La Planchadora joins self-consumption together with TSO Group to cover their essential needs during this health crisis in the most sustainable way

TSO Group has designed, installed and is currently monitoring the 23.20 kW SUNO® Ultralight panel photovoltaic solar plant, which already supplies electricity during the day to La Planchadora, a well-known dry cleaner and laundry in Seville for its express home service.

Thanks to this photovoltaic plant, La Planchadora covers 97% of its daytime electricity demand, obtaining great benefits in terms of energy savings and efficiency. In this sense, the annual production of the solar plant will reach more than 36,000 kWh and will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 14,000 kg per year, a figure that is equivalent to planting 433 trees each year. According to Jesus Jimenez, manager of La Planchadora, “we are very happy to have a self-consumption plant on our roof which, while allowing us to save money, also contributes to the environment by generating clean energy.”

Due to its adaptability to any surface and high efficiency, the panel installed in the photovoltaic solar plant of La Planchadora has been the SUNO® Ultralight, exclusive of TSO Group. Its flexible and ultralight material has allowed a 100% architectural integration, without the need of structures or perforations. These solar panels are only adhered to the roof with a special polymer to avoid damaging it, as it is treated with an insulating material against high temperatures.

This company will also have the ECO20® seal from TSO Group that will certify the production of photovoltaic solar energy in self-consumption of its plant, which is guaranteed by ECA Bureau Veritas. This requires a minimum period of three months in which to verify the consumption and condition of the solar plant. The company expresses its satisfaction with this sustainable commitment and the manager assures that the next step is to “discard plastic packaging in favour of a more renewable material, such as paper.”

La Planchadora is among the companies that have continued its activity since the decree of State of Alert by the COVID-19, adding to their daily work the manufacture of acetate masks and face protectors, which they distribute among their customers, health personnel and the bodies of the Police and the Civil Guard of the Andalusian capital. In addition, the manager of this company has announced that “we already have prepared masks and protective screens for children”, on the occasion of the permission to walk that has been granted by the Spanish Government and that will be official from Monday 27th. 

TSO Group and SABICO SEGURIDAD implement for the first time in Spain a safety system with optical fiber in a rooftop self-consumption PV plant

The innovative SINGLE FOP system guarantees maximum security with real-time communications in the event of incidents or theft of solar panels

TSO Group, which has recently celebrated 25 years in the photovoltaic solar energy sector, adds another milestone in the Spanish self-consumption by collaborating with SABICO SEGURIDAD to implement the first security system with plastic fiber optics in a distributed generation plant in Spain. Specifically, in the 424 kWp self-consumption photovoltaic installation on the roof of a renowned private university centre, located in the province of Seville.

This innovative system known as SINGLE FOP consists of the installation of plastic fiber optics in each of the solar panels of the photovoltaic plant, ensuring maximum protection against theft and incidents, by generating communications via email of the status of the plant in real time. The rooftop distributed generation plant for self-consumption, where SINGLE FOP has been implemented for the first time in our country, consists of a total of 1117 solar panels, for which more than 2 km of plastic fiber optics have been required.

Some of the advantages of this innovative safety and protection system is its wiring of a diameter of merely 2.2 mm, which can easily be installed in the solar panels, and the immunity it has against interference from antennas, electrical cables or bad weather. Among other qualities, it is noteworthy for its performance in extreme temperatures, from -40º to +85º, due to its polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) core and its anti UV coating.

With this pioneer project, TSO Group and SABICO SEGURIDAD join forces with the aim of implementing in Spain a photovoltaic self-consumption that, under the seal of this cooperation, is synonymous with quality, safety and excellence. Integrating the monitoring and assistance to the energy efficiency guaranteed by TSO Group, through its GRAE department, with the advanced security and protection system SINGLE FOP by SABICO SEGURIDAD, monitored in one of its Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC).

Our Companies, the special TV program about TSO

On Wednesday 26th February, TSO. The South Oracle in Sevilla became an authentic television studio to shoot the program called ‘Our Companies’ of Cámara de Sevilla, presented by the journalist Cristóbal Cervantes, made by Playmedia Producciones and broadcasted on 7TV Andalucía

This is the photographic summary

     

     

     

     

TSO brings solar selfconsumption with its ultralight panels to the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

  • Being 100% integrated in the Spain Pavilion, the photovoltaic plant designed by TSO, will guarantee not only its sustainability but also a zero-visual impact.

