The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. REC Group Reacts to Hanwha Q-Cells Press Release Raising Patent Infringement Complaints 2019-03-07T23:16:04Z rec-group-reacts-to-hanwha-q-cells-press-release-raising-patent-infringement-complaints MUNICH, Mar 8, 2019 - (ACN Newswire) - REC Group has learned from media reports circulating since March 5, that Hanwha Q-Cells has filed lawsuits against REC Group in the US and in Germany based on alleged patent infringement and has approached REC Group's customers around the world with these accusations.A preliminary investigation with Germany's regional Dusseldorf court (the "Court") on March 6, reveals that court fees have not been paid by Hanwha Q-Cells. Therefore, the action has not officially commenced in Germany. As the Court has not served the action, REC Group is unable to examine the alleged claims.As an innovative company which owns intellectual property rights, REC Group fully respects and will respect intellectual property rights and takes these allegations very seriously. REC Group is investigating the matter and working closely with its legal counsel, and will take all necessary steps rigorously defend itself, its customers and its partners.In accordance with REC Group's high standards for customer service, the company will keep their customers and partners apprised of the development as appropriate. REC Group is well known for its innovations during its 23-year history. Indeed in 2014, REC Group was the first tier 1 manufacturer to introduce half-cut cells with backside passivation for mass production. REC Group's solar panels are widely recognized for their unique product offering worldwide.It will be business as usual for REC Group and the company will continue to provide REC Group customers with high quality products and timely delivery.For further information please contact:Agnieszka SchulzeHead of Global PR, REC GroupTel.: +49 89 54 04 67 225E-mail: agnieszka.schulze@recgroup.comREC Solar EMEA GmbHLeopoldstraBe 17580804 Munich, GermanyManaging Director: Cemil SeberCourt of Registration: Munich HRB 180306VAT ID-No DE266243545High-resolution pictures available for download in REC Group's Image Gallery. http://pr.report/FhTd49gWAbout REC GroupFounded in Norway in 1996, REC Group is a leading vertically integrated solar energy company. Through integrated manufacturing from silicon to wafers, cells, high-quality panels and extending to solar solutions, REC Group provides the world with a reliable source of clean energy. REC Group's renowned product quality is supported by the lowest warranty claims rate in the industry. REC Group is a Bluestar Elkem company with headquarters in Norway and operational headquarters in Singapore. REC Group employs 2,000 people worldwide, producing 1.5 GW of solar panels annually. Find out more at recgroup.com.SOURCE: REC Solar EMEA GmbH  The rise of the ultra class 2019-02-18T03:10:27Z the-rise-of-the-ultra-class Mining’s upswing in the past couple of years has been good news for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and equipment suppliers. Across the 2016-17 year (the latest full year figures available at the time of writing), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recorded a 38.2 per cent growth in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the mining industry to $83.6 billion. The Queensland resources industry delivered record royalties for the state in 2018. This helped to keep Queensland’s budget in the black, with returns from coal royalty taxes in particular up to a record $4.26 billion. Coal also returned the largest increase in export value for 22 straight months from December 2016. National Group is a mining supplier that has risen to meet the increased demands of the industry’s recovery in the past year. Taking a port-to-pit approach, National Group ships equipment components through in-house company International Global Logistics before it is hauled to mine sites via National Heavy Haulage. Finally, the delivered equipment — and the staff to support it — are managed through National Plant and Equipment (NPE) and National Mining Services (NMS). National Group founder and chief executive officer Mark Ackroyd says the upswing has created more certainty across the whole sector. “In the downturn, all the OEMs and manufacturers saw their new equipment stock deteriorate as they didn’t have as much new stock coming through,” he says. “So now the upswing has come back in, new equipment lead times — even if it’s a smaller machine such as a D10 bulldozer, D11 dozer or grader — can still take 12 months or more because coming out of the OEM factories can take some time. It really depends on the type of equipment.” In particular, the Australian coal sector, which was thought to have flatlined just a few years ago, has enjoyed a major comeback with across-the-board growth. “I think it’s going to be quite stable for quite some years to come,” says Ackroyd. “There’s some new operations starting and others kicked back into gear once the market got a bit more positive. The whole mining market is in a much better position than what it was 12 months ago. “It’s been a focus of ours to spread out to a lot of different commodities. Our work is spread across Australia and there’s gold, iron ore, coal, magnesium, battery metals — we do a bit of everything, including a lot of work in the coal sector.” National Group built significant momentum in the latter half of 2018 with the delivery of several high-profile ultra-class haul trucks, defined as trucks capable of hauling payloads of 290 tonnes or more. Though miners do sometimes buy these trucks outright, rental is an attractive option for companies — even Tier 1 operators — as it provides them with additional flexibility to meet project needs without running the risk of underusing assets. “Capex is still a big concern for any major mining house at the present so sometimes it’s better to lease or hire the equipment as opposed to owning the equipment as lead times for new equipment are quite long,” Ackroyd explains. The company completed two major truck deliveries, one for Anglo American and the other for Idemitsu, in August last year. NPE delivered 12 new Komatsu 830E dump trucks for Anglo American’s Capcoal operation, and an additional four machines down the line for 16 trucks in total. The first batch of 12 trucks was assembled at NPE’s Yatala site in Queensland over two months in late 2017. Ackroyd says lengthy lead times are common for ultra-class deliveries. “Larger equipment can take up to 18 months from date of order to receiving it in the country,” he says. Even large trucks that fall outside the ultra-class bracket, such as 190-tonne capacity models, can take up to nine months in the current market. NPE then delivered three Komatsu 930E trucks (the world’s best-selling ultra-class mine