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Enphase
02 December 2020

Update: Envoy-S Standard

Currently, the Envoy-S Standard from Enphase is unavailable. This is temporary, it is expected that the product will be available again in the new year.

For your projects with the Envoy-S Standard, you can now temporarily use the Envoy-S Metered.

For more information, please contact our Sales department by calling +31 (0) 85 7820055 or send an e-mail to international@pvo-int.com.

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SolarEdge
30 November 2020

Optimizer update

From SolarEdge we have received new updates that we would like to share with you:

P405 phased out

The P405 optimizer is currently being phased out. The direct replacement is P485, this optimizer can be used for the same configurations as the P405.

Click here for more details and the datasheets.

 

New commercial optimizer on the way

SolarEdge will market a new commercial optimizer for high power solar modules.
Soon more information about this new product.

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Enphase
13 November 2020

IQ7A expected in December

Enphase releases newest microinverter later than expected. The IQ 7a microinverter will most likely be available in December.

The smart-grid ready Enphase IQ 7A Microinverter is the high-power variant of the seventh-generation IQ platform and is designed for 60 cell / 120 half-cell and 70 cell / 144 half-cell modules. Like the IQ 7, IQ 7+ and IQ7X, its polymeric enclosure and revolutionary cabling system simplify installation.

  • Optimized for high powered 60 cell / 120 half-cell and 72 cell / 144 half-cell modules
  • Max Output Power: 366 VA @ 230 VAC
  • Recommended PV module input power: 295-450+ W
  • Power Point Tracking Range (Operating Range): 18 V–58 V
  • 96.5% EU Efficiency

Download datasheet here

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Growatt
05 November 2020

Growatt 2500S no longer available

The Growatt 2500S single phase inverter is no longer available. The replacement is the new MIC series, which are going to be launched in Q1 2021. Growatt has stopped production of the 2500S, but can already deliver the new MIC 2500TL-X and we have them in stock (!)

  • Max. efficiency 97.6%
  • Compact design
  • Touch key & OLED display
  • Flexible interface
  • AFCI optional

Click here for more information about the new model.

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SolarEdge
03 November 2020

SE27.6K phased out

SolarEdge has announced that the SE27.6K 3-phase inverter is being phased out. The replacements for this inverter are the SE30K and the SE33.3K.

Important specifications of the new inverters are:

25% less weight (32 kg) due to new design
150% DC oversizing
Type II DC surge protector integrated in the unit
Optional for integration Type II AC Surge Protection and RS485 in the unit

Read more details and download the datasheets of the SE30K and SE33.3K.

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ESDEC
02 November 2020

Esdec launces new standard for commercial roofs phased in Europe

FlatFix Wave is designed for large-scale projects that also can be used on the next generation of large scale solar panels. The low number of mounting steps, the fold-out assembled base modules and the unique panel lock ensure a super fast installation without screws and tools. The dual arrangement provides the most balanced energy yield during the day and makes it possible to fill the roof surface as much as possible and as efficiently as possible.

  • Extremely suitable for large-scale projects
  • Suitable for new generation of larger solar panels
  • Dual arrangement (east-west)
  • Large panel fields (40×40)
  • Pitch of 2300mm
  • Slope angle of panels 10 degrees
  • Integrated settlement
  • Panel clamped on the long side, minimizes the risk of panel damage
  • Low point load
  • Roof supports with movable coupling, prevents damage to the roof covering
  • Meets the strictest corrosion requirements
  • Extensively tested and developed in accordance with NEN1010 and NEN7250

Download the brochure here

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Trina Solar
28 October 2020

Launch: Vertex S series

On Wednesday October 28, Trina Solar launched its newest module series: Vertex S.

The latest generation of Vertex S will go into mass production in January 2021. The Vertex S has been specially developed for residential and small C&I scale projects. With this new series Trina has a high power module that is small in size and weight. In addition to a Mono White version, the Vertex S is also available as Full Black.

