Altai Solar Reaches 120 MW


Hevel Group has commissioned Chemal PV power plant fully based on heterojunction (HJT) modules with a capacity of 10 MW in the Altai Republic and has completed its solar parks construction program in the region.

Total installed PV capacity in the Altai Republic has reached 120 MW. The annual output of all solar generation in the region is estimated at 154 million kWh, which will provide more than 30% of the region’s consumption.

Earlier in December 2019, Hevel Group has commissioned Ust-Koksa PV power plant with a capacity of 40 MW, which has become the largest PV installation in Siberia and one of the largest HJT PV power plant in the world.

The first utility-scale grid PV power plant on HJT with a capacity of 20 MW was constructed by Hevel Group also in the Altai Republic in 2017. Since then the installed capacity of HJT PV power plants, deployed by Hevel in Russia has exceeded 200 MW.

Hevel Group is currently the largest industrial  manufacturer of heterojunction PV modules in Europe and the only company in the world that successfully constructs HJT-based utility-scale parks. HJT technology helps to achieve the lowest possible cost of electricity generating and improve the economic performance of projects.

Since 2018, Hevel HJT cells and modules have been delivered to European and Asian countries. In 2019, Hevel’s factory started production of bifacial HJT PV modules and the company entered international PV installation market – pipeline of solar projects to be constructed with HJT modules in Kazakhstan until 2022 is 238 МW.


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Oceanic Solar Catamaran NOVA Crosses Both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans


The Russian serial adventurer Fedor Konyukhov is preparing for one of his greatest challenges yet, for the first time in history crossing alone both Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean exploring solar catamaran named NOVA. Route at the first phase will exceed 3 000 nautical miles that is equal to 25-day trip.

NOVA is being designed by a British boat designer who provided his services earlier for another three rowing boats of Fedor Konyukhov. The electrically driven catamaran will be constructed by Rannoch Adventure. Solar panels on flexible backsheet will be produced by Russia’s largest manufacturer Hevel Group at its R&D center in Saint Petersburg and placed on the top and sides of the boat. Photovoltaic cells should have water and UV resistance, with low specific gravity.

During his adventure Fedor Konyukhov will also conduct an environmental monitoring of both oceans, aiming to mark presence of plastic waste in ocean surface.


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Hevel Group Exports Bifacial Solar Modules to Coca-Cola’s Swiss subsidiary


Hevel Group has exported 115 kW of bifacial HJT modules to Switzerland. The modules have already been installed on the roof of one of Coca-Cola factories in Vals municipality. This is the first bifacial PV modules based solar power generation facility put into commercial operation in Europe.

Bifacial HJT PV modules, oriented from the East to the West, enable to shift peak generation from noon to morning and evening hours, and generate up to 30% more power for the whole lifecycle compared to monofacial PV modules.

Bifacial modules have become one of the main trends on PV technologies market: in 2018, their market share achieved 20% and is keeping growing. Heterojunction technology is the most optimal for use in bifacial modules, as the bifaciality factor of Hevel’s cells exceeds 90%, which is notably higher than values of other PV technologies, including the most widely spread on the present-day market PERC technology, the bifaciality factor of which normally achieves 70%. It means that the rear side of Hevel’s HJT modules generates almost the same amount of power as the front one.

“Use of bifacial HJT modules in commercial projects confirms the fact, that PV power plants owners, when choosing between different technologies, are focused more on the final cost of the power generated throughout the whole modules lifecycle. Bifacial HJT modules are one of the most efficient from this point of view and enable to achieve the quickest possible return on investment”, – pointed out Igor Shakhray, CEO of Hevel Group.

Since 2018, Hevel HJT cells and modules have been delivered to European and Asian countries. In 2019, Hevel factory started production of bifacial HJT PV modules and the company entered international PV installation market – pipeline of solar projects to be constructed with use of Russian equipment in Kazakhstan until 2022 is 238 МW.


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The “Russian Amazon” will be provided solar energy


The Hevel group together with the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization “Center Amur Tiger“ launched a social project to electrical power the infrastructure of the Bikin National Park in the Primorsky Territory. Since November 2019 till March 2020, five autonomous hybrid power plants with a total capacity of 10 kW will be installed there. Security cordons, tourist shelters and parking lots will be supplied with electricity. Each station consists of 6 heterostructure solar modules manufactured by Hevel, 4 rechargeable batteries with a total capacity of 9.6 kWh, a gas generator and inverter equipment. Thanks to the insulated container, which is also being the basis of the supporting structure for solar modules, the stations can be used all year round.

“The remoteness and special status of nature conservation areas require more sophisticated approaches to the energy supply of the infrastructure. Our experience and accessibility of technologies allow us to apply the most effective solutions to perform extremely responsible tasks. The implementation of the project will be another convincing argument for further spreading the practice of energy supply using friendly alternative environmentally energy sources, ”said Igor Shakhrai, CEO of the Hevel group.

“The joint project of the Amur Tiger Center and the Hevel company will help significantly reduce the national park’s costs for providing security cordons with electricity. In the park, the possibility to deliver the fuel for generators cab be realized only by river in summers, and in winters can be realized by snowmobiles on a frozen riverbed, which makes electricity “golden”. With the commissioning of new equipment, inspectors will be able to fulfill their functions effectively, – comments the general director of the Center “Amur Tiger” Sergey Aramilev. – Of course, in modern conditions it is not impossible to imagine a tourist shelter without electricity. After all, people come for impressions and emotions that they can take away with them, thanks to a camera or camcorder that needs to be charged. Decent living conditions can be ensured only if there is a “cheap” electricity. ”

Bikin National Park was established in 2015 to protect the habitat and traditional lifestyle of indigenous peoples. The territory of the park is 1.16 million hectares. According to the latest data, more than 40 Amur tigers live in Bikin, which makes up almost 7% of the world’s subspecies. The capital of the park is the Krasny Yar village, the main place of residence of the indigenous people of udege.

For the Hevel group this is not the first project aimed at preserving and increasing the population of rare species of animals. Previously, an autonomous solar-diesel power station was installed in the Orenburg region in the Przhevalsky horse breeding center.


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