truck) and a Liebherr R 9800 excavator to Idemitsu’s Boggabri coal mine. The company later secured five rental Liebherr T 282 C haul trucks for BHP’s Peak Downs coal mine in the Bowen Basin region of Queensland in November. Liebherr’s T 282 C is considered to have the second largest payload capacity among mine trucks globally with a payload of 363 tonnes, or 400 short tons. National Heavy Haulage organised delivery of the trucks from Mackay to Peak Downs via heavy-duty prime movers in five separate trips across September and October. The journeys required police escorts and road closures to accommodate the immense size of the vehicle components, particularly the chassis and attached wheels. “It’s a fairly big task to organise transport, get them assembled, get them on site — it takes a lot of planning and procedures to do so,” says Ackroyd. The trucks were the last of their type to be delivered to Australia prior to Liebherr’s release of its T 284 successor model. National Group went a step further in December by delivering a Hitachi 5600 excavator to Peak Downs to complement the trucks and a Liebherr R996B excavator to BHP’s sister mine, Poitrel. While 2018 was a year of literal and metaphorical big things for National Group, it isn’t resting on its laurels. Big things are, after all, not known for their agility. National Group plans to keep pace with mining’s ever-expanding automation push with a pivot towards new technologies and innovations in 2019. “That’s a big focus of ours going forward,” says National Group marketing executive Kain Ford. “We want to position ourselves in the market going into technology and innovation.” The company has taken recent strides into the automation arena with an upcoming contractor acquisition, which offers a variety of dozer push, excavation and rehabilitation services in Queensland and New South Wales. “Adding this contractor to the National Group will allow us to deliver additional services in autonomous operations, so it was a logical choice for us,” Ackroyd says. “That direction is where we want to go in the future as well.” Click here to read this article or other news stories like this via the National Group website. Click here to read this story on the Australian Mining website. Click here to read this story in the February 2019 online edition of Australian Mining Magazine. SMA Hosts PowerUP Welcome Event With Selected Solar Dealers 2019-01-22T01:33:03Z sma-hosts-powerup-welcome-event-with-selected-solar-dealers-1 Sydney, January 22, 2019— SMA Australia invited the first 25 PowerUP dealers across the country to attend the PowerUP Dealer Welcome Event on January 17 and 18 in Sydney. The event included a 2-day workshop covering the benefits and support they will acquire from SMA exclusively as a PowerUP dealer in regards of sales, marketing, technical training and service as well as an evening event. All the 25 PowerUP dealers were granted their SMA PowerUP dealer certificates from SMA during the event. “The PowerUP program is an important element to enhance our customer focus. By joining the program, Solar Energy Dealers will access special offers, exclusive training and marketing material as well as support in sales and business development directly from SMA. PowerUP provides a platform by which Solar Energy Dealers can differentiate themselves from the competition. Home and business owners can rely on the qualified, trained and experienced PowerUP dealers to provide the most effective solar solutions available from SMA,” said Michael Rutt, Managing Director of SMA Australia. “PowerUP is a global strategy that is being rolled out in a number of international markets. The program may vary slightly due to different market conditions, however the principles of the partnership with the solar installer being at the heart of the program are the same wherever the program is implemented.” Darren Hoffmann, Sales Director of SMA Australia added: “Although the PowerUP program has just been rolled out within the last few months in Australia, the response from both SMA Authorised Distributors and Installers has been nothing other than positive. The value SMA PowerUP Partners gain in having a structured relationship with the SMA brand is providing a platform for market differentiation and volume growth. SMA PowerUP dealers are selected based upon their business model, market position/approach, technical capability and a number of other key criteria. Most important is the alignment with the SMA brand and the value this represents to dealers and their customers.” You can find all information on the SMA PowerUP dealer program here: https://www.SMA-PowerUP.com.au/ About SMAWith sales of around €900 million in 2017, the SMA Group is a leading global specialist in photovoltaic inverters, a key component of all PV systems. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that make high energy yields possible for residential and commercial PV systems as well as large-scale PV power plants. To efficiently increase PV self-consumption, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies. Intelligent energy management solutions, digital energy solutions and comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s product range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 19 countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in Development. SMA’s technology has won multiple awards and is protected by more than 1,200 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the SDAX index. Press Contact:Adele ZhangMarketing Director, APACTel. +61 29491 4223Marketing@SMA-Australia.com.au Disclaimer:This press release serves only as information and does not constitute an offer or invitation to subscribe for, acquire, hold or sell any securities of SMA Solar Technology AG (the “Company”) or any present or future subsidiary of the Company (together with the Company, the “SMA Group”) nor should it form the basis of, or be relied upon in connection with, any contract to purchase or subscribe for any securities in the Company or any member of the SMA Group or commitment whatsoever.This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that do not describe facts from the past. They also include statements about our assumptions and expectations. These statements are based on plans, estimations and forecasts that the Managing Board of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA or Company) has available at this time. Forward-looking statements are therefore valid only on the day on which they are made. Forward-looking statements by nature contain risks and elements of uncertainty. