Market entry in the Middle East - KEMPER Solar to serve Israeli market
"This country has a lot of sun, but ground is expensive. Our highly efficient tracking systems are ideal for the challenge the Israeli solar market poses," said Björn KEMPER in commenting on the interest for trackers, adding that the consultation services together with innovative technology were what clinched the deal. The project entails what will be one of the first solar plants with tracked solar systems in the country; each of the four KemTRACK 70 systems boasts a module area of seventy square metres to increase the energy yield by up to more than forty-five percent compared to fixed installations. The 50 kWp currently installed on solar trackers in Kfar Yechezkel located around 40 km south-east of Haifa mark the start of a sales agreement between SLS Solar and KEMPER. According to SLS Solar CEO Yoni Rishe, "we finally opted for KEMPER after intensive market analysis and negotiation with a variety of tracker manufacturers. Beyond that, constructive relations in project development played a major role in our decision to enter a long-term arrangement with the company."
This order has cemented KEMPER Solar's aims on the Israeli market. "Israel has excellent general conditions with stable feed-in tariffs and many hours of sunshine per year. We want to contribute to stable power supply with solar power," said Alexander Lenfers, KEMPER Solar business division manager, adding that the company would be finishing more installations together with SLS Solar over the next few months with a range of projects now in the approval phase. "We're constantly developing our plants, while providing standardised sales channels as we have already demonstrated to our partners on their visit to Germany," said Lenfers. Rishe added that "we appreciate the high quality in the KemTRACK series. Together with the long masts that make it possible to use the same area twice, the somewhat larger-dimensioned trackers upwards of seventy square metres are especially suited to the needs of the Israeli market."
KEMPER Solar has decades of experience to draw on from its parent company, KEMPER GmbH; Located close to the Dutch border in Vreden, Westphalia, the plant construction company has come to lead the market in extraction systems for the metals industry, and also serves the automation market with KEMPER Storatec.
Efficient use of photovoltaic modules has been steadily increasing in importance in view of decreasing public subsidies for solar energy in many countries, according to Lenfers. Astronomically controlled solar trackers can be used anywhere regardless of local weather conditions, as they calculate the exact position of the sun according to date and time. This ensures ideal PV panel positioning at all times with yield increases of up to more than forty-five percent compared to fixed systems, depending on location.
The new KemTRACK generation recently boosted KEMPER in its position as the market's innovation leader amongst small and medium-sized enterprises, with changes involving a complete facelift on dual-axis tracking systems with seventy to a hundred and twenty-five square metres of module area. The new models come at attractive prices coupled with increased stability and reductions in material consumption due to largely automated manufacturing using welding robots. The tracker pivots on a central supporting tube with an integrated elevation drive to improve control. The new tracker system generation will be available for shipping from the autumn of this year.
KEMPER GmbH is a plant engineering company based in Vreden, Germany. The company’s portfolio includes the following: welding, cutting, automation, and solar energy solutions; extraction and filter units; cutting tables for metalworking; extraction systems for the electronics and automobile industries; an automated storage and retrieval system; a tracking system for photovoltaic systems; welding protection products, respiratory protection systems; and accessories, maintenance and servicing. KEMPER, who is the world market leader for extraction and filter units, was founded in 1977 and now has 285 employees. In addition to its main office in Vreden, KEMPER maintains production locations in Shanghai and Prague. The company is also represented by eight branch offices and numerous trade partners.