May 19, 2020

Canadian Solar to Supply EDF Renewable Energy with 23.4 MWp of Solar Modules

Canadian Solar
Renewables
Solar Energy
Kevin Smead
2 min
Canadian Solar to Supply EDF Renewable Energy with 23.4 MWp of Solar Modules

On Monday, Canadian Solar announced its closing of a sales agreement with EDF Renewable Energy to supply the company with 24.3 MWp (megawatt peak, or the greatest amount of energy potentially generated) of solar modules. The modules are specifically for the Catalina Solar 2 project, which is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Founded in 2001 in Ontario, Canadian Solar is one of the largest solar power companies in the world with more than 7 GW of modules installed in more than 70 countries. The San Diego, California-based EDF Renewable Energy is a subsidiary of French utility EDF.

For this order, Canadian Solar will deliver to EDF RE a total of 83,000 pieces of custom specific CS6X-P solar modules in a 7 x 12 cell matrix with dual UL and IEC 1000V certification.

“We are pleased to be selected to supply our PV modules to EDF Renewable Energy, a leading developer of renewable energy projects in North America,” Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said. “We are looking forward to working with EDF RE in the future. I am confident that Canadian Solar's global leadership, proven track record, and well-known brand name will continue to make us a partner of choice in powering key solar installations worldwide.”

This news comes on the heels of the Conti Group’s purchasing of 10 MW worth of solar modules from Canadian Solar. For this 10 MW order, Canadian Solar delivered to the Conti Group in total 33,792 pieces of CS6X solar modules in 6 x 12 cell matrix with UL 1000V certificate. In the life span of 25 years, these modules will turn solar energy into 360,000 MWh of electricity, and displace CO2 emissions by 67,000 tons, the equivalent of taking 11,800 cars off of the roads, or developing a 6,200 hectare forest with 237,000 trees.

Canadian Solar has consistently been one of the top solar companies in the world and remains a renewable energy company to watch. At last check, Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is up roughly 2 percent.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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