Meet AquaSoli at SPI in Las Vegas!

 

Come to our AquaSoli team

We are ready for you!

AquaSoli LLC offers a wide range of services:

  •         Geotechnical Services & Pullout
  •         PV Utility Scale Design & Optimization
  •         Civil Design
  •         Geodesy & 3D-Modeling
  •          Geoconsulting

Solar Power International, September 10-13, Las Vegas, NV
We are excited to announce that AquaSoli LLC will be participating at SPI as an exhibitor. Join us at our booth 1957. There we can discuss how AquaSoli can assist you in your project. Learn more and register for SPI

Make your appointement!

Call toll-free +1-888-791-1974

or send your email to info@aquasoli.com

Through the use of our many professional engineering services, AquaSoli can save your company time, money and help you avoid the pitfalls of project development by adopting an early assessment strategy for your projects. Our services include: • Pre-Development Survey and Assessment • Soil Surveys • Corrosion Evaluation • Foundation Load Testing • Foundation Design • Foundation Risk Assessment Services • Structural Design Analysis • Site Civil Design including Road and Trench planning • Storm Water Management • Land-fill Survey and Assessment • Assessment / Remedial Services for aging solar farms. AquaSoli is proud to have performed over 2000 projects since our inception in 2003, for a total of over 11 Gigawatts of services to date without issue. Please stop by our booth number 1957 in the Bavarian Pavilion and see how AquaSoli can partner with you to solve your project challenges.

Meet Aquasoli at the SPI 2015 in Anaheim

Meet Aquasoli at the SPI 2015 in Anaheim!

SPI

Solar Power International, September 14-17, Anaheim, CA
We are excited to announce that Jürgen Schmid (CEO) will be participating at SPI as a poster representative. Join Jürgen for the Poster Reception where he will be discussing how to avoid damages by approbiate Pile Design. Learn more and register for SPI at www.solarpowerinternational.com/attend/register/.California

 

Lichtkunst

Wir laden Sie herzlich ein, die Lichtkunst zu bestaunen, die Sigi Bußinger geschaffen hat – angetrieben von Sonnen- und Wasserkraft.
Auftaktveranstaltung findet morgen, 21.2.2015, 17 Uhr statt.
Fürs leibliche Wohl und für Musik ist gesorgt.

Ort: Krämer’sche Kunstmühle, Birkenleiten 41, 81543 München.

Die Ausstellung geht bis zum 1.3.2015.
Mehr Informationen zum Künstler: http://www.sigibussinger.de/

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Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! Gesegnetes Neues Jahr! A Happy, blessed New Year!

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We wish you a merry Christmas 2014 and a blessed Happy New Year 2015!

Green Power for Blue Star

Green Power for Blue Star

AquaSoli wünscht Frohe Weihnachten und ein gesegnetes Neues Jahr!

EnglishFlagThe Munich Artist Sigi Bußinger (www.sigibussinger.de) had a dream: His  work – a three meter large blue star – should start shining solely powered by renewable energy. At the Munich Headquarter of AquaSoli now this “green dream” comes true every evening: In the river of the Auer Mühlbach a 5 kW Microturbine plus an “on-shore” photovoltaik installation jointly deliver the necessary voltage for the art projekt. The PV installation was planned and errected by AquaSoli whose engineers are worldwide working for renewable energy projects (www.aquasoli.de). Both forms of energy – water as well as solar – are getting integrated by a special energy management system which charges the connected accumulators and supplies the “star art” of Sigi Bußinger with the necessary energy.

GermanFlagDer Münchner Lichtkünstler Sigi Bußinger (www.sigibussinger.de) hatte einen Traum: Seine bis zu 3 Meter großen Werke sollten nur durch die Kraft regenerativer Energie (er)strahlen. Am Firmenstandort von AquaSoli in München wird täglich von 17 – 22 Uhr dieser Traum Wirklichkeit: Im Auer Mühlbach schwimmt ein 5 kW Mikrowasserkraftwerk, entwickelt für Regionen ohne Anschluss an das Stromnetz: Am Ufer liefert eine Photovoltaikanlage Solarstrom für das Kunstprojekt. Die Solaranlage wurde geplant und errichtet von AquaSoli, deren Ingenieure weltweit für Projekte regenerativer Energienutzung arbeiten (www.aquasoli.de). Die beiden Energieformen Wasserkraft und Sonnenstrom integriert ein Energiemanagmentsystem, leitet es an die Kunstwerke von Sigi Bußinger und lädt die Akkus.

Professional AquaSoli Geotech Analysis helps to cut down Project Cost

The Clients experience on project “AB” illustrates typical issues with selecting racking and doing facility design before characterizing the site and soils bearing capacity. It also demonstrates how AquaSoli leverages our experience and contacts to solve expensive design and deployment issues.

