73 percent more yield than fixed installed systems
South Haven, MI / Horb a.N., Germany, September 23, 2014. DEGER's US partner, Helios Solar, reports sensational figures: Between January and June, Helios' DEGER systems produced 73 percent more solar power than comparable fixed systems installed nearby.
At the end of 2013, Helios Solar finished installing fifteen 6000NT DEGERtrackers in South Haven, Michigan with a total capacity of 106.2 kWp. The solar plant with the tracking systems "engineered in Germany is operated by Elbe & Sohn Inc
At another plant nearby, Helios Solar also installed other systems with comparable solar modules. One is a 15° fixed system and the other is a seasonally adjustable elevation angle system.
Connor Field, CEO at Helios Solar: "We are impressed. As our monthly comparison for the first six months of the year shows, the Deger system has outperformed the 15° fixed system by 73 percent and the seasonally adjusted system by 33 percent."
Nearly hundred percent self supply
The solar energy produced on site by Elbe & Sohn is used for self supply. In this way, the company makes itself widely independent from public energy supply and increasing energy prices. "Generating such high yields with the DEGER tracking systems fits our concept very well", says Andreas Barthel, President of Elbe & Sohn, USA. "Our target is to cover our demand for electricity completely with self produced solar power, if possible."
The figures suggest Barthel's ambition is a reasonable possibility. By the end of July, Elbe & Sohn had produced approximately 140 kilowatt hours of electricity with the DEGERtrackers, while the company's yearly demand lies between 250 and 300 kilowatt hours. Helios' CEO Connor Field: "We expect that the solar plant will yield around 85 percent of Elbe's annual power demand."
Elbe & Sohn has a consistent and long term calculable basis for its electricity costs. At the same time, the company publicly professes its commitment to sustainability, and engagement with renewable energy technology.
Highest yield on given area
For Helios Solar, supplier and technical partner of DEGER and Elbe & Sohn, no further evidence is needed. Says Connor Field: "We have chosen the DEGER system because it achieves the highest yields for our installed area, giving us a clear view towards the future of energy supply." Additionally, his experiences with DEGER's reliability and support are very positive, he adds, "we look forward to building future projects using DEGER systems, and currently support the DEGER product line to our customers. definitely would like to build future projects utilizing the Deger system, and at this time we offer a range of DEGER products to our customers."
DEGER's MLD* technology is based on a unique, patented light sensor which aligns the solar modules automatically with the point in the sky that provides the greatest energy. For this reason, DEGER systems achieve significant greater yields than other solar systems, regardless of their geographical position.
*Maximum Light Detection
About DEGER (www.DEGER.biz):
DEGER is the leading manufacturer with the world's largest product portfolio for single and dual axis solar tracking systems. Its market position is based on the unique, patented "Maximum Light Detection" or MLD technology developed by Artur Deger. This technology makes it possible to increase the yield of solar power plants through the use of "intelligent" control. In this case the MLD sensor constantly aligns the connected solar modules with the point in the sky that provides the greatest energy. Thus solar systems guided with MLD achieve a 45 percent greater yield on average than fixed systems – during peak periods this value is even considerably higher. With more than 55,000 systems installed in 51 countries, DEGER is world's market and technology leader. The company offers every solution relevant to the product – from development and planning to production and sales, all the way through to maintenance and repair.
DEGER was founded in 1999 and in 2001 it was distinguished with the Baden-Württemberg Inventors Award for the MLD sensor. In 2005 DEGER opened its first branch office in Spain, in 2009 the branch office in Greece followed. In 2011 a branch office was opened in Australia and 2014 in South Africa. In summer 2011 production began in Australia, followed by South Africa in 2014. DEGER produces in Germany, Australia, Canada and in South Africa. The company's business is managed by Hünkar Korkmaz.
You can't always rely on the weather – but you can rely on an intelligent control system from DEGER.