A month after the official launch of DustIQ at Intersolar Europe the enquiries keep coming in, but we did not forget about the contest. Before and during Intersolar you could register to win a free DustIQ. From the many registrations we received we have selected 3 winners!
I’m still excited about the launch of DustIQ at Intersolar Europe. The response we received was overwhelming. Not only that the amount of visitors was higher than expected, but the feedback on DustIQ was incredible and the whole team left Intersolar proud and full of adrenaline. I would like to share some of the responses with you.
Two weeks ago already, Intersolar’s 2017 show was over. It was a good exhibition. Lots of innovations could be found and, as always, Intersolar Europe is a very efficient place for networking and relationship management. Our new innovation DustIQ proved to be very welcome to the solar industry.
It was a pleasure to meet people from all over the world at the booth and I value all the feedback that we received. Let me share some of the insights I have obtained for DustIQ and RT1.
What is DustIQ, and why do you need to find out all about it at Intersolar in Munich?
Even though technologies for solar energy have been around for decades, the market has really taken off in the last 10 years. With a rapidly increasing economic opportunity, many players started to bring their added value to the table. A table with global interests, resulting in probably unprecedented speed of technology development. When strategically aspiring to be a true product leader, several key success factors need to be managed to keep a forefront position.
Having worked hard on our new products for 6 months in a row it was time for a well-earned vacation and recharge for the introduction of DustIQ and RT1 at Intersolar Europe. The first is a real breakthrough in the technology to measure PV panel soiling and the second is a very practical sensor to monitor the efficiency of commercial PV rooftop installations.
Since starting at Kipp & Zonen and my first encounter with solar energy in 2015 the industry has been booming. Although important strides have been made, the industry continues to struggle with some basics as it develops into maturity.Many practical issues such as “how should I wire my solar panels across the plant?”, “how many pyranometers do I need?” and “when should I clean my solar panels?” are still not well answered. For me, this last question particularly struck a spark of inspiration; there seemed to be room in the market for finding new and simple solutions.
As you probably know, Intersolar 2017 takes place from 31 May to 2 June, at the Messe München Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. This annual event brings people and markets together under the guiding principle, "Connecting Solar Business". As the international platform for solar technology, it reflects the dynamic development along the entire value added chain in the areas of photovoltaics and solar thermal technology. It is the largest exhibition for solar energy in the world and the expected number of visitors for 2017 is over 40,000.
In emerging economies provision of electricity at a local level is a major problem. How to reduce the expensive import or transport of fossil fuels? How to provide energy locally, in an environmentally clean and sustainable manner? How to do that based on a cost-effective distribution network?
These are examples of the issues that can be resolved by installing solar generating plants as a source of energy. Just imagine a remote village, way off the grid and with limited transport connections, that is in need of affordable power. Suddenly, these philosophical issues become real.
I recently visited such a place in Thailand, where a remote rural community growing rice in paddy fields was equipped with a solar energy power plant. The beautiful setting is illustrated in the picture!