Innovations

During the years Convert has modulated its market approach, starting from UPS and complex Power Systems  for the telecommunication industry to the Renewable Energy, but its company culture has been always based on research, to provide innovative technological and reliable solutions, regarding installations, design and components to the industry, in this case the Photovoltaic one.

01.

TRJ-AI

The future starts today.
Reliability, intelligence, remote control and easy management: this is the new Tracker Control System TRJ-AI.
TRJ-AI is the result of Convert’s many years of experience in design, construction,
management and maintenance of photovoltaic systems.
Everything under your control. At anytime and from anywhere.

Flexible and reliable Tracking Control
Defines and manages tracking parameters for each string, depending on plant topography and weather conditions. TRJ-AI avoids shadow anomalies and helps maximize energy yields.

Taking control: accurate real time management
The TRJ-AI uses an intuitive dashboard that is easy to use and provides sophisticated analysis. Real time data collected, tiered and georeferenced by a digital map. Remote and local control with real-time reporting capabilities of critical issues. Seamless integration with high level scada.

O&M Control and lower operating costs
Centralized commands permit programmed maintenance operations: including PV module cleaning and immediate action in case of critical weather conditions. Remote control for third-party service providers, enabling
lower operating costs.

More energy and fewer risks
Always connected smart-sensors. Centralized snow strategy and diffused light strategy, increasing tracking time and the energy productionin winter. Thanks to the wind zones and centralized wind strategy, opportunity to manage the plant areas taking into consideration exposition, roughness and elevation. The wind direction information reduces stow time and wind load on PV modules.

The highest technology with the best industrial standards
Robust and fully reliable. Premium materials for long lasting PV Plant. Wide temperature range. Wireless connections also between subfieds, no need of optical fiber. Accessible from any electronic device.



02.

One year of research and development: results and future implementations

The research strategy of Convert in 2019 has been focused on solutions to the reduction of the Levelized Cost Of Energy (LCOE) by:

●Increasing the yearly producible at string level: new tracker design and tracking strategy focused on the use of bifacial modules;
●Decreasing tracker cost: use of lower cost structure materials/coating as Weathering Steel;
● Extending service lifetime of the tracker up to 35 years: Improving existing know how for a more correct prediction of the corrosion behaviour of used steels/coating, in particular of the proposed Weathering Steel.

These goals are at the basis of our core business and are shared and pursued in the GOPV project (a EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme), of which Convert is an active partner.

03.

Distributed Generation

Convert is proud to announce the new solar plant in Goias, Brazil, realized for the Resort Malai Manso.
Convert's goal is to support private users - firms and hospitality industries - with a watchful gaze on innovation, by providing new and sustainable solutions.
The distributed generation allows an intelligent management of solar energy, using smart grids capable of handling discontinuous and bidirectional electrical flows. Thus the aim of distributed generation is to limit the stress generally suffered by conventional power station and the risks associated with it, using small-scale smart grid, able to work autonomously.
That's why photovoltaic solutions for private firms and users have to involve distributed generation.

04.

Convert: New tracker design for reducing LCOE and LCA

Under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Project, GOPV, Convert is working on reducing the LCOE and LCA of large PV plants. In this vein, it has developed a new tracker and tracking strategy focused on the use of bifacial modules





05.

Tracker TRJ-WS

This year Convert presented the Weathering Steel tracker (TRJ-WS) a single axis tracker made in Weathering Steel. The TRJ-WS is the result of the Research and Development Department of Convert, finalize to reduce the LCOE. The innovation of TRJ-WS respect to the current TRJ tracker stands in the protection against corrosion, obtained by using Weathering Steel (WS) instead of Hot Dip Galvanized Steel or other protective treatment.

Reduction of the production time and easier logistic
Enhanced assembly errors capabilities
No risk of compromising corrosion protection coating
Lower energy requirements and CO2 emissions 8 ÷ 12%
High recyclability thanks to the absence of zinc residual
Corrosion rate about 4-5 times lower than that of a traditional carbon steel

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