Specifications:

  • Up to 405Wp
  • Weight: 21 kg
  • Size: 1754 x 1096 x 30 mm
  • Efficiency 21.1%
  • Standard 15-year warranty
  • Annual degradation: 0.55%

Download the datasheet here

Watch the entire launch here

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SolarEdge
28 October 2020

New: SolarEdge SE16K

SolarEdge has announced that inverter type SE15K is being phased out. The replacement for this inverter is the SE16K. Important specifications of this type of inverter are:

  • No external fan
  • Small, light and easy to install
  • Built in module-level monitoring
  • With SetApp configuration
  • Fixed voltage inverter for longer strings
  • Optional integrated DC Safety Unit and/or DC surge protection

Click here for more details and to view datasheets.

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
13 October 2020

New lengths of Side ++ profiles for large solar panels (ValkPitched)

The dimensions of the latest generation of PV panels pose challenges for the mounting system. Until now, the Side ++ lengths were tailored to a maximum panel width of 1016mm. However, more and more panels that are wider are coming onto the market. In order to be able to mount these panels quickly and efficiently, Van der Valk Solar Systems has added four new lengths to the existing range, in addition to the existing profiles.

The four new “extra-long” profiles are suitable for a maximum panel width of up to 1052mm.

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SolarEdge
05 October 2020

Update from SolarEdge: Optimizers

SolarEdge announced that the P370 optimizer is being phased out. At the moment, SolarEdge sees that many residential projects use panels that are round 350Wp. This trend will only increase in the (near) future. Because the panels with a capacity of around 350Wp require a higher current than the 11A which the P370 can handle, it has been decided to stop the production of the P370 optimizer. The alternative to the P370 is the P401. This optimizer can handle up to 11.75A, this doesn’t seem like much, but is a big improvement and enough to keep up with demand.
We currently have stock and will receive our last stock after October 12. Please contact our Sales department to discuss your needs.

In order to meet market PV requirements, ensure future compatibility and allow more flexible design rules for high power modules SolarEdge recently released a new firmware that improves P950 optimizer spec as follows:

  • Increased string current up to 18A (instead of 17A)
  • Increased string oversizing up to 18.500W (instead of 15.750W)

Existing inventory can be deployed, and it will be automatically updated to the new firmware (connection to the monitoring is mandatory).

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
30 September 2020

New: extra-long back plates and mass carriers (ValkPro +)

The range for the ValkPro + system for flat roofs has been expanded with extra-long back plates and ground carriers, in order to be able to mount the largest panel sizes.

The dimensions of the latest generation of PV panels pose challenges for the mounting system. Until now, the ValkPro + system was suitable for mounting panels with a maximum length of 2120 mm in landscape position. By adding an extra-long back plate and ground support, it is now possible to use panels with a maximum length of 2320 mm.

Change of mounting holes in back plates

To increase the adjustability of the back plates, the design of the mounting holes have been changed: from now on there will be three 60 mm slots on both sides of the plate. Thanks to this greater range, the back plates can now always fit neatly to the sides of the system regardless of the panel width.

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
01 September 2020

New: ValkPitched corrugated brackets

Attaching the ValkPitched system on corrugated roofs, in addition to the traditional way by means of stick screws, is now also possible by using corrugated iron brackets. The advantage of the corrugated iron bracket is that it can be attached by using the existing anchorages of the corrugated iron.

The corrugated iron bracket is suitable for use on existing and new corrugated iron roofs. The corrugated iron bracket combines perfectly with the Side++profiles of the ValkPitched Clamp system.

Available from 1 September.

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Sungrow
26 August 2020

Sungrow and PVO International join forces

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Sungrow. Together we will focus on the larger commercial projects in the Benelux.

Read here the press release

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Jinko Solar
24 August 2020

JinkoSolar ranked as Most “Bankable” PV Manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

JinkoSolar has been ranked as a top solar brand in debt financed projects and named most “bankable” PV manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Forty-nine global solar module manufacturers were ranked based on BNEF’s global survey of key PV stakeholders assessing which module brands used in projects are most likely to obtain non-recourse debt financing from commercial banks.