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors may lead to considerable differences between the actual results, the financial position, the development or the performance of the Company and the estimates given here. These factors include those which SMA has discussed in published reports. These reports are available on the SMA website at www.SMA.de. The Company accepts no obligation whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to adjust them to future events or developments. National Group and BHP pair up in more ways than one to bring in the New Year 2019-01-18T06:55:05Z national-group-and-bhp-pair-up-in-more-ways-than-one-to-bring-in-the-new-year The National Group have closed out a record breaking 2018 and started 2019 off with a bang by delivering a pair of brand new Excavators into Queensland’s Bowen Basin. The first of these Excavators, a Hitachi EX5600, was added to BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Peak Downs site where the National Group handed over five Liebherr Ultra-Class T 282C Trucks in September of 2018. The second Excavator, a Liebherr R 996B, was delivered to its sister mine Poitrel, part of BHP’s other Queensland joint venture, BHP Mitsui Coal (BMC). The excavator is the first piece of equipment that National Group has at the coal mine. Founder and Managing Director of the National Group, Mark Ackroyd, was there in person to hand over the keys at both locations and was very pleased to further contribute to their already strong relationship established with BHP. “We have been working with BHP for some time now, especially at Peak Downs, so to be adding more equipment there is a testament to the machines we currently have operating for them and speaks volumes of our team on-site who do a great job with maintenance when needed,” he says. “Poitrel on the other hand, we are very excited to be adding our first piece of equipment there and for it to be the ever reliable Liebherr 996 digger. We’re confident they are going to love this machine and hope it is just the beginning of things to come,” says Ackroyd. As you can imagine, bringing such big equipment down under is a very complex process and one that requires a lot of aspects to go right, which is where National Group differentiates themselves from most. They have the capabilities to handle all transport, assembly and delivery, giving their customers peace of mind when securing these long-term rentals. “We know how difficult it can be to get the bigger gear to Australia first of all, let alone having to worry about everything else once it arrives here. That is why we have worked very hard to build brands that complement each other in the entire journey of Port-to-Pit,” Ackroyd explains. National Group are coming off one of their best years to date, however they show no signs of slowing down in 2019 with future plans already to invest in technology and enter the automation space. “The mining industry is now following the technology trend around the world and automation is at the forefront of this, says Ackroyd. “It is all about finding different ways to help your customers succeed and embracing innovation to get that edge over competitors. Watch below to see the full journey from our Head Office to delivery into the Bowen Basin… Click here to view more news from the National Group and Subscribe to receive the latest news to your email inbox. Neoen’s Hornsdale Power Reserve to deliver new and additional cost savings for South Australians from December 2018 2018-12-20T02:24:11Z neoen-s-hornsdale-power-reserve-to-deliver-new-and-additional-cost-savings-for-south-australians-from-december-2018 -- South Australians set to save millions of dollars in electricity bills thanks to a newly developed System Integrity Protection Scheme  -- The new scheme will contribute to enabling AEMO to raise the import limit on the Heywood interconnector from 600 MW up to 650 MW, following a review of results from a recent test  -- These new cost reductions are in addition to the $40 million annual FCAS savings documented in the latest Aurecon report   Neoen (ISIN Code: FR0011675362, ticker: NEOEN), one of the fastest-growing leading independent producer of exclusively renewable energy worldwide, has unveiled that its Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) is set to deliver millions of dollars per year in new and additional cost savings for South Australians from late-December 2018. The latest development comes off the back of a successful newly developed System Integrity Protection Scheme (SIPS) test, which will contribute to enabling the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to lift its import limit on the SA-VIC Heywood Interconnector from 600 MW up to 650 MW.  SIPS are increasingly utilised in energy systems around the world to provide additional power transfer capacity and enhanced operational security. HPR contributes to AEMO’s and ElectraNet’s SIPS, which reduces the chance of the Heywood Interconnector overloading when multiple generators disconnect within South Australia.  The new SIPS, which is contributed by HPR free of charge, is specifically designed to further support electrical interconnectors between South Australia and other states. The capacity limits on interconnectors are set below the physical limit because of system stability issues – the SIPS increases system stability, allowing capacity limits to be lifted.  At its core, the new interconnection limit will bolster competition within the South Australian electricity market by increasing interstate trade. This reduces wholesale power prices and subsequently creates a knock-on effect on end-user charges across the state.  Anticipated cost savings are in the millions of dollars per year. This is in addition to the reduction of close to $40 million in the Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) market by increased competition and the removal of 35 MW local FCAS constraint, as reported in the independent study by Aurecon released during the first-year anniversary of the battery earlier in December.  Franck Woitiez, Managing Director for Neoen Australia, said, “Over the past year, Neoen has worked tirelessly with Tesla, AEMO, ElectraNet and the South Australian government, to improve and expand the capability of our Hornsdale Power Reserve for the benefit of energy consumers across the state. The new HPR-SIPS is a direct result of this collaboration. It is another prime example of how innovative, forward-looking and advanced renewable energy technology, when combined with storage, has the power to significantly drive down electricity prices for consumers across the country.”  Woitiez added, “These savings are just the beginning of what is to come with the planned new large interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales.”  Located near Jamestown, South Australia, the HPR is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system. Owned and operated by Neoen, the battery is supplied by Tesla and was built to stabilise the South Australian electricity grid, facilitate integration of renewable energy in the state, and help avoid load-shedding (i.e. blackout) events.  