 

TSO, The South Oracle, a photovoltaic engineering company and pioneer of self-consumption in Spain, is in charge of designing and providing, with its ultralight solar panels, the plant that will supply solar energy to the Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, the first Universal Exhibition to be held in the Middle East and which will be inaugurated on October 20th. This initiative comes after the sponsorship agreement reached with Accion Cultural Española (AC/E), which is the public company responsible for managing Spain’s presence at the Universal and International Exhibitions.

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSO’s directives, Antonio Calo and Cristina Vicente, signed in Madrid’s AC/E headquarters the sponsorship agreement with AC/E Financial Director, Eduardo Fernandez Palomares. Through this agreement, the Sevillian company becomes a “Partner in the construction of the Spain Pavilion”, designed by the studio Amann-Canovas-Maruri (Temperaturas Extremas Arquitectos, S.L.P.).

Continuing its mission to socialize solar energy, TSO is doing its part to make the Spain Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai more sustainable through a state-of-the-art photovoltaic plant. To achieve this goal, the solar plant, of about 60 kWp, will be 100% integrated in the avant-garde construction of the building, guaranteeing a zero-visual impact. This fusion between architecture and engineering will be possible thanks to the ultralight solar panel provided by TSO, whose technical specifications (flexibility, weight of about 3 kg/m² and customization) allow its total adaptation to any surface or structure.

 

 

TSO’s engineering team is working with enthusiasm on this project, which is a new milestone in its business career, as it is the company of the Spanish photovoltaic sector that will help in the field of energy efficiency in the construction and in the subsequent operation of the pavilion of its country of origin. In addition to representing it at Expo 2020 Dubai as a pioneer in photovoltaic innovation, TSO has also been operating since September 2018 both in Spain and in the United Arab Emirates.

The Spain Pavilion, of about 6,000 m², will be in the Expo district dedicated to sustainability, under the slogan “Intelligence for Life”. It will feature spectacular architecture, highlighted by its iconic strength, circular economy criteria and a design based on the recycling of its materials. It is conceived as a large square covered by a series of iconic volumes, with parasols of different sizes, on which will be integrated the ultralight TSO panels, which will also carry the colours of the Spanish flag.

 

Dr. Zhengrong Shi, one of the world’s greatest gurus in photovoltaics, will present the ultralight solar panel in Dubai

On 17th February, the H Hotel in Dubai will welcome a renowned international photovoltaic expert, Dr. Zhengrong Shi. Together with TSO Dubai and in collaboration with the Spanish Business Council, Dr. Zhengrong Shi, the founder of Sunman and Suntech, will present the eArche ultralight solar panel at a meeting between businessmen and members of the Emirate authorities.

On the occasion of presenting the ultralight solar panel, its creator, Dr. Zhengrong Shi, will give an on-site demonstration of its advantages, technical specifications and adaptability to any surface, structure or building. He will also review a lifetime of dedication to solar energy innovation that has placed him at the forefront of international photovoltaics for more than 20 years.

The event will start with a welcome breakfast and will be followed by a speech by TSO Dubai’s managers, Antonio Calo and Cristina Vicente, in which they will briefly explain the advantages of photovoltaic self-consumption and the possibilities that will open up in 2020 in the region. This firm of Sevillian origin has the exclusive right to market Dr. Zhengrong Shi’s ultralight panel in the Iberian Peninsula, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. They have been working in the latter country since last year on the photovoltaic plant that will feed the Museum of the Future of Dubai with solar energy, which will be inaugurated this year.

Finally, TSO will also be present at EXPO 2020 Dubai, as one of the sponsoring companies of the Spanish Pavilion, a country TSO represents for being a pioneer in photovoltaic self-consumption and innovation.

 

AGENDA BREAKFAST SEMINAR

17th FEBRUARY 2020 / THE H DUBAI, One Sheikh Zayed

8;45  – 9:00 am /          Registration

9:00  – 10:00 am /        Networking & Light Breakfast

  • TSO Welcoming Speech: Antonio Calo, CEO at TSO
  • 2020 Market Prospect: Cristina Vicente, CCO at TSO

 

10:15 – 11:30 am /          Dr. Zhengrong Shi speech, Sunman Founder

11:30 am – 12:00 pm /  Q&A

The Municipal Police of Pamplona has already the ultralight solar panel of TSO

The Pamplona City Council has chosen TSO’s ultralight panel to install a photovoltaic plant for self-consumption on the new sustainable roof of the Public Safety building, where the Municipal Police is located. The project has been carried out by Construcciones Leache, S. L. with an investment of 197,169 Euros.

