and ESG initiatives as ordinary lightings at the customer site can be retrofitted to become flexible resources for smart grid that can support the growth of renewable energy.
UGE International Ltd. | June 30, 2021
UGE International Ltd., a global pioneer in commercial and community solar energy solutions, is delighted to announce that it has extended its presence in Pennsylvania, obtaining its first two community solar project sites.
The two projects will be located in western Pennsylvania, in the greater Pittsburgh area. Once completed, the two ground-mounted solar facilities are anticipated to have a combined rated capacity of roughly 11MW DC and produce more than US$1.5 million in yearly recurring income.
John Jeremko, UGE origination manager, spearheads the company's growth into Pennsylvania, bringing with him many years of expertise in the oil and gas sector. His career shift to renewable energy mirrors the transformation in Pennsylvania's energy industry, as more landowners, businesses, and corporations switch to solar power.
Following Maryland, Pennsylvania is UGE's second state entry in 2021. UGE intends to expand into at least three additional states this year, complementing its usual regions of strength in New York, New Jersey, and Maine.
UGE develops, owns, and manages commercial and community solar projects in the United States and key international markets. Our distributed energy solutions provide companies and individuals with cheaper, greener energy at no upfront cost. We strive every day to power a more sustainable world with over 400MW of worldwide expertise.