May 16, 2020

Illuminating technology: new photovoltaic assembly solution from Renusol

Solar Energy
3 min
Illuminating technology
Renusol has released a brand new assembly solution to transform the solar technology industry

German photovoltaic company, Renusol, was founded in 1997...

Renusol has released a brand new assembly solution to transform the solar technology industry

German photovoltaic company, Renusol, was founded in 1997 and began developing economically-optimised assembly solutions for the industry. It is part of the Gibraltar Industry group, with its parent business being RBI Solar, one of the leading EPC providers of outdoor plants in the US. Renusol’s business reach extends to all key European markets, the USA, Latin America, and South Africa.

Photovoltaic technology involves converting solar energy into direct current energy via the use of semi-conducting materials. The resulting photovoltaic effect requires solar panels made with solar cells to supply power. Power derived from solar technology is a clean, renewable source, requiring no moving parts and not producing any environmental emissions. Photovoltaic systems have been in operation for fifty years, becoming universally available in 2000.

At London’s Ecobuild exhibition held in London last month, Renusol unveiled a new mounting solution for small freestanding photovoltaic systems. The Micro Ground System (MGS) substructure is suitable for light commercial, agricultural, and residential purposes. The modular pre-assembled mounting kits can be customised to fit any size of PV installation, and are an attractive asset to distributors since they simplify the logistics process. The system is fixed to solid concrete foundations, so it can be easily rebuilt in another location if required.

The posts of the installation do not have to be accurately fitted to the foundations in order to fit correctly; the joint in the mounting posts can compensate for a discrepancy of several degrees. Deviations from a true 90 degree angle are tolerated thanks to slotted holes in the purlins, allowing for rectification of small errors. No costly excavation work is required, as the MGS substructure can be positioned on any type of surface, and integrated cable ducts negate the need for laying underground cables.

The module is fixed into place with a bracket and hook system, without the need for clamps. Conventional mounting solutions necessitate four clamps to fasten each module, requiring two sets of hands and a much longer installation time. The system comprises three components: sigma posts, top chords, and purlins. The base kit attaches 12 modules and it can be extended in accordance with the desired size of the solar installation thanks to the mounting system’s modular design.

Lars vom Stein, Product Manager at Renusol, is very proud of the system’s simplicity: “Our new substructure is suitable for smaller ground-mounted solar installations with an output of approximately three to 20 kilowatts peak,” he says. “There are currently very few mounting systems with modular extension kits on the market with freestanding installations of this size, and those available often require heavy machinery to anchor the system posts into the ground. This is why we have developed a solution which is simply fixed to concrete foundations. Its design allows the system to be put together by one installer working alone.”

Alongside the announcement of the MGS system, Renusol has also recently expanded into the Latin American solar market. One gigawatt of photovoltaic technology has already been installed – including more than 500 megawatts in Chile alone – and solid economic growth in the region has encouraged demand for lower electricity prices. PV power is generally cheaper than grid power, and the sustainable element of PV is appealing to many whose countries have already been carved into by power projects.

Renusol’s mounting solutions have proven their quality over time, with many systems still going strong after 15 years. 


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Jul 29, 2021

BT and Microsoft unveil strategic partnership

Dominic Ellis
3 min
BT and Microsoft launch strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services

BT and Microsoft have launched a strategic partnership to accelerate innovation across enterprise voice, cyber security and industry-focused services in sectors from digital manufacturing to health.

BT has already been named one of the first development partners for Microsoft Operator Connect and Operator Connect Conferencing. The renewed agreement will allow BT to build on this relationship and offer its own branded global managed voice services directly through Microsoft Teams, with an approach that further enhances customer experience and creates new opportunities for growth. 

The strategic partnership will build on BT’s existing portfolio of cyber security services built on Microsoft technology. It will see the companies push forward with the design and launch of a new generation of managed security services to enable and protect the modern collaborative workplace. BT will work closely with Microsoft to develop distinct security propositions to defend customers’ operations across the cloud as well as its own IT estate.

Sustainability and collaboration on digital skills are integral to the partnership. BT and Microsoft will work together on further enhancing sustainability credentials within their supply chains and join forces on promoting digital skills in the communities.

“BT and Microsoft are at the forefront of innovation in global digital platforms and connectivity that will take technology and communication beyond limits,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global at BT and executive sponsor of BT’s partnership with Microsoft. “This partnership will ensure all of Microsoft’s solutions work ‘Best on BT’ and support both companies’ commitments to improving digital skills in the community.”

Omar Abbosh, corporate vice president of industry solutions at Microsoft, said: “BT can use Microsoft’s cutting-edge tools to develop new communications services that meet the needs and demands of today’s customers. By aligning our visions for communication, connectivity, security and digital technology, Microsoft and BT will support real growth for businesses across the world.”

Microsoft's vision is to transform construction and built environment businesses with design innovation, a supply chain you can control, and a connected, safer, more productive workforce.

Microsoft recently unveiled strong results for the quarter ending June 30:

  • Revenue totalled $46.2 billion, up 21%
  • Operating income was $19.1 billion, up 42%
  • Net income was $16.5 billion, up 47%
  • Diluted earnings per share was $2.17, up 49%

For the year, revenues totalled $168.1 billion (up 18%), operating income hit $69.9 billion (up 32%), net income was $61.3 billion GAAP and $60.7 billion non-GAAP, and increased 38% and 37%, respectively.

“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”

In a trading update last month, BT reported profit after tax £2m, down £446m, due to a "one-off tax charge in the quarter to reflect the remeasurement of deferred tax balances following the enactment of the new UK corporation tax rate of 25% from April 2023".

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