The fully operational site has a discharge capacity of 100 MW and energy storage capacity of 129 MWh, and shares the same 275 kV network connection point as the 317 MW Hornsdale Wind Farm. About Neoen Founded in 2008, Neoen is France’s leading and one of the world’s most dynamic independent producers (IPP) of renewable energy. With a current capacity of more than 2 GW already in operation or under construction, and a further 1 GW of projects formally awarded and secured, Neoen has doubled its size in over just 18 months. Having its headquarters in France, Neoen has subsidiaries in Australia, El Salvador, Zambia, Jamaica, Portugal, Mexico, Finland and Argentina and has projects in more than 15 geographies. It operates Europe’s most powerful solar PV farm (300 MW in Cestas, France) and the world’s largest lithium-ion power reserve in Hornsdale, Australia (100 MW/129 MWh storage capacity). At the end of 2017, Neoen won one of the largest (375 MW) and the most competitive solar project in Mexico. Neoen is targeting 5 GW capacity in operation and under construction by 2021. Neoen (ISIN Code: FR0011675362, ticker: NEOEN) is listed since October 2018 on the Compartment A of the regulated market of Euronext Paris.  For more information: http://www.neoen.com  Media Contacts   Red Agency  Daphne Chuah  daphne.chuah@redagency.com.au  Havas Paris  Hugo Boussier hugo.boussier@havas.com  Neoen  Axelle Vuillermet axelle.vuillermet@neoen.com  Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year set to MC National Clean Technologies Conference 2018-12-12T22:29:13Z prime-minister-s-environmentalist-of-the-year-set-to-mc-national-clean-technologies-conference The Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year and leading sustainable business expert Arron Wood has been announced as the MC of the National Clean Technologies Conference due to take place from 29 - 31 May 2019 on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Building on the success of The Cleantech Effect event, run by the Sunshine Coast Council in 2016 and 2017, the National Clean Technologies Conference & Exhibition is expected to be bigger than ever in 2019 with more than 70 keynote and industry speakers and 50 exhibitors – and will attract more than 250 delegates from across Australia. Conference director Peta Moore of Nectar Creative Communications says they are thrilled to have confirmed Arron Wood, who is also the Deputy Mayor of the City of Melbourne as the MC given he has a successful business within the cleantech industry, has won multiple awards for his work, and is a leading commentator on cleantech related topics. “Arron is at the pulse of what makes Melbourne the world's most liveable city. Apart from being the City of Melbourne's Deputy Lord Mayor, his insight and ability to identify emerging green markets and risks to existing markets, and the fact he has his own environmental communication and education consultancy business, Firestarter Pty Ltd, made him a natural choice as MC,” says event organiser Peta Moore of Nectar Creative Communications. Wood says he has heard a lot about the Sunshine Coast and is excited to check out the ‘Cleantech Capital’ of Australia. “The clean tech sector is something I’m really passionate about and I am thrilled I can be involved and am keen to visit and meet with the industry leaders and change makers in such an exciting, emerging region as well as MC a world class program of international drawcard speakers on all clean technology growth areas including energy, waste, water, built environment,” he says. Wood is on the high level Enterprise Melbourne Advisory Board to attract sustainable investment to Melbourne, won the 2007 Melbourne Business Award for Contribution to the Environment and was also the 2001 Young Australian of the Year (National Environment Winner). He is the weekly environment reporter on radio 3AW, Melbourne's number one talkback station, and the author of an autobiography Billabong Boy. His business Firestarter Pty Ltd, working through behavioural change management, major event organisation, project management, education campaigns and innovative company promotion methods aims to better link the corporate sector with community and government. He also initiated and now runs the highly successful Kids Teaching Kids Program for students from around the world.The full program for the event is set to be revealed in early 2019. Registrations for exhibitors are now open at: https://nctce.com.au/exhibition/become-an-exhibitor/. A limited number of early bird tickets are now also available at https://nctce.com.au/. ENDS For interviews and photos email pr@thecreativecollective.com.au or call Yvette Adams of The Creative Collective on 07 545 11315 or 0405 022 977. EDITORS NOTES BIO FOR ARRON WOOD Arron is the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne.  Seven times the World's Most Liveable city. Named in the top ten education leaders nationally as part of The Weekend Australian Magazine, Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award-winner Arron Wood grew up in Mildura, Victoria spending his early years campaigning to save the River Murray. Rather aptly titled his autobiography ‘Billabong Boy’ was inspired by those early years.  Arron is an expert in sustainability and his company won the Victorian Telstra News Ltd Micro Business of the Year. He is founder of the award-winning education program Kids Teaching Kids that has seen over 125,000 students participate in the peer education model since 1999 and was the 3AW environment reporter for many years. Arron is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was Chair of the 2017 World Ecocity Summit Advisory Board. His Kids Teaching Kids Program won the prestigious 2010 People’s Choice Banksia Award chosen from 55 finalists across 10 categories. Arron was one of the ten Friday Magazine’s Most Inspirational People for 2003, which included people like Steve Irwin and Troy Cassar-Daley. He's a former member of the National Council on Education for Sustainability and was selected to complete Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program. Arron was honored to be a Clean Up the World Ambassador with David De Rothschild and Celine Cousteau.   Arron received The Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation, awarded by the Governor-General. As a past winner of the United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment Arron was also the 2001 Young Australian of the Year for the environment. He served two terms as the youngest Board Member of the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority. He served a term as a Sustainability Victoria Board Member and served a term as Councillor for City of Melbourne. He is currently on the South East Water Corporation Board and is Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. In what was a huge career highlight Arron’s commitment to the environment was covered on ABC’s Australian Story.  