The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, and Fortum, a leading Nordic energy company are investing in a joint project to build a solar power plant with a capacity of 116 MW located in Kalmykia region, in the south of Russia. The power station will become the largest solar energy facility in Russia.
Hevel Group will supply solar modules to the project. The regional plan for development of renewable energy sees to cut the power generation shortage by 2022.
The first stage of the project with a capacity of 78 MW is set to start in the fourth quarter of this year. Once completed the PV power plant will supply electricity to the wholesale market. The second stage of the solar project ramping-up to 116 MW is scheduled for 3-4Q of 2022.
Heterojunction solar cell and module manufacturer Hevel Group produced 841,000 of solar modules in 2020. Along with PV modules the company also shipped its customers in Poland, Austria, India, Germany and Japan HJT solar cells and strings of cells. A 13.3% increase in shipments is expected this year after having expanded production capacity to 340MW since July 2020. As a result, Hevel remains the largest volume producer of high-efficiency heterojunction cells and modules in Europe.
The company achieved average efficiency of cells at 23.16% with a peak conversion exceeding 23.6%. Due to the cell-efficiency improvements and technology optimization average module power output reached 322W for 60-cell monofacial HJT modules and 382W at STC for 72-cell bifacial modules, not considering the bifaciality factor.
Hevel maintains production of bifacial solar modules facing a rising demand coming from BIPV, VIPV and other segments. At its domestic market the company expects growth in C&I and residential sales while the price competitiveness of solar power generation increases compared to conventional one.
In 2020 Hevel achieved carbon-neutral target at its manufacturing facility by purchase 100% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources as part of the program for sustainable business development implementation. Such a transition is a guarantee of production processes that comply with international environmental standards, including those for exported products.
Heterojunction solar cell and module manufacturer Hevel Group controlled by Ream Management won 40 MW of solar projects in renewables auction held recently in Kazakhstan. Two solar power plants are to come online in 2022.
The lowest bid secured new contracts increasing company’s portfolio in Kazakhstan to 288 MW of solar PV. Hevel’s operational solar energy portfolio in the country consists of 8 facilities with a total capacity of more than 248 MW.
The company’s largest PV project Nura began commercial operation in May this year. All solar power plants located mostly in southern regions of Kazakhstan are equipped with tracking systems designed to increase energy output generated by Hevel’s heterojunction solar modules.
The company sees to expand its presence in Kazakhstan both by participating in auctions and seeking for projects to be acquired from other companies.
The enterprises within Hevel Group have undergone the Integrated Management System (IMS) certification audit for compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 international standard requirements.
Hevel PV plant was the first facility to be certified for compliance with the IMS international standard requirements. The auditors of DQS International Certification Holding outlined its strong points, such as process visual representation, high employee expertise and awareness, as well as solid improvement.
Hevel Group Engineering Division was assessed in late November. The audit showcased highest standards of PV power plant construction project management and operation organization. The auditors made specific mention of the remarkable leadership concept in the company management and their commitment to progressive advancement in quality management systems, environment protection, health care and workplace safety.
Following the assessment results, the improvements outlined by the certification body’s officials are to be introduced in all Hevel Group divisions, thus reinforcing every process and type of company operations, and promoting the IMS development.
The international standard certification allows Hevel Group to market only competitive products and services of exceptional quality.