Pile driver machine

If the Posts Length exceeds the Pile Driver Machines Capability something has gone wrong in the planning process…

and might result in exploding Machinery Cost.

A Client came to us with a racking system and asked us to perform geotechnical site assessment, analytical load testing and foundation design for 3 projects.

On the largest site conventional foundation design specified a total pile length of 13.5 feet for the single center post racking system. Our experience indicated that a pile of this length requires special handling which increases installation costs as much as 30%.

Working with the rack manufacturer and re-analyzing the dense load test data we collected, AquaSoli identified two cost saving foundation alternatives.

1. Discussions with the manufacturer applications engineers determined that the specified foundation stickup included adjustability to accommodate site grade variation. Our site experience allowed the manufacturer to agree to reduce the specified stickup, thus shortening the required pile length.

2. Our analytical foundation load testing identified anomalous vertical bearing behaviour for the preferred foundation profile. By rigorously reanalyzing the soils data and foundation behaviour, we provided a suitable design based on an alternative foundation profile with a reduced embedment depth. The alternative profile design reduced pile length enough to allow the lowest cost installation technique.

The net result is that the client will save about 3 times the cost of our services in installation costs alone.

In addition we identified an opportunity to save as much as 10% on the materials costs by reducing the required foundation stickup.

On a second site we are working to solve a similar issue but resulting from weak horizontal bearing capacity. Site work determined that the soils were mechanically disturbed to a depth of 5 feet. The weak soils and single post rack design dictated a total pile length that required installation by a specialized pile driver. Use of the oversized pile driver increased projected installation costs as much as 300%.

We have identified several alternatives to solve the issue. However by selecting the racking before understanding soils conditions the Client adversely impacted both their schedule and project costs and risked a great deal more.

Lesson to learn: If solar specific site evaluation and load testing is completed first, AquaSoli can recommend standard design and racking alternatives that provide routine solutions for individual site issues. Routine solutions support low costs and schedule compliance. (Author of this text: US VP Bob Donaldson)

Please contact AquaSoli

in USA +1.508.982.4811

in Japan +81.8050309569

in MENA +962.7.9650.4325

in Europe +49.89.6223376815

 

AquaSoli now in Jordan, in UK and at InterSolar in Munich

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Intersolar 2014

From 4th to 6th June 2014 in Munich

Also this year, AquaSoli is back with a booth at the Intersolar in Munich. We hope to welcome you at our booth in Hall C4; booth 285.

Our team is happy to inform you in a personal consultation, how we can assist you with your projects in the future. Best arrange a date soon. Please send an email to info@aquasoli.de or click on the button below.

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Jordan

Local contact

In order to serve all projects in the Middle East even more reliable in in the future, now the Head of MENA is permanently baesed in the new office in Amman. Currently, it was again geotechnical analysis and pull-out tests for a configured PV project to perform.

Who said that it does not rain in the desert? Thanks to our expertise your projects are, resistant designed, even under extreme conditions at any time according to the state of the art.

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United Kingdom

AquaSolis Gayk ramming machine back in the UK

Currently we can offer short-term soil investigations and pull-out tests for PV projects in the UK, since we have decided to ship the necessary machinery to the island. Thus you benefit from short-term availability and low travel costs.

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Pre-Site Assessment Evaluation And Feasibility Reports

Pre-Site Assessment Evaluation And Feasibility Reports

 

Plan for project success with a bench top geotechnical evaluation and conceptual design prior to site visits.

Sample project location

Vet sites, plan field investigations, compare conceptual design, estimate production and development cost without setting foot on site.  Starting with an address and 10 years of experience, AquaSoli can remotely produce planning level site assessments, designs and estimates.

 

Topographical overlay

Pre-Site Assessment Reports provide:

  • Foundation forecasts
  • Deployable areas for PV
  • Conceptual layout
  • Production estimates
  • Development cost estimates

 

Soils map

Based on research and evaluation of regional and local geology as well as a 1000 project database AquaSoli can characterize soils and terrain to predict foundation requirements.  With slope and grade analysis we can estimate deployable area, row spacing and production capacity.  These elements provide the basis for generating a terrain specific conceptual layout and BOM.  With the clients own evaluation criteria and cost assumptions we can provide planning level development costs.

Reports can include siting evaluation, utility proximity and capacity and “soft costs” like land use and public opinion.  They can reflect custom rack specifications.  Alternatively, they can be scoped to provide limited features like geotechnical evaluation and foundation forecast only or analysis of deployable area.

Shade analysis

Vet multiple sites for development feasibility or evaluate alternative conceptual designs and optimize production potential.  Pre-Site Assessment results including layouts, can be directly incorporated into detailed design so there are no lost resources.