This construction company has provided the Public Safety building in Pamplona with a modular roof made of wood from sustainable forests, in which they are integrated 266 ultralight flexible solar panels, which are exclusive products of the Sevillian company TSO, The South Oracle.

 

         

The photovoltaic plant of about 80 kW, with an estimated production of 95 MWh per year, will cover up to 20% of the energy consumed by the building. In terms of aesthetics, TSO has guaranteed a zero-visual impact with the total integration of their ultralight panels on the new sustainable roof. This is possible thanks to the technical features of these exclusive solar panels, which are flexible, glassfree, weigh less than 5 kilos and can be customized and adapted to any surface, reducing the installation time by up to 70% compared to that used in photovoltaic installations with conventional panels.

For this project, the ultralight TSO panel selected has no profile, has its junction box on the front and is composed by 60 monocrystalline cells, giving it a maximum power of 290 watts. The photovoltaic plant is made up of 38 rows of seven panels each, all of them bonded with a special polymer along a 900 square meters surface. This roof is supported and fixed on the existing one, serving also as waterproofing and improving the thermal insulation of the building. It is a ‘2 in 1’ system called ‘plug and play’ (roof plus photovoltaic installation) connected to the building’s interior network.

The electrical connection of these panels also presents an innovative solution. It has been integrated into a smart micro-network in the same building using BeePlanet’s reused second life battery storage, V2G technology charging posts for municipal electric vehicles and micro-network control technology developed by CENER. All this action is part of the European Horizon 2020 project called Stardust, to which the Pamplona City Council is a partner.

Furthermore, the Sevillian company TSO is a pioneer in the participation of photovoltaic integration projects in surfaces, buildings or existing structures. Some examples of this are the photovoltaic solar plant integrated in the carports of the Emirates Towers parking lot in Dubai and in the façade of Tower 2 in Seville, being this latter the first architectural integration in an existing façade in Europe.

         

TSO in O&M and Asset Management 2019 London

Last Thursday 5th December TSO, The South Oracle participated in O&M and Asset Management 2019 presenting its OSR patent (Optimized Solar Repowerning).
Here’s a photographic summary, an event organized by SolarPower Europe y Solar Trade Association:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TSO’s self-consumption to brew Seville’s first solar beer

In its mission to socialise solar energy, TSO, The South Oracle, once again brings photovoltaic self-consumption to the Spanish food sector, specifically to a 100% natural brewery in Seville called Guadalquibeer. This young company, whose brand name pays tribute to the Andalusian greatest river, is positioned in the artisanal brewery market for its environmental commitment both in the natural brewing of its beers and now, in the incorporation of solar energy to its electricity supply. Achieving this way, the qualification of ‘the first solar beer’ of the Sevillian province.

 

     

 

For this purpose, TSO has installed a self-consumption photovoltaic solar plant on the roof of the factory of about 11 kW of power, which will allow Guadalquibeer to cover 94% of its daytime electricity consumption per year, reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by around 6,800 kg, which is equivalent to around 4,500 trees.

Thanks to TSO’s Solar Electric Tariff (TSE), the first in Spain that includes the installation, a fixed price and a maintenance service, this artisan factory has set at 0.125 € the kilowatt price during the daytime hours for 10 years, which is the established contract period with TSO in which the real-time plant monitoring with an Energy Coach Service is also covered, thanks to what TSO calls GRAE: the Remote Management Department of Assistance to the Efficiency offered by TSO to its clients to solve in record time any doubt or incidence.

 

    

 

Guadalquibeer, the first 100% natural solar beer of Sevillian origin, will also bear the ECO20® seal, certifying its manufacture with solar energy for self-consumption. This seal created by TSO and endorsed by ECA Bureau Veritas is the only one in the market that guarantees a production obtained with renewable energy in direct self-consumption. In this way, Guadalquibeer completes the benefits offered by TSO when switching to photovoltaic self-consumption. Very soon this artisan beer will be in Sevillian establishments guaranteeing with the ECO20®  seal its commitment to sustainability and the environment.