“As one of the leading solar module manufacturers, we are proud to be recognized once again by BNEF as a most trusted solar brand by customers, investors, and banks all over the world. This is a testament to the outstanding research, stringent quality checks and world records we have set to revolutionize the solar industry with our advanced technology, reliability, and high-quality products,” said Mr. Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar.

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Jinko Solar
10 August 2020

Jinko introduces new 610Wp module during SNEC

JinkoSolar launched the new generation 610W Tiger Pro High-efficiency monocrystalline TR solar panels at SNEC 2020 in Shanghai. The key to Tiger Pro 610W’s success is N-Type HOT 2.0 high-efficiency cell technology. Thanks to the introduction of new technologies, such as HOT tunneling layer passivated contact and advanced metallization, the cell has reached an efficiency of 24.79%.

Read the full article here

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
10 August 2020

New: new product series for the mechanical anchoring of PV systems: ValkSolarFix

For buildings higher than 25 meters, in areas with very high wind loads or on roof structures that can only withstand very low loads, the use of “consoles” offers a solution for mounting the PV system.

The ValkSolarFix is ​​made of high-quality aluminum and can be attached quickly and easily to roofs with a timber or steel plate construction by means of special roof screws or a toggle anchor. A concrete anchor can be used for concrete roof constructions. The length of the screws or anchors can be adjusted to the thickness of the insulation material.

Compatibility

The special height of the ValkSolarFix is ​​perfectly matched to combine without further height adjustments with the ValkPitched system for pitched roofs and ValkPro + system for flat roofs. The large diameter of the collar of the ValkSolarFix provides a solid base on which the roof racks of the ValkPro + system can be attached directly.

The ValkSolarFix can be waterproofed into any type of roof membrane by experienced roofers. For this reason, the ValkSolarFix is ​​supplied without an additional membrane, so that the roofer can provide this himself and adjust it in his own way. This also offers great advantages with regard to logistics and keeping these types of products in stock with our distributors.

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
03 August 2020

New: Black plastic cover caps for panel clamps

Van der Valk Solar Systems has developed a new product and added it to the range for flat and sloping roofs: “Black plastic cover caps for panel clamps”.

For PV systems using all-black panels, from an aesthetic point of view it is sometimes desirable to provide the visible part of the aluminium panel clamps in black colour. This was already possible for most of our systems with black anodized panel clamps, but now this can also be achieved by installing the black plastic covers that can be simply clicked over the blank clamps.

The covers can be applied to both new and existing installations. Think of ValkPro +, ValkDouble, ValkTriple, ValkQuattro and ValkPitched – Clamp mounting systems. The new caps are already available.

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SMA
27 July 2020

New: Sunny Tripower CORE2

SMA launches the Sunny Tripower CORE2 inverter this autumn. The new SMA Sunny Tripower CORE2 inverter brings more flexibility to the design of an installation. With an output of 110 kW, it allows a particularly high degree of sun coverage during the day, for both ground and roof installations with different angles of inclination. Even in the shade.

More possibilities. More integration. More power.

Download the brochure here

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Jinko Solar
21 July 2020

N-Type Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cell Reaching Record High Efficiency of 24.79%.

JinkoSolar’s R&D teams of experts in silicon wafer, solar cells and solar modules have made significant breakthroughs in the field of high efficiency and high power of cells and modules for many years. The record-breaking mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a high quality CZ mono-Si substrate, with a practical size of 267.72cm2, and several advanced technologies have been implemented to achieve this new record of 24.79%, including passivating contact technologies, advanced diffusion system, surface passivation and advanced anti-reflection technologies, and a series of material upgrade were integrated into the cell process. The record-breaking mono-crystalline silicon solar cell will be gradually applied to product production.

“JinkoSolar has reached a key R&D milestone and our commitment towards technological innovation in silicon material, cell fabrication and module processing technologies has led to multiple world records for the efficiency of solar cells and modules. We are very proud to break the world record with advanced large-area N-type cell in the world, and this innovative cell technology also holds the world record for PV module efficiency,” commented Dr. Jin Hao, CTO of JinkoSolar . “We will constantly invest in upgrading technologies to achieve mass production, and to lead the way by providing high efficiency and competitive industrial products for our global customers.”

