Autarco and Enirgy donate to charity for Ukranian refugees

Our mission at Autarco is to contribute to a world in which people live together in harmony with others and their environment. that is why we are deeply saddened by the situation in Ukraine. One of our valued business partners (Enirgy in Vught, North Brabant) have set up a wonderful campaign which aims to help Ukrainian refugees. For each kWp Enirgy installs (up to 4 kWp projects), Autarco will donate €50 to Lionsclub De Meierij, an international non-political organisation that is committed to helping refugees in crisis areas such as Ukraine. Read more about this charity campaign via this link

Lionsclub de Meierij

Lionsclub de Meierij is a branch of the global Lionsclub organisation that is committed to helping refugees in crisis areas. Local Lions club organisations (such as Lionsclub de Meierij) can contribute through donations to an international aid fund, the Lionsclub International Fund (LCIF). The LCIF is managed by the Lionsclub organisation itself. The LCIF also has a fund that is used exclusively to help Ukrainian refugees, the “Ukraine Relief Grant”. Autarco’s donations go to this fund. If you would like to read more about the Ukraine Relief Grant you can do so via this link

How are the donations going to be used?

The Ukraine Relief Grant fund enables Lions contacts in crisis areas to support refugees through grants. These grants are used to provide water, food, diapers, blankets, medical supplies, hygiene products and sleeping bags to those who need them most. Lion contacts are mostly local Lions Club organisations (such as Lionsclub de Meierij) in countries such as Poland, Armenia, Romania and Ukraine itself. This ensures that the donations are fully used to help the refugees and it is transparent how the donations are being used. In addition, Lionsclub De Meierij, the LCIF and the local Lions contacts do not incur any costs so the entire donation can be used to help the refugees as much as possible, something we find very important!

A complete overview of how the Ukrainian Relief Grant is used to help Ukrainian refugees can be found via this link.

Fundraiser event

Moreover, Lionsclub de Meierij will organize a fundraiser on September 11th . The entire proceeds of the fundraiser will be donated to to the Ukrainian Relief Grant. We will let you know more information about the tickets sales about the fundraiser once we know more information via our social media channels.


New Helios feature: Direct shade visualization

Optimizing a system design can be a tedious task, taking much of your time. With our most recent addition to Helios, that belongs to the past. With our new direct shade visualization, feedback on your system design is now only one click away! No need to wait for the yield calculations to finish, see the effect of your design choices instantly.

An important part of designing a well performing PV system is dealing with shade on the solar panels. Of course you want to have as little shading as possible, but in most designs this can’t be omitted fully. Therefore it’s important to know how shading is affecting the solar panels, so you can adjust your design to the situation. Direct shade visualization allows you to investigate and mitigate shading effects on the modules in your design, to make sure you end up with the most efficient solution for your customer.

When shade is visualized in Helios, all solar panels will show a colour to indicate their shade losses due to obstacles in the direct environment. With this information you can easily see which solar panels are not effective and choose to delete them. It will also help you to create your string plan in such a way that shaded solar panels are combined as much as possible.

You can select the shade visualisation feature by clicking on the symbol below the “calculate azimuth feature”

Yet another step in making solar simple and helping our dealers to offer the best PV-system design to their customers.

Want to know more about out best-in-class design software Helios? You can sign up for a free Helios demo account by clicking on this link or contact us via sales@autarco.com.


Internal PELD

PELD stands for Power Export Limiter device and limits the power output to a specified level. Autarco already provides a separately sold PELD which is mainly used for larger  PV-systems with multiple inverters.

For smaller systems with one inverter the Internal PEL feature can be used on our newest Mark-II inverters. This can be done with a separately sold energy meter (S2.1P-SMARTMETER.1 for 1-phase grade tied connections, S2.3P-SMARTMETER.1 for 3-phase grid tied connections) which is easily connected to the inverter. Once connected to the inverter, the internal PEL feature ensure grid exports are constantly measured and will not exceed the set value. A PELD can specifically be used to improve the business case of your customers in the following two cases.

  1. When power output needs to be limited because the internal AC device or grid can not handle a higher power out.
  2. When the grid operator (temporarily) demands that  no or limited energy may be supplied to the grid.

Click here to learn more about our newest Mark-II inverters

Autarco will be present at Solar Solutions 2021

Autarco will be present at Solar Solutions in 2021. This year the exhibition will be held on the 28th, 29th and 30th September and we can be found at stand number C9. Autarco dealers and relations can visit the exhibition for free by using our discount code. Your Autarco account manager can tell you more about this.

 

Solar Solutions is the largest B2B exhibition of solar energy in North-West Europe, and takes place in the Expo Haarlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen. More than 100 practical seminars will be held on topics concerning the latest developments in the solar industry such as energy storage, smart products and an increasingly wide range of available solar panels.


Autarco modules on their way to the South Pole

Late november Edwin and Liesbeth left for the South Pole for their ‘Clean2Antarctica‘ mission. The first net-zero-energy and zero-waste expedition on the continent, with the aim of generating attention for climate change and inspiring people to take action.

Reaching the geographical South Pole will take the team thirty days and 2400 kilometres, in an ice desert where the sun never sets. So it makes perfect sense that solar energy is selected to power their vehicle. The Solar Voyager consists of a truck and two trailers that are outfitted with ten Autarco modules. Because of the strong reflections from the snow we opted for so-called bifacial panels, where both sides generate electricity. The panels are fixed with a dismountable system, if the wind blows too hard, the top row must be removed so that the trailer does not tip over. With even more wind all modules are taken off and the Solar Voyager is anchored until the storm sets.

Mother nature decided that only after eighty kilometers Edwin and Liesbeth had to temporarily halt their journey because of a blizzard. This lasted a day and a half and unfortunately it happened again only a day later. But as Edwin says ” even if we don’t always like turbulence, sometimes we need it, just a little bit. Turbulence can set into motion a new state of things”. Curious about the Wondering about the continuation? You can now follow the Solar Voyager via the live feed.


Clean2Antarctica - update

Zero-waste expedition to the South pole


Autarco is powering the Solar Voyager vehicle in the cleanest expedition ever, Clean2Antarctica. Dutch explorer Edwin ter Velde is planning to complete the worlds first ever energy neutral and zero-waste expedition to the South Pole.

Last week, the team brought their equipment to Iceland, to see how the vehicle and its drivers behave during extreme conditions.

Find out more about the expedition on: www.clean2antarctica.nl


Autarco inverters power innovative SolaRoad

In the end of 2016, the pilot project for the innovative SolaRoad concept was expanded, when ten new metres were added to the existing bicycle path in Krommenie, the Netherlands. This innovative project investigates the possibilities to unlock the large potential of using road surface to harnass the sun’s power. Autarco micro-inverters were installed in this phase, experimenting with different types of modules and road surfaces.