Wednesday 24 January 2018

Hong Kong group nets $26m contracts at Big 5 Solar

DUBAI, November 29, 2017

Group Solar Hong Kong (GSHK), a leading distributor of flexible solar panels, has signed deals worth $26 million at the ongoing Big 5 Solar expo in Dubai.

Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, The Big 5 Solar 2017 is co-located at Dubai World Trade Centre with The Big 5 – the largest, most influential and renowned construction industry event in the Middle East.

With other large-scale displays generating a buzz, and a busy education theatre running Solar Talks throughout the day, The Big 5 Solar is the ultimate showcase of a growing photovoltaic (PV) market, said the organiser.

On the contract wins, GSHK chief executive Naseer Sayed said: "We are a strong believer of technology for the mass and what better way to do that than having our next-generation flexible solar cells at The Big 5 Solar to show to the world."

The company’s stand is a centrepiece in The Big 5 Solar exhibition hall, with cars on display beneath a suspended GSHK logo.

The two cars feature a ‘solar sticker’ coating to the car body, which shows no major change in aesthetics, allowing battery charging on the move and reducing the time that drivers spend waiting for their electric vehicles to charge by the wire.

According to Sayed, GSHK have so far finalised deals with clients from India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain.

"We are looking to do two projects with two government entities in the emirates," he added.

Throughout the expo, leading global companies have put on display a variety of products and solutions including flexible solar panels, light tracking solar stations and solar mounting strategies.
Displaying what looks to be a fully functioning solar farm - flat photovoltaic panels, three rows deep and rotating - the Back 2 Back Distribution stand has also been drawing in crowds throughout The Big 5 Solar event this week.

“Having a product on display of this size, that is moving, is getting the attention of everyone that walks by, which is great. Everyone is loving it, so far we have had customers who are very interested in integrating this system,” remarked Yashas Mahtani Daswani, the solar engineer at Back 2 Back Distribution, in partnership with Almaden.

At the event, the company unveiled its innovative solar tracking system, which is 30 per cent more efficient than traditional, fixed solar panel solutions.

"With a normal solar panel when you have it flat on the roof, the sun moves but the panel just stays steady. So on a normal day you have approximately six hours, but with this tracking system you can double the amount of hours during which you generate power," explained Daswani.

Product development manager of S-5! Nik Holley said: “PV in the region seems to be really sparked interest, where everybody is trying to figure out how to become a part of it - there’s a lot of excitement surrounding the solar industry here.”

The company specialises in fixing solar panels onto metal surfaces, and forecasts that building with metal is a fundamental choice in facilitating rooftop solar.

"Solar technology is developing quickly, and is providing visitors to The Big 5 Solar with a huge variety of solutions and applications," stated Holley.
“Rooftop solar and off-grid solar solutions are extremely interesting, and it seems the next “big thing” will probably be the implementation of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) solutions in the GCC,” she added.-TradeArabia News Service

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