archelios™ Pro and archelios™ Calc

Trace Software International announces the release of the latest versions of its photovoltaic software solutions archelios™ Pro and archelios™ Calc. The company boasts impressive expertise in the manufacturing of advanced and high- standards software solutions for the building and energy industries.

archelios™ Pro and archelios™ Calc belong to the archelios™ Suite, a comprehensive software solution that offers a unique approach. Thanks to its advanced computational technology, archelios™ Suite adds value to the life-cycle of any PV project: feasibility and profitability study, simulation, calculation of producible energy, complete electrical sizing, operation, and monitoring.

The software is an efficient tool for any type of PV project.

It is composed by:

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archelios™ Pro

archelios™ Pro is a powerful, innovative and easy-to-use software for feasibility and bankability study, simulation, 3D design and sizing of any photovoltaic project.

In this latest version, the software has been enhanced with automated features that simplify the design and upsizing processes, improve the dimensioning accuracy and reduce the risk of errors associated with double value entry. Amongst the most relevant:

– Export of cable lengths to archelios™ Calc.
– Simplified database with direct access to components. It is no longer necessary to open a project.
– Fast creation of MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) in inverters. Only one value creation for a set of inverters is required.
– Possibility to import directly .ond files to inform the inverters without re-entering data.
– Simplification of the wiring of inverters, junction boxes, and cable trays.
– Quick modification of module references from SketchUp without the need to recalculate. The new values are directly taken into account.

With regards to self-consumption installations, it is now possible to adapt a project to the actual annual consumption based on invoicing data. The consumption profile is accurate, and the user no longer needs to adjust it. This is also a new feature for the self-production installations with automatic peak power sizing. In addition, archelios™ Pro directly forecasts the number of modules to be installed for an expected production.

archelios™ Calc

archelios™ Calc is a comprehensive software for the calculation, sizing and verification of photovoltaic systems connected to the public network. The software also allows the sizing of a photovoltaic system for solar energy self-consumption.

First of all, the latest release permits the import of cable lengths from any of the archelios™ Pro project. By completing the existing import of inverter, tracker and generator equipment with cable parameters, the installation structure is more accurate and can be completed quickly.

In addition, during the design phase of the structure, the user can now benefit from a multiple cable selection functionality for the assignment of manufacturer references. Even if the basic characteristics are varied (Voc, Tk Voc, Tmax, number of modules in a chain), multiple selections are possible. The project is completed more quickly and the risk of error due to repeated entries is considerably reduced.

The user interface has also been improved to allow better visual identification and more customization possibilities.

Amongst the new features:

– Automatic generation of the calculation note in PDF format.
– Edition of PDF documents in 4 languages.
– Simplified insertion of logos, the addition of a title.
– Saving project settings.
– More modern and intuitive design for editing the calculation note.

You can request a free trial.


Kiilto invests in solar energy

Kiilto invests in green energy . Finland's largest rooftop solar power station is currently being installed in Lempäälä.

A total of 3,060 solar panels has been installed on the roofs of the Lempäälä plant during the end of 2019.

Kiilto's Technical Manager Vesa Juhannusvuori says that the panels will become Finland's largest rooftop solar power station.

”Its power will be approximately 1 MWp. Its annual electricity production will be around 800,000 kWh. This corresponds to about 15% of the electricity consumption of the Lempäälä plants."

Juhannusvuori says that Kiilto wants to invest in carbon-neutral electricity in line with its Promise to the Environment.

"Kiilto has promised that in 2028 it will only use renewable energy. Lempäälä's new solar power station is a major step towards this target."

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Huge leap in technology

Kiilto has paved the way for solar energy also previously. Lempäälä plant's old solar power station, built in 2008, was also the largest of its kind in Finland at the time.

"Today, about a decade later, the technology in solar panels has developed so much that it made sense to get newer panels. Modern panels are so much more powerful."

Juhannusvuori adds that the panels are so much cheaper now that the payback time of the investment is shorter.

"Another difference is that the mounting systems are lighter and easier to install on the roof. This will help us to use almost all sunny roofs for energy production."

Juhannusvuori says that before deciding on this investment, Kiilto were considering buying electricity from a certifiable green source.

"However, investing in our own electricity production seemed like a more sensible solution."

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Veterans still going strong

The old panels in Lempäälä will by no means be retiring. In the spirit of the circular economy, most of them will be moved to Kiilto's Vantaa warehouse, where a new solar power station, 46 kWp, will be built. Some of the panels will remain in Lempäälä.

”We also have a solar power station in Hankasalmi, producing at a peak power of 70 kWp. Next we will probably consider whether the roofs at our Turku plant should also be equipped with solar panels," says Juhannusvuori.

He points out that they were happy with the performance of the old system in Lempäälä too.

"We got a nice amount of solar electricity, but of course this varied from year to year. During winters with lots of snow, when the panels were covered for a long time, production was low, but the spring sun is surprisingly powerful."

"What's good about solar panels is that they are practically maintenance-free.

Finnish company NAPS Solar Systems is almost done with the installation work of the new solar power station in Lempäälä. All panels have now been installed.


Vesa Juhannusvuori tells that, in recent times, Kiilto has also invested heavily in other environmentally friendly technology.

"Last year we built a modern heat recovery system in the polymerisation facility, which is used to heat the real estate and water in the Lempäälä plant."

"A similar system is used also in the hot melt adhesive manufacturing process," says Juhannusvuori.


Gantner supplied solutions for more than 1 GW Solar in 2019

The recently ended year 2019 was a bright year for solar business as a whole and for Gantner in particular.