Want to learn more? – Contact us at info@aquasoli.com or call +1 415 230 2062

Solar Foundation Risk Assessment And Mitigation

Solar Foundation Risk Management And Mitigation

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 Recovering value and performance by addressing foundation failure vulnerability

 

For commercial and utility scale facilities, the comparative costs of various degrees of foundation risk abatement can be thought of in the following terms:

  • The incremental cost of experienced geotechnical site assessment, foundation design and early project involvement is thousands of dollars.
  • The cost of geotechnical risk assessment for suspect foundations is about the cost of a typical geotechnical site assessment.
  • The cost of foundation risk abatement is comparative to the materials and installation cost of the original foundations.
  • The cost of foundation failure remediation encompasses racking and modules and can approach the initial value of the installation.

 

image008AquaSoli’s perspective on foundation failure and ground component vulnerability stems from 10 years, 1000 projects and 10 gigawatts of experience.  Our work in this area grows with the in-service history of commissioned facilities.  Operational time increases likelihood that a latent foundation risk is actualized by the triggering atmospheric, climatic, and geotechnical conditions.

AquaSoli has a number of tools for addressing risk mitigation:

  • Our baseline understanding of foundation performance and vulnerability comes from designing with most major racks and foundation configurations in all terrains and environments.
  • Over the last 10 years, AquaSoli has compiled an extensive database of empirical design parameters from more than 1000 projects, including foundation remediation.
  • In-house laboratory facilities allow us to model soil profiles, site variables, and foundation reactions, to help replicate real world conditions for testing failure modes.
  • Typical foundation risk and failure mitigation projects add to our body of experience.

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With experience in failure mode analysis and deploying mitigation strategies, AquaSoli offers cost effective alternatives for risk reduction.  Mitigation is usually a fraction of the cost of failure remediation.  Timely implementation can alleviate the performance and financial liability of unquantified risk.  AquaSoil provides risk valuation, mitigation design and deployment, remediation design and construction supervision.  In addition, we will certify the performance of our corrective action for existing facilities.

image004Want to learn more? – Contact us at info@aquasoli.com or call +1 415 230 2062

Integrated Solar Ground Component Management

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Project enhancement through integrating and coordinating the tasks that affect foundation cost and performance

AquaSoli applies a systems approach to integrate the interdependent facets of solar ground component design, coordinating execution to ensure foundation reliability.

 

The ground component is comprised of the following elements:

  • Geotechnical evaluation
  • Civil design
  • Rack selection and layout
  • Foundation design
  • Civil ground work
  • Foundation installation

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These elements are often treated as discrete components.  However, they are intimately interdependent.  Foundation failure can be caused by site civil design, and inexpensive rack selection can drive the need for expensive foundations.

 image017By integrating and coordinating the ground component, AquaSoli drives success, profit, reliability and value.  For instance, accurate geotech leads to accurate foundation design and minimizes issues during foundation installation.  Our systems approach incorporates an optimized foundation design, integrated with civil work, and coordinated through installation.  Design accuracy reduces materials and deployment costs.  Facet coordination ensures task synergism and avoids interference.  Accuracy in site definition and design lowers bids by instilling installer confidence.  Schedule and change order control increases profits.  Facility reliability increases value.

 Projects integrated by AquaSoli avoid:

  • Expensive change orders in the construction phase
  • Project delays caused by design modifications required during construction
  • Costly over designed foundations
  • Failure vulnerability based on inadequate site data
  • Foundation failure due to design and installation defects and impacts from related ground component facets

Want to learn more? Send us an email at info@aquasoli.com or call +1 415 230 2062.

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FDP hält die bestehende Risikovorsorge von Kernkraftwerken für ausreichend

Die FDP will das bestehende Schutzniveau bzgl. Versicherung von Kernkraftwerken und hins. Aufbau von Rückstellungen nicht anheben:

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(Bildquelle: FDP)

