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The former director of Fraunhofer ISE will be officially elected at a general assembly planned for September.

The ESCM wants a strong Europe to be part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and also pay attention to sustainability.

The board of the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) has appointed Eicke Weber as provisional chairman. Official confirmation of the appointment is planned for a general assembly of members expected in September.

The association, which unites European PV manufacturers, research institutes and equipment makers lobbies on behalf of its members’ policy interests at the EU.

The trade association has drawn up policies which could aid sustainable construction in Europe.

Policies check clean carbon neutral pricing; application of the EU Sustainable Procurement Framework; consideration of carbon footprints in policy development and state aid; use of ecolabels and eco design; and better access to finance and research funding.

Such an advantage would only apply, however, if imported goods had to align with the same standards as EU products.

According to the ESCM, combating climate change is still considered an economic burden in the political debate. “If you operate an ambitious climate protection policy you create an economic advantage for the manufacturing industry in Europe compared to other countries,” said Weber.

Yesterday marked the placement the cornerstone of the new plant to be built by Mondragon Assembly in Kunshan. The event was attended by important personalities at the national level with a delegation headed by Reyes Maroto, current Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, as well as Rafael Dezcallar, Ambassador of Spain in China, Paz Ramos, the General Director of International Commerce and Investments, and Inmaculada Riera, Director of the Chamber of Spain. The event also featured Mikel Gantxegi, director general of Mondragon Assembly Kunshan, Oskar Goitia, President of MONDRAGON International, Iñigo Albizuri, Director of Institutional Relations of MONDRAGON, and several representatives of the local authorities of Qiandeng and Kunshan.

During his trip to China, Reyes Maroto visited the integrated cooperatives of MONDRAGON that are located at the Kunshan industrial park. In his speech before the heads of the Corporation, Reyes Maroto expressed his pride in having a leading group at international level: “For Spain and for the Basque Country, MONDRAGON is where you have to look. The world changes and we have to adapt. The group is an example of how to transfer success to a market such as China, keep growing, and remain a responsible company, which does things well.”

New step for Mondragon Assembly in its consolidation as a global leader in the automation and solar sectors.

Last April, Mondragon Assembly published the news about the construction of the new plant in Kunshan, China. This investment is intended to meet the growth needs of both the Automation and Solar businesses that are demanding for the Mondragon Assembly Group in such a strategic market as China. The construction is expected to be operational in the first four months of 2020. About the MONDRAGON Assembly Group.

About the MONDRAGON Assembly Group.

Mondragon Assembly is an international group specialising in the development of automation and assembly solutions. It currently has six production plants:

Aretxabaleta (Gipuzkoa, Spain), its central headquarters; Mexico; France; Germany; China and Brazil and, in addition, a subsidiary in India. It operates in sectors such as solar power, the automotive industry, appliance components, cosmetics, medical devices and electronics. Its staff consists of a team of over 400 individuals and its 2018 turnover was in excess of €85 million.

Great sensations at the international Intersolar Europe fair. We were able to share experiences and opinions with our clients. Solutions for automated manufacturing in the solar sector, as well as solutions in the field of energy storage, were the main topics in our conversations and business meetings.

More than 50.000 visitors looking for innovative concepts for the new energy world.

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners.

It takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany and focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, solar thermal technologies, solar power plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy.

One more year, we are very satisfied with the experience lived these days. We will see each other again next year.

The progressing awareness of humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels and the social, environmental, and economic hardships that have ensued has motivated a shift to investigate the feasibility of alternative sources of energy.

Fossil fuels such as coal, oil, natural gas, and hydrocarbons are currently the main reservoirs that supply the world’s energy.

The process of burning these fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases as byproducts that collect in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.

These are one of the reasons that underlie our business philosophy:

Develop technology that values ​​the ecological and environmental factors that guarantee a sustainable future.

A new step in its consolidation as a global benchmark group in the automation and solar sectors.

This 3.5 million euro investment will be used to finance the growth requirements demanded by both the Automation and Solar sectors from the Mondragon Assembly Group in this strategic market, after launching activities in China in 2014.