Image N-Type Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cell Reaching Record High Efficiency of 24.79%.
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Trina Solar
17 July 2020

Next-generation Vertex series modules have output up to 600W.

Trina solar announced the next generation modules of their Vertex series, with an output up to 600W. The company expects to realize the mass production of a 550W series in the final quarter of this year.

The next-generation Vertex series modules hold three key advantages, including: the combination of non-destructive cutting, high-density packaging and multi-busbar technologies; low voltage and improvement in power output of a single module string by more than 35 percent; and significant value in greatly reducing balance-of-system costs.

Read here the entire article

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SolarEdge
14 July 2020

New: optimizer P701

SolarEdge introduces de P701 optimizer. It is the P650 with turbo. The P701 is ideal for two PV modules with 60 or 120 cells and is suitable for the 3-phase inverters – SE16K and larger.

Specifications:

  • Input DC power: 7000
  • voltage: 96V
  • Isc: 11.75A
  • efficiency: 99.5%

Download the datasheet

Note: P650 optimizers can only be ordered as version RL with 1.8m output. The other versions are no longer available.

At this moment the P701 is still so new that it cannot be found yet in the designer.

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Trina Solar
24 June 2020

Declaration for connector compatibility

Trina Solar states in an official statement that the TS4 connectors used for the Trina Solar modules are congruent to the MC4 connector. They had this extensively tested by TÜV Rheinland. This means that the warranty remains valid when using the MC4 connector with the TS4 connector.

Read the full statement here

Download the TÜV Rheinland report here

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Growatt
15 June 2020

Standard warranty extended to 10 years (1-20kw)

Starting from July 1 Growatt extends their warranty. All the inverters from 1-20kw (single phase, three phase and storage), will have a stardard warranty of 10 years. From July 1st it is not necessary to request the free extention on the Growatt website, this will be applied automatically.

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Trina Solar
10 June 2020

Standard warranty extended to 12 years

Trina Solar has extended their standard product warranty to 12 years. All modules that are installed after May 1st 2020 will have the 12 year product warranty. This also applies for modules that have been purchased before the 1st of May and have been installed after 1 May 2020.

Shortly all new datasheets will be available online

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
05 June 2020

Update new packaging method of alignment pins for solar panels

Article 733020 consists of three separate parts: a plastic alignment pin, an M6x25 bolt and M6 collar knurled nut. Up till now, these have been combined per item in a separate plastic bag in a box of 150 pieces. This method of packaging meant a relatively large amount of waste material per article. That’s why Esdec decided that from now on article 733020 will be packed per bag (alignment pin, bolt, nut) in a bag of 100 pieces, after which these parts will be combined in the final packaging. This is a sealed plastic bag, with a total of 100 pieces of item 733020.

 

Article information

The change only concerns a change in the standard packaging quantity to 100 pieces, previously this was 150 pieces. There are no changes regarding item number, item description or price.

From now on, the change has been made for the items that are supplied from the stock of Van der Valk Solar Systems.

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ESDEC
01 June 2020

Price reduction for 6 months on FlatFix Fusion

To help you as an installer during these challenging times, Esdec will lower the prices of the FlatFix Fusion system by 5% from the 1st of June. This promotion runs for a limited period of 6 months.

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Jinko Solar
Tiger Pro
15 May 2020

New: Tiger Pro

Early this morning (Friday May 15, European time) JinkoSolar launched a new module series: Tiger Pro. The showpiece is the new 78TW panel that achieves a maximum power of 580Wp (!)

The Tiger Pro series consists of four module types. In addition to the 78TW, they introduce the modules 60TR, output up to 430Wp, and the series 72TR and 72HC with an output up to 530Wp.

Availability: Expecting to start mass production in Q3

Read here the entire news item

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SolarEdge
13 May 2020

Warranty extension changes for commercial inverters

Last year SolarEdge changed their warranty extensions. A new change for the warranty extensions will start next year. Below an overview of the changes that have already taken place and the new changes that will take effect on 1 January 2021.