In 2008 Arron completed a Churchill Fellowship which took him to New York and Geneva working with the United Nations to research replication of environmental education programs on a global scale. Arron has appeared on Network TEN’s Totally Wild, and Channel 7’s Sunrise and Saturday Disney.  Previously he was chosen as the Australian representative for the 25 most inspirational 25 year olds from around the world as profiled in French Canadian Magazine, La Actualite’.  Arron's first book ‘Inspiring the Next Young Environmental Leader.  Kids Teaching Kids – Addressing Our Environmental Crisis’ has sold 5,000 copies. It’s a wrap: Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair concludes – but there’s more to come… 2018-12-03T11:25:33Z its-a-wrap-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair-concludes-but-theres-more-to-come GFIA In Focus Australia, Australia’s biggest agricultural innovation trade fair has concluded after two days of conferences and seminars that attracted an impressive number of visitors. Focusing on precision agriculture and protected cropping, the event was attended by international delegates, investors and high-profile food producers who all took advantage of the opportunity to learn from a variety of industry exhibitors, educational sessions, networking events and conferences. This was GFIA’s first Australian event – and David Stradling, Sales Director of One CMG Group, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia describes it as a “fantastic showcase of some of Australia’s most innovative, forward-thinking exhibitors.” With innovation being a theme at the forefront of the conference, key guest speaker topics included a panel discussion led by Richard Health from Australian Farm Institute, which covered the digitalization of agriculture, and highlighted challenges and opportunities for Australia’s food and water security. Also hugely popular were a presentation on precision agriculture and the use of digital technologies on Branson Farms by Mark Branson, and a keynote speech from Tim Gentle, founder of Think Digital, which covered a range of fascinating topics, including immersive technologies in agriculture. International delegate Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Deputy General Director for Vietnamese farm group VinEco (a member of VinGroup) attended the conference to learn more about the latest trends. “I’ve seen lots of great stuff here,” she says. “I’ve been very impressed by the stands, which have showcased so much new technology and innovation, particularly in AI and automation, as well as some really valuable information on everything from irrigation systems and bio-systems to new materials and software for quality and food management. We can now clearly see how we can apply this to our systems to improve efficiencies and save on labour costs.” Beef producer and agent Henry Leonard was also full of praise for the event: “There have been some really excellent speakers, and it was incredible to learn more about some of the research currently being done in this sector. The scope and diversity of investment makes it a very exciting time for the agriculture and food production sector.” Peter Smith, Training Manager of event sponsor Agforce, says that GFIA In Focus Australia’s first event in the Australian market won’t be their last. “I see the whole concept of GFIA as having great longevity. The plan is to build on this year’s event to stage a permanent annual innovation event in Brisbane, and for this to be the biggest in Australia. There’s a great deal of scope for including other streams of ag tech, and to also branch out into other types of ag-events. We think the approach is flexible and sustainable enough to allow the event to grow in all kinds of directions.” David Stradling is similarly optimistic about GFIA In Focus Australia’s role in shaping the nation’s agricultural targets for years to come. “GFIA aims to bridge the gap between international markets and Australia tech suppliers – and in response to this year’s success, next year’s GFIA conference will include multiple excursions by key stakeholders into Australian leadership and innovation in the agriculture and food production sector. This is the next leap of the journey to support the Australian Government’s ambition to make agriculture a $100 billion industry by 2030, and we’re looking forward to making next year’s event even bigger and better than this one.” If you didn’t make it to GFIA in Focus Australia this year, don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of 2019’s even more ambitious offering. For more information visit www.gfiaaustralia.com About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Agronomist Daniel Rollinson and beef producer and agent Henry Leonard GFIA in Focus Australia Conference and Exhibition Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair gets underway 2018-11-27T04:33:44Z australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair-gets-underway Australia’s biggest agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA In Focus Australia is off to a flying start, with almost 2,000 registered visitors to attend the event. Aimed at helping Australian farmers and agribusinesses improve the sustainability and sophistication of food production, a number of high-profile delegates from across Asia Pacific were also present on the first day of the Brisbane-based conference, which is intended to open up new business opportunities for Australian ag-tech suppliers and investors. Kicking off the day’s events was guest speaker The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland, who welcomed attendees during the opening ceremony. In his speech, Mr Furner acknowledged the importance of the event incorporating an impressive line-up of exhibitors showcasing innovative agricultural products and services, and high-profile speakers covering a range of topics. Mr Furner was pleased to open the event and said the Queensland Government will continue to work with innovators to grow the agricultural industry. Amongst the day’s highlights, Pete Lewis, former ABC landline producer facilitated a conference on Controlled Environments & Protected Cropping, covering topics like Automation and controlled systems – while a panel of speakers debated whether indoor and controlled environments can help feed the world, and QAAFI hosted a fascinating ‘Future farming and food’ workshop. A Precision Agriculture & Smart Farming conference looked at Precision Agriculture for livestock and farm asset management, which also debated whether a lack of visibility could be costing businesses. And in some of the most exciting highlights of the day, leading-edge agtech