“Sehr geehrter Herr Schmid,
sehr geehrter Herr Karl,
vielen Dank für Ihr Schreiben an Rainer Brüderle, in dem Sie angesichts der Reaktor- Unfälle von Fukushima und Tschernobyl eine Versicherungs-Haftpflicht für Kraftwerke sowie eine gesetzliche Pflicht zur Bildung von Rückstellungen für die Verwertung und Entsorgung der Abfälle vorschlagen. Ihr Schreiben wurde zuständigkeitshalber zur Beantwortung an mich weitergeleitet.” schreibt Angelika Brunkhorst (MdB), Sprecherin der FDP-Bundestagsfraktion für Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit. Und sie fährt fort:
Zu a (Haftpflichtversicherung):
Die geltenden deutschen Haftungsregelungen für Kernkraftwerke (KKW) sind sehr streng. Laut Atomgesetz haftet der Inhaber eines KKW summenmäßig unbegrenzt für Schäden die beim Betrieb seiner Anlage entstehen. Diese Haftung gilt unabhängig von einem Verschulden (sog. Gefährdungshaftung).
Die KKW-Betreiber sind zur Deckungsvorsorge verpflichtet. Die Deckungsvorsorge ist entweder durch Haftpflichtversicherung oder durch eine sonstige finanzielle Sicherheit zu erbringen. Diese Deckungsvorsorge sichert Schäden im Umfang von bis zu 2,5 Mrd. Euro. Jedes deutsche Kernkraftwerk ist im Umfang von 256 Mio. Euro über eine Haftpflichtversicherung bei einer Versicherungsgesellschaft versichert. Eine Solidarvereinbarung der KKW-betreibenden Unternehmen garantiert, dass die verbleibenden 2,244 Mrd. Euro von den Muttergesellschaften durch eine gegenseitige Garantiezusage abgedeckt sind.
Diese neben der Haftpflichtversicherung bestehende Solidarvereinbarung wurde schon von der damaligen rot-grünen Bundesregierung als gleichwertig anerkannt, weil gewährleistet wird, dass die Deckungsvorsorge in dem behördlich festgesetzten Umfang zur Verfügung steht, solange mit ihrer Inanspruchnahme gerechnet werden muss.
Der Nachweis über kurzfristig verfügbare liquide Mittel für die Deckungsvorsorge (d.h. der Nachweis der Leistungsfähigkeit im Schadensfall) wird jährlich durch Wirtschaftsprüfer kontrolliert und durch Testat eines Wirtschaftsprüfers nachgewiesen. Informationen dazu können Sie beispielsweise den Jahresabschlüssen der KKW-betreibenden Energieversorgungs­unternehmen entnehmen.
Neben der Deckungsvorsorge in Höhe von 2,5 Mrd. Euro (pro Kernkraftwerk!) hätte der Anlageninhaber sowie aufgrund von Beherrschungs- und Gewinnabführungsverträgen auch dessen Muttergesellschaft als Folge der unbegrenzten Haftung des Anlageninhabers für Schäden, die über den Betrag von 2,5 Mrd. Euro hinausgehen, mit dem gesamten sonstigen Vermögen einzustehen.
Bei der Frage der nationalen Regelung der atomrechtlichen Haftung und Deckungsvorsorge ist das hohe Sicherheitsniveau der deutschen Kernkraftwerke zu berücksichtigen. Das hohe Sicherheitsniveau wird durch die auf der Website des BfS veröffentlichten Berichte über sog. meldepflichtige Ereignisse in deutschen Kernkraftwerken und die Angaben der Betreiber über die betriebliche Verfügbarkeit der Anlagen belegt. Selbst ausgewiesenen Kernenergiegegner wie beispielsweise der damalige Umweltminister Jürgen Trittin, haben das hohe Sicherheitsniveau bestätigt. Dazu kommt, dass die letzten Deutschen KKW Ende 2022 abgeschaltet werden. Aufgrund dieser hohen Sicherheit der deutschen KKW einerseits und der damit andererseits verbundenen äußerst geringen Eintrittswahrscheinlichkeit von Schäden stellt sich die Frage nach der tatsächlich zu erbringenden Deckungsvorsorge nur äußerst vorsorglich.
Das Atomhaftungsrecht wird inhaltlich zu großen Teilen durch internationales Recht bestimmt, wie z.B. das Pariser Übereinkommen, dem die Bundesrepublik Deutschland beigetreten ist. Aktuell läuft eine EU- Konsultation zur Frage der Haftung für KKW:
http://ec.europa.eu/energy/nuclear/consultations/201 30718 powerplants en.htm
Auf dieser Website sehen Sie deutlich, dass Deutschland bereits die strengsten Haftungsregelungen hat.
Zu b (Entsorgungsrückstellunqen):
Die KKW-betreibenden Energieversorgungsunternehmen sind bereits dazu verpflichtet, zweckgebunden zur Finanzierung des Rückbaus und der Entsorgung der bestrahlten Brennelemente und anderer radioaktiven Abfälle Rückstellungen vorzunehmen. Die Rückstellungen werden durch die Energieversorgungsunternehmen nach Handelsrecht gebildet und in den Bilanzen ausgewiesen. Die Rückstellungen werden ebenfalls von unabhängigen Wirtschaftsprüfern kontrolliert. Durch die Beherrschungs- und Gewinnabführungsverträge werden die Rückstellungen gegen das lnsolvenzrisiko abgesichert.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Angelika Brunkhorst MdB”