Changes since 1 October 2019:

  • The 15-year warranty extension for the SE15k, SE16k and SE17k can no longer be taken out. Alternatively, the 20 years can still be ordered (online).
  • The price of the 15-year warranty extension for the SE25k, SE27.6k and SE33.3k without DCD has been changed to € 317.
  • The price of the 15 year warranty extension for the SE25k, SE27.6k and SE33.3k with DCD has been changed to € 345.

 

Changes effective 1 January 2021:

The 15-year warranty can no longer be taken out, regardless of which type. There are a number of reasons for this:

  • The price difference compared to the 20-year warranty extension is so small that it’s not useful to support a separate 15-year warranty.
  • The 15 year extension cannot be concluded online because the customized product is only for the Dutch market. The 20 years, on the other hand, can easily be concluded online and the certificates are sent directly by email.

For the convenience of the installer, distributor and SolarEdge, as of 1 January 2021, only options will be available as found on the SolarEdge website: https://www.solaredge.com/en/warranty

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Growatt
11 May 2020

New generation residential inverters available!

The new generation of residential inverters of Growatt are now available. Growatt has updated their MTLS series and has replaced them with the new TL-XE series. The next generation has the following improvements:

  • The new inverters are 30% lighter than the MTL-S series.
  • New design with OLED display and Touch button
  • Smaller and more compact (due to the compact design, the inverter is better protected against water and dust than its predecessor)
  • Easier to install
  • Standard surge protection type II
  • Higher yield; 2 MPP trackers, per string 12.5A input current
  • AFCI is optional

View here the new inverters

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SolarEdge
28 April 2020

Update: SolarEdge Optimizers

SolarEdge has expanded their assortment with new optimizers. Below a short overview of the new changes.

New optimizers
Residential: P401
SolarEdge introduces new optimizers. The P401 is new in the residential optimizers range. The main feature of the P401 optimizer is the high DC current and high power. The P401 optimizer is designed special for the high power modules with 60 or 72 cells.
Availability: Mid Q2
Download here the datasheet

Commercial: P801 – P950
In addition, SolarEdge introduces the new commercial optimizers P801 and P950. The new P801 is suitable for two 72-cell modules. The P950 is available for 2 high power modules or bi-facial modules.
Availability: P801 – May ’20 and P950 – June ‘20
Download here the datasheet

Increased current (lsc)
SolarEdge has increased the possible DC current for optimizers P401, P404, P405 and P485. For P401 the maximum short circuit current per input (lsc) is 11.75 and for the P404, P405 and P485 it has been increased to 11.
Download here the datasheet

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Jinko Solar
Tiger - Mono White
16 April 2020

Whitepaper Tiger Modules

The new Tiger module from JinkoSolar adopts the advanced technology of multi-busbar + Tiling Ribbon + half cut, with the high-efficiency Jinko cell. The maximum power output of a Tiger module could reach to 475W, and the efficiency could reach to 21.16%.

The Tiger series include mono-facial and bi-facial types. The bi-facial Tiger modules currently promote transparent back sheets with DuPont Tedlar. While ensuring a 5% -30% backside energy gain, the light-weight feature of transparent back sheet also effectively reduces the LCOE effectively.

Read the entire technical Whitepaper – Tiger Module

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
20 March 2020

New product in assortment: EPDM rubber shim

Van der Valk Solar Systems adds a new product in their assortment: EPDM rubber shim for mounting on steel roof tile plates. Mounting profiles on a pitched with steel roof tile plates covering can be challenging. Due to the overlapping tile plates, the pitch of the plates is slightly off compared to the roof pitch itself. This means a direct mounting of the profiles to the plates will create an issue with the levelling of the profiles.

The new “EPDM rubber shim” (739005) now offers a perfect and simple solution. By placing the rubber shims between the horizontal placed profile and the roof tile plates in the position of the fasteners, the angle of the profile is adjusted to match the roof pitch angle.

Application:

The EPDM rubber shims with pre-drilled holes of 6 mm diameter are placed behind the aluminium profile in the position of the mounting holes. The standard option to fasten the profile to the steel tile plates is by using aluminium rivets (779223).