For this purpose, it has acquired a 12,000 square metre plot in the new industrial park of Qiandeng (Kunshan), where it will build a plant measuring about 7,000 square metres. The building will consist of 6,000 square metres of production space and 1,000 for offices. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2019 and the plant is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2020.

Year after year, we consolidate our benchmark position in the market in highly technological projects. “This new plant will allow us to continue growing and taking on the new challenges that we have defined internally and that reflect the requirements of our current and future clients in order to continue to be competitive in an environment as demanding as the Chinese market”, explained the general director of Mondragon Assembly China, Mikel Gantxegi.

Global provider

The plant will allow the Mondragon Assembly Group to continue to strengthen its position as a global provider of automated solutions where and when its clients need them, offering high-value technological solutions adapted to the needs of each country/client. In the words of the director of the Automation division, Iñigo Velez, we achieve this through the translation of knowledge and technology between the production plants that we have in Germany, France, Mexico, Brazil, China and Aretxabaleta [Spain] thanks to our global engineering business model”.”.

Mondragon Assembly China ended the 2018 financial year with sales amounting to 8 million euros and 85 direct employees, and it is projected to reach 12 million euros and 100 employees in 2019. With this new investment, by 2022 the Mondragon Assembly Group expects its sales in this market to approach 25 million euros and its staff to reach 180 individuals.

About the MONDRAGON Assembly Group. Mondragon Assembly is an international group specialising in the development of automation and assembly solutions. It currently boasts six production plants:

Aretxabaleta (Gipuzkoa, Spain), its central headquarters; Mexico; France; Germany; China and Brazil and, in addition, a subsidiary in India. It operates in sectors such as solar power, the automotive industry, appliance components, cosmetics, medical devices and electronics. Its staff consists of a team of over 400 individuals and its 2018 turnover was in excess of 85 million euros.

The impressive growth is unlikely to replace coal-fired power generation as it will only be sufficient to cover the predicted increase in demand for electricity. The electrification of heating, manufacturing and transportation offer room for further development.
Industrial processing, space heating and transport offer great potential for electrification, meaning an higher utilization rate of renewable energy is possible in these areas.
The transformation the energy system is undergoing costs around $807 billion per year, and the share of power sector investments is likely to remain high.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has highlighted the magnitude of the changes affecting the electricity sector by presenting visions of the future electricity market, with the level of electrification rising in all three.

Big investments thinking about a sustainable future

According to the IEA’s new report, renewable energy accounted for 60% of investment in generation capacity over the past decade, and the trend is set to continue until 2040, at which point it will take a 70% share, for an average annual investment of $350 billion over the next 20 years.
PV leads the pack, with average investment of $120 billion per year, 30% of it in China. Falling system costs are not hampering the technology’s leading position, with the IEA forecasting solar will continue to attract the largest amount of investments up to 2040.
  • Wind attracts $110 billion annually
  • Hydro $73 billion
  • Nuclear, gas and coal-fired power plants around $50 billion each.
  • Battery storage $13 billion.
Network investment averages $360 billion per year, to reinforce grids, connect new generation capacity, expand regional trade, and provide access to 510 million people. In heavily regulated markets, that may mean risks of continued overinvestment, and to affordability, the report says.
Depending on which of the three IEA scenarios applies, investment in renewable energy amounts to $361-616 billion per year, compared to fossil fuel backing, which it is forecast will account for around $90 billion per year.

The government of India has approved a National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, to drive “clean, connected, shared and sustainable mobility initiatives in the country”.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi.

The cabinet also approved a Phased Manufacturing Program to support large-scale, export-competitive integrated batteries and cell-manufacturing giga plants in India, along with another program to localize production across the electric vehicles value chain. The two programs are intended to run until 2024.

Performing a roadmap for India to leverage its size to produce innovative, competitive multi-modal mobility solutions to be deployed globally.

To implement gigawatt-scale battery manufacturing, a National Storage Mission will initially focus on large-scale module and pack assembly plants during the fiscal year that starts next month, followed by integrated cell manufacturing by 2021-22.