suppliers, entrepreneurs and scientists took to the stage to present their latest innovations ­– including Ceres Tag’s live demonstration of their Smart Ear Tags, which live-streamed the location, health and behavior of 100 cattle located some 1,000km away in northern QLD. Andrew Logan, CEO of OneCrop also presented on the magic of microclimates and revealed how to create explosive yield increases using existing water and sunlight. The day also saw the launch of AgKnowledge, the country’s first agricultural startup company investor pitch platform, which brought together universities, vocational education organisations and colleges, private and public research institutions, professional services organisations, centers of agri-learning / capacity enhancement, agri-tech startup companies and agribusiness sector investors. Sales Director at One CMG Group David Stradling, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia spoke of his reaction to the day’s events. “This is the first GFIA event in Australia, and day one has already surpassed everybody’s expectations – not only from the organiser’s perspective, but also from the attendees. This exhibition and conference has shown Brisbane to be a fantastic venue for farmers, growers and agribusinesses across the country to learn more about the latest innovations in agriculture. We’re looking forward to seeing what the second day has in store for the event’s many delegates and attendees.” To find out more about GFIA In Focus Australia, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 18.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland (close up) David Stradling, Sales Director at One CMG Group and Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland Just days to go before the start of Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair 2018-11-19T21:00:00Z just-days-to-go-before-the-start-of-australias-largest-ever-agricultural-innovation-trade-fair Australia’s largest ever agricultural innovation trade fair, GFIA In Focus Australia is set to kick off in Brisbane next Tuesday – and with some of the country’s top food producers in attendance, it’s a prime opportunity for farmers, growers and agribusinesses to learn more about the latest innovations in agriculture. Part of a global series of exhibition and conferences driving sustainable food production and innovation, GFIA In Focus Australia takes place at Brisbane’s Convention & Exhibition Center from 27-28 November. Leading producers Mort & Co National Feedlot, Mighty Green and Sundrop Farms are just some of the featured guests, and for Cy Kovacich, owner/manager of Mighty Green, the event is a chance to share his experiences diversifying his sugarcane operation: “The sugar cane industry is traditionally a monoculture ­– but with margins closing up through soil stress and other issues, my focus is on optimising soil health and finding production gains and economic savings through diversification, by growing other crops like rice, beans and soy. I’m honored to be involved, and to have the chance to hopefully inspire others through discussing my own experiences.” Amongst the many innovative exhibitors showcasing the latest game-changing innovations and technology is Ceres Tag, who have announced they will be doing a live demonstration at the event, in what will be a world first for the GFIA. In the days leading up to the event, Ceres Tags will be tagging over 100 cattle in Townsville with their Smart Ear Tags, before live streaming their location, health and behaviour 1,000 kms away at the conference. Guest speaker at the opening ceremony on the 27th November will be The Honourable Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Queensland. Mark describes the event as “a brilliant opportunity for farmers, growers and agribusinesses across the country to understand more about some of the latest innovations that can better support Australia’s agricultural industry.” Tim Gentle, Founder, Digital Crusader and Educator of Think Digital will be the second guest speaker at the opening ceremony. He’ll be talking about the some of the immersive new technologies available for agriculture, including the most exciting advancement to date in the world of Virtual Reality – a VR Platform for Agriculture. “If you thought Virtual Reality is just for gamers, and Augmented Reality is to catch Pokemon Go’s, then think again,” he says. “In agriculture, immersive technologies will increase productivity, improve safety, enhance training and help you to communicate more effectively than ever before, and I’m excited to be able to unveil the details of this new technology at the conference.” For Sales Director at One CMG Group David Stradling, the company behind GFIA In Focus Australia, the event looks set to be a game-changer for those involved. “We anticipate that this event will deliver huge business opportunities for ag-tech suppliers in markets expected to experience significant growth over the next few years,” he says. The GFIA are giving away 2,000 free tickets – but with only a small number left, farmers and agribusinesses are encouraged not to miss out on the chance to attend this unique mix of exhibitions, conferences, innovation sessions and educational workshops. To register your place at GFIA In Focus Australia before it begins, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Event details: GFIA In Focus Australia 27 November 2018: 09.00 – 17.00 28 November 2018: 09.00 – 16.00 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre About GFIA The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture has emerged as a global authority on sustainable food production, driving innovation through exhibitions and conferences across the globe. GFIA exhibitions have welcomed more than 25,000 visitors, and worked with over 50 international partners to showcase innovative products with a proven benefit to the agricultural industry. Their conferences offer stakeholders pioneering forums and marketplaces to foster meaningful dialogue, collaboration, recognition and action between regional food producers, buyers, innovators, policy makers and investors. Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Kate Munsie (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Tim Gentle, Founder, Digital Crusader and Educator of Think Digital Precision Farming Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T01:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. 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All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Precision agriculture can revolutionise the industry, say leading experts. 