TSO optimizes and repowers solar plants with drone

TSO, The South Oracle, has patented an exclusive software for the automatic identification of failures in the images taken with drone in solar panels, which in addition to guaranteeing the maintenance of photovoltaic plants, also allows repowering.

In order to develop this project called OSR, Optimized Solar Repowering, TSO has a team of engineers and scientists within the Biomedical Technology Centre of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) who work with leading-edge technology to complete this software that will be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2020.

 

What is OSR?

 

After an exhaustive analysis of photovoltaic plants in Europe, TSO’s R&D department saw the need to accelerate the maintenance process, minimizing costs and its duration. Therefore, the research focused on developing a computer system connected to drones, the aim of which was to provide in record time, a complete report of the current status of each photovoltaic panel within a plant.

Thus OSR, the preventive-predictive and corrective Smart Solar Maintenance (SSM) software, was born, which through thermography and visible image with drone also guarantees the Repowering/Revamping of solar plants, detecting failures in solar modules instantly and allowing the reinstallation of damaged panels for optimal solar production, even offering an economic study of such repowering/revamping. In this way, OSR will be presented as an innovative solution in the updating of photovoltaic plants that have already completed their warranty period and need to return to full performance.

 

                                                    

 

With this software, TSO will put an end to the problems many current installations have nowadays, which gradually affect their production during their useful life, by predicting the panels that are going to fail before compliance with the guarantee and those that have to be changed in plants that have completed 10 years of operation and are therefore out of guarantee. Reports of this company indicate that around 6-8% of the solar modules present failures in plants installed 10 years ago and that 2% of the modules will fail throughout their useful life in any solar plant.

In conclusion, OSR will cover three existing needs in photovoltaic plants. Firstly, the preventive-predictive and corrective (SSM); secondly, the plant repowering/revamping to optimize the production and finally, the economic study and the new proposal that will guarantee the maximum profitability of the solar plant.

TSO announces that a demonstration of the advantages of its OSR patent will be conducted during the O&M and Asset Management International Congress to be held on 5 December in London.

Onuva, a solidarity focused foster home that relies on TSO for its energy transition and sustainability

  • Onuva is one of the first foster homes in Spain to opt for renewables. 
  •  The self-consumption photovoltaic plant has a power of 22 kW and will cover 70% of its daytime electricity demand.

 

TSO (The South Oracle) has begun the installation of the solar photovoltaic plant for daytime self-consumption in the Onuva Community: a non-profit foster home for people in a situation of social exclusion, sick people without family or people in a situation of abandonment, located in the proximities of the Sevillian town of Puebla del Río. Belonging to the Archdiocese of Seville, this Community is positioned with this project as one of the first foster homes in Spain to bet on renewables. 

 

In this sense, the Onuva Community, also known as Fraternidad de la Madre de Dios (Fraternity of the Mother of God), trusts in TSO’s expertise and begins its energy transition by betting on the consumption of solar energy. To this end, TSO is installing a photovoltaic plant for self-consumption on one of its roofs, which its 22kW power will cover 70% of the Onuva community’s demand of daytime electricity. Respect for the environment and solidarity go hand in hand in this place, forming part of the day-to-day life of its carers, a group of people devoted in body and soul to the neediest and to their well-being on a totally voluntary basis.

 

TSO has designed a solar plant which, by producing 34,000 kWh per year, will enable the centre to reduce its CO2 emissions by 13,500 kg per year (equivalent to 900 trees). In addition to making Onuva a more sustainable foster home, this TSO project helps them in their energy efficiency, estimating an annual saving of around €5,000 on their electricity bill. The solar plant also includes the maintenance guarantee and the incident or theft insurance offered by TSO to all its customers through the GRAE, the TSO’s remote energy assistance management. The personalised energy coach who, in real time, covers the client’s needs and advises them on everything they may request.

 

As a TSO customer, Onuva is also benefited by the certification of the photovoltaic plant with the ECO20 seal by ECA Bureau Veritas, the only official certification for self-consumption of electricity from solar energy. These TSO guaranteed services fulfil their mission to socialize solar energy, by making the Onuva Community acquire not only environmental, but also humanitarian and social commitment.