The mission, chaired by the National Institution for Transforming India policy thinktank, will include secretaries from the ministries of Road Transport and Highways. Power; and New and Renewable Energy; and the departments of Science and Technology. Heavy Industry; and the Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade; as well as the director-general of the Bureau of Industrial Standards.

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Spain’s most important renewable energy fair is becoming increasingly about solar. After a decade of slim pickings, last year’s event promised better times and, if this year’s show didn’t completely deliver, that’s because elections loom large.

Almost all the exhibitors focused on PV energy, to the point that Genera seemed a solar, rather than renewables show.

Energy Transition and Self-consumption are the core of the Technical Conferences program at GENERA 2019, Energy and Environment International Trade Fair

Othercase, Genera event was completed by other views of the Energy Transition from different perspectives, in addition to several conferences that focus on self-sufficiency consumption.

In the U.K., systems bigger than 50 MW fall under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects regime and require special permitting. With the aim of optimizing the market for higher storage penetration, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is holding a consultation until March 25 to determine whether to retain the 50 MW threshold.

According to the announcement, the consultation is part of its “Upgrading our energy system – smart systems and flexibility plan” ambition.

The U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today opened a consultation on the treatment of electricity storage within the national planning system.

The consultation opened today considers two areas that have proved contentious while reviewing the energy flexibility plan. One is: “Whether the level and unit of the 50 MW capacity threshold for non-wind onshore generating stations in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP) regime is appropriate for electricity storage.” The other concerns “clarification of how composite projects, consisting of storage and another form of generation, should be treated with regards to the NSIP capacity threshold”.

In the supporting documents for the consultation, BEIS said it does not believe the 50 MW capacity threshold – which ensures PV projects of that size and larger need special NSIP planning permission – poses a significant obstacle to storage developers. While permitting processes add costs for developers, they would be dwarfed by factors such as network connection and upfront capital costs and available revenue streams, according to BEIS.

The department reports, however, some stakeholders have said the process could overcomplicate regulatory systems for developers.

That policy comprises 29 action points which, if executed, should help integrate energy flexibility assets better into Britain’s infrastructure and energy markets.

The government has previously stated more flexible solutions could mean savings of between £17 billion and £40 billion up to 2050.

Mondragon Assembly, in cooperation with its exclusive agent, Sunplast Enerji in Turkey has just completed the installation of a solar PV cell tester and sorter in Turkey, in the Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM).

The supplied equipment is a last generation automatic cell tester and sorter system for crystalline silicon cells. This system reaches the A+ quality for temporal stability, non-uniformity of irradiance and spectral match.

Prof. Dr. RAŞIT TURAN, leader for wafer based PV in GÜNAM, mentions that “this system will allow us to make accurate measurements and cell characterization, which is essential in our research projects. Indeed, the system is both, very precise and fast, and very compact and user friendly”.

IGOR HERRARTE, EMEA global sales director at MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY said “it has been a pleasure to cooperate with GÜNAM, one of the first research centers in EMEA region. Equipment manufacturers, we have many things to learn from laboratories. We really hope to cooperate with GÜNAM with the objective to achieve photovoltaics to be the first source of energy!”

About Mondragon Assembly

Mondragon Assembly, is an internationally recognized producer of equipment for the manufacture of solar panels, who designs and provides turnkey production lines and machinery for photovoltaic systems. With more than 40 years experience in automation it’s a global benchmark in the automated assembly and equipment sector, offering its customers top quality solutions adapted to their needs.


The Center for Solar Energy Research and Applications (GÜNAM) is a multi-disciplinary center of excellence in the area of solar energy science and technology. It has been supported by the Turkish Ministry of Development since 2009. With rich infrastructure and human capital, GÜNAM is the leading and most comprehensive national center in the development of solar energy technologies including photovoltaic, concentrating solar thermal, and cross cutting technologies such as high performance buildings, smart grids, and smart cities with a mission to be a global player in this field.

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