2018-11-12T03:02:06Z precision-agriculture-can-revolutionise-the-industry-say-leading-experts What do data analytics and modelling, fertiliser applications, harvesting, irrigation, seeding, planting and spraying equipment, GPS systems, robotics and smartphone apps have in common? They’re all precision agriculture systems that can revolutionise various aspects of a farm's operations. And as technology evolves to keep pace with the changing needs of a business that’s worth as much as 12% of the country’s GDP, they’re poised to help transform Australia’s agricultural industry. With the Federal Government wanting Australian agriculture to become a $100 billion industry by 2030, a key focus for the industry is the unlocking of new technology, supported by a favourable tax and policy environment for innovation. It’s no surprise, then, that interest is firmly fixed on how producers can harness the benefits of precision agriculture to achieve everything from increased production and reduced labour costs to water savings, lower wastage and greater task automation. The breadth of available applications is huge. Whether it’s computer and mobile-based apps designed to provide real-time information relating to crop disease, or GPS mapping to better understand soil conditions, new technologies are emerging to help farmers collect data, manage risk, increase yields, save time and cut costs. As Anastasia Volkova, CEO and Founder of data analytics platform FluroSat explains, “there have been major advances in spatial and navigation technology, meaning that agriculture can increasingly be underpinned by technologies like self-driving tractors and robotics. Secondly, the ability to use proximal or remote sensing to collect information that can both inform decision-making and measure its effects is also key. And the final piece of the puzzle is machine-learning advancements, and the ability to collect data to create a highly detailed picture – which again, can have hugely beneficial implications for agriculture.” Technologies that address drought-related challenges are another burgeoning industry. Following the government’s recent plans to set up a $3.9 billion fund to support water infrastructure and drought-related projects, the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) has identified a suite of new technologies that can help combat Australia’s current drought. They include a water conditioning system that enables growers to utilise supplies previously considered unsuitable, a device that continually informs farmers of flow rates and total water used, and a microclimate solution combining sensors, analytics and apps that analyses atmospheric conditions, leaf wetness, soil moisture and temperature to provide localised growing condition data. Anastasia believes there’s a strong case for embracing new technologies, especially in the face of extreme conditions. “Robustness is the key characteristic needed for agricultural systems, especially in the face of adverse weather like drought. Technologies like variable rate, advance sensing and machine learning technologies can underpin a successful solution that can mitigate the worst effects and support the industry through these types of challenges.” AgTech Cluster Leader at CSIRO Data61 Dr Peyman Moghadam agrees that new technologies are receiving a huge amount of interest currently, especially relating to drones, aerial and satellite imaging, robotic technologies, automated harvesting and precision spraying. Yet a sense of innovation fatigue is also affecting the industry, he says. “Growers are right now more interested in adapting technology to fit their existing equipment than investing in brand new assets. So what’s happening currently is a trend of retro-fitting existing assets to make them smarter. We’re not taking drivers out of the tractors just yet. Instead we’re offering smart features, retro-fitted to make lives easier, using technology like auto steering and automated harvesting, weeding and pruning, which can help reduce labour costs by as much as 30-40%.” Whether through robotics, virtual reality, AI or new automation technologies, the digitalisation of agriculture means that farmers and growers will over time be better able to increase production and yields, with fewer inputs and labour costs. As Anastasia explains, “Costs can be reduced by knowing for instance the response to nutrients in different areas of a farm, so that fertilizer use can be fully optimized. Whether it’s used for weed detection in the field, or for grading the protein content of a grain that’s about to be harvested, precision agriculture solutions can offer impressive results for farmers who are able to embrace these new technologies.” The GFIA will present the latest innovations and technologies for smart food production in the precision agriculture sector at Australia’s largest agricultural innovation event, GFIA in Focus, in Brisbane on November 27-28. Anastasia and Peyman will join a host of guest speakers discussing everything from smart irrigation and big data to robotics and Virtual Reality. To register your attendance or to find out more, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Precision Agriculture Previous GFIA Precision Agriculture Conference Protected cropping heralded as the ideal system to help supercharge Australian agriculture. 2018-11-07T07:12:11Z protected-cropping-heralded-as-the-ideal-system-to-help-supercharge-australian-agriculture ‘Sustainable growth’ is the key phrase underpinning the Australian Government’s plans to make the nation’s agricultural industry a $100 billion industry by 2030. Yet with widespread and continued drought conditions challenging these ambitious plans, growers are looking to new solutions to ensure more consistent crops and higher yields – and protected cropping is one increasingly attractive proposition. There’s no doubt that indoor and controlled environments, speed breeding and hydroponic systems are currently driving food production like never before. The Protected Cropping Industry is the fastest growing food producing sector in Australia, valued at around $1.8 billion per annum. As Vertical Farming Systems Executive Director John Leslie explains, that’s no surprise. “Australian agriculture currently has a return on investment of about 3-5%, and that’s not sufficient to attract investment into the sector,” he says. “Vertical farming removes much of the labour cost, which is the most expensive component of farming, so the ROI can be increased to 20% and upwards – and then agriculture does become an attractive investment proposition.” With a $3.9 billion fund recently set up to support water infrastructure and drought-related projects, protected cropping has never been more relevant. Controlled environment farming protects the industry from unfavourable weather conditions like drought, contributing to more consistent crops and higher yields. John sees vertical farming as the ideal solution for some parts of the industry, because the process is impervious to climate, and the dehumidification process generates a massive