Gantner is very excited about having commissioned monitoring and control solutions for another 1 GW solar power in 2019.

Gantner’s complete monitor solution has been supplied for example in projects in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Jordan as well as in the Netherlands and Spain. A new market Gantner entered is Ukraine which strengthens the company’s portfolio in Eastern Europe where already some of the region’s biggest solar power plants in Belarus and in Kazakhstan work with Gantner’s system.
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In 2019 the total number of newly acquired measurement channels with a typical measure rate of up to 1 Hz sums up to about one million. On top of that another five million of calculated channels are imported into our cloud-based Gantner.webportal with a market-leading storage rate of one per minute. The huge amount of collected data provides the opportunity to apply new big data technologies to gain valuable information about the state of a power plant, to calculate production forecasts and to perform predictive maintenance. With Gantner’s “Mechanistic Performance Model” it is possible to compare the actual outcome of a PV plant with target values based on the structure of the plant and on weather conditions.

Our goal for 2020 is to use the high momentum of the PV industry to strengthen our position as an international market leader with monitoring and control of solar power plants “Made in Germany”. Thanks to our strong network of customers, partners and friends we are convinced to achieve further growth in turnover, accompanied by constantly evolving of new technologies, innovative concepts and increased human resources.

Borregaard has committed to major greenhouse gas reductions

The Science Based Targets Initiative has approved Borregaard's target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Borregaard's emissions will be reduced by 53% by 2030 and 100% by 2050, from a 2009 base year.

Borregaard joined the Science Based Targets Initiative in 2017 and has defined a science-based target that is in line with the level required to limit the global temperature to 1,5 degrees Celsius by 2050.

“We have set out ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reductions that commits us to take climate action. We will demonstrate how our business can help to advance sustainable development by minimising negative environmental impacts from our production and maximising positive environmental impacts from the products we produce”, says President and CEO Per A. Sørlie at Borregaard.

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Since 2009, direct and indirect CO2 emissions from Borregaard have already been reduced by 34 percent. The goal of reducing the emissions by 100 percent by 2050 will be achieved, among other things, by further reducing energy consumption and at the same time increasing the use of renewable energy. Further development of carbon capture and storage technology is also crucial to achieve this goal.

Borregaard also commits to reduce indirect greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and 75 percent by 2050 from a 2017 base year. Indirect emissions are emissions that do not occur directly in connection with Borregaard's production processes, such as emissions associated with transport of goods, production of raw materials and others.

Borregaard has prioritised six of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals set out in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The priorities were selected based on the global challenges the world faces, as well as the solutions the company can contribute. The six prioritised Sustainable Development Goals are: Zero hunger; Decent work and economic growth; Industry, innovation, and infrastructure; Responsible consumption and production; Climate action; and Life on land. Borregaard can have an impact in these areas through its biorefinery concept and its sustainable products.

Borregaard has one of the world's most advanced biorefineries. By using natural, sustainable raw materials, the company produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals and biomaterials that can replace oil-based products. Borregaard has 1100 employees in 16 countries and had a turnover of NOK 4.8 billion in 2018 from sales to over 100 countries.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a “joint initiative by CDP, the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF. The initiative aims to increase corporate ambition on climate action. The initiative, launched in 2015, “defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets”.


Carbon tax waiver may pose risk to India’s renewable energy growth, says GlobalData

With the coal power sector in India struggling for the last few years, the Indian government has proposed carbon tax waiver on coal which may pose significant risk to India's renewable energy sector growth, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. 

The waiver is an attempt to help finance pollution curbing equipment and alleviate significant debt levels in the power industry. As per the proposal, a waiver of INR400 rupees/ton (US$5.61) of carbon tax would be given on the production and import of coal in India. The waiver would help project proponents of coal-fired plants to install pollution curbing equipment that would cut the emissions of sulfur dioxides. 

Mohit Prasad, Project Manager at GlobalData, comments: “The power sector in India is mainly driven by non-renewable energy sector with coal contributing more than 55% of the country’s installed capacity. The waiver in carbon tax is likely to have a negative impact on the growth of renewable energy. The coal-based power sector, which had witnessed cancellations of projects and competitions from renewable sources after the cost of renewables in India, fell below that of coal, and gas-based power will now regain momentum.”   

As per GlobalData, the annual installations of coal-fired plants have dipped starting 2016 and the declining trend has continued till 2018. During the same period, however, solar PV installations have increased significantly, mainly driven by competitive auctions.  

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Prasad continues: “The proposed waiver has been announced at a time when most of the renewable energy auctions in India are getting undersubscribed. The fall in tariffs under the auction mechanism has been putting pressure on the margins of project developers, thereby reducing the economic feasibility of project pipeline in renewable energy sector. This is manifesting itself in the under-subscription of the auctions seen in recent times.”  

Furthermore, one of the major technical challenges with renewable energy is intermittency, resulting in low utilization of transmission infrastructure. Hence, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) of India has issued a draft policy for the supply of round-the-clock (RTC) power from renewable energy projects complemented with thermal power projects.  

Prasad concludes: “To address this low utilization of transmission infrastructure, ‘reverse bundling’ would be done wherein high cost thermal power is bundled with low cost renewable energy in order to provide RTC power to discoms. The two measures are together expected to reverse the declining trend in coal-based capacity additions.” 

  • Comments provided by Mohit Prasad, Project Manager at GlobalData
  • This report was built using data and information sourced from proprietary databases, primary and secondary research, and in-house analysis conducted by GlobalData’s team of industry experts 

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