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ESDEC
13 March 2020

ClickFit EVO: expansion of mounting rail portfolio

ClickFit EVO, Esdec’s pitched tile roof mounting systems, is now suitable for the latest solar panels, thanks to the expansion of the mounting rail portfolio. New are the mounting rails 3080, 4095, 5110 and 6130 mm.

Renewed portfolio mounting rails:

  • 1060 mm
  • 2065 mm
  • 3080 mm
  • 3500 mm
  • 4095 mm
  • 5110 mm
  • 6130 mm

With the introduction of these new rail lengths, ClickFit EVO is fully optimized and suitable for the newest solar panels. Any panel width up to 1004 mm can be used. Nothing has changed in the design of the mounting rails.CLick

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Vergokan
13 March 2020

New: tailor-made roof supports

Vergokan offers specially made roof support for their cable wire trays.

For this construction you need the following items:

  • Central suspension bracket – 216-HDVFCB, Hot Dip suited for use outside
  • Universal roof support – 216-RSM
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Van der Valk Solar Systems
10 March 2020

New product: the Strongline heavy duty roof hook

Van der Valk Solar Systems introduces a new high-strength roof hook for PV-systems. This roof hook is designed specifically for PV systems placed on pitched roofs with roof tiles, in regions with high snow and/or wind loads. The roof hook is available in versions for horizontal and vertical placement of profiles, for Portrait or Landscape mounting. The roof hook is made of galvanized steel.

Benefits of the new roof hook:

  • High load capabilities to handle larger spans, even in applications with high snow and/or wind loads.
  • Easy to use in combination with Side++ profiles and adjustable panel clamps from the ValkPitched Clamp system.
  • Possibility of height adjustment of profiles.

Download here the datasheet of the new roof hook

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SolarEdge
12 February 2020

SolarEdge changes the assortment of Optimizers

In the coming period there will be a shift in the Optimizers assortment from SolarEdge. A number of models are withdrawn from the range and are at this moment being phased out.

This concerns the following optimizers:

  • P300; The last stock of the P300 is still available, they are no longer being produced. Important: the P300 are approved by SolarEdge to use for solar panels up to 320Wp.
  • P600; The latest stock is also available for the P600 optimizers. Important: The P600 optimizer has been approved by SolarEdge for use up to 650Wp.

* The P405 is also likely to disappear from the range, allowing you to continue working with the P485.

Download here the official statement from SolarEdge

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Jinko Solar
11 February 2020

JinkoSolar Awarded ‘Top Brand PV Europe Seal 2020’ by EuPD Research for Second Consecutive Year

JinkoSolar, one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, announced that it was awarded the ‘Top Brand PV Europe Seal 2020’ by internationally recognized research institute EuPD Research for the second consecutive year.

EuPD Research awards Top PV seals based on its Global PV Installer Monitor Survey which compiles the opinions of solar installers from leading solar markets in Europe and around the world. JinkoSolar was identified for its exceptional high-quality products and outstanding customer service. Mr. Frank Niendorf, General Manager of JinkoSolar Europe, commented, “We are very proud to receive this prestigious award for Europe for the second consecutive year. This recognition by the downstream partners we work with not only proves JinkoSolar is the preferred brand to work with but also reflects our strong reputation and commitment to our customers as a leading supplier. JinkoSolar’s highly-reliable solar products and customer service have significantly contributed to the steady growth of our customer base across important markets.”

 

 

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
07 February 2020

Van der Valk Solar Systems introduces new product: Rubber load distributor ValkPro+

Van der Valk Solar systems developed the new rubber load distributor for projects where it is required to keep the point load of a ValkPro+ mounting system equipped with ballast tiles as low as possible.

The load distributors can easily be placed under the steel roof carriers of existing and new ValkPro+ systems. Adding one or more load distributors per ballast point will considerably reduce the point load of this ballast point:

The rubber load distributor is made from recycled rubber granulate with PU binder. For PVC roofs, a special version is available with a protective underlay to prevent possible migration from the roof material.

Download here the datasheet

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
23 January 2020

Upcoming change in the production precess for aluminium parts

Van der Valk Solar Systems has changed their production process for the aluminium parts used in the adjustable panel clamps in black colour (products: 721550ZW en 721552ZW). The clamps will be anodized in black colour instead of coated.