amount of water. “We’re actually producing water out of the air, and that makes vertical farming highly viable, even in places as arid as the Sahara desert. While vertical farming isn’t a fix-all for every drought situation, it’s another tool we can use to combat the effects ­– and it will certainly support some parts of the food supply chain and help address things like drought.” Current advancements in the technology mean that protected cropping will soon be applicable on a broader scale. John explains how his company is developing systems that will soon be able to produce animal feed and proteins. “It’s based on the same technology we’re right now using for vegetables, and over time that will begin to address the problem on a wider scale,” he says. Hydroponics is another production sector currently experiencing rapid growth – and as hydroponic grower and consultant Brian Ellis explains, it’s highly efficient in its use of inputs including water, fertilisers, labour, land and energy. “It’s possible to produce 5-10 times as much per hectare using hydroponic systems compared to growing in soil. There’s no doubt that adverse weather is impacting everyone as the climate continues to change ­– but with hydroponics you have much more control over your environment. Essentially there’s much more predictability, and less effect from extreme weather.” Brian explains how hydroponic systems use only minimal water, which contributes further to their viability. “We often only use as little as 5% of the water for re-circulated hydroponic crops, compared to growing the same crop out in the field. That gap may have closed a little with the introduction of new technologies, but it’s still nowhere close to that figure. As drought continues to affect growers, there’s no doubt that hydroponics will become even more important, and more relevant to the success of the industry.” In the face of food security and global climatic variability concerns, safe, sustainable protected cropping in the form of vertical farming, hydroponics and speed breeding could well be the way of the future. With protected-crop growers at the forefront of highly sustainable, efficient and innovative food production processes, protected cropping will increasingly help to secure a profitable and more sustainable future for Australian agriculture. The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) will present the latest innovations and technologies for the controlled environment and protected cropping sector at Australia’s largest agricultural innovation event, GFIA in Focus, in Brisbane on November 27-28. John and Brian will join a host of guest speakers discussing everything from vertical farms and greenhouses to hydroponic and aquaponic systems and much more. To register for a free entry badge or to find out more, visit www.gfiaaustralia.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Previous GFIA Protected Cropping Exhibition Protected Cropping SMA supplies System Technology for the first utility-scale PV power plant in Myanmar 2018-11-06T07:24:01Z sma-supplies-system-technology-for-the-first-utility-scale-pv-power-plant-in-myanmar Minbu, November 6, 2018 – SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) will deliver 21 MV Power Station 2000SC to a 50 MW PV project in Myanmar. The largest solar power plant of the country is located in Minbu, 500km northwest from Yangon and will go into operation in spring of 2019. On the total area of 200 acres, the solar park will generate approximately 87 million kilowatt hours of clean solar power, which equates to the energy demand of about 20,000 Myanmar households. The MVPS 2000SC is a turnkey system solution equipped with 2 powerful Sunny Central 1000SC-XT inverters and a perfectly matched medium voltage solution for the grid connection. “SMA Sunny Central inverters with their proven technology and high power density are successfully in operation in numerous PV power plants worldwide. The robust central inverters undergo several demanding stress tests and are perfectly suited for all challenging climatic conditions. In the northern region of Myanmar where the PV project is located, the performance of the inverter capacity under extremely high temperaturesis of fundamental importance. Our Sunny Central inverters can address the demand with full nominal power in continuous operation at ambient temperature up to 40 °C”, said John Susa, Executive Vice President of SMA Sales North America and APAC. “SMA has achieved great success in the South East Asia region in 2018 and this project is definitely one of the milestones,” John Susa continued, “we are very proud of working with CTIEC (China Triumph International Engineering Group Co., Ltd.). The EPC has rich experience with large-scale power plant projects in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.” “Minbu Solar Park is the first large scale solar project in Myanmar, we need to work with reliable partners to ensure its success in performance,” said Ray Liu, Director of New Energy Department at CTIEC. “We know that SMA has the global experience and reliability which is necessary to minimize the risks, we chose SMA’s system technology because we were impressed by its product testing procedure and high degree of design flexibility. SMA also made a vital contribution to deliver the products within a tight construction schedule.” About SMAThe SMA Group with sales of around €900 million in 2017 is a global leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV power plants. To increase PV self consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies.Intelligent energy management and digital energy solutions, comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 19 countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in Development. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,100patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is listed in the SDAX index.About CTIECChina Triumph International Engineering Co., Ltd. (CTIEC) is an internationalized engineering group company and a key national-level hi-tech enterprise, and is the engineering technical platform of China National Building Material Co., Ltd. CTIEC has been vigorously implementing the strategy of integration, industrialization, engineering and internationalization and rapidly developing the industries of new glass, new material, new energy and new equipment with industrial bases distributing in several provinces of China and business network spreading all over the world. Since 2003, CTIEC has been consecutively in the list of Top 50 national exploration and design enterprises, project management enterprises and national project general contracting enterprises, and appraised as Top 200 global top-level engineering design and consulting firms by American ENR. 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