The reasons for this change are:

  • The colour and appearance of the clamps matches better with the frame of the panels, which are also anodized.
  • The surface of the clamps is better resistant to scratches and dents and is more dirt-repellent.
  • Anodized aluminium has a better colour fastness when exposed to UV-light.
  • Anodized aluminium can be recycled without pre-treatments.

The anodized clamps can be recognized by the more matte appearance, compared to the coated clamps.

 

Price and availability

This change does not affect the material numbers or the price of the clamps. The transition to the anodized clamps will take place when the existing stock of coated panel clamps is finished (It is expected this will be around the end of January 2020).

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Jinko Solar
Swan
17 January 2020

Whitepaper Swan Bifacial Modules

JinkoSolar introduced the new Swan series last year. The Swan bifacial modules can generate energy absorbing light from both the front and rear side.

In the published white paper they explain in detail all the advantages of the bifacial modules. Consider the advantages of half cells compared to whole cells, glass-glass or glass-transparent backsheet, the best choice for the frame and mounting system, etc.

Download here the Whitepaper Swan Bifacial Modules

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13 January 2020

Chinese New Year

On January 25 the Chinese celebrate New Year. Most companies are closed for at least 2 weeks around New Year. Our Chinese suppliers are closed from January 25 to February 8.

Have you planned a project during this period? Make sure that we know your desired delivery schedule for all your solar needs.

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13 January 2020

Introducing: Universal Side Plate

The new universal side plate replaces the current side plates of the ValkPro+ L10 system, which now has a “left” and a “right” version, which are mirrored with respect to each other. These plates can be recognized by an “L” or an “R” on the narrow side.

Thanks to the new design, one universal side plate can now be applied on both sides of the system. This offers the following benefits:

  • A reduction in the number of stock keeping units.
  • The new design has no turned sides and therefore takes up less space.

The article number of the new side plate is 742540. The side plates for ValkPro+ L15 and P10 remain unchanged.

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31 December 2019

Module Portfolio Q1 2020

Our solar panel portfolio for Q1 2020 is available. All our suppliers are fully committed to the new techniques whereby we will switch to panels that are larger in size and to panels that have a larger output. Download below our Module Portfolio for Q1.

For more information about availability and alternatives, contact our Sales department (international@pvo-int.com).

Download here our Module Portfolio Q1 2020

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Growatt
31 December 2019

New generation inverters: TL-XE Series

In 2020, Growatt will launch the successor of the current MTL-S series. The new inverter generation is available in Q2: TL-XE Series. The Growatt MIN 2500-6000TL-XE is the new and most up-to-date smart inverter solution from Growatt. The compact design and high efficiency of up to 98.4% means that this inverter belongs to the new generation of small but powerful inverters.

The next generation has the following improvements:

  • The new inverters are 30% lighter than the MTL-S series.
  • New design with OLED display and Touch button
  • Smaller and more compact (the inverter is better protected against water and dust than its predecessor)
  • Easier to install
  • Standard Surge Protection Type II
  • Higher yield; 2 MPP trackers, per string 12.5A input current
  • AFCI is optional

Please note: the name of the models is not the same as its predecessor. The 5000MTL-S is being replaced by the 4600TL-XE and the 5500MTL-S is being replaced by the 5000TL-XE. The other models continue to use the same name until the 3000MTL-S (= 3000TL-XE).

Download here the datasheet (EN)

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ESDEC
Van der Valk Solar Systems
20 December 2019

New pricelists (gross) from Esdec and Van der Valk Solar Systems

From 1-1-2020 the gross prices of the mounting materials will go up. Both Esdec and Van der Valk Solar Systems are raising the gross prices of their products.

Download the new Esdec pricelist

For questions about the Van der Valk Solar Systems price increase, feel free to send us an email or call our Sales department.

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ESDEC
19 December 2019

Illegal range of Esdec products

E-mails are currently circulating in the solar PV market, sent by a company called Ekotechnik. These emails state that Ekotechnik offers Esdec products produced in India, namely the FlatFix Fusion product. This is an incorrect and misleading message.

The products that Ekotechnik offers are material copies that the company has produced illegally, without the permission of Esdec. The quality and weight of the components offered do not correspond to the Esdec standards. This means that the results of the Esdec calculator do not apply to Ekotechnik products.

Esdec wants to emphasize that it does not offer any R&D or design support to parties that have purchased the aforementioned material copies from Ekotechnik. These material copies are also not covered by the Esdec warranty on the original Esdec products. Esdec assumes no liability for complaints arising from the use of Ekotechnik’s material copies.

If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to contact PVO or contact Esdec directly.

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Growatt
12 December 2019

New: Growatt Smart Energy Manager

Did you know…

Growatt has a solution for commercial solar system self-consumption monitoring and export limitation. The Growatt Smart Energy Manager can monitor the solar system, and show the PV production, load consumption, import or export to grid, show the system self-consumption rate on the monitoring platform.

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GCL
29 November 2019

(Full) Black Friday

At PVO International we always are competitive and we strive for the best pricing. On (Full) Black Friday we would like to share the following tip with you.

We are approaching the end of 2019. If we look ahead to 2020, we see that the solar panels are getting bigger in size and with higher output. The lower watt-peak panels that you considered as a standard panel at the start of this year are no longer being produced. PVO International has her final stock of 305Wp Full Black panels available that you can use for both your residential and commercial projects.

The last stock of GCL 305Wp Full Black.

Click here for more information about the use of Full Black panels for commercial projects.

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Connectors
28 November 2019

Roadmap connectors

There are many uncertainties about connectors. Many roof fires have occurred in PV systems in the past. TNO has conducted extensive research into this. The most common cause are the connectors.

That is why we made a roadmap for choosing the right connector for your project.

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
26 November 2019

Change in packaging quantity and packaging method for the ValkPro + system back plates

There is a change in the packaging quantity and packaging method of the back plates for the ValkPro + system (code numbers 742510 through 742526). The number of back plates per standard quantity changes from 50 to 100 pieces. The back plates are now placed next to each other in two stacks of 50 pieces, instead of one stack of 50 pieces. The reason for the change is to add more stability to the package, so that it can be stacked and stored safely.

The new type of packaging per type will start when the existing stock of back plates is gone. The expectation is that for most articles this will be mid January 2020.

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
25 November 2019

Change in composition of adjustable panel clamps (721550 and 721550ZW)

In mid-December 2019, these clamps will now be fitted with a standard stainless steel nut instead of a stainless steel locknut. Due to the decreasing frame thicknesses of the panels in the market, clamps have to be tightened further and further, which increases the risk of the occurrence of so-called “cold welding”.

The purpose of the modification is therefore to reduce the friction between the bolt and nut during the tightening of the clamps, so that the heat development remains lower. The nut is also further tightened during pre-assembly (at 40 mm frame thickness), so that fewer revolutions are required to clamp the panel. This will eliminate the risk of “cold welding” and will also further increase the installation speed of the clamps.

The panel clamps are equipped with a plastic nut holder, so there is no direct reason to use a lock nut. A lock nut has no influence on the clamping force of the panel clamps. Tests have shown that the nuts will not shake loose during transport of the clamps.

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Van der Valk Solar Systems
04 November 2019

Profiles for trapezoidal roofs are now always covered with EPDM rubber on the bottom

From 1 December 2019 the aluminium profiles for trapezoidal roofs will always be covered with EPDM rubber on the bottom of the profile, for the purpose of sealing. This was already the standard for fixing the profiles by means of steel sheet screws and now also applies to the fixing method by means of pop rivets. Previously, this last method used separately delivered EPDM plates.

In case the profiles are attached by means of pop rivets, the pop nails can simply be pushed through the hole in the profile and through the sealed EPDM rubber.

Note: there is no need to make a hole in the rubber in advance. This method ensures that the rubber closes accurately around the pop rivet and ensures more ease of installation.

* The profiles without EPDM rubber are available until December 20, 2019 and will disappear from the range afterwards.

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